Do you know someone who just had a baby, or will be having a new baby soon? Having your first baby can be so overwhelming and there are just so many options out there for moms to choose from these days. I have put together a list of gift ideas for a first time mom, and trust me as a mom of 3 these are things that you will actually use. If you are looking for a baby shower gift or picking up something for yourself, there are gift ideas for every type of mom.
18+ Gift Ideas for a First Time Mom
Something new moms stress a lot about is how they are going to feed their baby. First thing to remember is that fed is best, and to offer support to the mom rather then advice. I breastfed all 3 of my kids, but they all also had bottles from time to time. We have gift ideas for every budget from a small gift ideas to items that would make a great group gift as well. Click on any of the links, videos or photos for more information or to purchase the items.
Gift Ideas for Breast Feeding and Bottle Feeding Moms
Nursing Pillow – nothing beats a great nursing pillow. They will keep help mom and baby comfortable during feedings. Nursing Pillows are also great once babies get a bit older to help them to learn to sit.
Nursing Bras – Another must have for nursing mom, great comfortable nursing bras. You can never have too many and don’t settle for ones from the big box stores that don’t fit or feel nice. Bravado Nursing bras are hands down my favourite. They are comfortable and offer several styles so you are never stuck with a one-size-fits all option. My personal favourite is the Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra it is supportive yet so comfortable. However they also have several options with more structure or padding, and super soft Nursing Tanks which make perfect PJs. Here is are some of the bras I have:
Aleva Naturals provide the best options in terms of Baby Bath Products and Baby Skin Care. As a new parent the touch and feel of your newborns delicate skin is super important to protect which is why I choose to use Aleva Natural Products. Aleva naturals use natural and plant based products for both mom and baby. Aleva naturals do not use any hidden chemicals and there are no added toxins that cause skin irritations, or dryness. Aleva Naturals Maternity and Baby Skincare products were tested and developed by a naturopath, herbalist and pharmacist to ensure the products only use pure, natural and safe ingredients that are gentle on baby’s eyes and mild on the most sensitive skin.
Some of the great Aleva Natural Products I have used are:
Aleva Naturals Calendula Plus Nature’s Skin Remedy – An organic skin rash cream that uses nature’s antibotics and healing ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter to heal skin rashes, scrapes, eczema, and burns.
Aleva Naturals Soothing Comfort Chest Rub – A non greasy chest rub that has the scent of Eucalyptus and lavender oils to open up babies airways when they have a cold.
Aleva Naturals Sleep Easy Calming Lotion – A calming moisturizer that can be used to massage baby to sleep, and leaves babies skin feeling soft and silky. Enriched with pure Lavender and Chamomile Oils that help soothe and relax your baby to a long and restful sleep.
Aleva Naturals Bamboo Baby Sensitive Wipes – Created for babies who are prone to eczema and allergic to fragrances, these wipes are more gentle and natural for baby’s bottom.
Playtex Baby Bottles Gift Set – The Playtex Ventaire bottles were some of my favourites as they had a wide nipple that made for easy breast to bottle to breast transitions with all 3 of my kids. I also appreciated that there was no ongoing costs of needing to buy bags to use the bottles. You can see in the video below the features that I likes so much about these bottles. This gift set would make a great gift for a mom who is choosing formula, or a breast feeding mom who gives an occasional bottle.
Diapering Gift Ideas for First Time Moms
Baby Diapers – One of the biggest expenses all new parents have is diapers. While it might seem like a “simple” gift, the gift of diapers is one that moms and dads will truly appreciate. Picking up a pack of size 1 diapers is great, but babies grow fast so grabbing size 2 or 3 is not a bad idea.
Diaper Clutch – A great portable changing pad is a lifesaver for anyone with a new baby. You’re going to have to change those diapers at some point when you’re on the go.
Diaper Bag – A great diaper bag is one of the most important things a new mom will ever own. It allows her to travel freely with her baby, and with all the supplies she needs to get out of the house with baby. And don’t be fooled there are so many different diaper bags out there now, you can find one to suit every style.
