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August 1, 2022

Best gifts for new moms

By Angela Garretson

New moms have a lot going on. In addition to daily life, they now have a brand-new human to care for. Motherhood is a time of wonder and love, but it's also a lot of work. Whether it's the first week or the first year, new moms deserve all the love and compassion you have to offer. While Mother's Day is a great opportunity to celebrate Mom, you don't need a special occasion to give new moms a thoughtful gift they'll be excited to use right away.  

Essentials for the first week

For comfort


Vekkia XXL Soft Reading and Bed Rest Pillow


Give a new mom a comfortable way to prop herself up for baby care in bed. This sit-up pillow has armrests and an extra-high back support with a head pillow. The cover is machine washable, and it comes with extra stuffing to customize firmness.


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Kieba Donut Pillow


Depending on Mom’s delivery, a donut pillow can help her feel more comfortable during the recovery process while caring for the baby. It has a soft machine-washable cover and comfortable foam core.


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NY Threads Women’s Fleece Bathrobe


A soft and cozy robe is a hospital and postpartum essential. It gives a new mom and baby comfort and warmth, is easy to put on and take off, and has pockets. The longer length provides more coverage and it’s machine-washable.


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UGG Women’s Tasman Slipper


Comfortable and supportive slippers from a premium brand keep a new mom’s feet warm. They’re lined with soft sheepskin and the rubber outsole provides sturdy traction. They come in a variety of colors.


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Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager


A new mom will love having a massager to help relax and soothe sore muscles. This pillow kneads for a deeper massage and heats up for extra comfort. It features straps so it stays in place on a chair.


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Ekouaer Nursing Pajamas


Comfortable and soft loungewear is essential for a postpartum mom. This set has a flap for convenient nursing access, but it can be used whether or not Mom breastfeeds. The top and adjustable shorts are easy to wear right after delivery.


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Chanasya Faux Fur Throw Blanket


Mom and baby can feel cozy and warm in this luxurious blanket. It’s available in different sizes and colors and is machine-washable. A new mom will feel more comfortable in the hospital with a soft blanket from home. When not in use, it looks great as a throw blanket on a sofa or chair.


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For healing


Artnaturals Essential Oil Diffuser 


Essential oils are natural remedies that can be restorative, calming, and healing. This diffuser is stylish and easy to use and doubles as a humidifier. It’s a versatile bedside device that features a clock and Bluetooth speaker.


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doTERRA Family Essentials Oils Kit


This comprehensive set comes with pure essential oils from a trusted brand. The oils are designed for use on all members of the family and can help a new mom with postpartum recovery. The kit includes popular oils such as lavender and peppermint and includes an oil for immune system defense.


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Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Bath Soaking Solution


No matter how she delivers, a new mom can appreciate taking a bath or sitz bath with Epsom salts to help her body relax and heal. The set comes with two large bags of pure Epsom salts mixed with essential oils. Each bag offers different options for scents and effects on the body.


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Medline Standard Perineal Cold Packs


These cold packs are more sanitary than reusable ones and are easy to use in the hospital or at home. They work well to minimize swelling and discomfort and are useful for any mom, no matter how she delivers.


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BodyRestore Shower Steamers


These shower steamers are all-natural and cruelty-free. They’re simple to use by unwrapping and placing on the floor of the shower near water flow. A new mom can feel relaxed and refreshed from the calming and light essential oil vapors.


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For convenience

Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker


This versatile kitchen tool makes cooking meals faster and easier for a family adjusting to a new baby. It even has a sterilize setting, so parents can easily sanitize the baby’s bottles and other items.


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Hatch Rest Baby Sound Machine and Night-Light


This device provides a convenient night-light for Mom for middle-of-the-night diaper changes and feedings. It also offers a variety of soothing sounds and volume control. The best part is the Hatch is Bluetooth-enabled and grows with a child, so it can be used in their room for many years.


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Able Life Able Tray Table


Buying a new mom a tray table for at-home use means she can keep essentials close by and reach items with less effort. It’s easy to move around, has a cupholder, and has a sturdy handle to help her stand up.


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Trend Lab Diaper Storage Caddy


A diaper caddy is a useful tool for a new mom to store both baby and postpartum recovery items. It has a bunch of pockets so Mom can organize and separate baby’s care and Mom’s self-care. The caddy is easily portable so essentials can always be kept nearby.


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Pacific Coast Women’s 32-Inch Rolling Duffel Bag


This duffel bag can be carried or pulled on wheels with a hidden telescopic handle. It has a stylish pattern and is a great size for Mom’s belongings during her hospital stay. The various compartments offer easy organization and access to items.


