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Let’s be honest. There are very few times in life more draining than the first hours, days and weeks after a new baby is born. Add exhaustion, rush of postnatal hormones and birth recovery into the mix and it can all feel rather overwhelming.
It goes without saying that at the top of every new mum’s list is a happy, healthy baby. Second is probably a good night’s sleep but since that isn’t something you can buy online, how about treating the new parents in your life to something that will make their lives a little less stressful?
New mums often get overloaded with bouquets but, let’s be honest, how helpful is a bunch of flowers that will end up being chucked out in a week’s time? As this Mumsnetter reports: “Anything but bloody flowers! I kept getting flowers from people. They are the most useless gift to give a new mother. Especially one who's had a c-section. You have to find a vase and change the water or they stink. Hated it!”
Whether you’re looking for something adorable for the baby (hello, teeny, adorable romper suits), a practical gift such as soothing hand cream or some indulgent chocs for energy bursts between feeds and nappy changes, a well-chosen, thoughtful gift has the potential to make a new mum’s day. This Mumsnetter advises: “Babies get tons of pressies - it's nice to get the mum some stuff.”
And where to go for recommendations other than to real mums themselves? Here are the best gift ideas for new mums, as recommended by Mumsnetters.
1. Best overall gift for new mums: Hotel Chocolat Patisserie Sleekster Box
Price: £19.98 | Buy now from Amazon
“I absolutely love The Hotel Chocolat Patisserie Sleekster.” (Rated by Mumsnet user ScribblingPixie)
“That is my favourite too, especially Lemon Cheesecake - I think I could eat a whole box of those if they made one!” (Recommended by Mumsnet user RaraRachael)
It’s official. A quality box of chocolates makes everything more bearable, especially if you’ve been up at hourly intervals feeding your baby and are in need of a sugar hit. This version of the bestselling Sleekster features classics inspired by favourite desserts including Apple Strudel, Rhubarb & Custard and Lemon Cheesecake.
With no artificial flavours or colours and embracing Hotel Chocolat’s ethos of ‘more cacao, less sweet,’ it’s an indulgent gift that most new mums (and dads) are sure to love, although unfortunately, it’s one to miss for vegans as it’s only suitable for vegetarians.
Mumsnetters reckon that this is the best box of chocolates for posting as it fits through a standard letterbox, making it ideal if you’re not able to visit the new mum and baby in person.
2. Best budget gift for new mums: Bio-Oil Skincare Oil
Price: £7.49 (60ml) | Buy now from Amazon
“I used it with DS2 and DD2 and had minimal stretch marks. I didn't use it with DD3 and my stomach looks like an elephant's backside (could have been a coincidence though).” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user WhenEnoughIsEnough)
There’s no shame in giving a practical present, especially during pregnancy and early parenthood when everything is changing. Bio-Oil Skincare Oil is the UK’s number-one scar and stretch mark treatment and can help to improve the appearance of new and old scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.
Mumsnetters rate it as being a real multitasker. Not only is it great for massaging into a bump during the last weeks of pregnancy when the skin feels tight and dry, and is most prone to developing stretch marks, but it can be used postnatally to help wobbly bits feel a bit more supple too.
It’s also a great all-round moisturising oil, leaving skin feeling smooth, supple and smelling delicious, and can calm flare-ups in hormonal, sensitive skin.
3. Best essential gift for new mums: aden + anais 100% Cotton Muslin Musy Squares
Price: From £13.60 | Buy now from Amazon
“I have a load of these and love them. I’m on baby number four now and the ones I bought for baby one are just as lovely as they were when new.” (Vetted by Mumsnet user Isawthathaggis)
Generously sized and beautifully soft, these aden + anais muslins are a cut above the average milk mopper-upper. Muslin cloths are a must in any new parent’s arsenal, but the truth is that not all muslins are created equal and these posh muslins outshine supermarket multipacks on every score.
Made from 100% cotton, they get softer with every machine wash - as ‘soft as silk’ according to parents who’ve used them time and time again. Measuring 60cm x 60cm, they come in an array of prints and shades. With five muslins in every pack, you’ll have spares to stash in the changing bag when you’re out and about.
