I’m going to let you in on an open secret: most of the things a new mom wants for herself actually can’t be bought. For example, as a first-time mom to a nine-month-old, here’s what’s topping my wish list right now: sleep, positive encouragement, more hours in the day, help around the house, and a bigger apartment. While one can’t exactly add any of these things to cart, there are a few items that helped me (or just comforted me) immensely during my first few months postpartum. (I’m also including stuff that I don’t have but would be thrilled to receive as a gift. Hint, hint.)
Motherhood is a very personal experience and I don’t want to claim that all of these products are going to work for everyone. But, if there’s a new mom on your holiday list this year and you’re stumped about what’s going to make her happy, you might find a few helpful suggestions ahead. Whether it’s a self-care kit that’s going to help her get through those first few post-birth weeks, a delicate personalized necklace to mark her newly minted “mom” status, or a facial scrub that’s going to help a two-minute shower feel a little less rushed, there’s something for the new mom in your life ahead — and it isn’t more baby stuff.
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Disclaimer: I hesitate to put anything related to breast-feeding in this roundup — your child’s nourishment is a very personal choice, and there is no right way to do it. I did, however, choose …read more