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Best gifts for new mums, rated by the parents who've received them all

From practical presents to luxury buys, treat the new mum in your life to something 'just for them' from our list of thoughtful gifts recommended by the UK's largest online network of parents, Mumsnet.

By Jenny Wonnacott | Last updated Dec 20, 2023

Let’s be honest; the first hours, days and weeks after a baby is born can be some of the most tiring in a mum’s life. The combination of lack of sleep, postnatal hormones and birth recovery whilst trying to take care of a newborn is overwhelming even for the most experienced, let alone the newly initiated. That’s why picking a gift for a new mum can feel like a lot of pressure - you want to remind them that you love them and support them, whilst giving them something they’ll actually use.

According to Mumsnetters, the best gifts for new mums (or the ones they’d wished they’d been given) are those that facilitate pockets of “me time”, provide a practical fix to a problem or make them feel that little bit less alone. Forget the baby; they’ll get plenty of presents. New mums deserve a little something just for them, whether it's a luxurious self-care essential or a gift to see them through the years ahead such as one of the top-rated parenting books.

As home to the largest online network of UK parents, Mumsnet users are a invaluable source of recommendations for all things pregnancy and parenting-related, from the best prenatal vitamins to take pre-pregnancy to the most useful pregnancy books to read during those nine long months and the top TENS machines for labour. So for some inspiration, we turned to our forums and researched the gift-giving recommendations of our 10 million Mumsnet users (aka real-life mums) to find out which presents they’d loved, appreciated or longed for when they had their first baby.

Here are the best gifts for new mums 2024.

The best gifts for new mums: at a glance

1. Best overall gift for new mums: Oh Mumma No Sleep Survival: Mumma SOS Kit

A picture of the Oh Mumma No Sleep SOS Survival Kit.

RRP: £28 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Dimensions: H5.5 x W17 x D14.5cm | Brand: Oh Mumma | Gift set type: Skin Care

What we love

  • It’s made by mums for mums

  • You can personalise it with a personal message for the mum-to-be

  • Reasonably priced and packed with goodies

What to know

  • You might want to add a little to this gift (for example, some earplugs)

What Mumsnet users say

“A good quality silk eye mask could also be useful for naps. Sleep was the #1 thing I wanted in the newborn days.” (Type of gift recommended by babouchette)

“Silk eye mask. Ear plugs (for when someone else is looking after baby).” (Type of gift recommended by Readytogogogo)

Our verdict

Rating: 5/5

On our forums, the number one gift recommended for new mums was the gift of a good night’s rest. Many new mums will feel like they've not had a good night's sleep since the day they got their positive pregnancy test - and having a new baby around certainly doesn't improve things. In the first few weeks, according to the NHS, a baby should feed at least eight to twelve times over 24 hours (and they don’t stop needing to eat at night). So, you’d be forgiven for thinking the new mum in your life is auditioning to be an extra in the Walking Dead.

However, giving them the gift of sleep is hard to do when you don’t live with them, which leads us to our top gift for new mums, the Oh Mumma No Sleep SOS Survival Kit. This beauty box contains mum-tested and even mum-created products that aid a peaceful night’s sleep (particularly if used alongside the best pregnancy pillow), and address the toll tiredness takes on their skin. Inside every kit there’s a Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (75ml), a Salt & Steam Rough Nights Facial Steam, a Q&A Caffeine Eye Serum (15ml) and a Sensory Retreats Luna Self-heating Eye Mask. The only thing we think is missing is a pair of earplugs.

2. Best budget gift for new mums: Putska Nappy Caddy

A picture of the Putska Nappy Caddy.

RRP: £15 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Dimensions: H38 x W18 x D23cm | Brand: Putska | Number of compartments: eight side pockets and three inner compartments | Material: Felt

What we love

  • Plenty of pockets and moveable dividers to create inserts

  • Easily portable with a comfortable long handle

  • Stylish design made with recycled material

  • It can be filled with additional gifts to turn into a hamper of sorts

What to know

  • Handles can sometimes get in the way (they don’t stand up as they do in the picture)

What our Mumsnet users say

“I also have a nappy caddy which I carry around everywhere with me. It gets filled with nappies, wipes, nipple cream, bum cream, nappy sacks, spare clothes, muslins, snacks, drinks bottle and clean breast pads. I take it downstairs with me when we go down & it goes on my bedside table each night. It's so so handy and hands down the thing I have used the most.” (Type of gift suggested by Mumsnetter Changeisconstant)

Our verdict

Rating: 4/5

There’s nothing quite like the frustration of trying to remember where you last saw the baby wipes, only to realise they’re all the way back downstairs. With the Putska Nappy Caddy, that need never be a problem. We all know that new mums have their hands full between a newborn and general life admin, so they’re sure to appreciate a gift they can store essentials in and take with them everywhere they go. Oh, and did we mention that it is our best budget-friendly gift for new mums?

