Simple + Practical Gifts for Expecting Moms

Hey there, my friends! If you have been following my work for the past few months, then you know I am a relatively new mama. I have a nine-month-old baby girl and I have been documenting our journey together here on my blog. 

Being a mom has been an incredibly difficult and wonderful experience. The list of things that I thought I would need turned out to be quite different from the things that I actually used every day with my baby. And the list of things that made my life easier and made me a happier woman and mother is far from what I thought it would be too.

Based on my personal experience as a breastfeeding, babywearing, cosleeping, first-time-mama, I have formulated this list of the best things to buy for the expecting mom in your life. First, I’ll list the goods and then give my experience with them.

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  1. A nursing cover like THIS one
  2. A teething/nursing necklace like THIS one
  3. A personalized nursing station
  4. A personalized diaper station
  5. Nosefrida and her pharmacy friends
  6. Diapers and wipes
  7. Boppy pillow
  8. Swaddle blankets
  9. Ergo360 carrier
  10. Baby bath tub

And now, for a few words about my personal experience with these items:

  1. NURSING COVER. This nursing cover has been an amazing blessing in my life. If you decide to breastfeed and want a nursing cover for certain public situations, this is the one you want. Functional, lightweight, and stylish. I bought it for myself after seeing another mom using hers. It is a must-have, in my opinion.
  1. TEETHING NECKLACE. A nursing/teething necklace is a wonderful gift, and it lasts for a long time. I bought mine from The Vintage Honey Shop, a lovely little shop in Tennessee that hand-makes all of their necklaces. It is pretty, it draws attention away from tired eyes, and my baby enjoys it during feedings. I wouldn’t put this on my list of top necessities, but I would definitely buy it as a practical gift for an expectant mother.
  1. PERSONALIZED NURSING STATION. Breastfeeding is really hard at first. You are tired, you are sore, you aren’t producing much milk, you have a new baby to care for, and your baby is hungry constantly! The new mom will likely be stuck in a rocking chair or sitting on the sofa for most of the day feeding her baby, so having a little nursing station with all of the necessities is so helpful! If you want a practical DIY gift for her, buy a cute little basket and fill it with chocolate, trail mix, granola bars, nursing pads, lotion, doctor-approved pain reliever, lip balm, a reusable water bottle, and a good book.
  1. DIAPER CHANGING STATION. The concept is the same here as it is for nursing. Functional space is so important with a new baby. My night stand is now my diaper-changing station. I have a basket with diapers, wipes, rash cream, teething tablets, blankets, burp cloths, and an extra outfit for baby. Such a useful gift for a tired new mommy!
  1. NOSEFRIDA. My baby got sick when she was 3 weeks old, and she was sick consistently for a few months after that, with colds, flus, and bronchitis…ugh. We didn’t plan on her getting sick, so we had to run to the pharmacy at midnight on several occasions. New moms need a NoseFrida! If baby gets sick, they will also need saline spray, baby vicks, a humidifier, and some essential oils. So a little “pharmacy” basket is a lovely gift.
  1. DIAPERS AND WIPES. A necessity for every new mom. I wouldn’t recommend buying very many newborn diapers for her, because they do grow out of those quickly. My baby was in newborn diapers for almost four weeks, but most people say that is longer than average. So buy diapers in a SIZE ONE or SIZE TWO, and a big box of sensitive baby wipes. If she is doing cloth diapers, buy these reasonably-priced pocket diapers on Amazon. I use them and I love them.
  1. BOPPY PILLOW. The person who invented the boppy pillow is an absolute genius! With a sick baby that struggled to breathe through all the phlegm, this pillow was a savior. I think it’s a savior either way, and every mom should have one. It’s good for older siblings to hold the baby, it’s good for nursing, and for propping up sick babies.
  1. SWADDLE BLANKETS are so helpful with a newborn. I don’t care for those small receiving blankets that come in packs, they hardly fit around the baby for more than a few weeks. I love these swaddle blankets, which were amazing during newborn days and are still useful to me now. They were gifted to me by my sister-in-law, and they are one of my favorite baby shower gifts.
  1. ERGO 360 BABY CARRIER. This gift is on the pricey side, which I know is just not doable for everyone. But if you have the funds to give a more expensive gift to a loved one, this is a great baby carrier. It was gifted to me at my baby shower, and it has been a savior for me and my baby! We never used the wrap carriers, although I have heard great things about them and would recommend buying any new mama a nice baby carrier. They are so helpful for a new mom that needs to get things done or get some exercise. Use my coupon code for 10% off your ERGOBABY purchase: Jo8KbuYBBM
  1. BABY BATH. Your baby won’t be able to bathe in the tub or sink until they can hold their own head up, so a baby bath is an essential for the early days, and it’s a fun and colorful gift for a baby shower. I fill the baby tub with towels, soaps, lotions, and toys for some extra LOVE!
I hope you found this list helpful for the expecting mom in your life! Now, tell me. What are your top gift ideas for expecting moms and their new babes? Share in the comments!

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3 Comments

  1. Trishawna @mothersrule

    July 15, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Very helpful list, everyone should read this before buying for expectant or new moms. Love the fact that you listed items then gave your opinions on them. I haven’t tried the teething necklace as yet though. My lil guy loves putting everything in his mouth so am sure he will love it.

    1. Cate (@sweetsimplecate)

      July 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! Yes, the teething necklace is wonderful 💕

  2. Amy @ A Desert Girl

    August 3, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I have a nine month old baby girl too and was nodding along for many of these suggestions! I love the idea of filling a baby tub with other goodies. Clever and cute!

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