There's something extra special about the first holiday season as a new parent. And of course we want to get the new parents in our lives an extra special gift—something that says "I love the baby, but you matter, too." Baby's first holiday is so exciting, but it is important to remember that this is holiday season looks a whole lot different as a parent.
So what should you gift? Consider products (or services!) that honor the challenges of new parenthood while recognizing how amazing it can be. And since those can be hard to find, our team has curated a list to make it easier for you to shop so you can focus on what matters most.
Here's what we're gifting our favorite mamas and dads:
Countdown to Mama
The Countdown to Mama 14-Gift Box is like an advent calendar for pregnant people, and that's awesome. Every day mama gets a little surprise while she looks forward to meeting her little one. These presents aren't just nice to have, they reduce stress, too. It's nice to know that you already have some necessities on hand. The gifts include a nursing cover and a silicone breast pump (but also beautiful jewelry and bath bombs for mom.
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Artifact Uprising baby book: The Story of You
We've seen a lot of baby books and can confirm this one outdoes all others. There's a reason why it is a bestseller. It's as individual and unique as your baby, allowing you with enough space to write down memories next to photos. And like everything from Artifact Uprising, it's simply beautiful.
M.M.LaFleur + Motherly Morandi sweater
This is the ultimate (machine-washable!) cozy sweater that's perfect for mama to cozy up in or dress up for going back to work. Our favorite part? You can grab baby a tiny matching one (which is seriously so adorable). Use code MOTHERLY19 for an exclusive set of recorded meditations. And check out our full Motherly capsule collection here.
Ergobaby all carry positions baby carrier
Every new parent needs a quality carrier and we love how this one allows for multiple carrying positions, including the forward facing (but ergonomic) option that so many dads dig. This is most ideal for when baby is a bit older, starting at around 4 months.
The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama
The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is the pregnancy book you've been waiting for. It is evidence-based, non-judgmental and warm, and focuses on the beautiful baby and expecting mama.
Google home mini
It's a smart speaker. It's a sound machine. It's a way to ask your partner to bring you another bottle (without just shouting down the hallway). The Google Home Mini is a must for new parents. We use ours all day, every day. Pro tip: You'll want one for every room.
Thinx all-star set
This set of Thinx's most popular period-proof panties makes a great gift for a new mom. It includes a black hip-hugger, grey cotton brief and a black sport panty so she can try out all the styles and figure out which one works best for her body.
Aerie move high-waisted leggings
Every mama needs a pair of high-waisted leggings (no working out required). These are an amazing dupe for the Lululemon Align legging, at a fraction of the cost. They cover enough of the tummy to add support, come in several different lengths and feel like butter.
Daily Harvest subscription
Here's a fact: New parents are starving, but also have no time to eat. If you don't have time to be their meal train (of if they're past those first few weeks after birth), a subscription to Daily Harvest is the next best thing to keep them stocked with easy and nutritious smoothies. No less than five members of #TeamMotherly are avid subscribers.
Prices vary depending on frequency.
Ingrid + Isabel mama gold necklace
An accessory fit for a new mama, this beautiful 16-inch necklace from Ingrid & Isabel is an Insta-worthy way for a new mom to show off her new title with pride.
Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA
This book is a present for baby and a joke (but not really) for parents. Nothing is better than gifting a laugh.
Grayson flannel shirt
The most comfortable (and well-made) button-up you'll ever wear. The fit flatters so many body types and it's slightly structured, making it easy to dress up. Plus, it's breastfeeding-friendly and machine washable.
Jane Pope jewelry name ring
Parents spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect name for their baby and this gift is a great way to honor the beauty of a that and the bond between mother and child. This one is a splurge, but te hand-engraved 14k gold name ring is perfect for sentimental mamas in your life.
Womanly Made mother top
A beautiful gift to give to a new proud mama. It's made of 100% cotton and is breathable—perfect for postpartum sweats or cozy nursing sessions. Plus, each purchase helps a mama in need.
Dyson cordless stick vacuum
If you are shopping for a family with babies and fur babies, they'll love how quickly this vacuum picks up pet hair (and any mess the human baby can throw at it). One of our editors says it's perfect for quick clean ups, but powerful enough to do a deep clean.
Instant Pot 3-Quart 7-in-1 pressure cooker
The Instant Pot is the perfect gift for new parents because it really is effortless cooking.
The Instant Pot is changing the way our families eat and makes postpartum meal prep so simple.
Grey State Apparel sweatshirt
This terry cotton blend makes this sweatshirt feel exactly like your favorite one that you've had since college. Easy to toss on, mama will appreciate loungewear that really does look good.
Roborock S4 robot vacuum
It is hard to find the time (and energy) to vacuum as a new parent, so this WiFi enabled device (which can connect to Amazon's Alexa) is truly the gift that keeps on giving. It's a time hack that keeps the floor clean for a crawling little one.
Third Love 24/7 nursing bra
Finding a bra that fits is hard at the best of times, so finding a well-fitting nursing bra can be super stressful. This one takes all the stress out of finding the perfect fit with super-soft fabric, front closure and easy-open cups that really support you.
Rifle Paper Co. tapestry memoir notebook
For the mama who loves to journal, the Rifle Paper Co. Tapestry Memoir Notebook is the a thoughtful gift for this season of life. Keep track of the memories made in early parenthood in a beautiful place.
Adidas Sport OverEar headphones
We love how versatile these Adidas Sport OverEar headphones are. They're super easy to set up (just sync with any bluetooth device), sweat-proof (for those intense sessions at the gym) and all the controls for what you need are on the headphones themselves. Bonus: When we tested these, our 3-year-old loved them as much as we did. They would actually be great for long car rides with littles who want to watch their own videos in the back seat.
The Whole-Brain Child
This book is a bestseller for a reason. It educates new parents though relatable stories and offers realistic ideas for raising kids with the brain in mind.
For all the dehydrated parents who don't want to be reaching for cheap plastic bottles but are too frugal to buy themselves a fancy bottle when they're spending so much on baby bottles, wrap up a hydroflask.
Primula Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Maker
The best pour over coffee maker we've tried, the Primula is easy to use, easy to clean and makes the perfect coffee. You don't need pods, paper filters or a fancy machine, you just need the Primula, some grounds and hot water. It fits on any mug, too.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Yes, it's absolutely worth the hype and I would argue the best gift a parent can get. This phone takes such amazing pictures, new parents will have a camera roll full of high-quality baby photos.
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