Spacious, stylish and functional, they’ll love the eight wide side pockets and the modular inserts they can use to form up to three separate compartments. From baby’s comfort blanket to sorely needed nipple cream, new mums will appreciate being able to keep everything they need to hand. If you’re not sure it's enough, you could convert it into a hamper and stock it with essentials (perfect for baby showers if you want to combine with the best baby gifts). The only gripe we read online is that the handles aren’t rigid as the picture suggests, which can be a bit of a faff when trying to retrieve something one-handed.

Read next: Maternity wardrobe in need of a refresh? Discover the best maternity clothes and maternity leggings as rated by Mumsnet users.

3. Best practical gift for new mums: Expert Midwife Mum-to-be Collection

A picture of the My Expert Midwife Mum-to-be collection.

RRP: £78 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Dimensions: H21 x W7 x L31cm | Brand: My Expert Midwife | Gift set type: Prenatal toiletry

What we love

  • Award-winning collection of their top sellers (including Spritz for Bits)

  • Designed by midwives

  • It comes in a handy toiletries case (perfect for their hospital bag)

What to know

  • It is comparatively expensive

What our Mumsnet users say

“Some "My Expert Midwife" stuff - they've got a fairly big range now.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter sunscreenandsaltwater)

“Spritz for Bitz is amazing.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Smithtylater)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

Giving birth is no joke, and no one understands that better than a midwife. They see it all, which is why a team of them started their own line of award-winning products from breastfeeding salve to stretch mark cream designed to relieve pain and soothe symptoms for new mums and their babies. Mumsnetters swear by them, particularly the Spritz for Bitz, which just so happens to be included in the Mums-to-be Collection by My Expert Midwife.

From the second trimester to breastfeeding, this gift set will feel like it is heaven-sent, which is why we awarded it the best practical gift for new mums. Okay, it won’t save them time or money or help them sleep, but it will soothe and relieve any pain. Included in the handy, clear toiletry bag (perfect for popping in their hospital bag) is the following:

  • The Fantastic Skin Elastic (for itches and stretch marks)

  • The Peri Prep Your Bits (for pre-baby preparedness)

  • The Spritz for Bits (exactly what it sounds like)

  • The No Halm Nipple Balm (for soothing breastfeeding nipples, can be used under maternity bra)

  • The No Halm Bum Balm (award-winning bottom soother)

Premium products at premium prices, even if you decide not to go for this, we guarantee they’ll appreciate just one of these products. However, if you want a new mum's undying gratitude, pick this one for the ultimate post-birth TLC kit. The only thing missing is a good pelvic floor trainer.

4. Best gift for new mums who've had a c-section: Mama Hug The Caesar Easer Caesarean Gift Box

RRP: £85 | Buy now from JoJo Maman Bébé

Key specs

Dimensions: 30.5 x 30.5 x 15cm | Brand: Mama Hug | Gift set type: Post c-section care

What we love

  • Includes items specifically designed to aid post c-section healing

  • Includes JoJo bunny and muslin

  • Comes with gift message options

What to know

  • Quite pricey

  • She may well have some of the items already

What our Mumsnet users say

“[After my c-section I'd have liked] a gift basket filled with Epsom salts, snacks, chocolate, a refreshing face mask and some good moisturiser, some emla cream for those post surgery blood thinner injections (takes the sting off them) a small bottle of bubbles if that's their thing."  (Advice from Mumsnet user Softfresh)

"A pamper package would be nice, all my sisters had sections and sometime just a nice bath to yourself and a fresh pjs is nice." (Words of wisdom from Mumsnetter annmarie3)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

A lot of the new mum hamper and gift sets have postnatal care at the forefront of their design, but this is one of the few we found which has the post-c-section mother specifically in mind. Although some of the items are things your new mother recipient may already have plenty of - such as post-birth underwear and maternity pads - this hamper contains several items Mumsnet users have sworn by for post-caesarean care, such as Epsom bath salts to aid healing and a special scar balm. There's also a cute JoJo Maman Bebe bunny and muslin for baby, too.

It's a little pricey, but it's a good option if you're looking to cover all bases for your favourite post-op patient.

5. Best time-saving gift for new mums: The Cook Kitchen’s New Parents Meal Boxes

A picture of a Cook Kitchen New Parents Meal Box.

RRP: From £50| Buy now from The Cook Kitchen 

Key specs

Dimensions: N/A | Brand: The Cook Kitchen | Number of meals: 10x meals for one

What we love

  • There is 10% off the price for new parents

  • Pre-made meals are tasty, healthy and nutritious (quick to re-heat)

  • It's a practical time-saver a new mum is sure to appreciate

  • You can get them a gift voucher if they’d prefer to choose the meals

What to know

  • Meal boxes contain a set selection of meals, which they can’t change, so fussy eaters might prefer a gift voucher

  • Meals may sometimes be replaced depending on stock

What our Mumsnet users say

“My brother bought us a voucher for Cook, who delivers home-cooked meals ready for the oven. They can be frozen for a later date too. It just meant we could order healthy meals without worrying about cooking them. We saved them until the week my husband went back to work to make that first week easier.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter TheGracefulwhale)

