Finding gifts for new mums is always a toss-up between getting something for her or something for her baby. Albeit it may be hard to put down that gorgeous little baby grow – it is definitely the new mum who deserves the present. Few milestones are as stressful as your first few months as a new mum. It's uncharted territory and, between getting enough sleep, easing back into your routine, and adjusting to the endless duties that come with taking care of a real human child, it can feel impossible to keep up with everything.
Becoming a mother is a selfless, exhausting and extremely rewarding moment in a woman’s life so we believe that new mums deserve something super special to help them start their journey. Whether it's something practical to make her life as a new mum simpler, extravagant and pretty because she has earned a treat, or something to help her navigate this new chapter in life, we’ve rounded up our favourite gift ideas for new mums.
Usually we´d suggest turning up to deliver your gift with an offer to hold the baby while she eats or showers, but taking into account the current social distancing recommendations, here´s a few ideas for finding the perfect gift for a new mum, mum-to-be or for Baby Shower during lock-down:
Home Food Delivery Service
Having a baby unquestionably alters people’s eating routine - think you can still stick to your 5:30pm seating for dinner with your partner? Generally you are scoffing a meal when the baby sleeps, or attempting to eat a one-handed meal while the baby sleeps on you. Understandably, convenience take priority over nutrition.
Most new mums are lucky to get out of their PJ's most days, so the thought of getting dressed, packing baby essentials, working out what to feed the family and tackling a grocery list with a screaming baby is overwhelming.
If you’re good at baking, any savoury or sweet treats and snacks that are easy to store and eat (with one hand of course) will be greatly appreciated.
Alternatively, a fresh food or meal subscription service that delivers fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes to her door will be her saviour for the next 6 or 12 months. We think gifting a subscription is the perfect helping hand for new mums and gives them the peace of mind that their dinners will be wholesome and packed with taste.
Well Thought-out Hamper
Why not put together a lovely hamper for the new mum that will allow her to feel a little pampered (she will need it in the coming weeks and months). Include some 100% natural oil to fight stretchmarks and uneven skin tone, some organic nipple balm to care for tender nipples and dry skin and a soothing spray for the perineal area containing natural essential oils. Check out this amazing relief spray for perineal soreness, bruising and swelling after childbirth by My Expert Midwife. Throw into some super pretty PJs (she will practically live in them for the next 6 months) dry shampoo, dark chocolate and other treats and you´ll be good to go!
Or alternatively, the Just For Mum Set by My Expert Midwife would be the perfect gift to take care of her skin and body from pregnancy, motherhood through breastfeeding.
Spa Gift Certificate
For sure the days will come when we can all roam free outside our houses again. A gift voucher that can be used for a relaxing spa treatment is just the pick-me-up sleep-deprived mamas would love. After the haze of the first few weeks or months of motherhood have passed, new mums really want to feel like themselves again. A seriously good facial is one of the best ways to do this, no?
Photography of Mum and Baby
One thing many women experience as mums is that they are the ones behind the camera capturing moments of their child’s life. While there might be pictures of new mums and babies right after delivery and the first few weeks of life, it doesn’t take long before mums transition to being the family’s picture taker. The unfortunate outcome: As the baby grows, mums are always behind the scenes even though they are front and center in daily life. A gift certificate for a photography session to capture candid moments of everyday life—with mum included—will be cherished for a lifetime.
Lola&Lykke Mama Gift Box
We here at Lola&Lykke have been through the ups and downs of motherhood and know what it feels like to look after a new-born through the first hazy, sleep-deprived months. Instead of skipping into town in a few days with our new little bundle, it turns out that bringing a human being into this world actually takes a real physical toll on your body. Overtired, overwhelmed and unsure of what we´re doing, we quickly transition to survival mode and completely forget about looking after ourselves in the process. That´s where we here at Lola&Lykke step in: we want to remind mums that self-care is not selfish, instead it is necessary. Investing a little time into yourself makes the motherhood side of things a lot easier in the long run. Shop our beautiful Gift Boxes full of things mothers need.
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