Becoming a mother for the first time is incredible. It’s magical and full of feelings that she’ll remember for a lifetime. But while it is an extraordinary journey, it is still something that’s completely new and unpredictable – in other words, it can be difficult to completely prepare for it. That’s where friends and family come in! When you pick a thoughtful gift made to ease a new mom into her new role, you can rest assured your present will be cherished and appreciated.

And while some new mom gifts may be obvious, some others that may make her life easier might not be so much. It’s only natural…sometimes you only know you couldn’t live without something once you’ve actually seen how it makes a difference in your life. Sure, you can always go with the basics like baby clothes or toys, but if you want to step up your game and come up with something that will really make a new mom’s life easier, you’ll have to be a little more creative than that.

Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to spend hours on end looking for something that could make a great gift for a new mom in your life – we’ve handpicked tried and true items that are guaranteed to make any new mom’s life easier, whether she knows it yet or not.

Best Baby Sleep Aid
Baby Shusher

Pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp in his book, "Happiest Baby on the Block," touts the 5 'S' words when it comes to keeping baby happy. Shush is one, and as you sway baby back and forth (which is a delicious feeling), you can usually transport them to dreamland.

That's where the Baby Shusher comes in handy. It helps a little one engage her natural calming reflex with rhythmic shushing noises. It's small enough to place just about anywhere - think of your sweet one crying in the car and you just can't pull over that moment. It will calm your little one right down and even has timer options if you need them. This will be one of the gifts that a new mama will tell you they never knew they had to have!

Key features:
  • 15-30 Minute Timer
  • Small enough to be wherever you need
  • No WiFi needed
  • Works with baby's natural calming reflexes

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Best Baby Zinc Cream

Baby Butz Cream |

Founded by a mother whose son had a rare syndrome that required him to be in diapers 24 hours a day, this zinc was what took care of her son's rashes.

It's 30% zinc, and only three other ingredients and it made a big splash when it was listed in Canada as a natural health product.

Because it was so great, the doctors recommended she formulate it for sale, and now, mamas all over the world have a silver bullet for warding off diaper rash!

It can help heal most diaper rashes in 4-6 hours and prevent them as well. It's hypoallergenic and uses no harsh chemicals. Hospitals use it in the neonatal units and it's recommended by nurses, pediatricians ad pharmacists for smooth baby butts every day.

Key features:
  • EWG score 1
  • Neonatal unit recommended
  • Can treat rashes in 4-6 hours
  • Hypoallergenic with no perfumes, alcohols or chemicals
  • 30% Zinc
  • Mom-founded

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Best Breastfeeding Aid

Milkies Milk-Saver

There's a lot of things they don't tell you about breastfeeding. You know that milk is more precious than gold (or it feels like it) so saving every drop matters. What most new moms may not know is about how much milk they may lose on the side they're not feeding baby as milk comes down.

Milkies Milk-Savers are life-savers too. They slip into your bra-cup on the non-nursing side and capture every drop. For moms who have supply issues, they can take the worry and anxiety out of nursing just a little bit by ensuring nothing is lost. Now no mom has to worry about any drops being left behind.

This is the shower gift every mom will love but won't know it until she starts nursing!

Key features:
  • No BPA or phthalates
  • Tested to ensure no chemical leaching
  • Won National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval
  • Discreet, protects shirts from being milk-stained

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Best Baby Book

The Baby Book: Everything You Need To Know By Dr. Sears

Dr. Sears and his wife Martha (and sons, also doctors--Dr. Bob and Dr. James Sears) come together to offer basically the Baby Bible for attachment and natural-minded parents. This revised, expanded and updated book tells new moms everything they need to know from birth to age two.

In the book, the Sears family shares their experiences as medical professionals and parents to give you the lowdown on what babies need when it comes to eating, sleeping, developing and more.

It touches on important issues like:
  • preparing for a safe and healthy birth
  • bonding with your baby
  • feeding your baby right
  • soothing your fussy baby
  • getting your baby to sleep
  • understanding your baby's development
  • toilet training
  • working parenting
  • first-aid procedures
  • treating common illnesses
  • babyproofing your home
  • understanding toddler behavior
  • dealing with temper tantrums
It's a wealth of information and no natural-minded mama's home should be without it.