“If you're in the UK, COOK does a new parents' freezer meals, which provides a week's worth of meals for both parents. I've got some ready to go in my freezer so my other half can sort out dinners for the first week!” (Suggested by Mumsnet user Fleetw00d)

“Vouchers from Cook, worth their weight in gold for both parents.” (Vetted by Mumsnetter samsalmon)

Our verdict

Rating: 4/5

When sleep and time are at a premium, Mumsnetters overwhelmingly agreed that the best gift you can give any new mum is the gift of a meal they didn’t have to prepare and cook themselves. And by far, the most recommended gift suggestion was a Cook Kitchen's new parent survival box or gift voucher.

Help them skip the decision fatigue and nightly argument about what’s for dinner, and give the new mum in your life healthy, delicious and nutritious frozen meals that they can chuck in the microwave or oven. Each box includes a range of Cook Kitchen’s best-selling, hand-prepared meals like Chicken Ham and Leek Pie or Green Thai Chicken Curry. It’ll make a unique gift that new parents will appreciate, and for a reasonable price. Although, we would suggest that if they’re a fussy eater, a voucher might be more welcome as the boxes contain set meals that they will only change if a meal happens to be out of stock, in which case they randomly select one from their bestsellers.

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6. Best gift for night-feeds: sympa Baby Night Light

RRP: £20 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Brand: sympa | Colours: Yellow, green, blue, pink, purple, peach | Batteries: Rechargeable, lasts up to 100 hours on dimmest setting

What we love

  • Soft silicone material

  • Touch control

  • Easy to use

  • Can be used as baby's nightlight once in their own room

What to know

  • Some reviewers report it loses charge easily after a few months of use

What our Mumsnet users say

“The absolute best gift has been a night light that I use multiple times per night for breastfeeding." (Product type tried and tested by Mumsnetter Icedteaplease)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

Slightly different to the traditional new mum gift, but no less useful, is this nifty, touch-control nightlight. Perfect to use during those long, dark nights of endless feeds, the light offers a warm, gentle glow you can control by touch so you can see your baby without waking them up. It's wireless and rechargeable so you can place it anywhere you need, and thanks to its soft silicone exterior, it's safe to use as a nursery nightlight for older babies, toddlers and children.

It features five different colours and on its dimmest setting its charge can last up to 100 hours.

7. Best technology gift for new mums: Beat Solo3 Wireless Headphones

A picture of the Beats Solo3 wireless headphones.

RRP: £143 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Brand: Beats by Dr. Dre | Colour: Black | Technology: Wireless and Bluetooth connected | Compatible with: Apple and Android devices

What we love

  • They’re wireless (so there are no tangled wires to contend with)

  • They’re great for going out and about with baby

  • Allows you to listen to music/audiobooks/podcasts whilst getting the baby to sleep

  • Comfortable and high-quality headphones

What to know

  • They’re expensive (you can find cheaper unbranded alternatives)

What our Mumsnet users say

“I second the Mumsnetter, who said an Audible subscription and some good wireless headphones if she doesn't already have them. I did a lot of walking with a pram on cold, windy winter days when my baby was tiny, and having an audiobook made it actually something to look forward to!” (Type of gift recommended by Mumsnet user Bootoagoose123)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

Our best tech gift for new mums is a pair of wireless headphones. That may sound a little surprising or boring to those without children, but the real mums of Mumsnet repeatedly recommended them. From night feeds to winter walks or a quiet moment on her birthing ball, a pair of high-quality wireless headphones can give a new mum a few minutes to switch off at convenient moments in her day.

With that said, we’re recommending Dr Dre’s Beat Solo3 wireless headphones (compatible with Apple and Android devices). Yes, they’re expensive, and there are definitely cheaper alternatives available (like this one, this one, or this one), but they’re also undeniably high-performance and have excellent ratings from previous customers. Able to connect via Bluetooth, they’re noise cancelling and have up to 40 hours of battery life. Sleek, stylish and adjustable, new mums can use them to listen to their favourite music or watch films. Some Mumsnetters suggested that including a gifted Audible membership for access to audiobooks will be much appreciated, too! In fact, if you gift these a few months early, your favourite mum-to-be can use them to listen to her best hypnobirthing book in the run up to and during labour.

8. Best car gift for new mums: Brica Baby In-Sight Car Mirror

Brica baby car seat mirror

RRP: £17 | Buy now from Boots

Key specs

Fit type: Universal | Material: Plastic

What we love

  • Easy to fit

  • Offers peace of mind

  • Features 'Traction-Grid' material to keep in place

  • Crash-tested and shatter-resistant

What to know

  • Can be considered a distraction for driver

What our Mumsnet users say

"[The best gift for a new mum is] a car seat mirror that fixes to the headrest so you can see your baby (in a rear facing car seat) whilst driving." (Approved by Mumsnetter Mc3209)

Our verdict

Rating: 4/5

An inexpensive but oh-so-useful gift option, this nifty little mirror fastens to the back passenger headrest facing the baby in their car seat so the driver can see them easily in the rear view mirror. It features multiple attachment options and adjustable straps for ease of installation and Traction-Grid material which has been designed to keep the mirror stable, no matter how long or bumpy the drive.

