Postpartum care

14 gifts that new moms secretly want but won’t ask for

So you've picked up a book and an adorable onesie for the baby, but what about the new mom? Help her adjust to sleepless nights and around-the-clock feedings with a few creature comforts.

By Amy Valm

14 gifts that new moms secretly want but won’t ask for

Pamper pack

Give your BFF this post-delivery all natural care package. The 'Almost a Mommy Gift Set' contains nursing pads, massage oil, belly butter, shower steamers, nursing balm and a bark & cranberry tin candle to help her care for herself while she cares for her newborn. $100, ecofillosophy.com

A photo of the contents of a new mom gift box laid out on a marble surface.Photo: Ecofillosophy

Yoga pants

Those first few weeks with baby are tough, and any new mom will be looking for some cozy yet stylish clothes to wear. These leggings are actually maternity tights, so there’s plenty of stretch to mould to a new mom’s changing body. Plus, paired with a long tunic and necklace, yoga pants are essentially eveningwear, right? The Everyday Legging, $104, alday.ca

14 gifts that new moms secretly want but won’t ask forPhoto: alday.ca

Fresh meals

Whether it’s a weekly food service like Chef’s Plate, with a box of everything needed to prep a meal at home, or a local catering company in your neighbourhood that drops off already-cooked gourmet meals, the way to the heart is through the stomach. You can also make a home-cooked meal or delicious baked goods to bring over—trust us, the new parents will be eternally grateful.

Le Creuset baking dish with lasagnaPhoto: Erik Putz

Headphones

Guys, with all those late-night cluster feedings and rocking that sweet new baby, Momma will need some over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones so she can keep up with One Bad Mother! With no cord to fuss over, she can do whatever she has to hands-free. Beats Solo 3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones in Rose Gold, $329.95, indigo.ca

14 gifts that new moms secretly want but won’t ask forPhoto: Indigo

Breast comfort pads

If you opt to breastfeed, it's fairly likely that you're going to deal with some sore ta-tas. These super soft pads are made with 100% cotton flannel and filled with flax seed that can be heated up to help clear clogged ducts, prevent mastitis, maximize milk output while pumping, or relieve pain associated with infections, pumping and let down, or you can pop them in the freezer and use them to help relieve engorgement. Donut Give Up! breast comfort packs, from $25, lillemer.com

14 gifts that new moms secretly want but won’t ask for

Face serum

For whatever reason, becoming a new mom seems to comes hand-in-hand with dry skin—especially if you’re breastfeeding. This intense serum is infused with two forms of hyaluronic acid to intensely moisturize. Bonus: it absorbs quickly to deliver a concentrated boost of hydration for busy moms on the go! Beauty Counter Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum, $65, beautycounter.com

14 gifts that new moms secretly want but won’t ask forPhoto: Beauty Counter

Cozy blanket

She’s in for long nights and lots of couch/recliner/rocker time. A soft, stylish blanket is guaranteed to make it all better (or at least look better). We love this beautiful blanket that’s made in Peru for Canadian company Cambie. Blanket, $120, cambiedesign.com

14 gifts that new moms secretly want but won’t ask forPhoto: Cambie

Postpartum recovery

This may not be the sexiest gift, but it is practical. Based in Vancouver, this gifting company prides themselves in sourcing only the best products, tested by real moms. This gift set comes with organic perineal balm to sooth any tears, bottom spray, maternity pads and a couple pairs of those fabulous mesh undies you wish you stole from the hospital—you’re welcome. Birth baby basket, $107, basicbabyco.com

14 gifts that new moms secretly want but won’t ask forPhoto: Basic Baby Co.

Snack subscription box

Those first few weeks at home with your baby can get busy, leaving you very little time to sit down to a proper meal. Snack guilt-free with a subscription box full of yummy snacks vetted by a certified holistic health coach. You’ll discover tons of natural, organic products without ever having to make a trip to the grocery store. Healthy Me Living snack subscription box, $27/month. cratejoy.com

14 gifts that new moms secretly want but won’t ask forPhoto: Cratejoy.com

Beauty subscription box

A subscription to a monthly beauty box is a sweet gift that keeps on giving. There are plenty on the market, but we’re big fans of FabFitFun. It’s jam-packed with everything from beauty goodies to lifestyle treats. $50 US per month (plus shipping), fabfitfun.com

14 gifts that new moms secretly want but won’t ask forPhoto: FabFitFun

Cleaning service

The gift of a clean house, guys—that’s what she wants. A one-time deep clean or a a weekly or monthly service will mean the world to tired new parents. 

woman vacuuming the floorPhoto: iStockphoto

A music subscription

Gee, you know what else would go really well with those Bluetooth headphones? A subscription to Spotify or Apple Music. That way, she can get down with all her favourite music, commercial-free. A subscription to a streaming service like Netflix, Crave or Hulu is awesome, too—she needs entertainment for all those nighttime feedings. Spotify, $10 per month, spotify.com; Apple Music, $10 per month, apple.com

Spotify app with Justin Timberlake songs pulled upPhoto: Spotify

Mani/pedi

It’s too much work to leave the house with a new baby in tow, so why not call in a manicurist to pamper the new mom at home?

feet with red painted toenailsPhoto: iStockphoto

The gift of choice

Gift cards make no-fail presents. Team up with friends and give a big one (that robe from Anthropologie, come on!) or tackle a few gift cards individually from different places. We love Saje, Lush, Gap and Indigo, but anywhere that will appeal to the new mom and give her the ability to shop for herself deserves an A+ (and if they deliver to her door, even better). 

two gift cardsPhotos: Lush and Anthropologie

This article was originally published on Jan 24, 2019
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