In bringing a little one into the world comes a new family routine, new dynamics, and even a new role for mom, too. That’s where this new mom gift guide comes in handy. With the help of our founder and mama, Emily, recommendations from MyNestwell experts and mamas, and Helen Mo, pediatric dentist and mama—we’re sharing the best gifts for a friend or family member who just had a baby and could use a little extra TLC herself.
This makes an appearance a few times on our gift guides because we believe in it’s power so much! As a new mom, there are so many worries, doubts, fears that can take away from the joy of motherhood. The great thing about Expectful is that they have meditations for all of those things. We especially like their breastfeeding ones for those challenging early nursing days.
Washable? Check. Cozy? Check. Nursing-friendly? You bet. Having cozy pajamas that don’t pill and are durable enough to withstand leaking are what we love about Cozy Earth’s bamboo pajama sets. Plus, they can make mama feel confident, comfortable, and warm while she’s cocooning. The thermo-regulating bamboo material is especially wonderful for new moms as night sweats are just another postpartum joy they have to deal with. Don’t forget to subscribe to their newsletter for an additional 10% off your order.
To Buy: $112 Cozy Earth
OddBird Co.’s pieces are handwoven, sustainable, and ethically-made using small-batch Turkish textiles making them a comfy staple whether navigating new dynamics with the babe, lounging at home or running errands.
When asked about OddBird Co’s styles, friend, acupuncturist, and mama of three, Laura Hoffman keeps it real, “I love that their clothes make you feel comfortable but also a level up from sweatpants. It’s good for the spirit to feel extra good about yourself during the fourth trimester! There’s a lot of hormone fluctuation and changes that can be hard on the mother.”
To Buy: $160 Odd Bird Co.
New mamas are likely to worry so much about their newborn’s needs that they forget to feed themselves. But feeding babies is HARD work! Energetically — and calorically. To make sure mama is getting enough yummy nutrient-dense foods to eat, consider lactation bites or bars like these ones from Nourisher. Their New Mom Starter Kit comes with 12 Milkful Nursing Bars and 12 Pre and Postnatal Bars, perfect for getting your new mom, well, nourished! Bonus, she can eat them one-handed!
To Buy: $66 Nourisher
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This memory-keeper is the perfect way to track each new day with your little one in as short as, yep, you guessed it, one line. You can track your memories in each page of the journal for up to five years! This idea came from our friend, parenting psychologist and mom Dr. Sarah Bren who uses this everyday, and we love it. What they say is true: “The days are long, but the years are short.” And this journal helps keepsake special moments and reflections without feeling too daunting, like another thing on the to-do list.
To Buy: $16.96 Chronicle Books
We’ve always loved this stunning necklace recommendation from friend, acupuncturist, and mama of three Laura Hoffman. We had to include it in our new mom gift guide! What more beautiful but subtle way to honor a mother’s new love than with an initial necklace that features the first initial of their babe…or babes? This 14k gold asymmetrical necklace is minimal but with a whole lotta meaning.
To Buy: $310 Zoe Lev
You caught us. So this is technically a baby item…but it makes a new mom’s life so much easier that we had to share it in our new mom gift guide! The multiple times a night diaper changes are tough in those first weeks. Trust us. Bleary-eyed, milk-soaked, and fumbling for snaps? No mama wants that. Enter Peasy onesies. Founded by Sara Parant a mama of two who was tired of trying to dress her wiggly babies. They’re super soft, sustainably made, and thoughtfully-designed. We think the ruffles one is adorable!
To Buy: $36 Peasy
A toast! To your new mama. Small women-owned business, Bodewell Living’s candle roster has a scent and spice to remember and cherish every moment. Their wax is an all natural coconut wax blend, it’s lead free and has cotton wicks. Plus they produce in small batches and are hand poured in Los Angeles. Their OCCASION candle is a true celebration with a unique scent combination of black pepper, bergamot and cassis. The feel of this candle is one of an elegant, delicate unfolding of dynamic scents notes. Not only is it a celebration of life but you may feel as if you’ve been transported to a spa, too!
To Buy: $36 Bodewell Living
Give the gift of wellness. A MyNestwell gift card allows them to choose the type of support they need postpartum whether it’s a visit from a postpartum doula, a lactation consultant, pelvic floor specialist. Or perhaps it’s a financial gift towards a newborn or motherhood photo session? Gifting them this wellness gives them permission to invest in their well-being. To inquire about a gift card for that special mama-to-be, email email@example.com.
To Buy: MyNestwell Gift Card
Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment Set is an easy (and great!) way for any new mama to practice a little self-care and get some good skin hydration. Especially when new moms are nursing, their lips always seem to feel a little extra dry and are more prone to chapping.
To Buy: $25 Fresh at Sephora
There’s no doubt about it that showers are a treat when you have a newborn because they can be few and far between feeding times while catching those zzz’s when you can. This is a good substitute when moms still want to look and feel presentable but the shower feels like too much of a commitment!
To Buy: $25 Drybar at Sephora
New mom’s skin goes through a LOT of ups and downs as hormones fluctuate throughout pregnancy. This set is a sweet gift to remind the new mama to take care of herself. Plus, it includes eight of Drunk Elephant’s bestsellers to use and switch up for their AM and PM skincare routines
To Buy: $90 Drunk Elephant at Sephora
These can be total game-changers for a mom who wants to listen to podcasts, chat with friends or family, listen to a meditation, all ways to feel less isolated without disturbing the baby too much. Also, they’ll find they’re carrying LOTS of extra things with their babe so the minimal design of these help lighten the load while helping you stay connected with the outside world.
To Buy: $159.99 Best Buy
Comfy, easy, and chic. That’s All Birds kicks for ya. From comfy everyday sneakers, to slip-ons, flats, boat shoes and more—they make you look all put together even when you’re just out taking the babe for a walk.
To Buy: $95 All Birds
Meal delivery all the way. The last thing new parents want to do is cook. And the second to last thing is to wash too many dishes. The new parents can choose whatever they’re craving at the moment—whether it’s something pseudo romantic for a pretend date night in or something exotic to feel like they’ve taken a mini-vacay.
To Buy: Caviar
Our phones are always within reach, but an instant camera gives us prints that we can have and hold. Those early days are so special but also a blur since a new mama is incredibly sleep deprived. This is a unique and special way to remember her early transformation from woman to mother. It’s the gift that keeps giving as she can sprinkle little photo reminders on the fridge or in her bedroom—all sweet reminders of the beautiful, messy days of new motherhood.
To Buy: $120 Amazon
See something you like? Us, too. Additionally, if you’re looking for more resources for your new mama beyond the gift or two, or you’re not quite sure where to start, our quiz can point you in the right direction of which experts and healers are right for you. If you’re looking for more personalized support, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.