The screen is made from shatter-proof material for extra durability and there's a soft touch frame which is lightweight and energy-absorbing. Best of all, it offers peace of mind for new parents, from the first journey home from the hospital to all those thereafter. And as the baby gets a bit older, it offers them a view of mum or dad as well for extra reassurance and entertainment.

9. Best luxury gift for new mums: Baby Bjorn Bouncer

BabyBjorn Bouncer

RRP: £210 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Dimensions: 89.5 x 10 x 39cm  | Weight: 2.3 kg | Age suitability: From newborn - two years (3.5 kg - 13 kg)

What we love

  • Portable, lightweight and folds up

  • Fabric sling is removable and machine washable

  • Comes ready assembled

What to know

  • Pricey

What our Mumsnet users say

"Baby Bjorn bouncer- I got mine second hand, I can't explain why its better than other ones but it is. My baby loved it, good for meal times etc. Also very light, easy to take to other people's house." (Recommended by Mumsnet user OtiMama)

"Baby bjorn is one of the best things we bought. We take it into the kitchen so they can join us as meal times or just put baby in it in the living room so we can get stuff done. Our baby loves bouncing in it and it’s also very portable - we’ll take it with us when visiting. Probably started using it at about 3 weeks old. I’ll be gutted when they outgrow it." (Advice from Mumsnetter Laaalaaaa)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

If you're looking to splash the cash a little on the perfect gift for the newest mum in your life, you can't go far wrong with the Baby Bjorn Bouncer Bliss. Topping our list of the best baby bouncers, it ranks consistently highly among Mumsnet users for its lightweight portability as well as its chic, stylish look. Providing a safe, stimulating place for baby to rest will give your new mum recipient a much-needed break, whether if that's to nip to the toilet, pop the kettle on or simple sit and enjoy having their body back to themselves for a moment.

The seat is designed to react to baby's movements, so when they start kicking and waving their arms and legs it will bounce to their own rhythm, helping teach about cause and effect. The three position recline feature grows with the baby and can be used until they're around two. The gift that keeps on giving!

10. Best book-lovers gift for new mums: Kindle 2022 release

RRP: £85 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Dimensions: H157.8 x W108.6 x 8mm | Weight: 158g | Brand: Kindle | Storage: 16 GB | Wi-Fi connected: Yes | Battery life: 6 weeks (on a single charge)

What we love

  • Long battery life and improved design

  • Able to store thousands of books

  • It can be used one-handed or even hands-free

  • Small and portable

What to know

  • It can be tricky to set up and get to grips with

  • Pricey

What our Mumsnet users say

“I liked my Kindle with a new baby as I could increase the text size to be able to read it while rocking, it is easier to read with one hand than a paper book, and you can stick it down and not worry about losing the page. I'm usually very much a paper book person, and now the kids are older, I couldn't even tell you where my kindle was, but it was great for the baby days.” (Suggested by Mumsnet user OakleyStreetisnotinChelsea)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

Reading a book whilst handling a newborn should be considered an Olympic sport, which is why book-loving new mums will appreciate a Kindle - and this one is compact enough to slip in and out of a dressing gown pocket. It's the perfect gift they can use while putting their feet up during feeds.

With an adjustable warm light display (that won’t disturb the baby) and up to six weeks of battery life, the Kindle is light enough to hold in one hand and can even be accessed hands-free with a pair of wireless Bluetooth-connected headphones. Yes, we all know most book lovers would prefer a physical book, but when juggling a newborn, they’ll appreciate being able to enjoy a story where they can. Just make sure to give a little help with set-up, as it can be a little tricky at first, especially when transferring between devices.

11. Best eco-friendly gift for new mums: Organic Bamboo Nursing Breast Pads

RRP: £13 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Sizes: M, L, XL | Pack size: 14 | Machine washable: Yes

What we love

  • A great, eco-friendly option for breastfeeding mothers

  • Super soft and comfortable

  • Can be used after breastfeeding as make-up remover pads

What to know

  • Not adhesive to bra cup like some disposable pads

What our Mumsnet users say

"I got bamboo ones from Amazon. They're lovely and still very soft (9 months in). I haven't needed them from a leaking perspective for months but I just find them softer than the inside of a bra and if my little one dribbles a little then my bra doesn't get wet. I've been recommending them to all my pregnant friends for the last 9 months!" (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user SquigglePigs)

Our verdict

Rating: 4/5

For most breastfeeding mums, breast pads are an essential, particularly in the early weeks when your milk is coming in and supply can go a little haywire. To help protect the environment as well as her favourite clothes, a pack of re-usable breast pads is an excellent gift option for the new mum in your life. Made from super soft, absorbant bamboo, this pack option from Amazon provides 14 pads, which should be enough for a week - they wash well and dry quickly, and come in three different sizes to fit a wide range of bra cups.

