29 best gifts for new mums 2023 - thoughtful ideas for new mums and mums-to-be

Gifts for new mums *spoiler alert* it's not flowers or a plant

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The gifts for new mums that they really want, according to mums themselves.

A gift that will make her feel like she's not alone, that she's heard and supported, and one that will also be useful during those whirlwind first few months with a newborn. Forget flowers and plants - while they're a nice idea in theory, in practice, it's another thing for a new mum to look after.

With this in mind, we've compiled a host of great (and useful) gifts for new mums that have been tried and tested by our teams or directly recommended by new mums, so you know you're in on to a winner with these presents.

Best gifts for new mums 2023

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Where to find the best gifts for new mums in the UK

If you want intel on the best places to buy gifts for new mums then look no further, below are our go-to sites...

  • Amazon (opens in new tab): Wide range of tech gifts, cookbooks, DIY kits, date ideas, and more
  • Etsy (opens in new tab): Personalised and customisable gifts from independent sellers
  • Not On The Highstreet (opens in new tab): Bespoke and personalised gifts for independent sellers
  • Selfridges (opens in new tab): Best destination for top-quality gifts from luxury brands
  • JoJo Maman Bebe (opens in new tab): A firm favourite boutique brand for mother and baby 
  • Marks & Spencer (opens in new tab): Good all-rounder with the cutest baby grows and amazing luxury chocolate gifts 
  • The White Company (opens in new tab): Plush buys for mother, baby and the nursery

Our pick of the best gifts for new mums

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1. Corkcicle Mug: View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £30
Delivery: FREE
Refundable:  FREE 30 days

“I listened to all my other new mum friends complain about microwaving their coffee every day. But my friend had bought this for me at my babyshower, so I couldn’t join in - my coffee stayed hot for hours! And, great news, it can hold one Starbucks Grande latte.” Tasha, mum-of-twin boys tells us.

As gifts for new mums go, this has over 110 reviews which have led to a 4.5 out of star rating. The triple insulated mug, while not designed for travelling, is perfect to keep your drink hot while you’re distracted… with a new baby. 

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2. Cost Heirloom Kit by CAST: View at NOTHS (opens in new tab)

RRP: £75
Delivery: FREE 2-3 days
Refundable:  28 days 

We always love the idea of giving a new mum a piece of jewellery to celebrate the birth of their baby, and this 'Heirloom Kit' from CAST takes the concept to a new, unbelievably special level.

As gifts for new mums go, the Heirloom Kit includes everything you need to capture this moment in time and create a bespoke, precious piece of jewellery to treasure forever. Simply make an impression of your baby's finger in a piece of soft putty-like wax and send it off to CAST. Their talented team will then cast a perfect replica of your design in the finest recycled silver, gold or platinum, creating a priceless memory of this special time to cherish.

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3. Intima Laselle Set: View at Holland & Barrett (opens in new tab)

RRP: £29.99
Delivery: FREE
Refundable:  FREE 30 days, unopened

Easy-to-use weights to strengthen the pelvic floor. Whether the new mum in your life had a vaginal birth or C-section, the weight of a baby takes its toll on your pelvic floor regardless. Trust us when we say that this totally practical gift will be welcomed. 

Mum-of-one, Jas tells us; "I was mortified when my sister in law got me these but they were a godsend 4 weeks in when I actually realised I no longer had a pelvic floor. Especially when it came to laughing, sneezing, jumping and coughing. These easy-to-use weights take pelvic floor training to the next level. Just like weights at the gym, they provide easy and safe resistance training for the pelvic floor so you build strength."

Coated in 100% medical grade silicone, each exerciser contains a small weight in its inner core that moves and swirls with movement.

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4. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 250ml: View at Boots (opens in new tab)

RRP: £28
Delivery: £2.75 or free over £25
Refundable:  FREE 35 days, unopened

As best gifts for new mums go, this is proven to help you fall asleep faster. Made with ThisWorks' award-winning superblend of Lavender, Camomile and Vetivert calms both mind and body, soothing you to sleep. Also 99% natural, cruelty free and vegan. Don't forget to give your PJs a spritz too.