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Carex Tub Transfer Bench


Some new moms may have a hard time moving around the first few weeks after birth. This shower and tub bench makes it easier, safer, and more comfortable for Mom to get in and out of the tub or shower. A recovering mom can sit on the bench while she showers to be off her feet.


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  • A travel toiletry bag that can be hung up for easy access in the hospital
  • A toiletry kit for the hospital with natural skin products and daily essentials
  • A robot vacuum for hands-free house cleaning at the touch of a button
  • A supportive belt to make mom’s postpartum belly more comfortable

Useful gifts for the first year 

For the kitchen


Beaba Babycook Solo 4-in-1 Baby Food Maker


This appliance makes it easy to cook nutritious meals with ingredients parents choose themselves. It can steam and cook foods such as vegetables or even raw chicken in just 15 minutes. Plus, since the Babycook can make any stage of baby food, from purees to solids, it can be used for years.


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Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced Formula Machine


This machine lets parents mix up a warm bottle of formula by simply pushing a couple buttons. Fill the canister with the preferred formula ahead of time, then when the baby needs a bottle, just select the settings for the perfect bottle of formula and let the machine do the work.


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De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine


Help new moms who aren’t breastfeeding handle sleepless nights with an easy-to-use espresso machine. Brew rich coffee shop favorites such as cappuccinos or flat whites with its ergonomic filter and manual milk frother. The machine’s small footprint means it won’t take up too much counter space.


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Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker


Mom can get her coffee fix straight from the fridge with this make-ahead cold brew coffee brewer. Just fill its fine mesh insert with coffee and in 24 hours, she’ll have cold brew coffee ready to serve. The pitcher is made from shatterproof BPA-free plastic and its airtight lid keeps coffee fresh for up to two weeks.


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Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug


It’s all too common for a busy new mom to set her hot drink down somewhere and not return to it until it’s cold. With this smart mug, tea or coffee can stay at her ideal temperature for up to one-and-a-half hours. The mug features a scratch-resistant ceramic coating and comes with a matching charging coaster.


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For better sleep

Owlet Dream Duo Sock Baby Monitor


For parents trying to understand their baby’s sleep schedule, the Owlet can be a game-changer. This set includes specially designed, high-tech socks that work with an app to show parents their baby’s sleep quality, heart rate, and oxygen level. Plus, the included HD baby monitor camera can be checked on from your smartphone.


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For going out

Ethan & Emma Universal Baby Stroller Organizer


Designed to fit on most strollers, this handy organizer offers two insulated drink holders, outer mesh storage pockets, and a main compartment that seals with a quiet magnetic closure. The user manual shows how to configure the sturdy hook-and-loop straps for a variety of strollers.


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Medela Freestyle Flex Breast Pump


This lightweight and compact pump is portable but still powerful and effective. It’s designed for moms who pump several times a day and connects to an app to help track pumping sessions. It features a closed system design and has a battery life of two hours.


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Skip Hop Forma Backpack Diaper Bag


Keep everything the baby needs on hand in one lightweight, roomy diaper bag. It features an extra-wide opening, two packing cubes, insulated bottle pockets, and a cushioned changing pad. The exterior has stylish quilting, stroller straps, and padded backpack straps. It comes in four colors.


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J.L. Childress Diapering Station To-Go


Set this up in the car and Mom will never need to worry about being able to access a changing table. It hangs from a car headrest and offers three large mesh pockets to hold all the diaper-changing essentials. The included changing pad measures 18 by 36 inches and easily wipes clean.


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For at-home convenience

Amazon Echo Dot


This smart speaker can help set reminders, check the weather, and play lullabies, amongst other things. It features an LED clock display and easy-to-use controls. It can work with other Alexa devices to perform tasks such as turning on lights, starting appliances, or adjusting the thermostat.


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Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra


This nursing bra features a wire-free, pullover design and soft recycled nylon fabric that adapts and stretches to support the body. Special features include removable molded cups and nursing clips that can be fastened and unfastened with one hand.


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Moby Wrap Ring Sling Baby Carrier


Made by a trusted brand, this comfortable sling can hold a child up to 33 pounds. At 85 inches long, it’s one of the largest slings on the market, and the ring design is easy to adjust for both front- and hip-carrying options. It comes in several colors.


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Audible Subscription


Even dedicated bookworms struggle to find time to read with a new baby. A subscription to Amazon’s audiobook service Audible can help a new mom enjoy her favorite books during nursing or walks with the stroller. Subscriptions are available for three, six, or 12 months.