Although they don't stick to the cup like some disposable pads do, they aren't hard to adjust and this particular range come with a little wash bag to help protect them in the wash. Best of all, once they're no longer needed for breastfeeding, they can be used to replace other disposable items such as make-up or nail polish remover pads.

12. Best comfy gift for new mums: M&S Cotton Modal Pyjamas

A picture of the M&S Modal Cotton Pyjamas.

RRP: £30  | Buy now from Marks and Spencer 

Key specs

Brand: M&S Collection | Size range: 6-22 | Material: 50% cotton, 50% modal | Machine wash: Yes | Tumble dry: Yes

What we love

  • Stylish and comfortable

  • Buttons make it easier for night feeds

  • Conveniently machine washable and tumble dryer safe

What to know

  • Not very thick material (better in the summer than the winter or for very warm sleepers)

What our Mumsnet users say

“Comfy dark coloured pyjamas with a button down too for breastfeeding.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Cheeseymummy)

“I wore nightdresses with buttons down the front for breastfeeding. I had one absolute favourite in soft brushed cotton. Soft and comforting. After one of my births, my husband tried to find some more.” (Suggested by Mumsnetter WildCherryBlossom)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

Pyjamas are a new mum's uniform, and having several comfortable, stylish and practical pairs is an absolute must, according to Mumsnetters. And whilst there are plenty of options, M&S is known for their high-quality, cosy clothes, which is why we’re recommending their Cool Comfort Cotton Modal Pyjama Set as the best comfy gift for new mums, the perfect pair for them to move onto once they've put away their favourite maternity pyjamas.

Now they’re not the most exciting, but they tick several new mum boxes that they’ll come to appreciate. Firstly, dark colours hide a myriad of sins, including spit-up and milk stains, and as the pyjamas come in rich navy, they fit the bill. Secondly, they have buttons, which are excellent for easy access for breastfeeding mums, and last, but certainly not least, they’re cotton and have Cool Comfort technology that’ll suit the always too warm perfectly. Maybe that’s why some previous customers thought they felt pretty thin. So if it happens to be winter, perhaps consider perusing our guide to the best hooded blankets for an additional gift. Oh, and they’re washing machine and tumble dryer safe, so there are no fiddly, delicate fabrics to worry about here.

13. Best portable gift for new mums: Cupple (Combined cup and bottle)

A picture of the Cupple.

RRP: £42 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Dimensions: H27 x W7.5 x D7.5cm | Weight: 490g | Brand: Cupple | Capacity of water bottle: 525ml | Capacity of travel mug:  340ml | Colours: 6  | Material: Stainless Steel

What we love

  • 2-in-1 stylish design

  • Lightweight and insulated

  • It has a carry loop and fits all standard cup holders

  • Leak-proof

  • Made from recycled materials

What to know

  • Expensive in comparison to other bottles or travel mugs

What our Mumsnet users say

“The most useful thing I got was a big water bottle so I could have a drink close at hand when I was stuck on the sofa for hours. Something easy to grab, and that won't leak if knocked over.” (Recommended by Persipan)

“Nice tip-proof travel coffee mug to keep her drinks warm as she will rarely get to the bottom of the cup without interruption otherwise.” (Suggested by Mumsnet user  Marshwawows)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

Being a new mum is thirsty work that often ends in slurping down ice-cold cups of tea or downing water like they’ve been lost in the Sahara desert. So, to help them stay hydrated, Mumsnetters suggested a water bottle or insulated travel mug as a convenient gift for new mums. Enter the Cupple, a stainless steel water bottle and coffee cup.

Our best portable gift for new mums is the ideal 2-in-1 gift for those who are always on the go and for those who simply need to drink more water. Designed with a wrist strap and to fit any standard car cup and backpack holder, they’ll be able to take it everywhere without purchasing plastic bottles or paper cups - an eco-friendly, one size fits all solution. Yes, it is significantly more expensive than your average beverage container. However, we’re sure you can agree its tip-proof, anti-leak design is extremely practical for new mums without compromising on style!

Read next: Find out which options Mumsnet users rated as the best pregnancy support belt to help ease aches and pains and support growing bumps.

14. Best self-care gift for new mums: L’Occitane Shea Discovery Collection Bodycare Gift Set

A picture of the L'Occitane Shea Discovery Gift Set.