Mum-of-two, Dee tells us; "I know it seems like the most unlikely thing to help when up against the wrath of a hungry baby, but I really rate this spray. Like, it feels good to do something just for me. I spritz in the air above my bed then over my pillow, the smell reminds me of sleep. And when the baby isn't crying it really does work."

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5. Elizabeth Jane Baby Hand And Foot Inkless Print Kit: View at NOTHS (opens in new tab)

RRP: £11
Delivery: FREE 2-3 days
Refundable:  28 Days to exchange

"Being a dad to two I know only too well how children grow up fast and you soon forget how tiny they once were," dad, Lee tells us. "This inkless hand and footprint kit will help you remember in years to come how little they really were. Plus the inkless means your toddler can help."

We love the price of this simple yet fun gift for new mums that creates gorgeous little prints that in years to come will become truly priceless.

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6. NEOM Bedtime Ritual: View at M&S (opens in new tab)

RRP: £38
Delivery: FREE 2-3 days
Refundable: FREE 28 days

When you have a baby all routines change. So help the new mum in your life create new ones. As gifts for new mums go, this trio are well-known to help with sleep issues. Fragranced with a complex blend of up to 19 of the purest possible essential oils including English lavender, sweet basil, jasmine, chamomile and patchouli, all expertly chosen to help you relax and prepare for sleep.

Mum-of-one, Kiran tells us; "I was so tired after having my second child that I just fell into bed, but having these in arms reach really helped. My hands were so dry from all the constant hand-washing with a newborn. And having the wonder balm was great for my lips through the night. Definitely recommend for a new mum. Plus it's such a lush brand, one I'd never be able to justify buying myself. Making it the perfect gift. "

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7. Contigo Ashland Autospout water bottle: View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £16.93
Delivery: FREE 2-3 days
Refundable: 30 days

Though it might not seem like a groundbreaking gift, a one handed water bottle is actually a perfect reminder to new mums to stay hydrated.

Mum-of-one Steph tells us how this water bottle was a 'game changer' for her. "A water bottle with a leak proof seal that you can pick up and open one-handed is a game changer. You get so thirsty those first few weeks, as you are either breastfeeding or just forgetting to drink water. Plus with a little one constantly making use of one arm/hand, a bottle that you can just have lying next to you is the best!" 

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8. Silver Engravable Bar Dot Bracelet: View at Thomas Sabo (opens in new tab)

RRP: from £59
Delivery: £5.90 FREE over £60
Refundable: 30 days

Available in gold too and can be personalised with graving. "My sister-in-law gifted me a bracelet engraved with my son's name after I gave birth," mum-of-two, Sam tells us. "It was such a special thoughtful gift and something that I still treasure and wear years (and two more children) later!" 

What we love about this sterling silver bracelet is that it's great value and great quality from Thomas Sabo. Plus the middle of the bracelet can be individually engraved with symbols, numbers or letters. So you can engrave the baby's name, initials, date of birth and more.

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9. Oh Mumma - Just For Mum Pamper Box: View at JoJo Maman Bebe (opens in new tab)

RRP: £38
Delivery: FREE over £60
Refundable: 30 days

Oh Mumma, created by two mums, for mums is an award-winning box subscription. It makes self-care a little more simple for new mum, available at JoJo as a one-off purchase. Give the gift of ‘me-time’ moments wit this Just for Mum Box. Inside is an edit of luxe beauty and lifestyle products curated to make little moments of self-care enjoyable and super easy - even on the go, which all mums always are.

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10. Aden + Anais Essentials Muslin Swaddle Blankets: View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £21.99
Delivery: FREE over £60
Refundable: FREE 30 days

Mum-of-two Jasmine tells us how these were a luxury item for her. "Getting a pack of these swaddles just before I gave birth was so useful. They were a welcome gift because I had them saved in my Amazon basket for when I could afford them and so being gifted them meant it was one less thing to get!"

