Gift Idea for New Mom

Gift Idea for New Mom

Jenna, my best friend growing up, just had her second baby.  That’s us in the pic below, circa 1987 or so.

I haven’t talked to her yet, but I can imagine that she is — in equal parts — thrilled, overwhelmed, and exhausted.  (And that pretty much sums up motherhood, doesn’t it?)  A mutual friend set up a care calendar for her — have you heard of these?  They’re a web-based way to organize meals for families during life-changing events, like the birth of a new baby.  John and I are going to sign up for a meal or two.  And in the meantime, because mom’s needs are usually at the bottom of the priority list after a new baby is born, I wanted to do something for Jenna that is all about HER.  This is what I came up with.

It’s a gift basket of things I think she will enjoy.

Lots of fresh fruit — for when she needs a snack on the go.

A box of Earl Grey.  She loves to make homemade spiced tea.

A soft little puppy for baby.

Lavender bath and shower gel.  The scent is good for the soul.

A box of snacks for her toddler, and a stack of (ahem) very important news magazines for her to read while baby is sleeping.

(Of course Jack got a little territorial when he found his favorite bunny cookies in the basket.  Fortunately I had purchased a second box.)

Some healthy bite-sized snacks.  No cooking required.

Homemade candied roasted nuts and chocolate covered almonds.

A package of simple cotton one-sies.  So she can put off laundry one more day :)

What was your favorite thing to receive as a new mom?  I’d love some more ideas — as another dear friend is due tomorrow!

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4 Responses to Gift Idea for New Mom

  1. Operation Gratitude June 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    GREAT ideas…what a wonderful gift basket! (Wonderful enough to make some of us wish we were having a baby to get one!) :) Thanks for sharing your creativity with us…and all best to Jenna!

  2. Shannon Owen June 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    Oatmeal! With a one-month old I have quickly realized that making sure I get a good breakfast makes a big difference (and even read oatmeal encourages your milk supply, if breastfeeding). Make sure it’s something she can just add water/ milk to. I actually add almond butter but hey, that’s one of my crazy cravings! I also have a friend due soon so will use this great gift idea! Thank you Marie :)

    • Marie H. Saba June 12, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      Congratulations Shannon! What a great suggestion! I am such an oatmeal girl; the best days for me start with a big bowl of hot cereal with brown sugar and cream. I’m also a big fan of almond butter…such an easy way to get protein. I have not tried it in oatmeal yet, but do love it with an apple or banana! And I plan to add both to my next basket! Thanks Shannon :) Stay in touch and best wishes to you and your new baby. Lots of love.

  3. Leslie June 13, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Great post, Marie! I love that picture- I see a lot of faces on that soccer team! Oatmeal does totally help with milk supply- there is a great recipe out there for lactation cookies that are super yummy! Congrats to Jenna!!!

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