30+ Mother’s Day gifts perfect for new moms and moms-to-be
Because there is nothing more special than a new mama's first Mother's Day.
By Megan Lane and Sara Goldstein Updated April 24, 2023
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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 2023.
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
One month of helping her tackle her to-do list
When you’re pinned under a new baby (or waiting for one to arrive), your to-do list can pile up pretty quickly. Don’t have time to help her yourself? Yohana is a premium concierge service she can use right through her phone to juggle everything from meal planning to finding a local handyman to fix a broken washing machine. Their team of helpers can even book appointments and help plan birthday parties. It’s like giving her a second set of hands!
Sleep Tight Kit
From relaxing during yoga or meditation to snagging a good night’s sleep, the Asutra Eye Pillow makes a great gift for an exhausted new mama. The light-blocking design is made with two separate pieces–a skin-soothing silk exterior which can be used on its own and a removable zippered pouch containing flax seeds and lavender to add some gentle weight and aromatherapy. It also comes with extra to add or refresh the mask later on! And while you can pop it in the fridge for an extra dose of chill relaxation, the kit also includes a gel eye mask when she really needs to de-puff and a bottle of their dreamy Mist Your Mood sleep spray.
citymini Sling Diaper Bag
If she’s already tired of lugging around a giant diaper bag, she needs the citymouseny citymini Sling Diaper Bag in her life. This functional sling diaper bag packs everything she needs into a silhouette that’s so stylish she’ll carry it even when leaving the babe behind. Designed by a mom who wanted something that checked all the boxes, it does all that and then some. Inner pouches sized perfectly for diapers and wipes? Check. A snug spot to hold a sippy cup? Got it. Magnetic close pockets to keep essentials secure? Of course. Water-resistant and washable material? That too. The only thing you have to debate about is which of the six fab strap designs to choose from.
Portable Sound Machine
If on-the-go naps are her sanity saver, the Dreamegg is about to become her favorite gift ever. With a near perfect rating and tons of rave reviews, there’s a lot to love about this portable white noise powerhouse. Not only does it last up to 30 hours on a single charge, it’s loaded with 21 soothing sounds, including the “shhhhhhh” which every parent knows is baby soothing wizardry.
The Everything Cover
An accessory that multitasks just as hard as she does, the super soft Everything Cover from Bodily makes a thoughtful gift for any breastfeeding mama. It’s a nursing cover. A stroller blanket. A chic extra layer that feels pulled together even if she can’t recall the last time she washed her hair. The possibilities are endless!
Wick Rechargeable LED Lamp
Light the way to nighttime feeding with the most sleek and stylish lamp we’ve ever set our eyes on. The Wick Rechargeable LED Table Lamp by Graypants offers the glow of candlelight without the hazard of actual fire. The portable and dimmable candle stick is beautiful as a bedside reading light or to create cozy ambiance anywhere she wants to curl up.
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.
Our Monthly Diaper Bundle
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.
Summer Fridays• $80
Moms Self Care Kit
Pamper her while giving back! This special edition kit of Summer Friday’s award-winning beauty products was curated by founder Lauren Ireland just for mamas to include everything she needs to get her glow on: a mini Jet Lag mask, mini Summer Silk Nourishing Body Lotion, vanilla Lip Butter Balm, and Babymoon Belly Balm to hydrate and plump tired skin from head to toe. Everything is tucked into the cutest purple boucle cloud pouch which is great for keeping her diaper bag organized. Best of all, 100% of profits will be donated to Baby2Baby to support their mission to provide children living in poverty with the basic necessities that every child deserves.
She needs coffee and she needs it now. Stock her freezer with the no-gadget necessary coffee pods from Cometeer and you’ve basically given her her very own barista. The flash-frozen pods deliver at-home coffee that’s as good (if not better) than a cafe and do it without any mess in just seconds. From hot coffee to fancy iced lattes, they’re a new mama’s BFF.
