Five gifts that new mums really want (and need)

A friend of mine gave birth to her second son recently, so I was at the shops looking for a gift for the her and the little one when it suddenly occurred to me: "Does she really need another blanket? Or toy? Or cute little jumpsuit that bub will in all likelihood only wear once or twice?" I realised, through my own experience as a mum, that the answer is no.

As I think back on those fuzzy, sleepless days and nights, I remember so clearly now what it was that I truly appreciated and needed and I'm telling you, it isn't a teddy bear. Here are some practical gift ideas any new mum will appreciate.
Food -  I remember crying tears of joy in those hazy baby days, when my lovely mother in law turned up at my door with a week's worth of homemade meals that I could easily heat up and eat. It was such a blessing not to have to worry about cooking and grocery shopping and the washing of dirty dishes and is a gift truly appreciated. Quiches, pies, casseroles and soups are great meal ideas.

Cleaning service - New mums are told to sleep when the baby sleeps, but new mums also have to cook, eat, shower and clean. One of the best gift a new mum or any mum, in fact can have is hiring a cleaner, so the house is clean, tidy and sparkly (even when mum is covered in drool herself). A cleaning service like Helpling can help any mum find a professional cleaner to meet her housekeeping needs.

Overnight babysitting - With the constant feeding, soothing and nappy changing 24/7, new mums are inevitably sleep deprived. I remember when Alex was a newborn, I used to fantasize about having a solid 8 hours sleep. If you're good with little babies, offer to babysit overnight, if not, you can engage a professional overnight nanny. My soon-to-be-launched nanny agency will provide such a service to new mums.

Streaming TV and movie service - There's actually not much to do while breastfeeding, apart from staring at your sweet little bundle of joy. Which I did, a lot. I also spent so many of my breastfeeding hours watching catch up TV (like The Bachelor, for example) on my iphone. And there are so many movies I'd have missed out on if not for TV and movie streaming services.

Nappies and wipes - Fact: babies poo A LOT. And they pee A LOT. And they make A LOT of mess. So naturally new mums go through boxes and boxes of nappies very very quickly, which makes nappies and wipes a very welcome gift. While not the most exciting of gifts, this one is certainly the most practical.

Do you have any other practical gift ideas for new mums?

11 Responses to Five gifts that new mums really want (and need)

Anouk said...

I had a dream last night that I was taking care of a little baby boy who wasn't my own though. I have no idea what inspired this dream but I have been thinking about it all day long. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come...

Sharon D said...

I love these gift ideas, Trishie. I have nappies and wipes in mind for a friend who's a new mom. :D

Rose said...

I am actually thinking of getting diapers for my friend's new baby! She gave birth last week.

Lovely practical ideas, Trishie. True enough, most hampers that I received were not really used up. Clothings maybe; but not other stuff as I had preferred brands.

Pamela RG said...

These are wonderful suggestions. Your talking from your own experience which is really great.

Lady of the Manor said...

Wonderful ideas! You are so right about all of the clothes and blankets, although cute ( and a few are necessary), your suggestions are so practical and spot on. One more thing I might suggest is opening a savings account or college fund. It's hard to think that far ahead when your little one is tiny but the time goes quickly and if the account has been started, it's easier to put some of those birthday dollars away for later. This is a good idea for older relatives who don't always know what baby/tot needs or wants. Also, when he's little, he really doesn't care what he gets. 😊

trishie said...

What a great idea!

burntfeather said...

This is a great list, I think I'm always tempted to buy a toy or clothing (knowing not much about newborns!_ and I'm sure other present buyers are thinking the same!

Enara Girl said...

I agree with you and I want to be a mum. I have a kawaii box giveaway, I think you will like it. xoxo

akiko hiramatsu said...

All great gifts!
I would love to TV service for someone soon!

akiko

kidgranny said...

These are all such great ideas. Especially food! My friend is about to give birth to her second baby, and she said all she wants are baby formulas & diapers. No toys or clothes!

Beauty Box said...

Yup totally agree esp since she prob has all the necessities from her first child. Help and support in the important daily tasks would be gold.