I’m going to let you in on an open secret: most of the things a new mom wants for herself actually can’t be bought. I know this because I’m a first-time mom to a nine-month-old. Want to know what’s topping my wish list right now? Let’s see: sleep, positive encouragement, more hours in the day, help around the house, and a bigger apartment — not exactly things you can add to your digital cart. However, there are a few tangible items that helped me or just comforted me during my first few months postpartum — along with some things that I don’t personally own, but would be thrilled to receive as a gift. (Ahem.)
Motherhood is a very personal experience and I don’t want to claim that all of these products are going to work for everyone. But, if there’s a new mom on your Mother’s Day gift list this year and you’re stumped about what’s going to make her happy, you might find a few helpful suggestions ahead. Whether it’s a self-care kit that’s going to help her get through those first few post-birth weeks, a delicate personalized necklace to mark her newly minted “mom” status, or a facial scrub that’s going to help a two-minute shower feel a little less rushed, there’s something for the new mom in your life ahead — and it isn’t more baby stuff.
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