The new mom who’s celebrating her first Mother’s Day could use the break because chances are she’s underslept, underappreciated, and feeling a little crazed. Here, we rounded up some time-savers, organizers, soothers, and mood-lifters that she would appreciate as gifts this year. (These practical baby-shower gifts would also be a good place to start.)
For the new mom who’s not getting enough sleep
For one of those days when she’s surviving on minimal hours of sleep, here’s a weighted eye mask that doctors use in between shifts, which she could use to help her sneak in a midday snooze.
For the new mom who’s pumping
The French know that this lanolin cream works wonders for soothing soreness post-breastfeeding, though it’s also been praised as a do-it-all moisturizer all over the body.
For the new mom who’s a champion multi-tasker
For the new mom who doesn’t have time to groom
Dry shampoos are a godsend for every busy person, but especially necessary on days when showering is an afterthought. We like this one because it tends to last a lot longer than your Kloranes and Batistes (so you don’t have to top up as often).
For the new mom who doesn’t have time to freshen up
For the new mom who doesn’t have time to read anymore
Get her an audiobook version of the book that she’s been meaning to finish for months, perhaps with a set of speakers or wireless earbuds.
For the new mom who would never buy it for herself
If she’s still wearing ratty old T-shirts from college to bed, we’re not judging, but wouldn’t it be nice to give her a soft and cozy upgrade? We’ve never met an Eberjey set we didn’t like, and this one is short-sleeved and cool enough for summer nights.
For the new mom who needs to relax
For the new mom who needs to relax, part two
On that note, why not make it a luxurious soak? This lavender bath-salt set comes highly recommended by a new mom for postpartum “fissure control.”
For the new mom who works from home
Busy mom Helen Hou-Sandí tipped us off to the importance of a clean, crumb-free zone where your desk is, especially if you’re working from home with kids. She recommended a smart keyboard with a cover, but we also found this easy-to-clean desk mat that will help protect your desk from the odd spill and mess.
For the new mom who’s not crazy about her stretch marks
There isn’t really a great solution out there for getting rid of your stretch marks, but women on the internet swear by Bio Oil for fading discoloration and stretch marks over time (just read the reviews!).
For the new mom who’s still decorating the nursery
For the new mom with a fussy baby
This little lamb is a portable noise machine for a baby that can attach to any stroller or crib to keep your infant at rest, and out of your hair.
For the new mom who deserves something uplifting
For the new mom who deserves something life-changing
We’ve called this Sonicare the “Tesla of toothbrushes” before, and when it feels like a massage for your mouth, we think you could even file it under “wellness.” All of this is to say that we think any time-starved person might enjoy the couple of extra minutes in the bathroom with this deep-cleaning, yet relaxing, toothbrush.
For the new mom who deserves something truly luxurious
For the new mom who’s trying to wean herself off of (too much) caffeine
For the new mom who’s never giving up coffee
For the new mom who can’t be in two places at once
For the new mom who’s trying to stick to the basics
If she’s a mom who’s conscientious about toxins and chemicals, gift her some pure castile baby soap in a bulk size — ecofriendly moms rave about it as a natural cleaning substitute.
For the new mom who’s also a dog mom
For the new mom who’s also a plant mom
For the new mom who never sleeps
For the new mom who wants a shortcut in the kitchen
One new mom put this food steamer on her wish list for Christmas last year, and we can’t help but think it’s a genius way to save time when you can barely muster up the energy to cook.
For the new mom who wants a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag
For the new mom who needs a little helper
Enlist some help from a robot to help her get all the sweeping and dusting done after the baby’s made a mess.
For the ecofriendly new mom
For the new mom who always complains about her neck and back pain
A kneading back and neck massager for the person who’s been carrying around a heavy infant all day.
For the new mom who always complains about her neck and back pain, part two
And for the full shebang, gift her a facial and massage at a spa of her choice. It came highly recommended as a gift option from a new(ish) mother who would know.
For the mom who’s on her feet all the time
Never underestimate the healing power of memory-foam slippers after a long day.
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