RRP: £21 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Brand: L’Occitane | Gift set type: Bath and body | Skin type: Dry, normal

What we love

  • Skin softening products for restoring dry and sensitive skin

  • Rich and nourishing perfect for a pamper sesh

  • It has a gorgeous gift bag to keep it all in

What to know

  • We’d check that the new mum doesn’t have a lot of these kinds of products already - some Mumsnetters complained they’d been given too many they never got around to using

What our Mumsnet users say

“Some fancy body lotion moisturiser, a good one within your budget that smells lovely to make her feel pampered after a nice bath. Bath bombs, salts, a nice candle, face mask for said bath.” (Type of gift recommended by Mumsnet user blackcoffeeplant)

“When I buy for new mum/baby, I like to get mum a little pamper kit for "me time"...” (Type of new mum gift suggested by Chelyanne)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

New mums, like all mums, have limited ‘me time’, which is why a gift that’s all about taking care of themselves can be a great reminder to take some. Whether they hand off the baby to Dad or grandparents, new mums will love having their own little pamper sesh with the affordably priced L’Occitane’s Shea Discovery Bodycare gift set.

Part of a brand collaboration with Ruby Taylor, the stylish, summer-themed wash bag contains rich, nourishing shea butter products that feel indulgent. Inside they’ll find shower oil, hand cream, foot cream, body cream and extra gentle soap that’ll cleanse, soften and soothe dry, tired skin - perfect to move onto once they've finished with their best skincare for pregnancy items. Snapping up our award title for the best self-care gift set for new mums, we’d just double-check that it is the kind of gift they haven’t already got tonnes of stashed away from past birthdays and Christmases.

15. Best gift for breastfeeding new mums: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream

RRP: £9 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: 40g | Ingredients: 100% lanolin | Suitable for use: From birth

What we love

  • Only a tiny amount needed for breastfeeding relief

  • 100% natural ingredient

  • Hypoallergenic

  • No need to remove before breastfeeding

What to know

  • Quite pricey for a small tube (though you only need a little!)

  • Not suitable for vegans

What our Mumsnet users say

"I used Lansinoh cream and couldn't have done without it. I really struggled to breastfeed and found it so hard for the first 6 weeks but the cream was a god send." (Advice from Mumsnet user vfoster)

"Lansinoh sorted me out in 2 days. Fabulous!" (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user AmIThough)

Our verdict

Rating: 4/5

Coming in on top of our round-up of the best nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers, Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream has been applauded by breastfeeding Mumsnetters for years. The ointment is designed to be used directly on sore nipples as often as its needed, and is naturally hypoallergenic as well as safe for baby to ingest, so there's no need to remove before breastfeeding (though as it's made from sheep's wool, it's not suitable for vegans).

Breastfeeding can be extremely painful for new mothers, particularly in the first few weeks - this cream has been designed to help ease the pain of sore nipples and can heal dry or cracked skin heal faster thanks to the natural moisturising properties. If the newest mum in your life is planning to breastfeed, this handy little purple tube is a must.

16. Best gift for bottle-feeding new mums: MAM Easy Start Self Sterilising Anti-Colic Baby Bottles

MAM bottles

RRP: £14.40 for two | Buy now from Boots

Key specs

Capacity/sizes: 160ml and 260ml | Type of teats: Sizes one to three for babies, then X (cross cut for faster flow) and non-spill (for self-feeding toddlers) | Made from: BPA- and BPS-free plastic and silicone | Dishwasher-safe: Yes

What we love

  • Teat intended to mimic breastfeeding

  • Anti-colic function for babies suffering from colic

  • It's self-sterilising, so no need for a steriliser

  • Microwave- and dishwasher-safe

What to know

  • Can leak if the top or bottom isn’t screwed on properly

  • Extra parts make for longer assembly

What our Mumsnet users say

"I used them with both my DC and they’re brilliant. I always recommend them and everyone I know who has used them loves them too." Recommended by Mumsnetter mnahmnah.

"They are excellent. All the components come apart for the microwave self sterilisation. No problems with leaking. They last as well as you just buy the next size teat up each time rather than a whole new bottle. You will use them when you move on to formula/ cows milk so they are worth the investment." Tried and tested by Mumsnet user lemorella.

Our verdict

Rating: 4/5

If you're looking for a good gift option for a new mum who is planning to bottle or combination feed their baby, this clever bottle from MAM tops our list of the best baby feeding bottles. The super-soft silicone teat has been designed with a flat shape intended to mimic the nipple when breastfeeding, and the vented, removable base prevents the baby from swallowing too much air, which also makes it ideal for newborn babies and babies suffering from colic.

A curved, ergonomic design with plastic bubbles for grip will help baby to hold on when they're ready and the self-sterilising function is great for travelling or for families with smaller kitchens. Universally loved by Mumsnetters, this is a great gift option for new parents even if they are planning to breastfeed - it's never a bad idea to have bottles to hand just in case.

17. Best chocolate gift for new mums: Hotel Chocolat Taste: The Everything Collection

RRP: £29.50 | Buy now from Hotel Chocolat

Key specs

Includes: Mississippi Mud Pie Chocolate Selector, H-box selection, Milk chocolate batons, Trillionaire shortbread selector

What we love

  • Good selection of tasty treats

  • Will give new parents a much-needed sugar hit

What to know

  • Not a good keepsake/long-term gift option!

