10 Insanely Helpful Gifts for a New Mom

My sister had a baby on Saturday – a girl! She lives on the other side of the country and it will be a few months before I can visit. In the meantime, I’m soaking up all the baby pictures she sends me and reminiscing about that wonderful-terrible time right after bringing the baby home: you’re tired, moving through a fog, (but so happy!) and also so sore. It’s a jumble of love, anxiety, exhaustion, and excitement all rolled into one.

And it got me thinking about gifts for new moms. We are so quick to want to pick up some adorable outfit or toy from the store to spoil the new little one – and rightly so! But the new mom needs tending to as well. She just went from friends and family asking her “How are you feeling? How are you doing?” to having all the attention shift to the baby. If you’d like to pamper and bless a new mom in your life, read on!

10 insanely helpful gifts for a new mom

Let me just state right off the bat that the nicest, most appreciated gift you can give a new mom is to bring her dinner. If you want to give an extravagant gift she’ll appreciate, hire a maid service!

But if you’re looking to swing by, meet the baby, and pamper a new mom, here are some gift ideas that are sure to bless*:

1. Dry Shampoo: Because the reality is that she’s NOT going to get a shower every day. This was a lifesaver for me!

2. Water Bottle: This is an essential gift, especially if the new mom is breastfeeding. I love that this one is dishwasher safe. Having a straw is especially helpful!

3. Tinted Lip Balm: Face it… it will be a while before that new mom is wearing makeup. This at least makes it look like she put in an effort.

4. Yoga pants: You know, for when her pajama pants are in the wash! I love these high-waisted cotton ones!

5. Thank you cards: For all of those friends and family members who drop by with meals and little gifts. It’s good to be prepared!

6. Netflix/Hulu+ subscription: So she won’t be bored out of her mind when she’s feeding the baby at 1 AM (and at 3, and again at 5…)

7. Fancy Hand Sanitizer: She will want to use it, and she’ll ask everyone else to use it before holding the new baby!

8. Sleep Mask: For when she’s trying to sleep when the baby sleeps at odd hours throughout the day. Bonus: offer to watch the new baby while she sneaks in a nap!

9. Hot Cold Reusable Gel Packs: These are super practical and will offer relief for moms, whose bodies are sore in all sorts of places!

10. The Gift of Memory Keeping: many new moms would appreciate a Mom’s One Line a Day journal, with space enough for two or three sentences at the end of the day (I love looking back on mine!)


11. The gift of time. She’s about to be tired and overwhelmed — and she’ll have to learn to manage her time in a whole new way. That’s why my new book Around the Clock Mom: Make the Most of Your God-Given Time is the perfect gift!

What do you think? What would you have appreciated as a new mother?

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Sarah K. Butterfield is an author, speaker, and ministry leader who has a heart for empowering women to grow in their faith and be intentional with their time. She and her husband and two boys live in San Diego, where she writes about pursuing a deeper relationship with God in the midst of motherhood.

11 thoughts on “10 Insanely Helpful Gifts for a New Mom

  1. These are wonderful and I wish I had seen this list two weeks ago. Our hallway neighbor (we live in a second floor flat in the city) had a baby boy on the 9th of April and we brought over gifts last Friday. I did great with the things I gave her but these would have been super add-on’s. I pinned this.

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  2. Oh, how I love my Mom’s Line a Day. I don’t have time to journal, but this little thing has gotten me through the important stages of motherhood. And now, I have a reference as I’m finally going back to fill out baby journals. It’s also my favorite gift to give new mom friends. I always tell them that if you are going to spend five minutes doing anything each day – do this. Thanks for sharing this wonderful list of essentials. They are spot on.

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  3. What a great list! I’d never seen the One Line a Day journals but I’ve added it to my wishlist for new mama presents. I love discovering creative new things they keep coming up with for babies and moms. 🙂

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    1. Glad you liked the list! They make regular One Line a Day journals that aren’t mom-themed (those would make a great graduation present!) I just love keeping journals and I thought those days were over when I had my baby…but 3 sentences a day is totally doable!


  4. Great list!! I would add: offer to take the new mom’s older child(ren) out of the house to hers or to a playground for a few hours. The older kid(s) would love the outing and the break from a crying baby, and the fun that big kids get. The new mom would enjoy some peace and quiet. I would also add to bring freezer breakfasts, like a dozen of those breakfast sandwiches (homemade recipes are healthier) because it’s hard to wake up SO hungry but need to feed everyone else first. A breakfast sandwich / burrito that you can scarf down in one hand is better than nothing!!

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