Gifts for new mums: we’re looking at the roughly 8 gazillion women who seem to have popped up on Instagram this year either announcing their pandemic pregnancy or precious new arrival. If you’re shopping for someone who became a new mum – or is now expecting a baby – we’ve got the perfect gifts for the new member of their family and for the mums/mums-to-be who deserve a treat! Here are our top picks for the best gifts for new mums:
Modal Robe from Papinelle
When your body is up to strange and unusual things, nothing really fits properly and you don’t have the energy to care, you really just want to be effortlessly comfortable. Which is when a robe enters your life and becomes your new best friend. Summer, winter or anywhere between, a robe is a must in any new mum or mum-to-be’s closet. This one from Papinelle is particularly fab – it’s lightweight, super soft and suitable for pregnant bodies, but also for pre and post-baby bodies. Yay comfort!
Modal Soft Maxi Robe in Black, $129.99
Taken Care Of Gift Box
If you won’t be seeing your new-mum friend or family member in person, maybe they’re in another town, having to isolate, or you just want to be one of those angels who just organises a delivery, rather than showing up on the doorstep, you can instead organise for this box to turn up on their doorstep. There’s a range of gift boxes available at Taken Care Of, but for this situation the ‘Little Cotton Tail’ box fits the bill perfectly. It contains a thoughtfully curated selection of treats that includes goodies for a newborn as well as some pampering for a new mum. There’s a Crochet Bunny Rattle, a set of three Babu Baby Muslin Washcloths, three Bianca Lorenne Washclothes, plus Sugar & Spice Biscuits, Sugar Lip Scrub and Coffee Meringue Kisses for mum!
Little Cotton Tail, $129
Looking to take a big ticket item off the wish-list of a mum-to-be? The SnüzPod – available at Edwards & Co – has become a go-to item to make sleep time just that bit easier with a newborn. This all-new SnüzPod4 Bedside Crib keeps baby nearby for a safe bonding experience. With dual-view mesh windows and a half-height zip-down wall for easy access, it’s functional whilst being stylish – coming in seven colours including natural (pictured), dove grey and espresso. The bassinet can easily be detached to move baby around during the day and they’ll stay very comfortable with the mesh vents that increase air flow – meaning mum and dad can get a more comfortable night’s rest.
Little Bird Juice Box
Handing over the cooking or grocery shopping when you’ve got a new little person to care for can be a godsend. If you’re looking for a treat for a new mum a meal kit or juice pack from Little Bird could be perfect. They’re a gluten-free, vegan kitchen who make all of its ingredients from scratch using fresh, organic, unrefined products, meaning it’ll likely be safe if you’re not sure if the new mum in your life now has any restrictions in her diet. A good option could be their Pick Me Up Pack which includes one delicious nut milk blend, two cold-brewed coffees (one black, one with hazelnut milk – if she’s off caffeine, these will still go down a treat for Dad!) and three bottles of cold-pressed juice blends (their range includes blends like Sunrise – with Orange, Carrot, Lemon Juice and Goji Berry Powder and Cucumber Kawakawa Cooler, containing Fennel, Green Apple, Cucumber, Mint, Kawakawa, Spinach and Lemon). They also make ready-to-heat meals, meal plans and dessert boxes that are worth a look!
Lactation Hot Chocolate
If you’ve shopping for a breast-feeding new mum – perhaps one who you know is having a hard go of it – wrap up a tub of Lactation Hot Chocolate – Coconut Chocolate from Mama’s Milk Bar. Their delicious drinking Lactation Hot Chocolate is blended with dutch Cocoa Powder, Coconut Creamy goodness and galactogogues ingredients to support breastfeeding, pumping mothers in boosting breastmilk supply. It’s also rich in MCT’s and Organic Coconut Cream for fattier milk to keep baby fed for longer too. Proudly made in NZ, only the finest ingredients go into Mama’s Milk Bar products, and this particular product is also vegan friendly, gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, nut-free and soy-free – again, great if you’re not sure (or you know!) that she’s having to restrict some foods from her diet at the moment.
Babu Terry Hooded Baby Towel
Possibly one of the cutest things ever invented, these hooded towels aremade from incredibly soft and absorbent terry towelling and trimmed with white cotton rib & coloured stitching, perfect for bundling up baby after a bath. Babies and young children have extremely sensitive skin, so Babu has made their hooded towels from only the softest cotton, meaning no more scratchy towels after bath-time – even after many washes. These make a perfect little gift!
Babu Terry Hooded Baby Towel, $34.50
All sorts of very strange things happen to your body when you’re expecting – and your hips, back and feet can bear the brunt of it all. So, why not give a gift to look after those tired toes and arches?
These Mayberry slippers by EMU are the original fluffy crossover slipper, made from all natural sheepskin. AND, no matter what time of year it is, they wrap around your aching feet to make them feel like you’re walking on clouds. They start of feeling very firm, but over time they mould to your feet to create the perfect fit. They come in a myriad of different colours, from these baby pink ones through to black.
Whether they’re cushioning her feet during pregnancy, keeping her comfortable as she pads around Birthcare, or keeping her feet warm when she wakes in the night for feeds, she’ll be sure to get plenty of use out of these cosy slippers!
EMU Mayberry Slippers, $69.63
Pure Fiji Luxurious Spa Pedicure
Speaking of tired soles, a voucher for a foot pampering or massage could be the perfect treat for a pregnant friend or family member.
With clinics all over Auckland, About Face’s Pure Fiji Luxurious Spa Pedicure is a treat for sore feet and ideal when you can no longer reach your toes. The treatment will see her enjoying a coconut milk foot soak, sugar rub exfoliation and foot and leg massage with a luscious body butter masque to hydrate. To finish, cuticles are groomed and nails painted. She will love you forever.
Dream and Discover PlayBox (0-12 weeks)
In their first three months, babies can only see strong contrasts of dark and light. That’s why this PlayBox is full of beautiful black and white toys, carefully chosen to help your little one get to know the big wide world around them.
Each play item comes with a card explaining what it is, and how to use it. The Dream & Discover PlayBox includes: Black and white book, sensory cube, round rattle, activity pendants and black and white cards.
Mini Kiwis First Aid Course
Give the gift of knowledge! Hopefully, the parent you gift this to will never need to use the information they learn in this informative online course, but should they ever find themselves in an emergency situation involving their – or another – child, they’ll know what to do.
Mini Kiwis First Aid is a comprehensive First Aid Course for parents with children under five years old and is brought to you by Jordyn – of Kiwi Birth Tales podcast fame (who also runs a wonderful hypnobirthing course, Your Birth Project). The course is instructed by Hannah who is an Extended Care Paramedic and mum of 2 children under three alongside Jordyn who acts as the course participant asking questions that come to mind for a Mum of an 18-month-old boy and newborn son.