They’re also pretty enough to use as a light blanket in the pram during warmer weather or folded for a baby to snooze on and, when duty calls, they’re great for mopping up baby puke too.
4. Best breastfeeding gift for new mums: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream
Price: £7.85 (40ml) | Buy now from Amazon
“Lansinoh definitely! Use sparingly before and after every feed. Also good for baby's lips if they get a bit dry.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user DamnitCharlie)
A sensible, purse-friendly gift, a tube of nipple cream might not have made the pre-baby shopping list for a first-time mum. However, it could be a lifesaver in the early weeks, especially if a baby has tongue tie, which can cause latch difficulties and nipple pain for the mum.
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream is recommended by mums and healthcare professionals. Well under a tenner for 40ml, this natural cream can provide effective relief from nipple soreness and discomfort.
Containing no taste, colour or smell, it’s safe to use during feeds and the HPA lanolin is filtered to ensure that it's hypoallergenic. It's the only lanolin product to receive the British Allergy Foundation seal of approval, although of course it’s unsuitable for those with a lanolin allergy. It also multitasks as a gentle lip balm. Pop it in a hamper with other useful bits and bobs or wrap it up in a shawl (see below) to keep her shoulders warm during night feeds.
5. Best beauty gift for new mums: Nursem Hand Cream
Price: £9.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“Nursem is really good for hands that are suffering. I like that the hand cream is really soothing and softening but that it also sinks in totally so your hands aren't greasy and sticky. They also pledge to give one month’s worth of free product to a nurse or midwife for every product you buy.” (Rated by Mumsnet user ChequerBoard)
When you’re frequently washing your hands, skin can become dry and chapped. Hand cream is the answer but over-perfumed lotions aren’t ideal when you’re cradling your newborn. This gentle, unfragranced, non-greasy Caring Hand Cream from Nursem is dermatologist-approved for hypersensitive skin.
Free from parabens, with a fast-absorbing formula and no essential oils or fragrances, it contains soothing medical-grade Manuka Honey and White Willow extract to combat soreness. Other natural ingredients include plant oils and Glycerin to restore the skin’s protective barrier and Allantoin and Pro Vitamin B5 to nourish.
This hand cream may not look as swish as some, but it’s recommended by medical professionals. Also, Nursem promises to give a month’s supply of hand cream to a nurse or midwife with every product purchased so it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
6. Best eco-friendly gift for new mums: Thermos Desk Mug
Price: £9.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“When my BFF had her baby, I made up a little hamper in a sort of nappy caddy and filled it with different things. The one she still uses most 15 months later is the thermal mug with a lid.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Sunbird24)
“A good Thermos drinking flask to keep my tea warm and not have to keep getting up. Meant I could just snuggle, feed and relax.” (Rated by Mumsnet user Legoisaws8om)
When you become a new parent, you soon realise that it’s near impossible to consume a piping hot cup of tea or coffee. As soon as you lift the mug to your lips, the baby will cry and you’ll end up putting it back down and only remembering it hours later when it’s arctic and not at all drinkable.
A thermal mug should solve this problem. This stylish, reusable, vacuum-insulated mug in Duck Egg blue is made by camping giants, Thermos. The manufacturer promises that the mug will keep hot drinks at a toasty temperature for longer than a standard mug would do. It will also keep cold drinks cold in hot weather and has a generous capacity of 450ml.
Safety-wise, there’s a twist lock lid to avoid dangerous drips or spills. You can’t put this thermal mug in a dishwasher so unfortunately you will have to wash it up by hand between drinks, but that’s a small price to pay for a decent cuppa. And if you’re looking for some tea bags to go with it, read on…
7. Best caffeine-free gift for new mums: Pukka Tea Selection Box
Price: £15.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“Pukka teas are great and do mixed boxes.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Beach11)
Caffeine can be a lifesaver in those sleep-deprived early days of parenthood. That said, if the new mum is breastfeeding, she may have to keep one eye on her caffeine intake.
Herbal teas are a great caffeine-free alternative to standard brews and they taste bloomin’ delicious too. Pukka’s expertly blended teas use only organic herbs and fruits.