As gifts for new mums go we love aden + anais swaddles. They're 100% cotton muslins and their quality and size is a cut above the rest. Our go-to swaddles, these muslins also come in an array of different colours and patterns, including a cute Disney themed range (opens in new tab).

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11. Pixi DetoxifEYE Eye Masks: View at Boots (opens in new tab)

RRP: £22
Delivery: FREE over £25
Refundable: FREE 30 days unopened

When it comes to choosing gifts for new mums it's worth remembering that they are sleep-deprived. And this sleep deprivation means they survive on the basics. Self-care bumps down that 'basics' list. So make it easy for her with these non-sticky, easy to apply, ultra-reviving eye masks. She will thank you for it. 

These Pixi hydrogel eye patches are designed to instantly de-puff and revive the under-eye area.  Infused with coconut and cucumber, and enhanced with Hyaluronic acid and a caffeinated these are the promised land of feeling and looking fresher. Even after four hours broken sleep. They come in a little pot with a stack of 60 patches, that's 30 pairs with a spatula to separate when getting them out.

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12. Ultimate Afternoon Tea Selection: View at M&S (opens in new tab)

RRP: £35
Delivery: FREE
Refundable: FREE 30 days unopened

When you're up all night and on the go most of the day meeting the needs of a newborn, having a handy supply of sweet treats and snacks nearby - and a good supply of caffeine - is essential.

With Marks and Spencer you are guaranteed good quality and this hamper is packed with treats considering the affordable price. As well as a Victoria Sandwich cake and sponge roll, this gift contains All butter Viennese raspberry creams, chocolate brownie mini bites, Cherry bakewell tarts, all butter shortbread fingers and tea and coffee.

Looking for a vegan alternative? We love this carefully curated hamper of vegan goodies (opens in new tab) because it also comes with a bottle of Royal Road Malbec vegan wine.

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13. Hotel Chocolat Everything Sleekster: View at John Lewis (opens in new tab)

RRP: £36.50
Delivery: £3.95
Refundable: 30 days unopened

Sleepless nights followed by long days is the new norm for new mums and chocolate is always welcome sugar hit. Mum-of-one Lucy says she never used to eat chocolate. "It wasn't until I had my daughter that I had a sweet tooth. I was always a savoury fan, but now? Anything I can eat one handed with a hard hit of energy is needed."

Hotel Chocolat chocolates feel like a luxury little treat. Even if they only last a brief moment. And lets face it, that might be all the time mum gets to herself in those first few weeks.

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14. Personalised Midnight Stars Luxury Baby Gift Box: View at NOTHS (opens in new tab)

RRP: £103.75
Delivery: FREE
Refundable: 30 days unopened

Okay, so they're not gifts for new mums directly, but this must-have pack of teething essentials will come in handy a few months down the line.

The Every Cloud Gift Set from Cheeky Chompers is the perfect starter pack for new mums who will soon have little ones that need relief for their tender gums. It includes a Neckerchew, Neckerbib and Comfortchew. Plus, it can be personalised with the baby's name embroidered on the comforter, and personalisation always makes for a thoughtful group gift

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15. Lola's Cupcakes Brownie Boxes: View at Lola's Cupcakes (opens in new tab)

RRP: from £17.40
Delivery: £5.99
Refundable:  No returns

"I almost cried with joy when these fell through the letter box," new mum, Jess tells us. "I hadn't gone shopping and was so hungry, but couldn't face the logistics of feeding a baby while getting the bread out, into the toaster, buttering and grabbing plate... but these? One handed, in the mouth - easy and delicious!"

As gifts for new mums go, this has to be the cherry on the top. And, as the saying goes: "Fed is best." Applicable also to the parents! These gooey fudgey brownies are worth every penny, not only do they come in mouth-watering flavours.They also do gluten free and vegan options - perfect for the new-mum in your life!