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Other top deals in this space

  • A roomy, adjustable nursing cover for private, comfortable nursing that also helps a new mom remember which side she last nursed from
  • A tethered baby wipes dispenser that keeps up to five diapers plus wipes easily accessible
  • Relaxing magnesium bath salts to help soothe postpartum aches and pains
  • A Yeti water bottle that’s shatter-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and comes in more than 20 color choices
  • A machine-washable travel wet bag to separate dirty clothes or wet swimsuits 

First Mother’s Day 

For commemorating motherhood 


Mignon and Mignon Birthstone Necklace for Mom


This boho-style 19.5-inch necklace can feature Mom's birthstone, the child's birthstone, or both with initial letter charms in the shape of leaves. It comes in gold, rose gold, or silver.


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Baby Mushroom Baby Handprint and Footprint Keepsake Photo Frame Kit


The handprint kit comes with a 9- by 11-inch frame, non-toxic clay, and a stencil, so the baby's name and birthday can be featured beneath the impressions. The frame has two spaces where baby photos can be inserted to accompany the hand and footprint. 


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Vilight Mommy & Me Picture Frame


This farmhouse-style wooden picture frame fits a four-by-six-inch vertical photo of mother and child alongside the words "Mommy & Me, I'm as lucky as I can be, the best Mommy belongs to me" with an elaborate string art heart below the text. 


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Grace and Mercy Books Set of Personalized Books


This rustic set comes with four decorative books wrapped in twine. Each spine is customized with an important date in the family's story, including anniversaries and/or birthdays.


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GRS Jewelry New Mom Bracelet


Minimalist in style, this leather cord bracelet features a sterling silver infinity design in the center, personalized with the mother and child's first names. The infinity piece comes in silver, rose gold, or gold tones.


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Birthstone Co. Solid Gold Birthstone Ring


This 14-karat gold ring features a baguette cubic zirconia birthstone centered between two faux diamonds. The ring can accommodate up to seven stones and is available in white, rose, or yellow gold. 


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For making memories


Letters to My Baby: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever. by Lea Redmond


There are 12 prompts in this book so new moms can write letters for their child to read as a teenager or adult. Letters come with built-in envelopes and seal stickers for an all-in-one family record time capsule.  


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The Family Travel Handbook by Lonely Planet


This book features 168 pages of tips and suggestions for traveling as a family, including travel checklists and destination ideas. It's a great way to get excited about planning that first family vacation.


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Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer


Available in three colors, this Bluetooth-capable printer lets Mom print photos of the new baby directly from her phone. The pictures develop as soon as they're printed and it takes less than two minutes.


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Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera


If Mom wants to take baby pictures without bothering with her phone, there’s this fun vintage-inspired instant film camera. It comes in three signature colors and the battery is included. Film is sold separately.


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For well-deserved pampering 


Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray


Available in seven colors, this extendable bath caddy is made from high-quality bamboo. It features a tablet/book tray, cupholder, candle holder, and other compartments to make relaxing in the tub a lot easier.


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My Zero Waste Farm Store Organic Lavender Spa Gift Set


This all-natural spa set comes with a variety of organic lavender spa essentials. It includes two bath bombs, a hand-poured soy candle, a jar of bath soak salts, a bar of handmade soap, a bathtub tea bag, peppermint lip balm, as well as a few wooden accessories.


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Miko Foot Massager


This heat-based foot massager features deep-kneading and compression capabilities as well as five pressure settings. It comes with two wireless remotes in case one gets lost, and a washable foot liner for convenience. 


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For everyday ease

Sweetwater Decor Best Mom Ever Coffee Mug


That first Mother's Day is a great opportunity to get a new mom her very first "best mom" mug. This 14-ounce mug is made from stone with a natural base. It says "Best Mom Ever" in black lettering across a cream-colored background. It's dishwasher- and microwave-safe.


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Joy Apparel USA Magical Mom Shirt


Available in 12 colors and several sizes, this cotton T-shirt is great for the Disney-loving new mom. It says "I'm a Disney Mom, it's like a regular mom but more magical" across the front in white lettering.


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Tea Drops Bagless Tea Party Pack


There are 25 individually wrapped, lightly sweetened tea "drops" in this set in five soothing flavors. This tea is packed with antioxidants and it's environmentally friendly with less waste than traditional tea bags.


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Hoka One One Bondi 7 Women’s Shoes


For the mom on the go, there are these breathable sneakers with foam-padded insoles. The shoes are made from synthetic materials with a rubber sole and come in 12 colors. Half-sizes and wide widths are available. 


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Breville Juice Fountain Cold Plus Centrifugal Juicer


This dual-speed stainless steel juicer has an extra-wide chute and a precision mesh filter designed to protect vitamins and minerals. It comes with a juice jug, froth separator, cleaning brush, and a removable spout.


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Contributing authors: Emily Verona, Margot Malverty, and Laura Duerr 

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