This Relax tea selection is presented in a pretty box that would brighten up any kitchen worktop. Inside you’ll find 45 sachets of nine different scrumptious flavours including Love, Relax, Night Time, Tulsi Clarity, and Chamomile, Vanilla & Manuka Honey. It’s an ideal gift for a new mum - just make sure you’re in charge of putting the kettle on so she can chill out on the sofa.
8. Best baby toy gift for new mums: Baby Einstein Star Bright Symphony Musical Toy
Price: £14.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“I like to give a musical toy for the baby. Something like the Baby Einstein Star. People have specifically thanked me for that and said it was a lifesaver.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Fueledwithfairydustandgin)
Newborns are often bought toys that they can’t yet use, so something useful and fun which is suitable from birth is sure to be a winner. The Baby Einstein Star features a soft smiling star constructed from plastic and soft plush fabric.
This brightly coloured baby toy plays soft melodies and sounds to entertain and soothe a baby from birth. There are two modes - parent mode plays continuous melodies and light effects, while baby mode plays melodies and flashes with motion activation to encourage interactive play.
It can be clipped to a cot or pram as well as clutched by tiny hands. While the Baby Einstein Star Bright Symphony is safe for babies and toddlers, the manufacturer warns that the toy’s flashing lights could be a trigger for epilepsy sufferers.
9. Best breastfeeding shawl for new mums: Seraphine Grey Breastfeeding Cover Maternity Shawl
Price: £35 | Buy now from Seraphine
“Seraphine do some nice ones. I like this one because it’s very soft.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Woodpecker22)
Cosy, soft and easy to wear, this sumptuous grey breastfeeding shawl by high-end maternity label, Seraphine, is hugely versatile and offers a variety of options for breastfeeding mums. It can be wrapped, draped or worn as a scarf, and is simply secured by using the handy easy-open poppers on the shoulder.
Made from a hypoallergenic, bamboo wool blend, it can be used to keep shoulders warm during night feeds or to provide a bit of privacy for mum and baby when nursing in public.
The fabric helps to wick away moisture and also doubles up as a useful baby swaddle between feeds.
An alternative gift to the Seraphine number is this teal drape maternity and nursing cardigan from JoJo Maman Bébé which Mumsnetters love for being practical, versatile and stylish to boot. At £45, it is more expensive though.
10. Best baby clothing gift for new mums: Joules Baby Razamataz Organically Grown Cotton Printed Babygrow
Price: From £9.95 | Buy now from Amazon
"Joules have some lovely sleepsuits. Lovely quality and last for ages" (Rated by Mumsnet user marvellousmaplesyrup)
You may have heard this but babies do create a fair bit of mess. We’re talking poo, pee and puke here, ladies and gentlemen - and for this reason it’s always a wise move to have plenty of spare clothes at the ready in anticipation of an unexpected Code Brown.
Joules is a Mumsnet favourite and their classic Razamataz Organically Grown Cotton Printed Babygrow is a bona fide bestseller which shows no signs of slowing down in popularity. We awarded it our Mumsnet best overall babygrow in our best babygrows round-up. High praise indeed!
This printed organic cotton babygrow is super soft, washes well and the newborn sizes have integrated scratch mitts. Available in three sizes - 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6- 9 months and 9-12 months - you might consider buying a bigger size to allow for growing room. Babies grow out of newborn rompers quicker than you’d think.
11. Best gift box for new mums: JoJo Maman Bébé Mama Hug The Arrival Essentials Gift Box
Price: £45 | Buy now from JoJo Maman Bébé
“I like to get mum a little pamper kit for ‘me time’.” (Rated by Mumsnet user Chelyanne)
Having a box of goodies delivered straight to your door is sure to lift the spirits of any new mum, even when they’ve been up all night. Exclusive to JoJo, this luxurious gift box for new mums includes a lovely selection of treats.
Inside you’ll find Mum Bub Hub Soaking Salts to help soothe postpartum discomfort, Natural Birthing Company Bottoms Up Spray to soothe stitches, tears and grazes, 10 Natracare organic cotton maternity pads, and Myrtle and Maude Red Raspberry Leaf Tea to help strengthen the uterus before labour (only suitable from 32 weeks) and to help stop postpartum bleeding too. There is also a classic JoJo bunny and muslin.
