This book calmed me the heck down after having Luke. It offers data on all the controversial things that are thrown your way as a new parent and makes you feel like less of a failure in the meantime.
I love Kendra’s podcast and have yet to get into her book yet, but I’m sure it is great and full of tips and tricks to make life easier for the new mom in your life.
This is my guiding light through the terrible 2s right now. It’s hard stuff, but I wish I’d read it before Luke could talk back to me.
As you will read in a second, I have a lot of feelings about post-partum hair. I don’t have great hair or even know how to style my hair regularly, but the feelings are big and I will now project them onto you, dear reader. Welcome to Motherhood: Hair Edition.
If your new mom has ponytail length hair, it will now live in a ponytail. It will get greasy from all those times she doesn't wash it; so, get a comfortable hat that accommodates any actual ponytail.
If your new mom has time to blow dry her hair, her baby will probably be afraid of the loud sound and she won’t do it anyway. Find a great towel to keep wet hair in place and helps it dry without breakage.
That breakage I just mentioned is really detrimental because if your new mom has hair of any length, it is about to fall out. This serum has actually seemed to help my post-partum hair loss. It is $$$ and I am embarrassed that I purchased it, but it would make a great gift.
I mentioned the unwashed hair getting greasy, this will combat the grease. I’m throwing another expensive haircare product your way, but consider this an indulgent gift. And advise your new mom to put this in before bed, total game changer in the fight against dirty looking hair.
I could do a whole post on my take on the mom uniform — which has changed since child number 2 came onto the scene. Here are some gift ideas for keeping your new mom’s bod contained and comfortable!
These are my leggings of choice. I am an Eddie Bauer fangirl and love that these leggings keep my stomach under control and my phone at the ready. I feel the company has done a great job with its commitment to anti-racism and diversity this year too.
Momming is hard work. These t-shirts are fun, colorful, and can be great reminders of all the awesome women (and mothers) that have led the way.
New babies are working out days and nights; so, your new mom is right there with them. I like a shirt that I can wear during the day and feel good about sleeping in too. Pair this tunic with the leggings and the uniform is complete.
New moms walk around a lot and at all hours of the day. Comfortable socks that won’t let you fall on the kitchen floor in the middle of the night are a must. And if you’ve ever listened to a podcast (any podcast, haha), you know that Bombas makes great socks and they give back too.
There is a reason that mom jeans and fanny packs exist…because they make so much sense. I have my eye on this bag to wear around the house and for outings. Maybe someday I will even be cool enough to wear it as a cross-body, but probably not.
New moms, particularly breastfeeding ones, have new accessories in their lives that get eaten by the washing machine. Help them out with a few (more) mesh laundry bags. These become great diaper bag organizers too.
When there are little people around it is unlikely that your new mom will get to her drink in time to enjoy it hot or cold as desired. A great insulated cup with a straw is a really helpful gift.
There are phones, e-readers, tablets, breast pumps, and other appliances that never seemed to be juiced up as needed. A few of these cables would make a great gift to keep at the ready.
When self-care seems to be out the window, lip balm is the easy answer. Putting on lip balm feels like a quick luxury and this lip treatment makes me feel like I’m taking self-care seriously.
I’ll be honest, I don’t think that these cookies truly support lactation. I do think they support tired women who want to eat and eat and eat. These were gifted to me and I enjoyed every bite.
The idea of managing a baby book during Luke’s first year still gives me anxiety. My mom got me this great set of cards that I could use to snap a quick photo with Luke (and now JJ) and keep a digital record of firsts.
We played a lot of board games before having kids. We just don’t now and it’s a true bummer. Our only go-tos are Scrabble and Tayu. We played it with some dear friends years ago and found it to be quick, not too intense, and importantly playable with one hand. Note, it has gone in and out of production; so, it can be pricey.
We take a million photos and we’ve gotten better about printing some, but we certainly haven’t taken the time to nicely frame kid or family photos. Gifting your new mom a certificate to Framebridge, where she can upload a photo directly for printing and framing makes the task see so much less daunting.