Manta Sleep Mask Sound
Chances are, sleep is a little elusive these days. Help her grab some precious zzz’s anytime, anywhere with this sleep mask on steroids. Not only does it completely block out light, the softly structured design features razor-thin Bluetooth headphones to immerse her in sound as she drifts off. Paired with her favorite meditation app, white noise or music, she’ll be counting sheep in no time.
Smash + Tess• $84
Stay as comfy as possible on those laid back days! The loose fit (but not frumpy) Saturday Romper from Smash + Tess 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.) Double thumbs up for their inclusive sizing which ranges from 3XS-4X
Roam Homegrown• $38
Oversized Santal + Coconut Candle
With its luxe, coconut and woody scent and 60 hour burn time, the Oversized Santal + Coconut Candle from the family-owned Roam Homegrown makes a great gift. Each of their scents are inspired by standout moments from their RV travels and may even ignite her own baby-in-tow wanderlust.
Fits Everybody Maternity Nursing Scoop Bralette
I don’t know what kind of sorcery Skims uses, but there are no undergarments on the earth more comfortable than theirs. And as a new mom, comfy bras and undies are a non-negotiable. Thankfully, Skims has plenty of offerings to gift her for Mother’s Day–including the Fits Everybody Maternity Nursing Scoop Bralette. The clip-down design is made from their super stretchy signature fabric which supports without compressing and miraculously doesn’t stretch out either. It’s also double ply for leak protection and can accommodate a pump as well.
New Mama Gift Set
It’s no secret that caring for herself after baby is equal parts necessary and challenging. Gift her with a little extra help from Needed–one of our favorite pre and postnatal nutrition brands. Curated just for new mamas, this supportive bundle includes their Sleep + Relaxation chamomile powder, Stress Support supplements, a variety pack of their Hydration Support packets, plus a Needed onesie (size 3-6 months) for her little one.
Shearling Wool Clog
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 Shearling Wool clogs keep feet warm without overheating and bring a bit of luxury to your long days.
Mama & Mini Diamond Bracelet Set
What better way to commemorate her first Mother’s Day than with matching diamond bracelets? These 14k gold beauties each feature a bezel set diamond and an adjustable clasp so they can be worn and cherished for years to come.
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
Editorial Photo Baby
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
Amelie Hand Knit Organic Cotton Throw
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
Amelia Pumping & Nursing Crop Cami
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.
Afterglow Massage Oil Candle
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.
Related: 5 massage candles that are sure to up the ante between the sheets
Ursa Major• $34
Making Moves Milky Cleanser
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 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!
Brunette the Label• $99
Mother Not Your Boyfriend's Crew Neck Sweatshirt
Cozy and slouchy, she’ll want to straight up live in this limited edition crew neck from Vancouver-based Brunette the Label. (Especially if you throw in the matching version for her mini.) Their entire Mother’s Day collection is made for lounging while proudly displaying her new favorite title.
Ef the Label Stormy Green Mama Waffle Robe
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.
Ember Mug 2
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.
Unwinding doesn’t have to mean pouring a glass of wine. If she’s still holding off on alcohol or simply in favor of an non-alcoholic alterative, Hiyo’s “sparkling social tonics” are a sensorial delight. Along with palate-pleasing fruits like blackberry and lemon, watermelon and lime, and peach and mango, each of the flavors contain adaptogens, nootropics and botanicals which can contribute to a feeling of calm relaxation. (A feeling they refer to as “the float.”) They’re not overly sweet at all with tasty fruity notes and not a hint of bitterness or metallic flavor that you can sometimes expect with similar drinks. Gift her the variety pack and Happy Hour just got happier!
Nurtured 9• $119-199
New Mom Gift Box
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 guided 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.
Carry All Tote Trio
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.
Original Bag Organizer
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
Zero-Proof Cocktail Subscription Box
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.
Form 2 Pro
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.
Related: 11 must-try sex toys for yourself (or with a partner)
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.