by Sarah Halfpenny
Having a baby – especially when it’s your first – can be really overwhelming. If you have a new mum in your midst and want to do something to help her feel special, choose one of these thoughtful gifts…
Food, food and more food!
New mums are likely to be too exhausted to want to cook, so some nutritious homecooked meals and snacks delivered to her doorstep are a huge help. You can either cook them yourself or organise for a meal service like The Dinner Ladies to deliver delicious homecooked food (with no lock-in contracts but plenty of choice).
This premium three-piece kit is hugely popular in the US. Made with all-natural ingredients, it contains oil for all-over skin hydration, a soothing foot and leg rub lotion, and a tube of cream for use on both lips and nipples.
All new mums should be encouraged to have some time out for themselves, and a bath is one of the best ways to get away from it all and relax in blissful solitude. This extendable bath caddy is made from ecofriendly bamboo but most importantly has room to securely hold a book while you read or an iPad to watch a movie on, as well as a glass of wine, and some snacks.
As every busy mum knows, drinking a hot cup of tea or coffee is a rarity once you have a baby on the scene. Help the new mum in your life increase the odds of enjoying a beverage before it goes stone cold with the gift of a double-walled mug. They’re sturdy and will keep her drink insulated for a much longer period of time than a traditional china cup or mug. (Just make sure it’s dishwasher safe to make things easier on her!)
Whether she’s still pregnant or just given birth, it’s likely the mum-to-be or new mum has sore legs and feet and doesn’t have the time to get out for a massage. Bring it to her with an in-home foot massager! There are lots on the market, like this one from Amazon Australia which can do deep kneading with 18 rotating massage nodes, different speeds and also heat settings. It’s a gift that will be used for years to come!