Last updated: 15th March 2019
Buying cute gifts for newborn babies is fun, but there’s someone else who also deserves to know we care.
Practical gift ideas for new mums are a beautiful way to celebrate her journey, nourish her body and boost her maternal spirits. Choosing eco-friendly new mother gifts is also a compassionate way to celebrate life, encouraging the new mum or mum-to-be to look after herself and her newborn baby naturally.
We’ve come up with the best gifts for new mums that are thoughtful, beneficial and cost-effective. Read on!
1. Practical baby clothes
It’s easy to want to take credit for some of the cute items in bub’s wardrobe, but take more pride in the materials you choose. Fragile babies need adaptable clothing for their delicate, sensitive skin. Think natural organic fibres and eco babywear that will keep bub comfortable and cosy.
New mums already have it hard enough – always look for practicality in an outfit so dress changes can be done with ease. Boody’s Long Sleeve Onesie has a flexible, two-way zip for quick dressing and nappy changes. It’s wonderfully soft for those precious parent and baby snuggles.
Boody Baby Onesie is a practical piece of eco babywear and useful gift, making mum's life easier.
2. Living plants
A flowering plant or even a tree is a symbolic gift of the baby’s development. It’s long-lasting, a beautiful decoration for the home or garden, and a permanent reminder of the birth of her budding little one.
Some indoor plants can also clean the air which is great for reducing environmental toxins for a healthy baby. Check out this infographic developed by NASA showing the best air filtering house plants for some green gift inspiration:
3. Comfy undies
Breastfeeding can be painful and cumbersome if you don’t have adapted clothing that’s easy to put on and off.
A new mother would probably prefer comfort over style, but with Boody’s seam-free shaper crop bra, she can have both. This bra's straps pull on and off the shoulder with ease and avoid tricky fastening or wires. It’s soft on the skin and enhances a natural shape – perfect for lounging around at home or underneath any outfit.
Boody Shaper Crop Bra is a stylish alternative to the traditional maternity bra.
Certified toxin free and made using 100% organic bamboo.
4. An act of service
Especially in the first few weeks at home, new mums are more than likely to be exhausted, sleep deprived and restrained by feeding and nap times.
An act of service is a thoughtful way to give a new mum a break and most of the time costs little to nothing. Call her when you’re out grocery shopping and ask if she needs anything or pop over with a coffee or fresh juice.
Deliver some homemade food or lactation cookies which boost nutrients and help with milk supply. These cookies can be made with different combinations and can support everything from postpartum depression to fatigue, low levels of iron, and low fibre.
Offer to clean the house for an hour. Babysit her newborn while she goes to a cafe on her own with a magazine, or take the other siblings out for the day.
5. A gift of service
This will certainly perk up a new mum who might be needing some self-care. Give her a voucher for a pregnancy or postnatal massage. Make a nourishing fruit basket to boost her energy. Purchase a healthy dinner box for the week from Marley Spoon or pre-made meals from Youfoodz. Or a beautiful newborn and family photo session.
For something really special, gift a journal. This way she can write on the moments spent with her newborn and recall their first days later on. Journalling also improves mindfulness, reduces stress and increases gratitude, so it’s a great self-care tool to use in the early stages.
6. Colouring books
Hold up, surely a newborn is too young to use a colouring book? We're talking about for the mum! It might sound strange, but colouring is actually a fantastic self-care activity that's ideal for allowing new mums to release a bit of creative energy. It's also good for allowing mum to release said creative energy in short bursts, such as when she's trying to keep quiet after finally getting bub to sleep. Check out these awesome colouring books for adults.
7. Get her out the house
We're not talking about those first few weeks when she gets home. But once she's ready, getting your friend or family member out the house will do wonders for her soul. A gift card to a local yoga studio for mummy-and-me classes are the ideal first step. Not only will it get her out the house, but she'll make friends with other new mums too.
8. Be supportive of her choices
This is something we so easily forget, but also being supportive of a new mum’s choices and offering a gentle heart is a gift in itself. Trust that she is following her intuition and doing what she thinks is best. There’s nothing more upsetting for a new mum than to be told she is doing something wrong. Respect, accept and embrace.
The experience of having a newborn is incredible, but it also comes with many challenges. These ideas will be sure to leave any new mum feeling elated instead of deflated. Shop practical and stylish everyday wear for new mums and babies.