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16. Lumie Sunrise Alarm: view at John Lewis (opens in new tab)

RRP: £49.99
Delivery: £3.95 or FREE over £50
Refundable: FREE

While it might not seem the most obvious 'new mother' gift, it's useful for during all those night feeds, and will continue to be useful well into toddler-hood when they're waking for teething and night-time potty training, it's the gift that keeps on giving.

"This was the best gift ever! It has 10 different light settings. We used level 3 for night feeds to minimise waking and level 9 for a CODE BROWN situation! A gift we didn't know we needed!" mum-of-one Chelle tells us.

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17. Nobody Tells You by Becca Maberly: view at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £14.99
Delivery: FREE  
Refundable: FREE within 30 days

"My best friend bought this for my baby shower gift and all through my last trimester I was howling at it, it's funny and refreshingly honest! It helped put my mind at ease for what lay ahead and to set realistic expectations of my own motherhood and what that could look like." says mum-of-twins, Dee.

Written and compiled by Becca Maberly of A Mother Place this book will fill the void of information you may be missing. Now, newborns nap, a lot. So when you're not napping too, get stuck into this fantastically funny and raw-but-honest book about pregnancy, birth and parenthood - warts and all.

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18. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Gift Set: View at John Lewis (opens in new tab)

RRP: £14.99
Delivery: FREE
Refundable: FREE within 30 days

This was a surprise gift first-time mum Victoria didn't know she needed. "No one told me just how dry and chapped my lips would become once I had a baby. Sometimes I can go four hours before I realise I've had no water. My friend bought me this set. It’s so easy to use one handed and really helped my chapped lips."

As gifts for a new mum go this cult product promises to repair dry lips with 24-hour moisture with this duo of to-go faves. The two-piece lip gift set features Fresh's best-selling Advanced Therapy treatment to intensely nourish and repair the look of dry lips, along with Mint Rush Lip Treatment to give your pout a burst of minty freshness. It may seem like a little gift, but it's powerful, it works and the new mum in your life will be so grateful.

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19. Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds: View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £14.99
Delivery: FREE
Refundable: FREE within 30 days

“These meant I could catch-up on Greys Anatomy during 2am cluster feeds. I wish I’d had these from the beginning, plus I still use them now and my son is 3-years-old. I can listen to my friend’s voice notes without him shouting ‘MY SEE TOO!’ They really are the gift that keeps on giving!” Mum-of-one Wendy tells us.

With over 15,000 reviews and a four star rating, these earbuds make a great gift. They mean the new mum in your life can disappear into her own ‘me time’ without disturbing her baby. That may be a TikTok or scrolling Instagram, or listening to their favourite podcast on the go. Anything hands free and wire free is perfect.

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20. Pear Drop Multi Muslin Nursing Cover: View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £27.99
Delivery: FREE
Refundable: FREE within 30 days

“I remember being so nervous to breastfeed outside the house and this cover helped me to build up my confidence. Plus, two years on I still use it. The other day it stopped my son dropping jam down his trousers as I used it as a cover when he was in the pram. It really is so clever, with all it’s different uses and clips.” says Mum-of-one Louise.

So small it takes up no room in the changing bag and it really works hard for what little space it takes up in there. It has six clever uses which means it can be used from the moment your baby is born, right through to the final teething stages and beyond. It’s a breastfeeding cover and the clever teething-safe hook and eye clips mean it can make a great winding cloth over your shoulder, then they come off and can make a teething toy.

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21. Personalised Baby Age Botanical Blanket set: View at NOTHS (opens in new tab)

RRP: £27.99
Delivery: £2.75 3-5 working days
Refundable: Non-returnable unless faulty

“A lovely well made blanket with two good quality wooden toys. They come in a fabric bag which makes for a lovely present.”