What our Mumsnet users say

“Chocolate! It has honestly never tasted as good as during a marathon feeding session!" (Words of wisdom from Mumsnetter wannabe123)

"Chocolate. Chocolate cake. Champagne. No babygros." (Advice from Mumsnet user FrancescaContini)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

You'd be hard pressed to find a Mumsnet thread on the subject of the best gifts for new mums which didn't mention the word 'chocolate' in some form. Hotel Chocolat have a large range of gift options suitable for new mums, from those including fizz and/or liqueurs to the brand's famous Velvetiser hot chocolate machine. We think the Everything Collection covers most bases, from the luxurious Trillionaires chocolate selection to the simpler milk chocolate batons - perfect for providing that much-needed energy boost for the new mum in your life while making her feel special at the same time.

Sure, it might not be the sort of gift they'll be able to keep for years to come, but as many a Mumsnetter says, sometimes the perfect gift for a new mum is one which is simple, cheering and just for her - you can't go far wrong with chocolate.

18. Best baby gift for new mums: Tuppence and Crumble Star Wrap

Tuppence and Crumble Star Wrap

RRP: £24 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Size: Birth-4 months / 4-10 months / 11-18 months | Colours: 18 colours | Material: Fleece (Polyester) | Machine washable: Yes (cold wash) | Tumble dry: No

What we love

  • Super-cute, unisex designs

  • Lovely warm, and cuddly fleece material

  • No poppers, buttons or zips

  • Perfect for buggy, pram, car seat or sling

What to know

  • It can’t be tumble dried

  • It is not suitable for sleeping, and you have to be careful when using it in a car seat

What our Mumsnet users say

“The Tuppence and Crumble star wraps are brilliant. Heavily used with both daughters! The second size-up one lasts for ages. We got at least two winters out of it!” (Tried and trusted by Mumsnet user Hugasauras)

“Tuppence and crumble star blanket (we ended up buying them in every size)” (Vetted by Mumsnetter Hall84)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

For the new mum that already has everything, sometimes all that's left to do is buy for the baby, and a clear winner for the best baby gift for new mums is the Tuppence and Crumble Star Wrap for adorability overload!

Repeatedly recommended by Mumsnetters, these ingeniously designed wraps make it simple for new mums to wrap their little one up against the cold (making it the perfect gift for winter). All they need to do is lay them down on the star shape and gently fold it around them, without needing to struggle to dress pudgy, wriggling limbs. They don’t have to worry about pesky zips or poppers either! Available in eighteen colours and made from soft and cosy, machine-washable polyester, choose from three size options: small (0-4 months), medium (4-10 months) and large (11-18 months). Just ensure they don’t get thrown in the tumble dryer!

Related: If you're pregnant and suffering from a case of piles, you're not alone: discover the best haemorrhoid cream as rated by Mumsnet users who've been there.

19. Best edible gift for new mums: Gower Cottage Brownies Box

RRP: £20 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Includes: 12 brownies | Eat within: 10 days | Allergens: Eggs, butter, wheat

What we love

  • Family-run Welsh business with locally sourced products (except the Belgian chocolate!)

  • Brownies come in a gift wrapped box

  • Can also be ordered directly from Gower Cottage website in a hamper

What to know

  • Not suitable for vegans

What our Mumsnet users say

"100% has to be Gower Cottage. So yummy, and they do brownie butter in a jar too!!" (Tried and (taste) tested by Mumsnet user SherlocksDeerstalker)

"Box of brownies - perfect." (Advice from Mumsnetter 20viona)

"Box of brownies? OMG YES" (Recommended by Mumsnet user SmileyPiuPiu)

Our verdict

Rating: 3/5

If you're looking for a gift which is easy, not too pricey, comes delivered pre-wrapped and is fairly guaranteed to put a smile on her face - look no further. Mumsnet users have been raving about Gower Cottage Brownies, which are made by a small, family-run bakery in Wales. They use locally-sourced ingredients, inlcuding Welsh butter and milk, except the chocolate which is sourced directly from Belgium.

A lovely gift option for the newest mum in you life to enjoy either with the rest of her family or all on her own - she's earned it, after all!

20. Best gift for new mums of multiples: Takeaway voucher

RRP: From £15+ | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Options include: Deliveroo; Just Eat; Uber Eats

What we love

  • Can spend as much or as little as you like

  • Give the gift of food without having to cook

What to know

  • You may need to check coverage for chosen service

What our Mumsnet users say

"Gifts for the parents - takeaway voucher. When my twins arrived it felt like we lived off biscuits and snacks for ages as were didnt get to cook. A lovely takeaway would have been a god send." (Recommended by Mumsnet user Sarie90)

"I genuinely appreciated vouchers more than anything for baby - we were swamped with clothes and baby blankets." (Advice from Mumsnetter Footlooseandfancy)

Our verdict

Rating: 4/5

There are plenty of options for gifts and essentials for multiples - check out our guide of what to buy for twins here - but what is the best gift you can give their parents? Food. It comes up time and time again on the Mumsnet forums when posters ask what the best gift they can buy a new mum, whether she's having one baby or five. A takeaway voucher is probably the easiest gift you can choose - you can spend as little as £15 up to hundreds - but trust us, it will be one of the most gratefully received.

