The Ultimate Gift Guide for New Moms

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for New Moms // Happily Lindsey blog

Becoming a mom is a wonderful, magical thing. It can also be a very overwhelming life event!! With all the baby gear out there these days, it can be difficult to decide what is most important and what you will find most useful. I’ve teamed up with Angela from Mommy Diary to share our favorite items that make life easier after having a baby. {Check out her ultimate gift guide for new moms here!} Some of these items I used nonstop and others I wish someone would have told me about. So I’m sharing them all here so that no one misses out on the good stuff!

  1. Solly Baby Wrap – This thing was my saving grace. Charley always wanted to be held and be close to me. Wearing him allowed me to make myself something to eat, to pee, and to get him to sleep (it’s all about the basics in the beginning!). I loved this especially in the early days since he fit so nice and snug in there as a newborn; I always felt he was safe and secure. I’ve heard that it’s hard trying to fit newborns into structured carriers and those newborn inserts. Not only is it a hassle to set up, you have to purchase the insert separately. It all sounded too stressful to me, so I just didn’t mess with it. These wraps are so lightweight, the material is breathable and they are definitely much more stylish! It never hurts to have stylish baby gear! 😉  Not only that, but they are so easy to pack, too, which is a huge plus! As Charley got older (maybe around 3-4 months), we started using our Lillebaby carrier and we use it to this day. I love it! So comfy, so easy to use, and there are multiple carrying positions. I basically wear him every time we go grocery shopping. He enjoys being close to me and isn’t tempted to try to climb out of the shopping cart (*insert eye roll*!). Definitely money well spent on both of these carriers!
  2. The Ollie Swaddle – There are a ton of swaddles and swaddling blankets out there, but if you want the easiest to use and one that you don’t have to worry about your baby overheating in, get this one. Charley wasn’t a huge fan of swaddling, but he slept horribly if he wasn’t (go figure!). This one was nice and snug, helped him stay asleep (you know that moro reflex where your baby can wake/startle themselves?! yeah, no bueno!), and was easy for us new, sleep deprived parents to use. With all that being said, I’m still a big fan of the beloved Aden + Anais swaddle blankets. They are lightweight, breathable, and big enough to wrap/swaddle properly. They can also be used for just about anything else, which is so helpful! As a mom, I’m always looking for things that can simplify my life and have multiple uses. These are definitely worth the money and they have the sweetest designs that makes new moms happy 🙂
  3. DockAtot – This is something I wish someone would have told me about! I knew I would keep Charley in our room in the beginning, so I had him sleep in a Pack ‘n Play (one with a newborn sleeper/diaper changing station) right next to our bed. It worked okay, until I realized how often I had to sit up and get out of bed to nurse him during the night. I didn’t have a c-section, but even so, you want to conserve as much energy as possible. In the beginning they are waking up to nurse so frequently that all this up and down business is exhausting! The DockAtot would have solved a lot of my middle-of-the-night woes and made my husband more comfortable with co-sleeping. Not only can you use this to co-sleep, but this is a comfy little cot you can bring around the house with you that offers a soft and cozy spot to place your baby. Although we didn’t have the DockAtot, we did have a Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper that we loved. It was so nice to have a place to set him down and I liked that it was off the floor. There were definitely nights where he slept in it, too! (You gotta do what you gotta do!)
  4. Sound Machine – We have always used a sound machine to sleep, but when we discovered that Charley was calmed and soothed by water sounds, we decided to get another one just for him (ours is just white noise). Actually, for awhile we just used an app on our iPad and played that while he slept. But that was inconvenient since we couldn’t use the iPad if he was sleeping! (For anyone wondering, it’s called ‘Rain Rain’ and the two sounds that helped us the most were ‘Sink Faucet’ and ‘Car in the Rain’). We’ve loved this sound machine; it’s low profile, has great sounds and you can adjust the tone for each sleep sound. I’m all for anything that helps my baby sleep, so this is a must for a new mom, especially if she has an alert baby like we did. Charley would always perk up at the smallest sound. We’ve gotten to the point where we take our dog’s collar off while she’s inside so the jingling doesn’t distract him from falling asleep or wake him up! So cute but so maddening at the same time! 😉
  5. Owlet Baby Monitor – Speaking of sleep, it’s not only hard to get sleep because of how often baby wakes to nurse, but because you’re scared your baby has stopped breathing!!! I’ve always been a deep sleeper, but when I had Charley sleeping next to me at night, I would wake up so much to check on him, even when he didn’t cry. I think many mamas can relate, so that’s why the Owlet Baby Monitor is so awesome. It gives you peace of mind! It’s basically a pulse oximeter (like the little finger probe they place on your finger when you go to the hospital) and it measures baby’s heart rate and oxygen level via a little sock. If it falls below a safe level, you will be alerted via a base monitor and via an app on your phone. Such a simple design, but so important and gives moms and dads peace of mind!
  6. Pretty Nursing Bra – Trust me on this one. I failed to buy a nursing bra that was pretty or sexy and regretted it. You don’t realize how long you’ll be wearing that dang thing! (Get more than one – two as a minimum!) And it’s no joke that your underwear can make or break how you feel that day. Even if you’re sporting the same t-shirt and leggings as the last two days (or week, let’s be honest here!), if you have something on underneath that makes you feel pretty, it can really boost your confidence. Down the road this new mama may need some other things to help support her in her breastfeeding journey. I suggest throwing in a box of this Mother’s Milk Tea and some Mrs. Patel’s bars. These both include galactagogues that can help support and increase a woman’s milk production. I’ve relied heavily on the tea and I’ve read amazing testimonies on how Mrs. Patel’s bars increased ladies’ milk supplies. I like that they even offer a gluten free/vegan chocolate option! Also, fennel and fenugreek have been crucial for me in maintaining a healthy milk supply. You can buy these as supplements or they’re in both the tea and bars. For awhile when I was really struggling, I got this supplement and took it frequently (you can get it in capsules, too…it’s more money but it does have a very strong taste, so get the capsules if you can’t handle it!).
  7. Bottom Spray and Nipple Butter – You may not feel comfortable giving this as a gift, but I can tell you that as a new mom, you will love receiving these! You probably only need one of each, but they are life savers and provide so much relief in the immediate postpartum period. You may even need to pack these in your diaper bag, mama!

