The holidays are especially exciting for those expecting a sweet bundle of love in the new year. But, because they can’t enjoy a celebratory glass of wine or champagne like the rest of us, they deserve some extra spoiling. Even if you *just* spent serious dough on them for their baby shower, there’s always more to buy—for the mama-to-be now and for the new mom she’ll soon be. In case you’re in need of some inspiration, here’s what every new mom could use in and out of her stocking this year.
BEST FOR THE MOM-TO-BE WHO LOVES ANIMAL PRINT
Despite the overload of options on the market. There’s a good reason this baby blanket is almost always sold out. The chic leopard print is one reason, but the super softness and cuddliness is another. Not only is it comforting for a new baby (and ideal for a home-from-the-hospital pic), but it’s also something warm a new mom can wrap around her shoulders as she nurses.
BEST FOR THE MOM-TO-BE WHO DIDN’T HAVE A SHOWER$199.99 AT AMAZON
Didn’t have a baby shower? No problem. This baby box contains pretty much everything you’ll need to start off life with your newborn—and it doubles as a bassinet. Seriously—it’s inspired by a Finnish tradition started in the 1930s that is having a new baby sleep in a cardboard baby box sleeper. Inside Finnbinn’s Bassinet Bundle Baby Box comes goodies from mom faves from the likes of aden + anais, Huggies, ApplePark, Chewbeads, and more.
BEST FOR THE STYLIN’ MOM-TO-BE
A baby-friendly bag that looks like a handbag and can be worn fanny pack style, a wristlet, or like a cross body? Yes, please. The pack’s main compartment opens wide for easy access and has multiple pockets that include a front slip pocket, three interior credit card slots and two interior pockets.
BEST FOR THE MOM-TO-BE IN NEED OF ESSENTIALS
In the whirlwind of preparing for a baby, daily essentials can get overlooked. The Babyganics Essentials Gift Set bundles everything from baby lotion and bath soap to bottle cleaner and hand sanitizer in a lovely, gift-worthy, reusable fabric cube. Every product is formulated with plant-based, plant-derived ingredients so moms can feel good about what they are using around their new baby.
BEST FOR THE MOM-TO-BE READY TO FOSTER A MUSIC LOVER
Dying to turn your baby into a Beyonce fan? You don’t have to wait until she’s born. With BellyBuds you can listen to music with your baby—literally. It’s a baby-bump speaker that allows you to play music (safely), as well as messages and songs from long-distance family members and friends, for your baby to hear. It’s portable, discreet and connects to your iOS, Android or any standard audio device.
BEST FOR THE ALL-ORGANIC MOM-TO-BE
Most moms-to-be and new moms alike are turning towards natural products that are safe for them and their baby. That’s why Earth Mama is so popular—it’s all-natural, organic and each product is actually effective at doing their job, be it soothing, revitalizing or nourishing. This gift set for the mama-to-be comes with tea, must and nipple cream all packaged in a sweet, eco-friendly gift box with a printed bow and herb wrapping paper. Just add her name to the gift tag and send!
BEST FOR THE THIRSTY MOM-TO-BE
Hydration is important during pregnancy, and even more so in the postpartum period, which is why every mama-to-be (and new mom) needs a quality water bottle. This one by astrea is the only re-fillable kind with the highest NSF certification, meaning it eliminates all heavy metals and toxins—including lead. That means you can fill it up from pretty much any location…including the gnarliest locations (airports, truck stops) and it will filter out all toxins.
BEST FOR THE MOM-TO-BE WHO NEEDS TO RELAX
Every mom-to-be deserves to kick her feet up and relax (especially considering that it won’t be as easy to do once the baby arrives). Some scented candles can set the mood. River Birch Candles not only come in a myriad of relaxing scents, but they’re also safe for the mom-to-be—soy-free and natural with cotton wicks so you don’t have to worry about breathing in harmful chemicals.
BEST FOR THE MOM-TO-BE WHO WANTS TO WALK IT OFF
Finding comfortable footwear during pregnancy is no easy feat, especially when you’re dealing with the pesky side effect of swelling (and the lovely cankles that come along with it). But a quality pair of rain boots (that are also ideal for snowy weather) can make all the difference. Hunters will last a mom-to-be well through pregnancy and beyond (when she’s jumping through puddles with her kiddo).
BEST FOR THE MOM-TO-BE NOT WILLING TO SACRIFICE SLEEP
Sleep is a tough commodity during pregnancy, when *everything* is uncomfortable. But it’s even harder to come by once baby makes her big debut (like seriously, kiss it goodbye). This product was designed with new parents in mind—to help people relax into sleep and wake up naturally. It has a built-in AmbiTrack sensor that measure your room’s temperature, noise, light and humidity levels and gives recommendations for better sleep. It also features a customizable alarm and light, and new colored sunrise and sunset themes you can control through your smartphone with the Philips SleepMapper App, as well as an FM radio, power backup, USB mobile phone charging, AUX dock with quality speaker, full dim clock and smart touch display, etc.
BEST FOR EVERY MOM-TO-BE (TRUST US)
How do we put this lightly? You *will* suck snot out of your kid’s nose by the time he’s two (and maybe even two weeks). Those things are near-impossible to get out with the old-school bulb syringe, but FridaBaby’s genius invention—the SnotSucker—works wonders. This kit includes that nose-saving device and more: nail clippers, their gas-relief tool (Windi) and a baby bath brush.