19 Gifts for New Moms That Are Actually Helpful

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Moms—especially new moms—are often inundated with sweet gifts for the baby post-birth. Nothing against swaddle blankets or loveys, but after nine long months of carrying a babe (or babes), we think mom deserves a thoughtful gift that she could use for herself, one that puts her needs first. So, to make sure we curated the absolute best gifts for new moms, we went straight to the source and asked the mamas on Team Byrdie what items they were happiest to receive from family and friends.

From curated birth boxes to comfy pajamas, keep scrolling for a list of thoughtful gifts that are all mom-approved.

Hatch The Pajama Set

Hatch The Pajama Set

Courtesy of Shop Bop

What We Like
  • Comfy

  • Designed with easy nursing access

  • Made in the U.S.

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

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.

Size Range: 0 to 3 | Colors/Prints: 2 | Material: Rayon | Care: Machine wash cold and line dry

Parachute Waffle Robe

Parachute Waffle Robe

Courtesy of Parachute

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note the robe shrinks

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.

Material: Turkish cotton | Colors: 4 | Collar Type: None | Pockets: Yes

The Urban & The Mystic Baby Box

the urban and the mystic baby box

Courtesy of The Urban & The Mystic

What We Like
  • Great keepsake

  • Unique

  • Includes swaddle and mobile

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Byrdie SVP and General Manager Leah Wyar 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."

Number of Pieces: 7

Bodily Care For Birth Box

Bodily Care For Birth Box

Courtesy of Bodily

What We Like
  • Comfy

  • Includes natural and organic items

  • All-in-one hospital bag

What We Don't Like
  • Mesh undies are air dry only

Leah also received this gift 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!"

Number of Pieces: 12

Daily Harvest

daily harvest

Courtesy of Daily Harvest

What We Like
  • Easy to make

  • Organic

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note some flavors are very tart

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!)."

Number of Flavors: 28

Helen Ficalora 'Mom' Disk Charm with Diamonds

helen ficalora mom disk charm
What We Like
  • Long-lasting

  • Free and fast shipping

  • Complimentary gift wrapping

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note the sterling silver version tarnishes

"I'm obsessed with the new Helen Ficalora "mom" line of necklaces," says Leah. "I got one with the kids' names engraved on the back, and it's so cute." This one is made of 14k gold and real diamonds, and there's custom engraving available.

Material: 14k gold, sterling silver | Colors: 5

Hatch The Back In The Game Nursing Jumpsuit

The Back In The Game Nursing Jumpsuit

Courtesy of Hatch

What We Like
  • Designed with easy nursing access

  • Lightweight

  • Machine washable

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

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.

Material: Tencel, linen | Colors: 3 | Size Range: 0 to 3

Lelet NY Mama Barrette

lelet ny mama barrette
What We Like
  • Stylish

  • Made in the U.S.

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Is this not the nicest barrette you've ever seen? We love this 14k gold plated hair accessory with the most appropriate four-letter word.

Material: 14k gold

Zoe Lev Jewelry 14k Spaced MAMA Necklace

mama necklace
What We Like
  • Versatile

  • Made in the U.S.

  • Long-lasting

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Speaking of four-letter words, here's a necklace that puts it front and center on the chest. Name necklaces are really popular right now, and I love how the letters here are spaced out. It's simple but infinitely chic and will look great when worn alone or layered. I would be so happy with this as a gift.

Material: 14k gold | Colors: 1

Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor

miku pro smart baby monitor

Miku

What We Like
  • Minimizes false alerts

  • Provides peace of mind

  • Strong data protection

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note app can lag

This may seem more like a gift for the baby than mama, but hear me out. The best gift you can give a new mom is the gift of more restful sleep. All moms worry about their babies while they snooze, and a smart baby monitor can really put those feelings to rest (quite literally). The Miku Pro reports on baby's breathing patterns and shares alerts on any changes in real-time. It also tracks sleep, sound, movement, and room temperature in an effort to give parents some peace of mind. Best of all, there are no wearables involved, so false alerts are much less common.

Size: ‎2.8 x 2.8 x 5.25 in. | Power Source: Battery-powered | Audio Type: Two-way

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

ember temperature control mug
What We Like
  • App controlled

  • Auto shut-off

  • Keeps beverages warm for 1.5 hours

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note bottom inside can scratch easily

It's almost like my baby knows exactly when I'm trying to kick my feet up and enjoy a hot cup of tea because that's precisely when he starts to get fussy. I know so many moms can relate. When baby calls, we drop everything to be there, which means drinking cold tea and coffee (but not because we wanted it to be).

