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"Push" presents: Gift picks to appease new mothers

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Peace on Earth, goodwill to moms

Do you know a new mother who deserves extra merriment this holiday season? Toss out the mistletoe and give her what she really wants — a silent night or two — with gift picks that pacify both mommy and baby.

Itzbeen Baby Care Timer in Green

Itzbeen Baby Care Timer

Once a new mother has been gifted with the Itzbeen Baby Care Timer (Target, $25), she will wonder how she could have ever survived those newborn days and nights without it. When lack of sleep has her wondering which way is up, the trusty Itzbeen will remind mommy when baby is due for a diaper change, feeding, nap and more.

Phil & Ted's Nest in Beige

Phil & Ted’s Nest in beige

Moms today need to be masters of being on the move. This all-in-one bassinet-shaped travel bed and baby gear bag (Albee Baby, $100) takes the guesswork out of being a maternal multi-tasker.

Chewbeads Hudson Necklace

Teething jewelry for fussy babies

Much like emus, babies will snap up shiny things in a heartbeat — hence most mothers’ decision to stash away jewelry ‘til after the toddler years. Thanks to the ingenious invention of teething jewelry (Amazon, $37) for fussy babies, though, you can still rock a stylish look without panicking when your baby bites down on your necklace.

Prince Lionheart Wheely Pig

Prince Lionheart Wheely Pig

This little piggy… is super cute! The award-winning children’s push car (Albee Baby, $60) goes every which way — backwards, forwards, sideways, round and round — and grows children’s gross motor skills.

Mom Operating Manual Book

M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual)

The wonders of being a mom — the ability to “sleep on as little as three inches of bed,” survive on coffee and the crusts of half-eaten PB&Js and other such scientific mysteries — can be difficult for ordinary human beings to grasp. This cute, clever, adorably illustrated book (Amazon, $6) serves as a field guide for daddies and the kiddos… and provides mommy with some much needed laughs.

Summer Infant Tiny Diner Placemat

Tiny Diner placemat

If, like many new mothers, you harbor the irrational fear that your baby might catch botulism from the local fast food joint, picking up a Tiny Diner placemat (Toys"R"Us, $11) is a no-brainer. The easy-to-carry apparatus provides a germ-free eating surface anywhere you decide to dine.

Trunki Ride-On Suitcase

Trunki Ride-On Suitcase

Well now, doesn’t this just fall under the umbrella of profound things you wonder why you never thought of? Whether you are headed to the airport or just to a sleepover with the kiddies in tow, the Trunki Ride-On Suitcase (Daily Grommet, $30) — which does double duty as a riding toy and luggage — makes a brilliant travel buddy.

Sophie the Giraffe Baby Teether

Sophie the Giraffe Baby Teether

We may not know what the French writing covering the box says, but we’re pretty sure it’s something along the lines of “buy me to keep your sanity during teething time.” Designed to sooth baby’s sore gums, Sophie the Giraffe (Land of Nod, $25) somehow manages to calm down even the crankiest teething tot.

Brookstone Massaging Bed Rest

Brookstone Massaging Bed Rest

This Nap Massaging Bed Rest (Brookstone, $100) has perfect-present-for-mommy written all over it! Modern conveniences like a built-in massager, adjustable LED light, cup holder and pockets make it ideal for late nights nursing the baby or stealing a few rare free minutes with a gossip mag.

Storksak Olivia Nylon Baby Bag

Storksak Olivia nylon baby bag

Being a mom should not be synonymous with feeling shlumpy — a tiny bit of style goes a long way towards making a new mom feel normal again. The Storksak Olivia baby bag (Saks Fifth Avenue, $198) comes equipped with plenty of nooks and crannies for baby’s necessities, but is chic enough to pass for a designer purse.

Apple iPad Mini

Apple iPad Mini

If you’re looking for an ideal “push” present to give the new mommy in your life, look no further than the Apple iPad Mini (Apple Store, from $329). The sleek device offers all of the iPad’s features, but its compact size makes it easy to stash in a diaper bag.

Fortune Cookie Baby Booties

Baby fortune cookie booties

It’s no secret that all mommies think their babies are adorable enough to gobble up, so it just makes sense to wrap up these sweet fortune cookie booties (UncommonGoods, $28) for a new mommy in your life. One foot’s fortune reads “From small beginnings come great things,” while the other says “An amazing adventure awaits you.”

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