A unique and useful gift will endear you to the new mom.
(Many of these I thought at first would be “nice-to-have”, but they turned out to be life-savers.)
I only got myself one after I realised I had no way of administering medicine or similar to my baby. I wanted to give him something for gassiness, poured some of the liquid into a spoon and realised: This isn’t going to work.
No one thinks to get a medicine dropper, but it’s helpful to have one lying around. I’m still using it for my son 20 months later.
Milestone Blanket (Or Something Similar)
A milestone blanket is a blanket with numbers and baby milestones on it. The idea is you spread the blanket on the ground, put the baby on top (there’s a designated space) and circle the applicable milestones. Then you take a picture.
It’s cute, and a new mom will take a million photos of her baby anyway; a prop like this will make it more fun.
Typically night lights are only used when your baby is a toddler. But having a night light when they are still babies is convenient.
A friend gifted me one, and I could use it to dimly light the room at night. That way, I could see well enough to change my son’s diaper, but it wasn’t so bright that he would fully wake up.
Unless the new mom has a full-time helper, organising a cleaning service for her when the baby comes will improve her life.
When receiving the gift, she might not appreciate it or understand it, but she will have no energy to keep the house clean after the baby comes.
A cleaning service will lighten the load of responsibility on her shoulders. She will be forever grateful, I promise you.
A ring sling is an item the mom can carry her baby around in while keeping her arms and hands free.
The ring sling was a little easier for me to use than the traditional babywear wrap. Plus, I don’t think many people know about it, so the gift will be unique.
Something To Read
A Kindle, e-book, or a traditional book (that’s not related to babies) will make a thoughtful gift. If the mom is breastfeeding, she will have a lot of time on her hands where she can’t do anything but sit.
So an entertaining read will help pass the time.
On the more expensive side, a compactum is a handy item to have. You place your baby on the compactum to change their diaper, get them dressed and bathe them.
I wasn’t planning on getting one because it seemed frivolous, but then my sister-in-law gifted me hers.
It was a lifesaver. It is convenient to use, and it’s precisely the right height, so you don’t have to bend over. Plus, you have all the baby toiletries close at hand.
More and more women want to breastfeed, but they don’t realise how difficult it can be. And if the hospital where your friend is birthing isn’t clued up, the first time she tries to breastfeed can end up being traumatising.
(Trust me, I know from first-hand experience.) Breastfeeding doesn’t come as naturally as society would have you believe. And the nurses in hospitals can hurt you when they try to help you breastfeed.
I struggled to breastfeed and eventually came across the Thompson Method to Painless Breastfeeding, and it saved my breastfeeding journey and healed my damaged body.
I wish someone had gifted me this course before I even gave birth as it includes a lot of information to help prep for the delivery of your baby and how to be ready to breastfeed.
It would have saved me a lot of trauma.
So have a look, and gift it to a new mom. It’s the gift she doesn’t know she needs.
I hope the above list helps. Finding unique gifts is challenging but worth the effort.