What Christmas gifts can you find for a new mom that she didn’t already get at the baby shower or on Mother’s Day? Listen to her rants and wild tales about weird poop and awkward attempts to multipurpose, and then, you have knowledge — and knowledge is power to make that new mom’s life much more seamless for the holidays.
Still feel stuck? When you go holiday shopping, consider these 15 best Christmas gifts for new moms.
Secretly Pump Anywhere
When pumping, you feel like a robot with all these tubes attached to your boobs. You have to go off and hide from the world or get weird looks from others about your extra appendages, from nipple shield to bottle.
Fortunately, new technology has graced the world of moms — collection cups, like Freemie, which allow you to pump anywhere and in front of anyone without hurting their delicate sensibilities. Some are less bulky than others, so it may look like you stuffed your bra. Some require you to remain attached to a pump, and others don’t.
However, it makes typing on a laptop as a work-from-home mom much easier than trying to deal with having your suddenly T-Rex arms colliding with bottles hanging from your nipples. A hands-free bra also does the trick.
Desk Mat Protectors for Spills and Spews
From coffee to breastmilk spills and Exorcist-like baby vomit spews, a work-from-home mom needs to invest in protection for her office equipment. It’s not cheap to buy new computer gear. Buy her a desk pad cover to absorb those unfortunate spills before they reach her keyboard, mouse and computer hardware. They come in different patterns and colors, too!
Secret Stuffed Animal Sound Machine
Want to know the new secret to calming a fussy baby? Forget lugging around your Pack-and-Play everywhere. While some toys may share a grandparent’s “I love you” with the touch of a button, other stuffed animals are secret noise machines that lull your baby to sleep or calm them around unfamiliar folks and sounds.
For example, the Club b Sleep sheep is cuddly, machine washable and has a timer for sleep with eight different types of sounds. The animals are also available as a monkey, bunny, fox and giraffe. You’ll feel like a family of secret agents, and to be successful on your mission, your boss baby needs to chill.
The Tesla of Toothbrushes
One blogger invested in Phillips Sonicare DiamondCare electric toothbrush and called it the Tesla of toothbrushes because of its design and function, vibrating at the rate of 31,000 strokes per minute and running in four stages to meet dentist recommendations. It doesn’t come with docks for charging, either. Electric toothbrushes can help tired moms scrub away at bacteria, but they’re not necessarily more effective than regular brushing — although this one might change the game.
Tea That Tastes Like Coffee for the Weaners
Some moms resolve to wean themselves off coffee once pregnant and hope to continue this way after delivery. That doesn’t mean moms have to give up the taste of coffee.
Yes, tea that tastes like coffee exists in the world thanks to the power of herbs and their combinations. Chicory root, dandelion root and licorice are a few of the combinations you might encounter, and you’ll find these teas at many grocery stores. Instant herbal “coffee” brands include Pero and Cafix, for example.
It may not be as strong as black coffee or an Americano, but you can get the effect if you make a mini-infusion. Just reduce the degree of water-to-tea ratio. Grab her a sassy new mom mug, and you’re golden.
Buy Her More Eyes
Do moms have eyes in the back of their heads? Nowadays, they have multiple eyes in the form of baby monitors and cameras. As a child ages, parents may feel awkward about spying, but during the early years, surveillance can help a mom multitask and look out for her kid — especially when they’re unsure about leaving the baby alone for the first time with a new babysitter. Cameras can help prevent injury and abuse.
Non-Toxic Castile Soap for Baby and Cleaning
With children, many moms become more concerned about toxins in products. Castile soap is gentle for babies, and moms can use it in household cleaning, as well, such as washing vegetables or in an all-purpose spray.
Castile soap is made from vegetable oil and originates in Spain, hence the name. Avocado, olive, hemp, walnut, almond or coconut may make up the base oil. Example brands of castile soap include Dr. Bronner’s, Dr. Woods and Desert Essence.
