Everyone likes to give nice gifts, but sometimes it’s easy to get into a gift-giving rut, especially when it comes to baby gifts. Try something different with these gift ideas that are both functional and thoughtful.
Battery operated touch lights: This comes in handy for those late night feedings and diaper changes. It’s portable and bright enough to see with, but not so bright that the light disturbs others or makes baby think it is daytime. Make sure to include extra batteries. Or go greener and get rechargeable batteries and include a battery recharging unit, which will also come in handy down the road for battery operated toys.
Books or Movies for Entertainment: During those late night hours, it is helpful to have something to occupy the time and help keep new mom or dad awake until feeding time is over. If you don’t know what kinds of movies or books she likes, then try giving a gift subscription to a mail-in movie rental place or gift cards to a local bookstore.
Nursing Pillow: For nursing mothers, this is a definite back-saver. Nursing pillows help position baby comfortably for nursing. They come in different sizes and shapes, the most commonly used is “U” shaped. There are even pillows for nursing twins simultaneously.
Offer Your Help: Make a coupon book with things you want to do to help her. Coupons could include a run to the grocery store for her, babysitting an older sibling for her, cleaning house for her, or bringing over dinner for her. Be sure to put your phone number on the coupon so she doesn’t have to look for it. Surprise her by doing a service without being asked first so she understands you are serious about her redeeming the coupons, but you might call ahead to make sure she’ll be home.
Beauty Care Gift Certificate: It is not uncommon for a new mom to feel a little less than pretty. Give the gift of pampering. Treat her to a free massage, pedicure, manicure, facial, or even a haircut. You might even offer to watch the kids while she goes out.
Nursing Cover: This is a gift of convenience and mobility for a nursing mother. She can nurse in public while still maintaining modesty. Nursing covers come in many styles and patterns. Light weight and breathable fabrics are a quality to look for when choosing one.
Fabric Baby Wraps: These kinds of baby carriers help baby feel secure and give mom a mostly hands-free, comfortable option. There are a few different styles with pros and cons to each. Most can be used into toddler years. Fabric baby wraps are usually not available in stores, but are readily available online.
Sources: Experience as a Mother