I’m on my 4th child, but there are certain things that any mom can use after they give birth, no matter if they are a new mom with their first, or a veteran with her eighth kid. There are always comforts that we need, and conveniences that make the transition from pregnant woman to new mother a little bit easier. As I’m here thinking about what I’d love to get for friends and family who are currently pregnant, I thought I would share some ideas for gifts for new moms.
Make sure the new mom in your life has these on hand either before she gives birth, or right away after the birth for the best recovery in the first week.
Afterease tincture – Especially for women having their third, fourth, or beyond, child, the after birth pains get more intense. With Amatullah, I felt like I was in the early stages of labor each time I would have the after birth cramps, so this time around I picked up this tincture, specifically made to help ease the cramping of after birth.
Lanisoh – This is a MUST for any nursing mother, and my advice is to start using it after the first feeding. Make sure mama has it on hand as soon as she gives birth so she doesn’t ever get in the situation where she needs it. Unless mama is tandem nursing, she has to get her body used to nursing again, and Lanisoh will be a huge help.
Herbal Sitz Bath – I thought a bath sounded like a terrible idea after having a baby because it would get so dirty, but I’ve been informed that the water pressure helps keep things at bay for a while. Let mama have some time in a bath, and use this herbal mix to help alleviate sore muscles and the perineum. She’ll thank you!
Boppy – Now the Boppy is well known for both new moms and repeat mothers, so make sure she has one! The first few months after I have a child, we are using the Boppy all the time, especially while my new baby is still so small that nursing is challenging without it. Give mama’s arms a break, and make sure she has a Boppy to help her hold baby close while feeding them.
Comfort and Recovery items
These items help mama feel refreshed and human again (versus a human milking cow and zombie!). She’ll think of you as she takes a deep sigh of relief using any of these.
DoTerra Mood Management Kit – I swear by this, even without being pregnant or nursing. Really, for any mom, any time, these oils paired with some silky unscented lotion makes for an easy spa feeling after any shower. When mama is feeling frazzled, put some Balance oil in a diffuser, or when she’s feeling low in energy, put some Citrus Bliss in. I’ve even diluted the oils in a 10 mL roll-on bottle, 3 drops of the oil and the rest is Jojoba oil, and I keep it in my purse for trying days. I live by these oils!
Grapefruit Oil – Grapefruit oils is supposed to be great for aging or stretched out skin, applied with some unscented lotion for daily use. This is great to use on mama’s belly, and all other areas that might be stretched from the stress of pregnancy.
Postnatal Rescue Workout DVD – This is my favorite work out DVD for my first step back into exercise. I always have high intentions of working out throughout my pregnancy, but now that I’m on my fourth kid and that’s never happened, we’ll just let that dream die. Still, there are three levels of workouts on this DVD, and everyone should start with the first to introduce exercise to the recovering body. I love it!
New Mom Care Items
I imagine these items on a new mom’s bedside table in the weeks after birth especially, but also the months after while she is up feeding the baby and trying to find moments to herself.
Kindle Paperwhite – You don’t realize how heavy a real book can get until you try to juggle it with a nursing newborn. The first couple weeks of a nursing baby is spent largely on the couch or bed, nursing for what seems like half the day. There’s a lot of reading you can get done! The Paperwhite is essential since it’s has an adjustable light for nighttime feedings, and since it’s not backlit like a tablet, it’s far easier on the eyes. Seriously, it’s like the Paperwhite was made for nursing moms.
Amazon Gift Card – With the Kindle, you have to have a little spending money to get a couple books! Even though there are tons of free books available, it’s nice to be able to look through the entire Kindle library for what to read next.
Water bottle – Us moms tend to put everyone ahead of ourselves, and sometimes that translates to not getting enough to eat or drink. A new mom that’s nursing her child should be drinking lots of water every day, so make it easy with spill proof water bottle she can keep with her wherever she goes.
Clif bars – Another convenience item for new moms who may be putting the baby’s needs ahead of her own. I remember going half the day without eating because it just seemed I couldn’t get around to it. That turned into low milk supply, then I needed to nurse even more, and the cycle continued. After a while I figured out a “nursing station” with my water, cereal bars, Kindle, laptop, and phone. I wish I had it all put together from day one!