It’s certainly not a budget option, but it would certainly be a treat to receive and could make a great group gift if a few of you are chipping in for a baby shower gift.
12. Best post C-section gift for new mums: Silentnight V Pillow with Pillowcase
Price: £9.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“A V pillow and doing some cleaning and ironing.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user maryberryslayers)
With around a quarter of new mums having a caesarean section, it’s worth considering a gift to aid recovery from this type of surgery. Recovering from a caesarean can take a little longer than recovering from a vaginal birth, and a new mum may suffer stomach discomfort and will have to take it easy in order to allow the wound to recover.
A supportive pillow such as the Silentnight V Pillow is useful as a post-surgery sleep aid and can be helpful during feeds as the baby can rest on it while the tender abdomen area is protected.
It has other uses too, including as a sleep support during pregnancy, so it makes a great early gift for a mum-to-be before they give birth. Handily, this pillow includes a removable, stain- and water-repellent soft-touch cover. Granted, it isn’t as scrumptious as the Hotel Chocolat Sleekster chocs or as fun as the Baby Einstein Star Bright Symphony, but it’s extremely useful for all times of the day and night.
13. Best practical gift for new mums: Tuppence and Crumble Star Wraps
Price: From £23.95 | Buy now from Amazon
“The Tuppence and Crumble Star Wraps. They are brilliant, look super cute on and can be used in the car seat or while in the carrier. So warm and easy to put on.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user luckymagnoliatree)
Trying to gently shove pudgy, wriggly little limbs into a baby snowsuit or baby coat can be a challenge at the best of times. So what’s the answer? A Tuppence and Crumble Star Wrap, that’s what.
These ingeniously designed wraps make it simple to wrap your little one up against the cold. Simply lay them down on the star shape and gently fold it around them. There are no pesky zips or poppers involved whatsoever.
The Star Wrap is beloved by Mumsnetters and reviewers alike. Made from soft and cosy, machine-washable polyester in a variety of colours, choose from three size options: small (0-4 months), medium (4-10 months) and large (11-18 months).
14. Best creative gift for new mums: Baby Hand and Foot Inkless Print
Price: From £11 | Buy now from Not on the High Street
“We received an inkless set as a gift when my DS was born. You use the special wipe and press their hand on the paper which reacts to the chemicals in the wipe. I believe it’s what they use in hospitals in America to do hand prints. Think it was from Not on the High Street. Was good as no messy ink/paint to clean off afterwards!” (Recommended by Mumsnet user WhoooaTherePickle)
Baby feet are so teeny and squishy but they grow SO fast (sobs), so a nice way to hold onto those early days is to make an imprint of the tootsies in question. You can of course do this the old-fashioned way using baby-safe, non-toxic paint but it’s a somewhat messy option.
A tidier way to create those precious mementos is by using an inkless print set, which contains towelettes seeped in invisible ink. Although the ink is completely mess-free and safe for use on a baby’s delicate skin, it creates detailed black prints on the specialist paper included in the kit.
The Premium Inkless Kit costs an additional £2 but comes with the kit presented in a string and washer envelope with a gift tag attached for you to write your message to the new parents.
15. Best gift for sleep-deprived new mums: NEOM Bedtime Ritual Gift Set
Price: £38 | Buy now from Amazon
“Neom candles are gorgeous.” (Rated by Mumsnet user sausagepastapot)
The arrival of a new baby throws all established routines up in the air, including beloved nighttime rituals. Sleep deprivation is real for new parents. While many new mums may feel that they could fall asleep standing up, waiting for the kettle to boil (not to be advised, by the way), it can be comforting to have some soothing sleep aid products close to hand.
Fragranced with essential oils including lavender, chamomile, sweet basil, jasmine and patchouli, this trio of products - the Perfect Night's Sleep Candle, Perfect Night's Sleep Wonder Balm and Perfect Night's Sleep and Balm - have been selected by experts to encourage relaxation and sleep preparation.
At almost £40, it isn’t a cheap gift option by any means, but it will certainly make a new mum feel cherished and might even encourage her to carve out some much-needed ‘me time’ too.