With over 240 reviews and a 4.8 out of 5 star rating this blanket set, no matter what you choose, makes a great gift for a new mum. And takes the baby all the way up to aged 12.

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22. Raising You Journal: View at Selfridges (opens in new tab)

RRP: £30
Delivery: £5 standard delivery
Refundable: 30 days

Make it easy for the new mum in your life to make memories for their new baby to keep with this cute 100% linen journal. It's lined and without dates so that it can be filled out when and how you would like your memories to be documented.

No pressure, a letter a month or when you feel the urge to tell a story or remember special moments. A journal for parents or grandparents to keep their thoughts and wishes and create a special keepsake to pass down to the next generation. 

"As gifts for new mums go, I loved this. And it's from Selfridges so the packaging was super luxurious.," mum-of-one Nicola tells us. "I don't write in it religiously, but any time I feel like it, I capture what's happened recently or funny words he said. At the moment he says Marmamite and penguing and I never want that to end.... I've documented it in here for when he's older."

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23. Mama Hug The Arrival Essentials New Mum Gift Box: View at JoJo Maman Bebe (opens in new tab)

RRP: £45
Delivery: 3-5 days
Refundable: Only if damaged or faulty

There are loads of great gift boxes out there for new mums but this one was a particular hit with us thanks to its thoughtful combination of bits for the baby and helpful gifts for new mums. Items like the Natural Birthing Company Bottoms Up Spray is a tried and tested product for soothing stitches and tears plus postpartum healing while the muslins are a must-have for any new parents.

A soft toy, with the baby's year of birth embroidered on it, is a lovely keepsake.

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24. Rest Easy Sleep Better Weighted Eye Mask: View at John Lewis (opens in new tab)

RRP: £15
Delivery: £3.95 standard
Refundable: FREE in store

“This came in so useful whenever I managed to nap in the day. A planned nap, not fall-asleep-through-sleep-deprivation, I didn’t need a mask to do that. No, this was if someone came to look after my daughter - the mask helped me to drop off. It's so soft and the weighting is just divine.” Mum-of-two, Josie knows how valuable a nap is.

Made from plush polyester and the reverse is made from silky-soft satin. A satin pouch is included for easy storage and travel. 

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25. Faux fur mule slippers: View at The White Company (opens in new tab)

Delivery: FREE over £50
Refundable: FREE in store

“My friend bought me these and while it’s a small thing, I felt so put together when I put them on with my joggers. They were comfy but stylish enough to help me feel more like me… I live in them.”

As gifts for new mums go these are a winner. And available up to size 8. These faux-fur cork sliders are a versatile camel hue with metal buckles with a moulded foot bed ensures they’re extra comfortable.

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26. Tisserand Aroma Spa Diffuser: View at Holland & Barrett (opens in new tab)

RRP: £45
Delivery: FREE over £50
Refundable: FREE in store

“I didn’t open this straight away because I was so consumed by the baby. But I remember the day I did, I realised how much baby sick-up had been an overarching smell in my life. And this gift changed that. I loved it.”

Oil diffusers are well-known to help de-stress. If you want to gift with a selection of oils here’s the best ones for different reasons.

Best for relaxation try Lavender, for sleep gift it with Chamomile. Anxiety would be sandalwood and stress, go for Clary sage. This diffuser creates a delicate and fragrant atmosphere to suit the new mum’s every mood.

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27. Personalised luxury wooden wine box: View at Getting Personal (opens in new tab)

RRP: £45
Delivery: From £3.99
Refundable: No returns

“I loved this box, and went on to use it as my baby's keepsake and memory box, long after the wine had been polished off.”

Always best to have a chat with the new mum first, to check if they are drinking or breastfeeding. But, if anyone needs a nice large glass of wine it's a new mum who's just birthed a brand new human being. Pour generously please. You can pay £19.99 for just the box and pop in your friend's favourite bottle or pay £27.98 and it comes with a bottle already in.

