Good morning everyone! I’m so excited to introduce you to my new niece, Juliet!

Baby J

Isn’t she beautiful? And, so tiny! I haven’t held a baby this small since my girls were born. There were two to hold at the same time, so it felt different to hold one sleeping, tiny little baby. I swear my babies only slept like this a short amount of time before it was all crying all day. I think that’s just par for the course with twins.

Once Juliet arrived I wanted to get her something cute. After all, it has also been a long time since I got to shop for a cute little girly baby outfit. As much as I wanted to buy a baby gift, I really wanted to buy a gift for my sister in-law. This is child #2 for her. I feel like the more children we have the more effort we have to put into taking care of ourselves. By effort I don’t mean make up and expertly coordinated outfits. I mean managing stress and being able to feel refreshed. That’s hard to do with a newborn who doesn’t sleep through the night. Her son just turned six and I teased her that she was finally free from the sleep deprivation, but now she’s going right back in! So my gifts were inspired by those early days when self care is critical care.

Inside the gift bag for my little peanut Juliet I included some things I knew my sister in-law would enjoy. I didn’t want to just get her stuff she needed. I wanted to get stuff just for her to enjoy. Moms deserve a little something JUST for themselves to celebrate that giant feat of birthing another human being!  Here is my list of gift ideas for new moms:

Really Good Tea

Harney tea

A good cup of chamomile herbal tea (no caffeine) will help soothe those frazzled nerves from not getting enough sleep at night. You don’t have to break the budget to get good tea. Most grocery stores now carry some really great choices for around $5.00. Many of which look very fancy.


Taza Chocolate

If she doesn’t like chocolate then add in a different special little treat just for her. If you don’t know if she likes chocolate you can still put it in the basket. Worst case scenario she can always share the chocolate with hubby, or friends who stop by to see the baby.

Luxurious Lotions

HelloMellow Body Butter

A nice mild lotion with minimal fragrance so as not to irritate her skin or her baby’s skin. It’s just nice to have a soothing lotion on hand to feel pampered.

Lip Balm

Kiss My Face Lip Balm

New moms can dehydrate quickly so a lip balm will help keep lips kissable soft for baby’s tender skin.

Essential Oils


Essential Oil Roller Ball

A roller ball gives mom the chance to apply a mood changing, or uplifting sent when she needs to. Or, if she has a diffuser she can easily use to fill her room with a calming scent. Lavender is great for calming and soothing, and orange mixed with peppermint is great for an energy lift.

Gift Bag

RuMe organizer

You can easily put all of these lovely gifts into a paper gift bag, or even a basket. But, why not put them in a cute little accessories bag she can reuse later. Moms NEVER run of out uses for extra bags! Adding a monogram truly makes this gift personal.

What else would you add to this list of gifts for new moms?


The Whatever Mom is a twin mom learning to let go of perfection. She shares her real life struggles with parenting through her blog and contributes her time and talents as a writer to Hudson Valley Parent and Masshole Mommy. When she isn’t writing you can find her chugging coffee, folding laundry and not judging other parents. Don’t forget to subscribe via email so you never miss a blog post again!


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27 Comments on Gift Guide for New Moms

  1. Yes to all of the above. In addition to an actual gift, I always bring a meal, too. Some of my friends did that for me when I was a new mom and it was SO nice not to have to worry about dinner for a few nights.

  2. Loving all your ideas for new moms. I love this idea because often the baby gets all the gifts (of course!), and the mom is left out a little – if that makes sense. I like the idea of these comfort items like tea and candles. I would also add in a blanket so she can lounge in style!
    Karen |

  3. I would give all of those to any expecting mom, or just any mom in general. Moms overall are known to take care of everyone but themselves. This would be a great step in the right direction!

  4. These are such great ideas for new moms. A friend of mine is pregnant right and is having her little boy this summer. I’m definitely saving these 🙂

  5. These are really good ideas! Usually you just think about getting new moms baby stuff but it’s cool that you actually thought of things to get them for themselves. Great post xx

  6. Most people tend to forget the moms so having a gift for them is a great idea. I might even say a gift card for a spa would also be good once mom is up to it.

  7. This is definitely very handy as my best friend just recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I will be trying to check them all out and weigh which is perfect for her.

  8. This is so caring of you! Of course when women become moms they concentrate on the things they need and sometimes forget the things they’d love!

    • Congrats mama! Get that wish list up on Amazon now. 😉 Maybe someone will be kind enough to bring you a little something just for you! 🙂

  9. What a sweet and thoughtful idea. My sister is expecting and of course I’ve been thinking about new baby gifts, but hadn’t considered just how much she would appreciate a gift too. I think she’d love the chocolate and lotion!

  10. Wonderful list. Even though I’ve been a new mom twice, I still blank on what to get my friends when they have kids. I love essential oils, but never though to gift them to friends. I can’t wait to do this next time.

    Oh, and I love your header picture on your blog. So cool. Very happy to have found your blog through Bloggers Get Social. I will definitely be back!

    • Thanks so much Hannah! I can’t wait to check out your blog too! I use my roller ball EO’s so much for stress and tension I thought ‘I wish I had these when I was going through that new mom stress.’

  11. I like the idea of giving a present to the new mom! It’s easy to feel like the new baby gets all the attention, and a new mom deserves a bit of celebrating and doting over, too. (I almost said “pampering,” but … then all I could think of was diapers. LOL!)

  12. Oh I love all of these choices for pampering a new mama! I would add epsom salts to the list for feet soaking. That is something I love to do, and with all the walking around carrying the baby, sometimes my feet can bother me! This helps.

  13. These are such great ideas! I know when people who are close to me have kids, its sometimes hard to show your support for them. They are exhausted, sometimes I feel like a new mom would just like some sleep and someone else to care for the baby for just an hour or two.

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