New moms — at least the lucky ones — are often drowning in baby gifts: onesies, pacifiers, swaddles, those blankets for posing the baby on and circling how many months old they are, you name it. These presents arrive in droves in the weeks before and after the baby does. And yes, all those gifts are wonderful and thoughtful and generous. But they’re also all for… the baby. What are we moms, anyway? Chopped liver?
If you really want to make a new mom smile, give her something for herself.
Especially around the holidays, a gift that acknowledges just how dang tough it is to have a new baby will mean so much. And that holds true (possibly especially) even if the baby isn’t newborn-new; those second three months are just as tough as the first! (This goes double if it’s her second or third kid. Yes, she has all the baby gear, but now, she’s twice as wiped out.) So whether she’s in the trenches of breastfeeding, adjusting to the life rearrangement of constant newborn naps or just dealing with sleep deprivation, the gift ideas ahead are all about mom — and making her life easier at a time when she definitely needs all the help she can get.
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A version of this story was originally published in November 2018.