All parents appreciate the flowers and the cards when they bring home their newborn but honestly, all that a new mum really wants is just a better routine, extra sleep and not have to be on her toes all the time for a couple of months.
While there’s not much you can do about it, you can give her presents that she will treasure.
NEWSPAPER FROM THE BABY’S BIRTHDAY
In a few years, we might not even remember what a newspaper looks like. Give the mum a copy so she can treasure it for her baby as he/she gets older. It would be a thoughtful memento of what the day was like when they were born.
A LEATHER BAG
This is an essential item for a mum, and a lot of people tend to overlook this when fetching for gift ideas for parents. Having a newborn means, she will be carrying around baby apparel everywhere she goes for a few years. Get her a nice leather bag with enough compartments so she can fit everything inside of it wherever she goes.
A NOTEBOOK AND A PEN
Mums can get into a fog when taking care of newborns. Gift her a cute organiser so that she can jot down her to-do-list. There are so many pretty looking organisers in the market, or you can get a little creative by buying her a leather-bound, personalised keepsake book to help her record all the special moments with her baby.
A MUSIC, FILM OR TV SUBSCRIPTION
Mums need a lot of rest, and there will be long stretches when she is home or alone with her baby. Giving her an Amazon Prime or Netflix subscription or a Google Play or iTunes voucher will help her enjoy her alone time without getting bored.
You can also gift a Kindle Amazon gift voucher for the bookworm.
Muslin squares are a god-sent when taking care of babies. It makes really handy bibs and burp cloths, comforters and much more. You can even continue to use them as the baby grows older in the kitchen, the bathroom and more.
SPORTS BOTTLE OR THERMO FLASK
Whether bottle feeding or breastfeeding, it usually takes a long time before the baby is fully satisfied. Enjoying a warm drink or just having some water will be really helpful because mobility is limited when feeding.
HOME COOKED MEALS
Nothing beats a warm home-cooked meal with the family. If you can cook, pack a week’s worth of delicious home-cooked food so that they can store it in the freezer and warm it up or defrost it just before mealtime. This will lift a big heap of pressure off their shoulder and help them save on expensive takeaways. You can also pack a box of healthy snacks to munch on when breastfeeding.
BABY AND MUM HAMPER
Hampers don’t have to be expensive. You can make your own hamper with thoughtful, inexpensive things that the mum and baby can use. You can include items like a rattle, teething rings, bibs, baby wipes, new pyjamas for the mum, nipple cream, nappy cream, luxury bath, moisturiser, shower smellies, sweets or cookies, hair ties or clips, lip balm and more.