I don’t remember much about those early days of motherhood. Probably because that’s how sleep deprivation works.
But I do remember getting a bunch of stuff at my baby shower that was never even opened. I’m sure there are people who have actually used wipe warmers, but I am not one of them. (Sorry, kid, this was just the first of my shortcomings as an exhausted parent.)
What kinds of presents do new moms actually want? Besides sleep and gift cards to restaurants that deliver? Look no further because here’s a list of things moms actually want that won’t break the bank:
You might not be able to give that favorite new mom in your life a good night’s sleep. But you can help her get her baby to sleep, which is the next best thing. The Baby Shusher is one of the only products on the market that uses a recorded human voice to help with sleep training. Moms can keep it with their baby in the crib, car, stroller, or anywhere else.
Help a new mama out by buying her a new, awesome pillow. We all know new moms don’t get much sleep, quantity-wise, so quality sleep is a gift in and of itself. This particular pillow comes in six different prints.
The perfect match for a soft body pillow? A soft plush blanket that she can use while she snuggles with her baby. Actually, it’s the perfect gift for any woman who’d like to wrap up in one and hibernate until spring.
Again, it’s impossible to know when a new mom is going to be able to catch up on some much-needed rest. This sleep mask can help her get some sleep, whether it’s noon or midnight.
We moms don’t always get the credit and recognition we deserve for our badassery. This inspirational dish towel will remind her every time she uses it that she’s the coolest mom around.
For those days when a new mom just can’t bear to get dressed in real clothes (which let’s be honest, is most days), she can snuggle up in this cozy robe and still feel like the queen she is.
New moms don’t have a lot of time — or free hands — to sit down for an actual meal, so she’s really going to appreciate having these snacks at the ready.
If your friend drinks alcohol, they’re probably about to drink a whole lot more of it. This wine stopper is perfect for the mom who wants a glass of wine to calm her nerves when the baby won’t stop screaming.
So maybe your friend doesn’t drink, or maybe you want to get her an adorable set of coasters to match her awesome new wine stopper. This set is chic and cute all at the same time — just like her.
In case you don’t have Facebook or Instagram, new moms are pretty obsessed with pictures of their new babies. Picture frames are just a good excuse to print out those pictures so they can stare at them even more often. We all do it. There is no shame in the new-mom-baby-picture-obsession game.
Most new mamas run on caffeine. This awesome single-cup maker lets her make a cup of coffee whenever she needs one, without having to brew an entire pot.
The perfect accessory for any new mom: A mug for her warm beverage of choice. It will make her smile every morning she sees it.