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28. Lansinoh First Week Essentials gift set: View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £52.44
Delivery: FREE
Refundable: 30 days

“This nipple cream was crazy amazing, and it is now my go-to gift for any new mum who is trying to breastfeed.”

The perfect gift for the breastfeeding new mum in your life. This GOLD award-winning PA Lanolin Cream 10ml is a god send for chapped nipples. The set also comes with a stylish breastfeeding pillow, disposable breast pads 2 x pack of 60 (120 pads), breastmilk storage bags x1 pack of 50.

Lansinoh products have been designed to support every new mum's breastfeeding journey - no matter how long or short that may be.

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29. Watercolour Line People Portrait: View at Letterfest (opens in new tab)

RRP: £47
Delivery: £3 2-3 days
Refundable: Only if faulty or damaged.

Mum-of-one, Lisa loved this gift so much, it 'keeps on giving'. "I have this print in my room, it's of me laughing while stroking my bump - I was about 8 months and big. Pregnancy was the only time I truly loved my body so to have it captured in such a beautiful way still makes me teary."

Hand drawn in freehand flowing line, and coloured with watercolour brushes to pick out colours from a shared image. Majority of reviews  are 5 star, though many recommended asking for a proof to make sure you thoroughly love the result. 

What are the best gifts for new mums?

If you’re looking for the best gifts for new mums, and want to be original, pull together your own pamper hamper. Buy all the things you know your friend will like - personal and tailored to her. That way nothing is wasted. You can include little handwritten notes of advice from other friends who have had babies.

Plus the practical items you know she’ll need. Think chapstick - lips get so dry when breastfeeding. And also a water bottle that is leak proof and can be opened with one hand. Another nice idea is offering to do a food shop for her. She can just send you her list and you’ll deliver it, with a hot coffee too.

Additional advice from Goodto Family Editor Stephanie Lowe: Bringing a whole new person into this world is a hugely overwhelming and mind-blowing experience. New mothers need to be heard and helped. Whether that’s with items that will make their new life easier - like a Lumie light up clock, or some essential me time. This ‘me time’ doesn’t have to be a day at a spa. It can literally be as simple as you taking the baby for a walk in the pram while she has a quiet hour to sit and drink a hot coffee and scroll instagram, catch up on TV or read a book.

What should I buy for a newborn mum?

Having a baby, no matter if it’s their first or third, is a monumental achievement and should be treated as such. The new mum will have all the feelings, emotions, and needs so go b beyond the normal ‘new baby gifts’ and instead give gifts that are useful to her. Like, gift vouchers for when she’s up to shopping, food deliveries because feeding herself is a number one priority too, and time - offer to take the baby for a walk in the pram while she has a shower. Coffee shop gift card, because she will need all the caffeine to low-key function on very little sleep. 

What do you bring someone who just had a baby in hospital?

Food is always a good gift to bring to new parents. Think Tupperware buffet platter of their favourite food. A postpartum recovery kit made up of practical items like large pads, nipple cream, painkillers, pretty socks, new deodorant, and moisturiser.  

What things do mums like?

Lie-ins, lunch in, lunch out (as long as they didn’t make it or clear up after it), a nap, spa treatments, gift vouchers, photos with all the family, time away from the family. 

What to give a new mum who is struggling?

Non-judgemental ears and a shoulder to cry on. Mothering is hard, finding a new life balance, figuring out this brand new person who’s entered your life, carving out time to themselves, putting themselves first. New mums need to know that it’s okay to find it hard and not be happy always. Promote rest and relaxation when you talk to them. Give them time, offer to take the baby out while they nap (time it in between the baby’s feeds so mum can relax) 

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Stephanie Lowe
Family Editor

Stephanie Lowe is Family Editor at GoodTo covering all things parenting, pregnancy and more. She has over 13 years' experience as a digital journalist with a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to all things family and lifestyle. Stephanie lives in Kent with her husband and son, Ted. With his love of choo-choos, Hey Duggee and finger painting he keeps her on her toes.