 

Anything I missed?! If you’re a mama, what helped you the most as a new mom?! Would love to hear in the comments!

xo,
Emily

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  1. November 11, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    Love it alL! my best friend is pregnant so i need ideas!

    • November 12, 2016 / 2:58 am

      Exciting!!! Hope you find something perfect for her!! xx

  2. November 11, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    these are such great selections! almost makes me want another baby 🙂

    • November 12, 2016 / 2:58 am

      Thank you! Haha and I can relate!!! 🙈☺️

  3. November 11, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Yes to ALL of these! Especially the pretty nursing bras. They’re an investment, but if you can, do it! It’s a great way to treat our bodies with kindness and celebrate the beauty of a post-Patrick body in transition. Love it!

    • November 12, 2016 / 2:59 am

      Yes!!! It’s definitely something I didn’t realize was so important! xx

  4. November 11, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    YES to all of this!! Mommin’ aint easy but these items sure do help!

    • November 12, 2016 / 2:59 am

      Amen to that!! xx

  5. November 12, 2016 / 12:14 am

    Great ideas! I really liked getting gift cards to photo companies like Snapfish and memory books. I also got a subscription to A Little Bundle which was great.

    • November 12, 2016 / 3:00 am

      Oh that is such a creative & useful idea! Love that! Gotta get those pictures printed!! xx

    • November 12, 2016 / 3:00 am

      Thank you!! xx

  6. November 12, 2016 / 1:47 am

    My best friend is expecting, can’t wait to forward her this list!

    • November 12, 2016 / 3:01 am

      Oh yay! So exciting! Hope she finds some useful things!! xx

  7. November 12, 2016 / 2:55 am

    Great list!!!! A sound machine was magical for my kids! They can sleep through any noises now!

    • November 12, 2016 / 3:01 am

      Yes! I love our sound machine!!!! xx

  8. November 12, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    This is such a great list! It’s been a few years since my babies were born. It I still recognize some of my faves here!

    • November 12, 2016 / 5:16 pm

      Thank you! And it’s good to know many of these are timeless! xx

    • November 12, 2016 / 5:16 pm

      Thank you! And yes!!! It’ll come in handy!! xx

  9. November 12, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    This is such a great list! I always think its cool when people think of mama too, these are great gift ideas not many would think of! Sending to one of my best friends, she is due right around Thanksgiving! 🙂

    • November 14, 2016 / 5:40 pm

      Oh yay! Thank you! That such a great compliment! Definitely have a different perspective after coming out on the other side! 😉 Best wishes to your friend!! xx

  10. November 14, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Love this list! I tried most of them except the owlet monitor. I wasn’t so scared this third time around but I used to check on my daughter all the time when I was a first time mom! lol. Thanks for this comprehensive list, so helpful.

    • November 14, 2016 / 11:30 pm

      I felt less scared as time went on! But part of it may have been that he slept in our room for the first 7 months 😉 Glad you enjoyed the list!! xx

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