Self-Watering Planter for the Green Thumb Mama
As a mom, the little tasks go to the side as you take care of your baby. A once abundant garden may suffer, so buy her a self-watering planter to keep her herb garden growing strong.
While they won’t keep water-loving plants going by themselves, they do provide moisture to the soil from the reservoir via the wicking system, and it will save her from multiple waterings a day. Cacti and succulents won’t benefit from a self-watering planter, as these varieties need much less water to begin with.
The “I’m Totally Not” a Diaper Bag
What do you think of when you picture the typical mom? Do you see the gear and not the mom? You see her struggling with the gear.
Some moms just want function and not a weird pattern that screams “diapers live here.” Buy her a new chic and gender neutral diaper bag, such as Petunia Pickle Bottom or Skip Hop, that resembles a more traditional backpack but with all the handy pockets. You can even fill it with gear — plus a dark chocolate bar for bonus points.
Washable Multipurpose/Nursing Pads
You can make her washable multipurpose pads to clean up her nipples, makeup or other substances, or buy them in the form of bamboo nursing pads, which provide an eco-friendly and reusable option. If you make them, choose a gentle and natural fabric like cotton, and cut out and sew cute shapes such as stars or flowers.
Monthly Milestone Blanket
This is the perfect gift for the sentimental mother who wants to track their baby’s growth every step of the way. Months one through 12 are printed on the blanket and a frame can be placed around each month to document baby’s growth.
This saves mom from having to craft her own custom blanket and allows her to take Instagram-worthy photos in a matter of seconds. And, of course, anything that makes life simpler is worth having, especially when you have a brand new baby to care for.
Wrap Baby Carrier
Whether she’s running errands, prepping dinner or tidying up the house, mom will want to hold her baby close through it all. Of course, this can be difficult when you need two hands to chop vegetables and buying groceries. But a wrap baby carrier is the perfect solution — keeping mom with her baby while allowing her to work freely.
A stretchy cotton and spandex blend easily conforms to the baby, keeping them comfortable and safe. It’s also extremely easy to use and washable, just in case someone has an accident or gets a little drooly.
A Day at the Spa
Treat mom to a little me time by gifting her a trip to a spa. A quick Google search is sure to turn up a few local options. Choose from facials, mud wraps, massages, manicures and pedicures to help her relax and release all that built-up new mom worry and tension.
You can either purchase a gift card directly through a nearby spa or load money onto a Spafinder Wellness gift card. This card never expires and can be loaded with up to $100. More than 25,000 locations worldwide accept this card, so mom shouldn’t have any trouble finding and choosing a spa nearest to her.
Pee Pee Teepees
Mom might get a good laugh when she sees you bought her a gift called pee pee teepees, but these little cones will come in handy for any mom raising a baby boy. The little cloth teepees are made of 100% cotton and protect from unexpected showers during diaper changes.
These cones are an extremely affordable option and come in a variety of prints and colors. And, most importantly, mom can wash and reuse them, so she won’t have to worry about replenishing stock. Diapar changing time just became a whole lot easier — and dryer!
With a new baby, it can be nearly impossible to get up to switch off the lights, adjust the thermostat or turn down the music. Fortunately, technology can now do all these things for you. Smart speakers, like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, offer voice control of home functions and allow mom to crank up or quiet baby’s favorite tunes without lifting a finger.
This gift is sure to be a hit while the family is caring for a newborn, but it will also keep on giving as children grow older. As the baby grows into a toddler and then a rambunxious kid, the family can voice-activate music and sounds, set timers and play games. The Amazon Echo even quizzes kids on math skills and geography knowledge like state capitals.
Some moms don’t want to announce the fact that they’re pumping or carrying around a diaper bag. They want to go about their business and live their lives, too, and these 15 Christmas gifts help empower them to do just that.
This post was originally published December 14, 2018 and was updated December 18, 2019.