This mug is a perfect gift for new moms because it keeps beverages warm for up 1.5 hours on a single charge, or all day when atop the coaster. It's super techy too; you can control it from a smartphone and it automatically shuts off when it's empty.

Material: Ceramic | Colors: 3 | Capacity: 10 oz. or 14 oz. | Temperature Range: 120 to 145 F

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials

birkenstock arizona essentials

Courtesy of Zappos

What We Like
  • Sturdy

  • Lightweight

  • Easy to slip on

What We Don't Like
  • May feel stiff, must break in

Dotdash VP of Commerce 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.

Material: EVA | Colors: 13 | Size Range: 4 to 12.5 | Widths Available: Regular/wide, medium/narrow

Lingua Franca Mama Knows Best Cashmere Sweater

lingua franca mama knows best sweater
What We Like
  • Comfy

  • Made from sustainable materials

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Most everyone already knows this, but just in case anyone needs a reminder, this cashmere sweater is here for that purpose. Each one is hand-stitched in NYC, and you can customize the color of the stitching and request additional sizes, too.

Material: Cashmere | Colors: Custom | Size Range: XS to 2X

HoMedics Drift Kinetic Sand Table

homedics drift
What We Like
  • Promotes relaxation

  • App controlled

  • Easy to setup

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note poor customer service

You may not think it's calming to watch a small metal sphere carve intricate patterns into sand, but trust me when I tell you it is. This is easily one of the favorite gadgets in my home. It's all app controlled where you can pick your sounds, ambient light, and design, and then watch it all unfold. It sparks serious joy, and makes the perfect gift for a new Mom who could use a mindful moment or two (or fifty, who's counting?).

Size: 16 in. or 21 in. | Colors: 2

Cassarokids Waldorf Rocker

cassarokids jumbo rocker

Courtesy of Cassarokids

What We Like
  • Versatile

  • Suitable for ages 3 months and up

  • Pillow adds additional comfort

What We Don't Like
  • Pillow is sold separately

  • Doesn't fold

Babies don't take up all that much room, but all of their gadgets, toys, and gear surely do. That's why we love this playful rocker, which can be used in multiple different ways to eliminate the need for Mom to buy even more stuff. It's a rocker, yes, but it's also a slide, a boat, a place to rest stuffed animals, a place to rest the baby (supervised, of course!), a tunnel, a stand, and more. We recommend pairing it with the rocker pillow, which is sold separately, to add an extra cozy layer for little ones to rest on while Mom kicks up her feet. As the child grows, they can let their imagination run wild.

Size: 14" L x 30" W x 15" H | Construction: Birchwood | Max Weight: 200 pounds

Blissy Silk Pillowcase

blissy silk pillowcase
What We Like
  • Reduces frizz

  • Cooling

  • Bug-resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Better to air dry than use dryer

If you could give a new mom the gift of sleep, that quite possibly beats out everything on this list. But since you can't necessarily guarantee that for her, here's the next best thing. When she finally does get a chance to lay her head down, make sure it's on this silk pillowcase. It's so soft and luxurious.

Material: 22 momme 6A grade mulberry silk | Size: Standard, queen, and king | Colors: 32

Elvie Trainer

Elvie Trainer

Courtesy of Goop

What We Like
  • Easy to insert

  • Exercises are only five minutes

What We Don't Like
  • A little uncomfortable to use at first

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.

Material: Medical grade silicone | Features: Optional cover for custom sizing, app provides workouts and tracks progress

You're a Cool Mom Scented Soy Candle

cool mom candle
What We Like
  • Hand poured

  • Can add engraving to lid

  • Phthalate- and nitro musk-free

What We Don't Like
  • Wick must be trimmed regularly

Remind mom that she's unique in her own way with this soy wax candle that's hand-poured in Knoxville, TN. Choose from a handful of scents like Banana Pancakes and Birthday Cake. You can also customize the lid with a special message.

Number of Wicks: 1 | Burn Time: 40+ hours | Wick Material: Cotton

HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style, by Elizabeth Holmes

hrh book
What We Like
  • Easy to read

  • Informational and fun

  • Great coffee table book

What We Don't Like
  • Some reviewers note receiving a broken book

Here's a book any fashion lover won't want to put down, another favorite of Leah's. It covers the fashion choices of four British royal family members: Queen Elizabeth II; Diana, Princess of Wales; Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge; and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. It's full of photographs and insights that anyone interested in royal style will find wildly entertaining.

Size: 7.27 x 0.97 x 9.29 in. | Number of Pages: 336

According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any mother's day gifts from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at contact@byrdie.com and we will evaluate the product ASAP.

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