If you have a friend that is soon going to become a mother for the first time, then your thoughts might be turning to something that you can get for them. As nice as it is to have an excuse to buy some new teeny tiny baby clothes, it is nice to be able to make the new mother feel special and get them something that will actually be useful and fun. So here are a few ideas that you could try. Is there anything else that you would add to the list?
New Pyjamas or Loungewear
Let’s face it, in those early days, you spend a lot of the time indoors at home, and want to be comfortable while you recover from the birth. So having some new clothes to hang out in, even if it is just a new pair of yoga pants or pyjamas, can make you feel much better than your old milk-stained pyjamas, right? With the first child is the only time that you can really embrace napping when the baby naps. So let them enjoy it and feel good at the same time.
Voucher or Experience
There will be plenty of experiences when you’re a new parent that you’ll justify not being able to do. Not being able to go get a haircut or get your nails done are just a few. But if you get them a voucher for something like that, then it will help them to make an appointment for some ‘me’ time, which can be so valuable as a new parent. You could even get them a voucher for something like baby castings or a baby photography appointment. In their new mum sleep-deprived state, they might not think to book this kind of thing. But it is one of those things that you’re likely to regret not doing. So definitely something to think about.
With the rise of parenting bloggers ‘telling it like it is,’ it means that we have a wealth of new parenting books to choose from. So how about getting them a new book to read when they’re up for the night feed? From Mother Pukka’s new book to one of The Unmumsy Mum’s reads, there are plenty of choices to help them feel like they’re not alone. If they’re thinking it, then the chances are, so are plenty of others. If they can get a laugh out of it too, then it is all worth it.
While on paper this sounds like a pretty random choice for a gift, it makes sense when you explain the meaning behind it. All existing parents will know how hard it is to have a warm cup of tea because there are so many other distractions or the baby has a nappy explosion just as you’re ready to drink it. So having a thermos on hand is great to help them to have a warm cup of tea! Steph, from Don’t Buy Her Flowers, was the idea behind it all if you’re after some more useful gift ideas for new mums.