One of the questions our fans most often ask is gift ideas for friends who just had a baby. So, I thought about what gifts I loved when my baby was born and I also crowd sourced my new moms group to get their input on their favorite mom and baby gifts. These ideas are not particularly creative but they are gifts that parents will adore. Remember, it is the thought that counts so any nice gesture whether it’s a gift, beautiful card, or a quick text or email is almost always appreciated by a new parent.
Gifts you can mail to your friends who just had a baby:
1. A cuddly robe
As a new parent, when you get up several times during the night, it’s wonderful to have a cozy robe to comfortably wrap around yourself (especially during the winter!) We recommend this organic robe.
You can’t go wrong with getting a gift card for a massage for each new parent. It does not have to be for anywhere fancy, most massages feel great (especially for tired, sleep deprived parents). Make sure the massage studio is close to the new mom and dad’s home. Massage Envy is a great massage franchise with many locations and offers affordable massages.
3. Your favorite children’s book or a creative personalized book
Since new babies are usually sleepy the book will not be read for a few months but the personal touch of a handpicked book is much appreciated (and you can even include a nice note in the book). “I think of my friend every time I read this book “The Giving Tree” to my baby.” Another idea is to personalize a baby book with the child’s name. We received the “My Very Own Name” book that we have been reading to my son for the past 19 months. It is such a beautiful and thoughtful gift.
It seems like one can never have enough swaddles. The big, organic kind by Aden Anais with nice prints are always so wonderful. Plus many of these swaddles can be used as light blankets and can provide shade on a sunny day. Swaddles are a premium and perfect gift! (plus if mom has too many swaddles, she can easily re gift them.
We had stocked up with inexpensive basic onesies for my baby, so when friends would bring over adorable outfits for him we were really excited (and touched).
Whether it is a one-time box or a monthly subscription, moms and dads will appreciate the adorable, premium gifts for mom and baby. Supplet includes goodies in the boxes that dads can also use. There is also a daddy box!
7. A nice card/note without any expectations of a response.
Seriously. New parents can be so busy and sleep deprived that it is sometimes “stressful” to make sure they thank everyone by writing a thank you note or even a quick email. “Enjoy your new baby and do not take the time to write me back or thank me” was one of the best notes I got . . . I felt like my friend understood my situation, wished me well by congratulating me and she did not want me to stress about anything. You can never go wrong with sending a beautiful ‘Congratulations on your baby’ card from Love Pop Cards (p.s Love Pop was on Shark Tank and we are including their cards in our Supplet subscription boxes for moms!).
Gifts to give in person:
Really food of any kind. In the words of my neighbor: “When my daughter was a newborn, my husband and I were so, so grateful when friends would come over with fresh salads, pizza, homemade (or store bought) cookies.” Who has time to cook or run out and get food when you have a newborn? (Helpful tip #1: If your mama friend is breastfeeding, leave out garlic, broccoli and raw onions, since those ingredients usually make newborn babies fussy.) (Helpful tip #2: Ask if mom or dad have any food allergies before you get the food so you can avoid allergens).
9. Tidying up
“Offering to do a load of laundry, change the sheets, take the trash out, and/or do the dishes, can be such a joy and gift to the overwhelmed new parents.” Also Care.com offers parents the option to find housekeeping help. For more information: Check out out Ten Tips For Visiting a New Mom!
What would you recommend as a gift for friends who just had a baby?