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When a baby is first born, new parents spend a few days at the hospital with around-the-clock nursing staff, bouquets of flowers, tons of visitors and helium balloons in pastel hues. But what happens when mama and baby are discharged and arrive home? Reality hits.
New moms suffer from a lack of sleep, a fair amount of crying (hers and baby), bodily discomfort and many complicated emotions. So who deserves something special more than a mama who is celebrating Mother's Day for the first time ever? No one. From stylish loungewear to cozy (and washable!) throws, we rounded up a wide-ranging list of gift ideas specifically for new moms who may need a helping hand for Mother's Day 2022.
Check out our favorite Mother's Day gifts for new moms–there's something for every one!
Best Mother's Day Gifts for New Moms
Solly Baby• $69
Want to give her the gift of less crying, more connection with her babe and the confidence that she can rock this mamahood thing? It’s a tall order, but a comfy baby carrier can check those boxes. One of our favorites? The Solly baby wraps. They’re made from a single piece of lightweight and sustainable tencel fabric that’s super breathable and stretchy which makes them comfortable year round. Given the simple design, the fit is completely customizable and can be used up to 25 pounds.
Want to really make her day? Opt for their limited edition Mother’s Day bundle instead and score not just a wrap for baby but a pair of super soft pajamas for mama, Hatch bath soak and a signature swaddle for $189 (a $220 value!)
Between the goods and the thoughtfulness of crossing something off her to-do list, a month’s supply of diapers and wipes is a home run gift for a new mama. We’re big fans of the EWG-verified goods from Healthybaby. Both are made from clean and sustainable materials and ingredients that are as gentle on baby as they are on the planet.
Bring the spa to her with the perfectly indulgent limited edition Spacation Set from Esker. Their dreamy body wash and super nourishing body oil are both packed with organic ingredients to pamper and hydrate tired skin even if all she can squeeze in is a quick shower. It also includes a hemp and organic cotton towel with a sweet reminder embroidered along the edge.
Universal Standard• $84
Stay as comfy as possible on those around the house days! The loose fit drop crotch jumpsuit from Universal Standard feels like jammies but looks far more stylish. The top is easy to pull down for nursing and two front pockets provide a place to stash essentials like pacifiers or chapstick (seriously, the postpartum dryness is real.)
When you’re not leaving the house for days at a time, you want some soft slippers to move around the house in. Parachute’s version are soft booties that bring luxury to your long days.
Pure Rosy• $29
It’s no secret that new moms can’t use tampons for several weeks after giving birth, and does any lady really like pads? Pure Rosy created three variations of period panties and our fave absorbs up to three tampons worth of blood using leakproof technology. These are so stylish and trendy, you would have no idea what the panties are truly designed for by looking at them (or even touching them. They’re so thin!)
Paper Culture• $31.49
Paper Culture crafts gorgeous photo books, in soft or hardcover, so mom can save her favorite memories and milestones all in one place. With 20 pages per book, you can choose the photos and place them where you want, including the cover image—some pages even have a fancy layout with room for two or three smaller pictures. For eco-conscious moms, let them know that a tree is planted for every photo book that is purchased.
Yaya & Co• $248
YaYa & Co’s luxurious throw blanket is literally the best of the best. Despite the fact that it’s hand knit, new moms can use their washing machine and dryer to remove stains or maintain cleanness (most new moms don’t want to drive to the dry cleaner!). With breathable and non-allergenic 100% organic cotton, every new mom deserves to cozy up beneath this throw while watching TV, either by herself for some alone time or with her new baby and partner.
Davin & Adley• $49
The beautiful thing about Davin & Adley’s breastfeeding bralettes is that you can wear them when you’re done nursing, too. The cropped cami is stylish with a lace detail back, easy to use, well-made and comfortable for new moms with sore nipples. Moms can wear this by itself in the warmer months, layer with a tank or wear as a sports bra once physical activity is approved by her doctor.
The multipurpose massage oil candles from luxury sex toy company JIMMYJANE come in several aromatherapy scents that are clinically proven to heighten your senses while nourishing the skin. New moms enjoy the pleasant aroma, as well as the fact that the melted, high-tech wax can be applied instead of body oil for moisturization, sensual full body massages from your partner and in place of external arousal oils.
Ursa Major• $34
Hormonal changes can send postpartum skin into a tizzy which no mama has time for. Care for everything from redness and irritation to dry, dull skin with Ursa Major’s latest clean skincare hero, Making Moves Milky Cleanser. Not only is it the perfect intersection of gentle and effective, but it pulls double duty as an exfoliator when applied to dry skin and left on for 30-60 seconds before washing. Three cheers for multitasking!
The best Mother’s Day gift for new moms has three qualities: coziness, comfortability and an easy way to remove when it’s time to breastfeed, and the mama waffle robe checks all those boxes. You can personalize her new present and with embroidered letters, perhaps mom’s name or just the word “mom,” the choice is yours.
