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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
Designed with easy nursing access
Made in the U.S.
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
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
Includes swaddle and mobile
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
Includes natural and organic items
All-in-one hospital bag
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
Easy to make
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
Free and fast shipping
Complimentary gift wrapping
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
Designed with easy nursing access
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
Zoe Lev Jewelry 14k Spaced MAMA Necklace
Made in the U.S.
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
Minimizes false alerts
Provides peace of mind
Strong data protection
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
Keeps beverages warm for 1.5 hours
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
Easy to slip on
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
Made from sustainable materials
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
Easy to setup
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
Suitable for ages 3 months and up
Pillow adds additional comfort
Pillow is sold separately
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
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
Easy to insert
Exercises are only five minutes
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
Can add engraving to lid
Phthalate- and nitro musk-free
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
Easy to read
Informational and fun
Great coffee table book
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
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