For first-time mums, the prospect of pregnancy – and all its accompanying changes – can be both exciting and overwhelming. Luckily, there are plenty of practical gifts that are both useful and thoughtful for expectant mums. Whether you’re shopping for a baby shower or just looking to offer support during this momentous time in a mum.
A baby shower gift is more than just a present - it is a gesture of love, support, and excitement for the journey that a new mother is about to embark on. It symbolises the collective cheering of friends and family as they welcome a new life. These gifts are often practical and cater to the needs of both the baby and the mother, making the transition to motherhood slightly easier. From maternity lingerie for comfort during pregnancy to breastfeeding supplies for the early stages of motherhood, these presents can be a lifesaver. In essence, a thoughtful baby shower gift serves as a tangible token of the community's support during this transformative phase.
To help you on your pregnancy gifting journey we have put together a list of our favourite practical gifts for a first time mama.
Top 25 Gifts for First Time Mums
- Breastfeeding pillow - Designed to position the baby at the right height for breastfeeding, this gift can ease a new mum's discomfort and ensure the baby is feeding well.
- Pre-packed Hospital Bag - This gift can help relieve stress by ensuring the mum-to-be has all essentials ready for the hospital. Unsure what goes in a Hospital Bag, check out our Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist!
- Baby Monitor - A baby monitor is a practical gift that offers peace of mind by allowing new mums to keep a close watch on their sleeping baby.
- Meal Delivery Subscription - In the early days of motherhood, cooking can become a challenge. A meal delivery subscription can make sure a new mum has access to nutritious meals without the added stress.
- Pregnancy Books - Books can provide much-needed advice and information about pregnancy and motherhood.
- Maternity Lingerie - Comfort is key during pregnancy. Maternity lingerie, designed to accommodate changing bodies, can provide that much-needed comfort and support. Pregnant women still want to feel sexy and comfortable. Maternity lingerie designed for pregnancy and postpartum is both practical and appreciated. Maternity lingerie is an essential item for expectant mothers, offering both functionality and comfort during a period of significant body changes. It's designed to accommodate the growing belly, providing much-needed support without sacrificing style or femininity. Maternity bras, in particular, are built to support the breasts as they grow and prepare for breastfeeding. They are equipped with features like wider straps, extra hooks, and soft cups for added comfort. Moreover, they often come with nursing clips, making the transition to breastfeeding easier post-birth. Maternity underwear, on the other hand, is designed to sit comfortably under the bump or support the belly, depending on personal preference. Investing in good-quality maternity lingerie can make a big difference in a woman's pregnancy experience, boosting her confidence, comfort, and overall well being. Explore our range of Maternity Lingerie or purchase a gift card for the expectant mama!
- Baby Care Essentials Kit - This kit typically includes necessary items like baby lotion, powder, shampoo, and a thermometer.
- Comfortable Maternity Clothes - Maternity clothes that are comfortable yet stylish can help a mum-to-be feel her best.
- Maternity Belt - This can provide support for the lower back and belly, alleviating discomfort during pregnancy.
- Stretch Mark Cream - A useful gift to help manage the physical changes and challenges of pregnancy.
- Baby Carrier - A baby carrier allows new mums to keep their baby close while having their hands free for other tasks.
- Pregnancy Pillow - Provides support for the belly, back, and hips, promoting better sleep.
- Baby Diaper Caddy - A caddy helps keep all baby essentials organised and easily accessible.
- Postpartum Care Kit - It's important to remember self-care after delivery. A postpartum care kit can help a new mum recover and feel refreshed.
- Newborn Cloth Set - A bundle of baby clothes for the newborn is both practical and thoughtful.
- Baby Memory Book - A beautiful keepsake to capture and cherish all of baby's firsts.
- Baby stroller - A quality stroller ensures comfortable rides for the baby and convenient mobility for the mum.
- Breast Pump - This is a practical gift, particularly for mums who intend to continue working while breastfeeding. A good breast pump can make this process less stressful and more manageable.
- Pregnancy Journal - Encourage the mum-to-be to capture her pregnancy journey in a journal. This can be a great way for her to express her feelings and experiences, creating a beautiful keepsake for years to come.
- Prenatal Vitamins - These are crucial for the health of both mum and baby during pregnancy. Gifting a good-quality prenatal vitamin is a thoughtful gesture.