There’s nowhere you can’t go with this stroller wagon hybrid that combines the ease and maneuverability of a stroller with the classic fun of a wagon. We tested this one on myriad surfaces and especially love the smooth ride (thanks to those big ol’ wheels) and the cup holders. What’s more, they’ve got an entire eco-system of awesome add-ons to make it the ultimate here-to-there contraption. From travel system adapters for the tiniest riders to cold weather kits to keep little ones warm, it’s a splurge that pays for itself in no time.
So, on average how many times do you reheat that same cup of coffee every morning? Once because someone pooped their pants the second you poured it. Twice because you were then interrupted by a scavenger hunt for someone’s left rain boot. Three times because you completely forgot about it in the microwave after the boot was found, right? WELL. TIMES HAVE CHANGED, MAMA. Enter the Ember mug. Packed with an app-enabled heating element, the Ember mug keeps hot beverages at exactly the temperature you tell it to long enough for you to drink it–a lifesaver for new mamas juggling all the things. Go ahead, earn yourself best gift giver ever status.
Splendid Spoon• $65
Nothing says love quite like stocking her fridge with power foods she can grab and devour at a moment’s notice. Ideal for new mamas, Splendid Spoon offers a wide variety of plant-based meals and snacks that hit the spot every time. They’ve got everything from smoothies and vitamin-packed wellness shots to seriously craveable grain bowls and soups which are pre-cooked and simply need to be reheated. (The coconut curry rice bowl which is topped with kale and cashews rivals any take out you’ve ever had!) You can opt for a subscription or choose from one of their one-time on-demand boxes and fill it with her favorites and soon-to-be-faves.
Someone Somewhere• $70
Spit up? Spilled coffee? Diaper explosions? Like water off a duck’s back, my friend. (Well, maybe not the diaper business…) Anyway, the Lifeproof Pullover is no ordinary sweatshirt. The odor-proof, stain-proof, and water-proof essential stays fresh for days despite your best efforts. Go ahead. Put it to the test.
If you’re not fueled by caffeine are you even a new parent? Make her afternoon pick-me-ups a bit brighter (and crash-free!) with the organic matcha from Tenzo Tea. The high-quality, super fine green tea powder is perfect for matcha newbies and connoisseurs alike with a deliciously nutty and not at all bitter flavor. The intro kit comes with enough matcha for 60 top notch beverages and a frother to make them barista-levels of awesome.
Nurtured 9• $119-199
If you’d rather leave the gift giving to the pros, Nurtured 9 has got you covered. Curated especially for new moms, their luxe gift boxes are filled with natural and non-toxic products from brands you know and love that pamper in every way. Choose from well-crafted themes like Replenish and Restore, C-Section Recovery or Lounge and Unwind and rest assured she’ll be smitten with every single thing in the box.
These beautifully bound journals are a great gift for the mama who wants to chronicle all of the important motherhood moments but doesn’t think she has the time. Each journal is filled with short, easy prompts, making it easy to document all the little moments she’ll never want to forget.
The best diaper bags are the ones that don’t scream “I’m a diaper bag!” Case in point?The Momkindess Carry All Tote Trio. Not only does it hold everything she needs on her travels with a brilliant 3-in-1 design that consists of a tote, organizer and removable diaper clutch (for when you just need the essentials!), it’s also made from stylish and easy-to-clean glazed canvas—so she won’t have to stress about the inevitable spills. And if you want to make the gift even more unique, check out their gorgeous woven straps that allow it to be carried as a shoulder bag or backpack.
Alternatively, you can clue her into the trick of skipping the diaper bag altogether. The clever organizers from ToteSaavy can turn pretty much any bottomless tote bag into a marvel of convenient organization. The removable insert can easily relocate from bag to bag and features 11 total pockets including an insulated pocket, key clasp, and washable changing mat. Calm, collected and ready for anything. Just like she is.
Raising the Bar• $53
For the dry mamas in the house, there’s no reason Happy Hour has to be boring. In fact, there’s a world of possibility these days with zero-proof spirits and mixers. Not sure where to start? The classy kits from Raising the Bar are just the answer. Each month they’ll send a deliciously curated box that includes everything she’ll need to craft a memorable mocktail and over time, build an impressive alcohol-free bar cart that rivals any speakeasy.
A postpartum wardrobe boost that’s as versatile as it is stylish, the Modern Nursing dress from Duet is the essential she never knew she needed. The sustainable Tencel and Organic Cotton blend fabric makes it comfy enough for lounging around the house while the classic cut is perfect for jaunts about town.
New moms are unable to have intercourse for several weeks after giving birth. The fact is—taboo or not—orgasms and sexual pleasure are forms of self care. This luxury sex toy is designed for solo or partner play, and the “ears” have dual motors for varying vibrations for the external erogenous zones. And we have to say, it is small but mighty.
Garden of Flavor• $65
Ensuring your new babe is well nourished is top of mind for new moms, but what about your own nutrients, mama? Garden of Flavor, a delivery service of cold-pressed juices, makes getting those key vitamins and probiotics easy. Their cold-pressed juices are all organic and come in flavors like Mean Greens, Twisted Roots, Turmeric Tonic and more. Bonus: they ship directly to your doorstep and with an easy twist-off cap, you can sip on your juice with one hand while holding your mini-me in the other.
A version of this story was published April 28, 2021. It has been updated.