Diaper Pail – Now the issue of where the diapers go after you are done with them can be a smelly problem to deal with. Luckily there are products like the Diaper Genie Diaper Pail for disposable diapers or the UBBI Stainless Steel Diaper Pail which works well for cloth or disposable diapers to help keep the stink if diapers contained.
Cloth Diapers – You may want to ask if the mom-to-be is planning to cloth diaper. Cloth diapers are coming back, and they are so adorable now is lots of fun prints and can save the family lots of money in the long run. Cloth diapers are not as hard as some people believe, trust me I cloth diapered all 3 of my kids and even had 2 in cloth at the same time! If the mom-to-be is planning on cloth diapering, you can’t go wrong with a Rumparooz One Size diaper. They are a great quality diaper that will fit from 8-35+lbs, and just look at these prints:
Household Gift Ideas for New Moms
Video Baby Monitor – Before I had kids I thought, why would anyone need a video baby monitor. They were not around when I grew up and my parents did just fine. And then I had my first, the thing I didn’t realize about babies was all the different noises and sounds they make! Instead of creeping in to the room to check to see if they are awake, you can have a quick check on the video baby monitor to see what is going on. Many also have a 2 way talk feature that was useful once my kids were toddlers and started to try to get out of bed. I was able to remind them to stay in bed without having to go up to their room.
Plug Protectors – The new baby may not be crawling or walking yet but it’s never too soon to start babyproofing the home. These are such a simple item and parents of small children can never have enough of them.
Teethers – teething is hard on everyone in the family, give the new mom some teethers to have on hand when she needs them. The Munch Mitt Baby Teething Mitten was one we used a lot as the baby doesn’t have to hold it, and therefore you are not picking it off the floor every 2 seconds. See the Munch Mitt in action here:
Booster Seat – Now I know when you think if buying a gift for a new mom things like high chairs seem a long way off, but babies grow up so fast, and in just a few short months they will need a place to be sitting around the table. I like booster seats as they offer flexibility to take with you when you visit friend or grandparents, and don’t take up too much space in the kitchen.
Babywearing Gifts for New Moms
Stretchy Wrap Carrier – I think every new mom should have a baby carrier, it is hard enough trying to get anything done with a newborn, but doing it with 1 hand makes it even harder. When I brought my oldest home from the hospital the first thing I did was start getting him in a carrier so that I could have my hands free to do things like… make myself some food! My wrap was never far from my side, and I have let several friends borrow it was well.
Structured Baby Carrier – Once babies get bigger then 20+ lbs I liked to switch to a more structured carrier so I could carry the baby’s weight on my hips and back rather then on my shoulders. A couple of my favourite, because yes I had more then one, are Beco Baby Carrier, Onya Baby Carrier and Chimparoo Baby Carrier
Cabywearing Coat – Babywearing is a year round activity, and having a babywearing coat makes getting out with baby even easier. No worrying about having the stroller or other people touching your baby (much easier to fend off people when baby is up with you). And with so many affordable options these days, they make a great gift.
More Gift Ideas for New Moms
Car Seat Cover – Car seat safety guidelines highlight that babies should not be wearing coats, bulky sweaters or snowsuits. Car seat covers that go over the car seat and do not impact the straps or latching system are a good option for protecting baby from the elements when going to and from the car. We had a Petit Coulou Winter Car seat cover for our third baby.
Great Baby Shower Gifts for Mom from Aleva: The Perfect gift for moms during pregnancy and after delivery!
Aleva Naturals Bamboo Fem Wipes – A wipe that is gentle and can be used to wipe and refresh intimate areas during pregnancy and after delivery.
Aleva Naturals Foaming Fem Wash – A unique wash that helps refresh, clean, and soothe intimate areas during pregnancy and after delivery.
Now that you have this awesome list of goodies you will be able to find the perfect gift idea for a first time mom.