Having a baby is incredibly exciting, but new mums often find themselves overlooked in favour of their bundle of joy.
While you should shower newborns with gifts, new mums deserve a treat after going through 40 weeks of pregnancy, labour and childbirth.
Here are five non-baby gifts for new parents to help or really spoil the new mum in your life.
New mums deserve a pamper session. If your friend is a fan of manicures, facials, or a good beauty treatment, bring the spa to her living room with a thoughtful mani/pedi.
The last thing a new parent wants to do when sleep-deprived is cook a hearty meal. Keeping up their energy and maintaining their health is vital at this time, but with a baby strapped to their front around the clock, heading to the kitchen can feel like more hassle than it’s worth.
Take the one thing off their to-do list by making sure their freezer is stocked with pre-prepared meals. If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, you can prepare these yourself or opt for a food delivery service. This is a huge winning gift in our opinion as healthy nourishing meals are so essential at this time but time poor new parents are not able to spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals.
New mums (and dads) will be spending a lot of time at home over the coming months, so she deserves something comfortable and luxurious to relax in. New mums will love a matching pair of pyjamas, a cosy loungewear set or a fluffy dressing gown..
A massage is the ultimate gift for relaxing a stressed new mum. While she may not be able to make it to the spa straight away, the promise of a gentle and calming postnatal massage on the horizon will be a hugely appreciated gift. You get extra credit if you babysit her tot while she’s out.
It can be easy to assume new mums want to spend all their time basking in the joy of their new family. Motherhood can be lonely, especially if their partner has to return to work soon following the baby’s arrival.
Give your friend your company for a day or an hour — whatever she prefers. Head over to her home and offer up your help in any way that can alleviate her stress. Some mums might just want to chat over a cup of tea, whereas others will be grateful for your help tidying up, cleaning or entertaining the baby while she has a shower
Offering your time to babysit is so valuable to new parents. Be it an hour on a Tuesday afternoon for a power nap or to take the baby for a stroll in the local park so mum can have a shower and get the house straight. Whatever she wants time to do, you can offer your valuable time for the ultimate, never to be forgotten gift of time.