- Spa Gift Card - Pregnancy can be physically taxing. A gift card to a local spa can be a lovely way for the new mum to relax and recharge.
- Maternity Lingerie for a Photoshoot - Pregnant women still want to feel sexy and comfortable. We have a stunning range perfect for her Maternity Photoshoot.
- Baby Monitor - For first-time parents, a baby monitor can provide peace of mind, allowing them to keep an eye (and ear) on their baby from another room.
- Online Course for New Parents - Consider gifting an online course designed for new parents. This can help them feel more prepared for the exciting journey into parenthood.
- Maternity Sleepwear - Just as the body undergoes changes during pregnancy, so does the sleep pattern. Maternity sleepwear is an often-overlooked but extremely practical gift for expectant mothers. These pieces are designed with comfort and convenience in mind, accommodating a growing belly and facilitating nighttime breastfeeding. They often feature nursing-friendly designs, like front openings. Explore Hotmilk's Sleepwear Collection.
Once the baby arrives, being there for a new mum is crucial. The transition into motherhood can be filled with a multitude of emotions – joy, excitement, and love, but also anxiety, exhaustion, and at times, isolation. Your presence, both physically and emotionally, can provide tremendous support.
You can offer support in many ways. Simple acts such as lending an attentive ear can make a significant difference, as it allows the new mum to share her experiences and vent her anxieties. Helping with household chores or babysitting can provide her with much-needed rest. Acknowledge her efforts and reassure her that she's doing a great job. Remember, the goal isn't to take over her role as a mother, but to facilitate a supportive environment where she feels loved, cared for, and confident in her new role. Motherhood is a journey, and knowing she isn't alone in it can be the best gift you can offer a new mum.
If you prefer to give a new mum a postpartum gift here are a few of our favourites:
- Nappy Subscription - Nappies can be a significant expense for new parents. A nappy subscription service can help to alleviate this cost and ensure they never run out of supplies.
- Postpartum Care Kit - A postpartum care kit, filled with essentials such as soothing lotions, bath salts, and nipple cream can provide some much-needed pampering.
- Sleep Aid for Baby - A white noise machine or a soft night light can be a great gift to help soothe the baby to sleep, giving the parents some respite.
- Comfortable Loungewear - Comfort is key for new mothers. Soft, easy-to-wear clothes can make her feel at ease during those long days and nights with the baby.
- Home Cleaning Service - Hiring a home cleaning service can be a great help to new.
- Breastfeeding Lingerie - A gift that unites functionality with femininity. Maternity lingerie, specifically designed for breastfeeding, is one of the most practical gifts you can give. It's not just about style; these pieces are engineered with features like drop-down cups for convenient feeding and flexible fabric accommodating fluctuating breast sizes. A well-fitted nursing bra provides the necessary support, preventing issues like backache or sagging. Moreover, beautiful lingerie can boost a new mum's confidence, making her feel attractive during a time of significant change to her body.
- Babysitting Services - Offering your time to babysit can provide the new mum a much-needed break to rest, shower, or simply have some alone time.
- Emotional Support - Do not underestimate the power of emotional support. Regular check-ins, listening to her, and offering words of encouragement can go a long way in helping a new mum adjust to her life with a newborn.
- Coffee Outing - The transition into motherhood can often feel isolating. Taking the new mum out for a coffee date could be a wonderful gift. This simple outing provides an opportunity for her to take a breath, get some fresh air, and enjoy a change of scenery. More importantly, it gives her a chance to socialise and have adult conversation, a welcome break from baby-talk. A few hours outside of the house can do wonders for her perspective, helping to prevent feelings of loneliness or postpartum depression. Furthermore, it serves as a gentle reminder that she is more than a mother - she is an individual who deserves time for herself.
Most importantly remember Unconditional Support is the most meaningful and practical one you can offer a first-time mum is your unconditional support. This encompasses being there for her - emotionally, physically, and psychologically - as she navigates the uncharted waters of motherhood. Listening to her fears, sharing her joys, offering an ear when she needs to vent, or a shoulder when she needs to cry, are all parts of this support. Be patient and empathetic as she finds her footing in this new role, reassuring her that she's doing a great job. Remember, your role isn't to solve all her problems or have all the answers. Sometimes, the best support is simply being present and letting her know she's not alone in her journey. This consistent and heartfelt support can often be more valuable than any material gift.