17 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

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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

Parachute Waffle Robe

Courtesy of Parachute

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.

The Urban & The Mystic Baby Box

the urban and the mystic baby box

Courtesy of The Urban & The Mystic

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."

Bodily Care For Birth Box

Bodily Care For Birth Box

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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!"

Daily Harvest

daily harvest

Courtesy of Daily Harvest

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!)."

Helen Ficalora 'Mom' Disk Charm with Diamonds

helen ficalora mom disk charm

"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.

Hatch The Back In The Game Nursing Jumpsuit

The Back In The Game Nursing Jumpsuit

Courtesy of Hatch

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.

Women's Keds x Hatch Ace Sneaker

keds hatch ace sneaker

Beloved footwear brand Keds has partnered up with maternity go-to Hatch to create the ultimate mom sneaker, a favorite of Byrdie Director of Design Tomoko Takahashi. Stamped onto the side is the word 'MAMA,' and because they're Keds you know they're super comfortable. Everyone can use a white sneaker in their shoe arsenal, and this one has mama's name written all over it (but actually).

Lelet NY Mama Barrette

lelet ny mama barrette

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.

Zoe Lev Jewelry 14k Spaced MAMA Necklace

mama necklace

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.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

ember temperature control mug

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.

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials

birkenstock arizona essentials

Courtesy of Zappos

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.

Lingua Franca Mama Knows Best Cashmere Sweater

lingua franca mama knows best sweater

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.

Blissy Silk Pillowcase

blissy silk pillowcase

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.

Elvie Trainer

Elvie Trainer

Courtesy of Goop

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.

You're a Cool Mom Scented Soy Candle

cool mom candle

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.

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

hrh 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.

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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