Moms who already have kids have a lot of those baby essentials when a newborn arrives, so what should you gift her that she'll really appreciate?
A mom who's just welcomed baby #2 (or #3, or #4, or #5...) knows what she really needs when she gets home from the hospital is a large supply of the basics. Think diapers, wet wipes, diaper rash cream, nipple balm, muslin cloths, baby bibs, onesies, and anything else new moms just can't get through a day without. Pop all these new baby essentials in a box and wrap it up—we guarantee it'll be a much-appreciated gift.
If you want to go beyond the basics, here are nine other ideas for showering a mom who's just added another little one to her brood.
Ask any mom of a newborn and older kids what she really wants, and near the top of the list will be "a break." You simply can't underestimate the value of some child-free time. You don't need to wait until the baby is older to give the gift of babysitting. Spending a couple of hours in the family home gives the mom a chance to take a long bath, read a book, go for a walk—anything we take for granted before we become parents. If the baby sleeps while you're sitting, make yourself useful and do some laundry, ironing, or tidying.
2. Storage Boxes
With each new baby comes a lot of new stuff: more equipment, gadgets, clothes, and toys. Make a new mom's life easier (or at least less cluttered) by gifting her some savvy storage options. Matching containers make attractive, movable toy storage; hooks and shelves are perfect for clothes and towels; and a personalized wooden box is perfect for all those special keepsakes.
3. A Pamper Day
Breakfast in bed and luxury bath products are great ways to pamper mom, but nothing beats getting out of the house and away from the kids for an entire day when every waking moment is spent feeding, burping, and changing diapers. Whisk a new mom off for a pamper day at a local salon for relaxing treatments, adult conversation...and as much silence as she wants.
4. Baby Sling/Carrier
A baby sling or carrier is a great gift for a mom who has an older child who's still in a stroller, but it also comes in handy around the house when both hands are needed to deal with the needs of other kids. A huge range of baby slings and carriers are available; shop around and see what comes recommended by moms.
5. Family Photo Session
It's easy for moms to capture their newborn's every movement with their smartphone and have it posted on social media or emailed to friends and family within seconds. This makes a traditional photo session a really special gift. Like many things, it's often something that's done for the first child and forgotten about for the next. It's a lovely, permanent visual record of the mom's growing family—something she'll treasure more than the endless Facebook selfies.
6. A Clean House
No new mom should have to worry about housework when she's in that sleep-deprived, chaotic newborn haze. Give her a helping hand and hire a cleaner to give her entire house the once-over. Bringing a new baby home can be stressful (no matter how many times you've done it before) so anything you can do to make life easier—and cleaner!—for Mom will go a long way.
7. Food Parcels
New moms need to eat! Help her keep her strength up without having to spend ages in the kitchen preparing and cooking meals. Lots of restaurants, cafes, delicatessens, and health food stores create food parcels and deliver them locally. Alternatively, make a list and go shopping on her behalf with all the basics she needs for the next few days or weeks, then spend a day in her kitchen cooking up some tasty, nutritious, freezable family dinners.
8. Gift Card
It's a great idea to gift baby clothes, but there's always the danger that the mom will end up with dozens of outfits in the same size. If she has a child of the same sex, she might have a closet full of hand-me-downs as well. This is where a gift card for a cute baby clothing store is a great choice. Moms can hold onto the gift card and choose items she knows she needs for certain ages once she's had a chance to figure out where the gaps in baby's wardrobe are. If you and other friends, relatives, or co-workers are clubbing together to buy a gift card, the higher value will allow the mom to buy a larger baby product, such as a new car seat or bounce chair.
This gift has absolutely nothing to do with the new baby and everything to do with the mom. Gift the new mom in your life a bottle (or crate, if you're feeling particularly generous) of her favorite wine, and when she's finally putting her feet up at the end of a hectic day, she'll be toasting you for your superb gift-giving skills. If she's not a drinker, a pack of her favorite mocktail mix or box of luxury chocolates will have the same effect.