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A couple of months ago an old friend (and mama of a two-year-old) sent me a message.
"Hey, at my baby shower you gave me earrings and said it will be important to take care of myself because it's easy to get lost and always think of your baby first. I didn't get it at the time, but I 100% get it now and I'm so grateful you said that. Not enough people real talk about parenthood and how hard it can be. Thanks for encouraging self-care and being real."
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I admit, I teared up. I've been a mom for fifteen years. Mothering without losing yourself is the hill I will die on over and over again. To know I helped even one new mama feel comfortable making herself a priority is truly a gift.
I know not everyone feels comfortable straying from the ever-important baby registry, but the truth is, offering a baby shower gift for mom can be a powerful gesture.
Moms-to-be fill their baby registries with all the gear and products that will make their little one cozy and comfortable, which of course. But what about her?
If you want to go off-script and gift something special that's just for her, we've rounded up a collection of beautiful, useful and thoughtful baby shower gifts for mom that she's sure to love.
Best baby shower gifts for mom
A version of this story was published June 22, 2021. It has been updated.