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When shopping for a new mom, whether it's for Mother's Day, her birthday, or just a cute congratulatory gift, it can be easy to just resort to buying cute things for the baby. But you should try to think outside of the box. Really, it's an opportunity to get her something she really needs for herself or is catered toward her self-care. (But okay fine, cute baby presents will also be appreciated!)
"Moms deserve gifts more than the new baby," says Jennifer Nied, Women's Health's fitness editor and new mom. "During pregnancy, moms-to-be get allll the attention, but as soon as baby arrives, the focus goes to baby 24/7 for everyone. I found gifts that made my new out-of-control life a bit easier to be the most useful."
Nied notes that things like a meal subscription service, ("so I could eat delicious meals without preparing them"), a giant leak-free straw water bottle to stay hydrated (Stanley or Simple Modern), an elevated soft cotton robe (like Lake Pajamas), or a subscription to a postpartum-friendly workout program (if the new mom is a fitness fan) are awesome ideas.
See below for the 60 best new mom and Women's Health editor-approved unique, pampering gifts to give after birth.
Jasmine Gomez is the Commerce Editor at Women’s Health, where she cover the best product recommendations across beauty, health, lifestyle, fitness, and more. When she's not shopping for a living, she enjoys karaoke and dining out more than she cares to admit. Follow her @JazzeGomez.
Neha Tandon is the senior commerce editor of Women's Health—she's an expert in discovering the best products and services you can buy and giving recommendations. She discovered her love for magazines when as a teen, she started stealing her mother's magazines. Determined to see more women who look like her and her family members on the glossy covers of magazines, she was guided by seasoned editors and mentors to write for brands including New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, BRIDES, Harper's Bazaar, Business Insider, Byrdie, and Well+Good. When she’s not grilling dermatologists about the latest skincare trends, she’s doing candlelit yoga or watching Humphrey Bogart movies over vegan pizza. Follow her on Instagram.
Emily Shiffer is a freelance health and wellness writer living in Pennsylvania.
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