Key features:
  • Comprehensive guide for birth to age 2
  • Revised and updated
  • Revered by natural-minded mothers for generations

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Best Baby Monitor

Owlet Baby Monitor & Sock Cam Duo

This monitor system is everything a new mama needs to know her little one is okay. The sock tracks baby's heart rate and oxygen levels while it streams HD video and audio directly to your smart device using the Smartphone Owlet App.

The app is available in iOS and Android, so wherever you are, you'll be able to get integrated wellness notifications while baby is sleeping. It uses lights, sounds and app notifications if heart rate or oxygen levels are concerning, and this helps new mamas (who may be anxious about their new wee one) sleep better too.

The Owlet's 1080p video is crystal clear, and it uses SECURE, ENCRYPTED wi-fi so that YOU alone get to choose who can stream footage from the Owlet Cam.

There are three washable socks that comfortably wrap around baby's foot. The sock fits most babies until around 18 months, and when they outgrow the sock, the Owlet Cam still is great as a video monitor or Nanny cam for toddlers.

The audio is two-way talk, so if you're not with your little one physically, you can still soothe her with the sound of your voice. It's the one all the moms want, and with good reason. Peace of mind is priceless.

Key features:
  • 1080p Video
  • SECURE, ENCRYPTED wi-fi stream
  • Adjustable sock with additional included
  • Camera can still be used after baby outgrows sock
  • Android or iOS app-enabled

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Best Shower Gift

Haakaa New Mom Starter Pack |

We just love this sweet little starter pack for nursing mamas from Haaka! It has a pack of disposable breast pads (because really, do new moms know how much they'll leak? I sure didn't!) and a safe and gentle, food-grade silicone breast pump with a suction base that'll help you get and hold five ounces.

It's a natural and perfectly simple way to make sure basic breastfeeding needs are met and the silicon pump that is handheld and operated is not only eco-friendly, but a great option when you don't need the overkill of a large breast pump.

The packaging makes it perfect for a shower gift for the new mama!

Key Features:
  • Eco-friendly products and company
  • Powerful hand pump
  • Gift-packaged

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Best Newborn Knot Hat

Newborn Top Knot Hats from Copper Pearl

These sweet little things are made with the softest, most-breathable fabric and they feel so dreamy. The new wee one will feel nice and snug in this top-knot hat, and since Cooper Pearl has some of the most adorable patterns, will certainly garner lots of "oohhs" and "ahhhhs" as a new mama beams proudly!

They match their adorable swaddle blankets, and make a perfect shower gift for new moms who want those precious first pictures with the matchy-matchy blanket and hat.

The knot means the hat will grow with baby for many future pictures too.

Mama founded and dedicated to little ones, it's a pleasure to support such a great company and share such sweet hats.

Key features:
  • Adjustable knot
  • Matches swaddle blankets (available separately)
  • USA company

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Best Just Because You're A Mom Gift

Kafé in the Box

For new moms, coffee may be life. Sleep is a commodity for a new mama, and while you don't mind sacrificing one wink for that precious little bundle, it certainly is nice to be awake enough in the day to enjoy the ride!

That's why we love this coffee/tea traveler. Its square design is super cool and the clear window lets you know how much you've got left to enjoy (or when you'll need to refill!). It's double-walled (so you might even get to taste coffee or tea when it's warm!) and you can say bye-bye to reusable cups wherever you go!

Key features:
  • Eco-friendly
  • Reusable
  • Unique shape fits various cupholders
  • Splash-proof lid
  • Fits under most coffee/beverage makers

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Most moms think that the ‘basics’ are what you have to have when a new baby arrives, and that’s true. You always need the very basics, but once you have a baby, you realize how much more than that is actually necessary. The thing is, most baby shower gifts consist of those traditional pacifiers/blanket combos and few people tell new moms what they can really use, so they don’t always know what to put on the registry (if they have one) to begin with.

Of course, that’s what sister moms are for – telling new moms about some of the lesser-known gifts for moms that will make life easier. We all learn by doing, and that experience can be invaluable – we already know all the hiccups and scenarios a new mom will be faced with down the road, so why not make her life easier by providing help even before she knows she’ll need it? That’s why we shared our list of must-haves for making any new mom’s journey into motherhood a smooth and easy process – you can’t go wrong with any of the gifts from our list.

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