Looking for a gift idea for a mom friend who has just welcomed a new addition to the family? Check out this idea: Survival Kits for New Moms – I’ll tell you all about how to put one together for that special mama in your life!
Ideas and Things to Consider
#1 – First and foremost, take that mama a hot and ready home-cooked meal as well as one to stick in her fridge or freezer for later – This gesture may trigger tears of gratitude from the post-partum sweetheart, so be prepared.
Looking some ideas for what to make? Check out my Ultimate Freezer Meal Post!
#2 – While we’re chattin’ about food, hear me out – don’t you dare show up at that poor mama’s house with food in a container that you need back. For crying out loud, put the food in a disposable pan. The last thing she needs to be worrying about is getting your baking dish back to you.
#3 – In addition to disposable containers, provide her with paper plates, plastic utensils, paper napkins, plastic storage bags, plastic storage containers (for leftovers) – you get the idea!
#4 – While we’re chatting about paper products – you may even want to drop off some extra paper towels and toilet paper! I hear ya, if you don’t know the gal very well, this may seem totally weird, but if she’s a good friend of yours, I would definitely suggest considering this idea! As your best buddy is walkin’ around in a newborn haze realizing that if it weren’t for you she would be down to her last roll of toilet paper, she won’t consider this move odd at all. In the moment, she will actually decide that in you she has found her very best friend. #realfriendsgifttoiletpaper
#5 – Diapers and Wipes – Enough said.
#6 – Coffee…in some form or fashion is a must for many moms…yes, even some who are nursing – I know, I know…Consider me guilty! With that being said, a gift card to her favorite coffee shop….fresh grounds from her favorite coffee brand…you get the idea.
If she’s a coffee drinker, she will love this gift…probably more than anything else you could possibly give her.
#7 – Outfit for Baby – The new mama has probably been overwhelmed with newborn-3 months size clothing – so grab her a larger outfit for baby to wear down the road…or gift her with the swaddles that you loved…or the sleep sack that your baby favored…or a gift card to her favorite kid shop.
#8 – Gift for siblings – How about a special book? Or an age appropriate toy? Something for the older sibling(s) can be a really special treat – especially when most of the focus has been on the new baby!
Big Sister/Big Brother Book Ideas:
#9 – A Package of Thank You Notecards – Make sure she knows you do not expect one from her, but it seems like having a baby goes hand-in-hand with writing lots of thank you notes, so these may be helpful to her~ Maybe consider including some stamps as well!
Thank you Notecards Available Here
#10 The best thing you can bring her? Encouragement! Simply saying “You are a good mom! You are doing a great job!” will keep her going for days – Trust me!
I love the idea of putting everything in a laundry basket (and maybe even including a bottle of laundry detergent) as this will definitely come in handy for the new mommy!
Bonus Idea: Want to include some new reading material? Don’t overwhelm her with a bunch of how-to books – gift her with something funny like Melanie Shankle’s Sparkly Green Earrings or something encouraging like Sally’s Clarkson’s Desperate or The Mission of Motherhood or The Ministry of Motherhood. She probably won’t have time to do much reading right away (unless she’s able to read while she’s nursing #talent), but eventually, these parenting books will become favorites of hers for sure!
Now it’s time to gather all of your items together and deliver the basket of goodies! Please, please, please, for the sake of mommy’s everywhere, be considerate of the growing family. Do they want visitors or would they prefer you simply leave the basket on the front porch and shoot them a text that you’ve dropped off something special for them? In those early weeks, entertaining visitors can be difficult for some families, so consider each situation thinking carefully about what would be most helpful to the new mom as encouraging her as she adjusts is the most important goal!
Do you know someone who would enjoy a basket like this?
Is there a new mom (or maybe even a seasoned mom) who could use a little practical lovin’ in the form of a basket full of goodies to encourage her? Sometimes when I’m struggling in my day-to-day, I get the biggest boost from doing something for someone else, and these have been fun ideas for sure!