16. Best water bottle for new mums: Ion8 Leak Proof Slim Water Bottle
Price: From £9.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“I swear by the Ion8 ones because they are leakproof and don't have a plastic straw so it can all go in the dishwasher if needed.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Thetrolleywitch)
It’s quite common for new mums to get dehydrated, especially when they’re super busy and may be breastfeeding. An easy way to keep hydrated is to have a handy reusable water bottle close at hand.
The Ion8 bottle is a great all-rounder. Easy to use, it has a soft-touch textured grip and a handy carrying ring along with a spout cover that flips open with one finger and locks to stop spills. There are 15 colours to choose from and the bottle features an all-important hydration indicator to show how much you’ve drunk.
Just like the Thermos Desk Mug, which is the same price, it’s suitable for both cold and hot drinks but has a slightly more generous capacity of 500ml in comparison to the 450ml capacity of the Thermos. The benefit of this bottle is that, unlike the Thermos mug, it’s dishwasher-safe.
17. Best personalised gift for new mums: Personalised Sterling Silver Heart Charm Necklace
Price: From £20 | Buy now from Not on the High Street
“I bought a friend this and added a heart for each child's name. Beautiful quality including the gift box.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user ForthPlace)
If you’d rather buy a sentimental gift than a practical one then you can’t go far wrong with a personalised piece of jewellery for a new mum. This sweet little sterling silver necklace features a freshwater pearl along with a silver heart which can be personalised with your own special message to the recipient.
Whether you choose to inscribe it with the new baby’s name, initials, the date of their birth or a different meaningful message, it’s a lovely way to create a gorgeous bespoke gift. You can also decide between a variety of chain lengths and choose between a pink or ivory freshwater pearl as well as adding an additional silver heart.
Handmade and with prices starting at £20, depending on the options you choose, it’s an affordable, thoughtful gift to mark a new mum’s journey into parenthood.
18. Best boozy gift for new mums: Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin
Price: £20.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“My favourite that I return to time and time again. Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin.” (Rated by Mumsnet user MakeMineALarge1)
Before you choose a boozy gift, it’s probably wise to check if the new mum is planning on drinking and whether they're breastfeeding. There’s nothing worse than being given a present you can’t actually enjoy.
That said, if there was anyone in the world who did deserve a drink, it would be the new mum who's just gone through 36 hours of labour. So if they are drinking, fetch a glass pronto and get pouring, please.
Edinburgh Gin’s Raspberry Gin is made using fresh and dried raspberries from Perthshire, with raspberry leaves adding a herbal kick. It’s such a favourite with gin-loving Mumnsetters, it even made our best gins round-up - plus reviewers reckon it’s delicious paired with lemonade for a refreshing cocktail. Mother’s ruin? Er, we think not.
What are the best gifts for new mums?
The best overall gift for new mums is the Hotel Chocolat Patisserie Sleekster Box because it features oodles of patisserie-inspired chocolates and it’s postable too. Also, let’s face it, a box of quality chocolate makes everything more bearable.
The best budget gift for new mums is Bio-Oil Skincare Oil as it’s an affordable way to keep pregnancy stretch marks and postnatal scarring at bay.
The best baby toy gift for new mums is the Baby Einstein Star Bright Symphony Musical Toy which can entertain and soothe a baby from birth.
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!
A wise practical gift for breastfeeding mums is Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream and the 100% Cotton Muslin Squares by aden + anais will also come in handy. They’re the sort of products that would be great additions to a useful hamper of goodies you might like to make up for a first time mum.
A special treat for a new mum would be the handmade Personalised Sterling Silver Heart Charm Necklace from Not on the High Street or a bottle of yummy Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin.
How we chose our recommendations
When compiling our lists of recommendations, our team of experienced parenting journalists spend hours analysing every single product category, using a variety of independent sources to evaluate products against each other and assess which ones perform best.
All of the recommendations for gifts for new mums in this round-up came from Mumsnetters themselves who have tried and tested the products as new parents and consumers.
We searched the Mumsnet forums for honest reviews and recommendations for new mum gifts. 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 tried-and-tested products.
During our research, we assessed and weighed up each individual product, vetting the design, usefulness and attractiveness to ensure they represented the best gifts for new mums available on the market right now.
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.
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