What is the best gift for a new mum?

Our best gift for new mums was the Oh Mumma No Sleep Survival: Mumma SOS Kit, created by mums for mums and containing everything they need to get a good night’s sleep and rejuvenate their skin when they haven’t (all at an affordable price). Don’t forget you can personalise it, too, and leave a little pick-me-up message for them!

What do new mothers need the most?

Aside from a healthy baby and a decent night’s kip, a new mum needs a combination of practical gifts to help her navigate this new stage in her life, along with some treats to remind her how amazing she is! Why not try one of these:

What do you give a new mother after giving birth?

For the new mums laid up in hospital or at home in need of a rest, check out our best practical gift for new mums: My Expert Midwife Gift Set. All inside a handy wash bag are products created by medical professionals that are designed to soothe and relieve pain post-birth. For new mums who've had a C-section, we think The Caesar Easer Caesarian Gift Box is a great option.

What are the best brands for new mums?

The most recommended brands on our forums for new mums are the following:

What present do mums want?

Sometimes the best gift to give a new mum isn't one you can buy. As Mumsnetter Aspiemum2 says, "The first weeks are so draining and I'd have given anything for someone to do some ironing or bring some meals."

Hold or watch the baby while they shower, get the vacuum cleaner out, batch cook for the freezer, make them a cup of tea. If in doubt, think food: "We've had lots of lovely presents for our twins but my absolute favourite was the ten tubs of spag Bol sauce - all in microwavable containers, ready to go in the freezer so we could use as needed." - Wise words from Mumsnet user DigestivesWithCheese.

What to give to a new mum who is struggling?

For a new mum who is struggling, the best gift you can give is a helping hand. Whether you offer free babysitting services or bring them a cooked meal, you don’t have to spend a fortune. However, if your cooking skills aren’t up to par, send them a new parent meal box from the Cook Kitchen  or a takeaway voucher to help them cross one more thing off their to-do list.

How we choose our recommendations

Mumsnet recommendations

You can’t write an article about gifts for new mums without consulting the opinions of real-life mums, which is why we turned to the Mumsnet forums to find out which gifts they recommended (and which they didn’t!). By doing this, we gathered relevant, up-to-date and authentic reviews of products that have been tried, tested and loved by parents.

Expert opinion

We then consulted expert review sites and gift-focused retailers, such as Amazon and Not on the High Street, to allow us to hone our list of new parent products in search of those that had won awards and those that consistently received top endorsements.

Verified consumer reviews

Finally, we assessed and weighed the reviews and ratings of each item on our shortlist to see if previous customers agreed that this gift lived up to customer expectations.

Celebrated gifts for new mums

By using our triple-check vetting process, we guarantee we have thoroughly researched every product on this list in detail, to ensure that they have been recommended by mums, trusted by experts and rated by previous customers. So, you can give the new mum in your life a gift she truly deserves!

About the author

Louise Baty has been a journalist for two decades and a mum for one decade. Fuelled by a love for writing combined with an obsession for magazines from a young age (thanks, Just 17 and Mizz) she always wanted to work in consumer journalism. After studying at Newcastle University and The City of Liverpool College, she went on to write for national publications including Woman’s Own, Woman, Chat, Bella, Take a Break and The Mirror.

A mum of two, she writes parenting, health, lifestyle and true life features for her favourite titles and has written four parenting books, published by Summersdale. A keen MNer - and no, she’s not telling you her username - she also researches and writes Swears By articles for Mumsnet.

An expert shopper and online bargain hunter, she is passionate about finding the best products for parents. She could spend hours discussing the benefits of muslins, eco-friendly parenting products and maternity clothes, not least because she isn’t ashamed to admit wearing her own maternity jeans until her younger DC was almost in shoes. Stretchy waistbands for the win.

Why you should trust us

Mumsnetters have been recommending products and services to each other for more than 20 years now and always have their finger on the pulse. We’re lucky to have all that knowledge and experience at our fingertips and have spent decades hunting down the very best products in the shops, from buggies and blenders to swing sets to sterilisers, and know exactly which brands to trust and how to pick products that will make parents’ lives easier.

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

About the author

Mum-of-three Jenny Wonnacott is a Content Editor for Mumsnet, specialising in writing, editing and optimising pregnancy care and child play content.

Before joining the content team at Mumsnet, Jenny worked as a journalist for newspapers, radio, TV and b2b trades magazines for over a decade. She is also a bestselling sci-fi author (writing as J M Briscoe) and parenting blogger.

As a parent of three primary school-aged children, Jenny is passionate about making Mumsetters' lives easier through rigorous research of all items recommended in buyers' guides such as these, as well as product reviews and expert advice on all things pregnancy and child play related.