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Between the long, sleepless nights and frequent feedings (not to mention diaper changes and more), new moms deserve all the love and help they can get during those first days, weeks, and months with a newborn. And what better way to show you care than with a thoughtful gift that puts momma's needs first? To help you find the best gifts for new moms, we asked moms and moms-to-be what items they were happiest to receive from friends and family—in other words, what ended up being completely useful during their transition to motherhood.
From curated birth boxes to comfy pajamas, keep scrolling for a list of thoughtful gifts that are all mom-approved.
The Urban & The Mystic Baby Box
Byrdie VP and General Manager Leah Wyar (who's both a seasoned mom and mom-to-be) calls this box one of the most beautiful, unique gifts she received during her pregnancy—hands down.
"The wooden box can be engraved with the baby's name and birth date," she says. "Inside, you'll find the softest swaddle, calming rose water spray, a white onyx mobile, plus two crystals—angelite heart, which helps with transitions (my son swiped it immediately...I think he felt the vibes!) and rose quartz for 'unconditional love.' I happen to love the beauty and power of crystals. But even a non-believer will find beauty in this."
Bodily Care For Birth Box
Leah also received this gift recently and couldn't be more thrilled. "Even better than receiving a lovely, thoughtful gift is when the gift crosses several items off your to-do list!" she says. "When I had my first child six years ago, I heard you needed things like 'peri bottles' and 'special underwear,' but I had to dig around the Internet to find each weird item. Now, there's a box that offers a new mom everything she needs. I especially love the cozy labor socks and a container of soothing oatmeal!"
Food is, by far, the most functional gift a new mom can receive. "I love the ease that Daily Harvest smoothies offer," says Leah. "Just pull one out of the freezer, fill it with milk (I love coconut as a base), dump it all into the blender and...perfect, nourishing, delicious smoothie! You can also send ready-to-eat bowls, soups, flatbreads, and bites (all of which I plan on exploring!)."
Hatch The Pajama Set
Some of the best gifts for new moms are ones that place comfort over everything, and that's exactly why a cozy PJ set is a guaranteed crowdpleaser. This one—available in pink or blue—is by fan-favorite maternity brand Hatch, and it's equal parts chic and practical for new mommas who need to catch up on some Zzz's, or who just can't be bothered with outfit swaps after caring for a newborn into the wee hours of the night. Rest assured (get it?) this PJ set can take mom through the day and into the night while making sure she feels super comfortable all the while.
Parachute Waffle Robe
At-home spa days may seem like a distant reality for new (and busy!) moms—some will even admit it's hard to find time to take a shower without interruption in those early days and weeks. But when the time comes (it eventually will), mom will be excited to decompress in this ultra-luxe robe, and thankful to the person who gifted it to her—we're sure of it.
Among the many changes new moms face, loosened pelvic floor muscles may very well be one of them. Many doctors recommend pelvic floor exercises, both during pregnancy and after birth and that's where this handy tool will be, well, really handy. We especially love that it hooks up to the Elvie app via Bluetooth so mom can track her progress over time.
14K Gold Birthstone Ring
This ring is so simple, yet so meaningful at the same time. Gift this to a new mom with the birthstone of her little one so she can think of you (and baby) every time she looks down at her hand. The ring itself is made of 14k solid gold and features a thin, 1.1mm band width for a dainty yet sophisticated look.
Hatch The Back In The Game Nursing Jumpsuit
Ideal for nursing moms, this jumpsuit makes it easy to look put together while keeping up with feeding schedules. The V-neck design features a double layer of fabric that opens up to a slit, making it easy to pump or feed at the drop of a hat. But if we're being honest, it's a practical pick for all moms because of the lightweight, breathable fabric and ease of wear.
Birkenstock Arizona Essentials
Dotdash Senior Commerce Editorial Director and mom of two Dwyer Frame admits that getting out the door with a baby is no joke. "Most moms prefer a pair of easy slip-on shoes so they can dash out to the doctor or take a daily stroll without the need for lacing up," she says. Birkenstocks are a great investment for new moms because they're sturdy, lightweight, and practically mold to your feet for the utmost comfort.
Maisonette "Mama" Tattoo Embroidered Baby Alpaca Throw
Every throw is woven with 100% baby alpaca and delicate fringe, and hand-embroidered in NYC with the words 'mama' alongside a dove. We're confident that moms everywhere will love cozying up underneath it while being reminded of their new (and very exciting) role.