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What Every New Mom Needs for Herself After Birth

So, what do new moms need for themselves? The list of things new moms need goes far beyond gifts and baby gear. Here’s what she’ll need for herself after birth that is must-haves but overlooked.

When you think of a new mom, you automatically think of all things the mom will need for the baby. As a 3-time mom, I can confidently say sometimes we want you to think of things a new mom needs for herself after birth. Moms go through a lot for nine months, even more during birth, and our entire world turns around in the blink of an eye. As a result, there are things new moms need for themselves.

Transparently, new moms don’t know what they need for themselves, and when you ask them, they will probably say “nothing.” However, if you decide you want to get your friend, wife, sister, or any new mom something special, she’ll need to check out these 29 Useful Things All New Moms Need

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Most Useful New Mom Gifts She’ll Use

1. Pick Up Her Groceries

Groceries are always needed in a household, especially for a new mom. You can never go wrong with picking up groceries. As a new mom, there just isn’t time to think about the groceries you may need; often, that means mom is neglecting herself. Ask her to send you a list of groceries she may need at home. You can count on breastfeeding snacks if the new mom is nursing, water, frozen meals to make meal planning easy, and items her household may need or want. 

If you want to go the extra mile, you can plan meals for her and her family. Plan a week’s worth of meals, prep them for her, set them into freezer bags, and label them. Create a dinner menu, where you right out the meals Sunday – Saturday, so she knows what meal options are available. She’ll only have to defrost the meal, warm it up on the stove or oven, and in 30 mins, dinner is served without her even giving it a thought.

2. A Postpartum Kit with Sitz Bath

This is something new moms need most right after birth. The number of medications pumped into our bodies during labor + delivery, or c-sections (3-time c-section mama here!) is wildly absurd, our bodies come out swollen and overloaded on medication we are trying to detox from. As a result, a sitz bath is something new moms need most right after birth. Here are postpartum items you can include in a cute little basket as the perfect for the new mom: 

  • Herbal sitz bath 
  • A Yeti Cup 
  • Postpartum Tea 
  • Heating Pad 
  • Blanket 
  • Postnatal Vitamins 
  • Cozy Pajamas 
  • Slippers 
  • Compression Socks
  • A gift card to her favorite store (She’ll do a lot of shopping during nighttime feeds!) 

3. Gift Certificate for a Massage

A gift certificate to their favorite salon or spa is a nice gesture new moms will appreciate. The amount of sleep deprivation they will experience during postpartum will have them wanting a nice nap at a spa while getting a massage or facial.

4.Snack Baskets

A snack basket is probably one of the top 5 things a new mom would love to receive as a gift. When you’re a breastfeeding mom, keeping up with your eating is crucial in maintaining your milk production. As you can imagine or know, this can be quite hard when adjusting to a new schedule that now involves a little person.

Snack baskets can come in handy when a new mom is hungry but can’t make herself a whole meal or just needs a snack in between meals

Shop here for snack basket items.

5. Comfy Nursing Clothes

Comfy nursing clothes are must-haves for new moms after delivery. If the new mom is breastfeeding, she will need some nursing clothes she can wear around the house and run errands. Perfect gifts would be loungewear,  dresses, two-piece sets, .button-up pajamas, and anything with buttons. 

When shopping around for the new mom, think of easy access to her boobs for the baby!

6. A Stash of Her Favorite Coffee or Tea

Caffeine, Caffeine, Caffeine, we run on caffeine when running on what feels like minutes of sleep. The sleep deprivation postpartum will be at an all-time high, and so will the caffeine intake. Gift her a box of her favorite caffeinated drinks and/or a gift card to her favorite coffee shop.

7. Homemade Lactation Cookies

8. High-Quality Water Bottle

9. Run Her Errands

10. Adult Coloring Books

11. A Day Out Shopping Together

12. Skin Care Gift Basket

13. New Pair of Cute Pajamas

14. Supportive Tennis Shoes

15. Be Her Maid for the Day

16. A Baby Memory Book or Photo Album

17. A Camera

18. Books by Her Favorite Author (or an Ebook Subscription)

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19. Time to Yourself

20. Easy, Low-Prep Meals

21. Help with Housework

22. Visits with Friends

23. A Long, Warm Bath

24. Undisturbed Naps

Last But Not Least: What New Moms Need to Hear

25. You’re Doing Great

26. You Will Get to Sleep Again

27. This Season Passes Quickly

28. It’s Okay if It Feels Hard

29. You’re Not Alone

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