Kits or gift baskets of practical lifesavers for a new mom are often the most appreciated shower gifts and a thoughtful way to show you care. Here are some customizable ideas to get you started.
Make-her-day comfort kit
The concept: A gift basket of pampering items just for moms
What to include: Start with a gift certificate for a massage or a pedicure, or DIY bath items such as bath salts, body lotion, and foot scrubs. A lavender-scented neck and body heat wrap can ease postpartum aches and pains. And almost everyone loves a sweet treat: Include a bar or two of dark chocolate for a mood boost. Studies have shown that dark chocolate that contains 70 percent or more cocoa can reduce stress hormones and improve your mood.
By-your-side nursing kit
The concept: A portable basket with nursing necessities and extras that a breastfeeding mom can keep next to the baby rocker or glider or other preferred nursing spot
What to include: Breast pads and nipple cream, burp cloths, baby nail clippers, a water bottle, tissues, and magazines. Don’t forget to add a supply of fresh or dried fruit, nuts, protein bars, granola bars, or energy bars. Moms burn through calories fast when nursing, and the snacks will keep her from feeling famished. Get more ideas for setting up a nursing sanctuary.
Safe bathing kit
The concept: Practical products for bath time beyond the usual infant tub, rubber duckies, and hooded bath towels
What to include: New parents will appreciate a nonslip rubber bath mat, soft covers for faucets and knobs, and a soft natural sea sponge that’s gentle on a newborn's skin. An indulgence that most parents love but won’t buy for themselves is a "bath kneeler," a pad that you put on the floor next to the bathtub to take the pain out of kneeling while bathing your baby.
On-the-go car kit
The concept: An extra diaper bag or backpack with changing supplies that can be kept in the car at all times
What to include: Fill a diaper bag, backpack, or even a large see-through, sealable plastic bag with diapers, wipes, disposable bags for dirty diapers, burp cloths, a hat, and an extra set of clothes. Add a small first-aid kit with sunscreen, bandages of different sizes and shapes, and antibiotic ointment for eventual playground outings. (Check our first aid kit shopping list to see what else you might want to include.)
The concept: A ready stash of playthings to ease stress and fuss on long car rides and other outings
What to include: Fill a zippered or drawstring mesh bag with a variety of toys, including soft books and board books, to take on the go. Best bets such as a baby-safe mirror, a rattle, a teether, and other age-appropriate toys are all great choices. For older babies, plastic sand toys and bubbles are always a hit.