If there’s one person that’s deserving of something splurge-worthy, it’s any woman who just birthed a child, whether that’s you, a BFF, a family member, a coworker, or your neighbor down the street. A great option for gifts for new moms is something she can use for herself, especially since she’s probably getting showered with piles of baby stuff. After nine months of pregnancy and then enduring the odyssey that is labor and delivery, a new mom could use a pick-me-up or two.
When it comes to what to get a new mom, think practical. With an upended life and routine, now’s not the time for a new blouse or fancy jewelry. What she needs most are things that will make her life easier and more streamlined — products that’ll help her get out of the house faster, help her sleep (even an hour or two more), and give her a bit of relaxation or self-care in the midst of the chaos that’s become her new normal.
Here are eight gifts the new mom in your life *really* wants this year.
All new moms could use a shiny new pair of headphones for those daily stroller walks and there’s no more desirable option on the market today than the compact Apple AirPods. The AirPods Pro are the newest version of the popular wireless earbuds and now they have active noise cancellation built in, as well as a Transparency mode for when you need to hear what’s going on around you. They’re sweat- and water-resistant, have 24 hours of battery life, and can charge directly in the wireless case. They’re also super easy to pair with other Apple devices and Siri-enabled. One reviewer said, “Wow! I never liked the original air pods. They always fell off. I’m so glad Apple came out with these and that I waited to splurge on headphones. The sound is beautiful, the fit is perfect. I literally just got these out the box and I fell in love! I have always been an Apple product lover. Well worth the wait!”
Hand sanitizer and wipes are great, and a new mom is going to go through more than a healthy amount of both. Another germ prevention solution is a trash can that can keep up with everything you’ve got going on in your hectic home without requiring you to touch it (assuming it’s your partner’s job to take out the garbage every week). This one by simplehuman has a touch-free sensor that opens the can automatically with just a wave of your hand, making it easy to operate even when your arms are full carrying around dishes, laundry, children, a wine glass, or any combination of those things. The lid also closes quietly so that’s one less loud noise in the house. The sleek-looking can fits most large trash bags, and the nano-silver clear coating will protect it from both germs and fingerprints.
One reviewer said, “I know, I know! It’s crazy to be in love with a trash can, but I am. This thing is just great! Smooth, quiet, sleek — and the semi-round shape and footprint (size) was critical to where it could fit in my small kitchen! And the matching bag liners are completely awesome too. Now, you are talking to someone who, for years, never used a real trash can and only relied on loose grocery shopping bags for their trash. I didn’t know what I was missing!”
New mothers spend a ton of time at home in those first few months, and while comfort is essential, that doesn’t mean you have to dress up in old PJs around the clock. This Parachute waffle robe is the gift that keeps on giving — it’s stylishly cozy without looking sloppy, it has two convenient hip pockets and a waist tie, and it’s also nursing friendly. The robe is made of 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton, comes in three neutral colors (white, tan, and grey), and is lightweight enough to leave on throughout the day. You’ll have a hard time changing into anything else around the house.
One happy reviewer said, “Couldn’t wait to try it on—was not disappointed! The fabric is soft & luxurious & feels so cuddly & warm when you put it on. Great design & roomy pockets! A great quality robe you look forward to wearing!”
Make any home a little smarter with a Google Nest Hub. Control all your connected devices (lights, thermostat, security cameras, etc.), listen to music or watch videos, and look up recipes, all in one place that is easily voice-controlled. You can also use the hub as a digital photo frame, or even set up personalized morning or evening routines (set up alarms, reminders, and more).
One reviewer said, “This is the third Google Nest Hub I purchased and I enjoy each everyone. Very easy setup and even easier to use. I never have to get up from my chair to find out information or to search for my phone. I can get the weather, movies times, see photo albums, adjust my Nest thermostat, watch YouTube videos, listen to music, set alarms, make appointments, make phone calls, cooking videos, find the best route to work and ETA before I leave the house and many more things. Best of all, I can do it all with moving a muscle! Life hasn’t been any easier. Now only if it could fix dinner.”
Quality snooze time is hard to come by in the first — how do we put this gently? — oh, three years (and likely longer) of your child’s life. But a good pair of pillows can make all the difference in the handful of hours you’re able to scrape together each night. These pillows have a 100 percent cotton cover, a down-like fill that doesn’t shift around, and gel fibers that have cooling properties to keep you sleeping soundly. They’re machine-washable, as well as dust mite-, mold-, mildew-, and stain-resistant.
One reviewer said, “The pillow holds its shape and supports your head while being soft and comfy. At night, I roll around about as much as a pig in mud and this pillow works in every position. I have also noticed I sleep much better throughout the night, I am usually up by 8:30 on the weekends but the first night I slept with this, I was dead to the world until 10am! I thought the clock was wrong for sure, but no, just a damn good pillow.”
For those times where you’re getting less than a full night’s sleep (so… every night), give your face a little boost with these under eye patches that can help reduce puffiness. They have hyaluronic acid to provide hydration and collagen to help restore skin elasticity. You can simply leave the patches on under your eyes while you go about your regular routine at home — talk about multi-tasking.
One reviewer said, “I have a hard time with sheet masks staying on and not getting in my eyes. These are great because they stay put and you can easily be doing stuff while wearing them and not worry about them coming off. I have extremely sensitive skin and these did not cause any issues for me. There is a lot of product in the package and you definitely feel a nice cooling sensation while they are on, and very refreshed after taking them off.”
A good diaper bag can be a lifesaver in terms of parental organization. This Skip Hop messenger bag is stylish and convenient. It has a long shoulder strap and tote handles, and it has clips to convert it to a stroller bag. Plus there are 10 pockets to neatly store everything you need to bring when you have a baby. There are two mesh side pockets to hold bottles, a front zip pocket, easy-access tech pocket, interior pockets and more. The bag can also hold a 15” laptop and includes a cushioned changing pad.
One mom and reviewer said, “I am a third time mom. I wanted a diaper bag that was stylish but didn’t scream baby. I also wanted one that I could carry crossbody since i have 3 children. I did LOTS of research and watched countless youtube videos trying to decide what diaper bag I wanted. I ordered this one and the Skip Hop messenger. I LOVE this bag. I will actually be sad when my children are out of diaper bag age and I no longer get to carry it. I’m not one of those people that carry a TON of stuff. I carry what we need and that’s it. This bag holds everything I need and has room for more.”
Whether you want to play your favorite tunes or some Mozart for your baby, a good speaker system can make all the difference in your experience. This one by Bose is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-enabled and delivers 360-degree sound, but the best part is that it connects to your virtual assistant — either Google Assistant or Alexa. You can talk through it, asking your assistant questions, setting a timer, playing a lullaby, etc. — all from the comfort of your couch. You can also control the speaker via the Bose app or through six preset buttons on top.
One reviewer commented, “My favorite feature of this device is the 6 preset stations setting with the buttons available for quick changing on the top of the speaker. Meaning you can have station #1 be your favorite pandora station and #2 be your favorite Spotify station. Or you can have several stations from just one of the apps preprogrammed in. This is a great touch that many other speakers have not adapted with physical buttons for easy control. This is a very well made product that is fairly priced in this type of speaker class. The audio is superb.”
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