New moms have carried a baby for nine months and gone through labor to bring that baby into the world. They deserve a little something for themselves. The question is what do you get? You can go practical with a nursery organizer or pamper with a luxurious pair of slippers. Or you can pick something in between that’s fun for mom but makes her life with baby easier.
We reviewed dozens of products, looking for the perfect gifts for new moms. Gifts can be practical, luxurious, or trendy. Some of our picks are products new moms probably want but would never buy for themselves. Others are necessities that are nice to have on hand. The right gift depends on the new mom and your relationship with her. To help, we’ve done our research and narrowed it down to 5 of the best gifts for the new mom in your life.
The Echo Dot gives new moms an easy way to manage their life. They can make calls, turn on music, check the temperature, or start timers while feeding and changing the baby. This latest model has an LED display that can show the time, temperature, or how much time is left on a timer. The Echo Dot hit all the right marks for a new mom gift—easy to use, hands-free operating, and multi-tasking.
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The 5 Top-Rated Gifts for New Moms
|Best Overall||Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Clock||4.6|
|Runner Up||Bearsland 3-Piece Nursing Pajamas||4.5|
|Best Budget Buy||Infantion Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier||4.5|
|Best First Time Mom Gift||JuJuBe B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag||4.3|
|Best Trendy New Mom Gift||BBTKCARE Baby Noise-Canceling Headphones||4.6|
*Ratings are from Amazon at the time of publication and can change
Our Top Pick: Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Clock
What do moms really need most? Help. They’ll become adept at doing things one-handed, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use their own personal assistant who’s ready to take notes, make phone calls, and jot down last-minute grocery items. The Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Clock is the personal assistant every new mom needs. The latest model includes a digital display that can show the time, temperature, or the count down on a timer. It can be placed anywhere that can connect to a WiFi network. Echo Dots can be synced with other Echo devices, creating a communication network and surround sound.
An Echo Dot follows voice commands. using Alexa. You can upload thousands of “skills” that do everything from reporting the news to providing a motivational morning quote. Moms can use it to add formula to the grocery list or order diapers through Amazon. She can take phone calls and send texts all while taking care of the baby. An Echo Dot can be used to control other smart devices by connecting to smart bulbs and appliances. And, if she sets it up in the nursery, it can be used as an intercom so she can communicate with the rest of the family while caring for the baby.
Echo Dots also come with built-in privacy protection. If you’re worried about Alexa listening in on every conversation, there’s a button to turn off the microphone. Learning to use Alexa isn’t difficult, but it can take a few tries to activate skills and learn the right phrases. The best part is that the new mom can pick and choose the skills that work for her. Some moms may activate a grocery app while others will connect their audiobook subscription. As long as the new mom in your life has WiFi access, she’ll be able to tailor this gift to her needs.
Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Clock Key Features:
- Bright, LED display
- Voice activation and control
- Thousands of skills for hands-free help, information, and activities
- Off button
- Sync with compatible smart home devices
- Use as an intercom
Our Runner Up Pick: Bearsland 3-Piece Nursing Pajamas
If there’s one thing a new mom needs in her post-partum life, it’s something comfortable to wear like Bearsland 3-Piece Nursing Pajamas. Her body has undergone a tremendous change in ten months, and those changes will continue for several more months. And, she won’t be keeping are regular sleeping schedule for even longer. In that time, she’s going to be wearing pajamas more often than regular clothes.
This set includes a nursing tank top, pants, and a short robe. The soft, breathable cotton is gentle against the skin. It has the perfect amount of stretch so there’s no binding or digging at the waistband. That stretch is what will keep a new mom cozy whether she’s nursing, rocking, or doing a few chores around the house.
The short robe adds a little warmth and modesty when it’s needed. We love the half sleeves. They’re perfect for moms because the sleeves will stay safely out of the way while changing a diaper or mixing formula. This set comes in seven colors for plenty of choices to fit mom’s personality.
Bearsland 3-Piece Nursing Pajamas Key Features:
- 3-pieces: tank top, pants, robe
- Soft, breathable, and stretchable cotton fabric
- Nursing top
- Half-sleeve robe
Best Budget Pick: Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier
The Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier comes at an affordable price and offers moms excellent carrying options. Moms are always looking for hands-free ways to carry their baby while saving their back. This model holds babies 8 to 32 pounds and has four safe positions that can be used almost as soon as the baby comes home.
The convertible seat is one of the best features of this model. The first position is a facing-in position with a narrow seat. A narrow seat prevents too much pressure against the hips of a newborn, which may not be wide enough to fit around the wearer. The seat can then be converted into a facing-in with a wide-set seat for older babies whose hips are wide enough to fit around the wearer’s torso. The harness can then be converted to a front wearing, outside-facing position for babies who can hold their heads up independently. Finally, there’s an inside-facing backpack position for larger babies.
It also comes with a bib to protect the baby’s clothes and the carrier from spit-up and drool. The bib folds down when in the outward-facing position so that baby can see. The bib is removable and washable. Hips straps help take the weight of the baby off the shoulders and back, but it also has a chest strap to keep the shoulder straps in place. The fully adjustable straps allow moms to fit the carrier to their torso and the baby for a comfortable fit.
Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier Key Features:
- Four (4) carrying options: three front, one back
- Washable bib
- Adjstable hip, shoulder, and chest straps
- Two (2) color options
Best First Time Mom Gift: JuJuBe B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag
Babies come with a lot of gear, and there’s no cuter diaper bag than the JuJuBe B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag. This gorgeous bag has all the bells and whistles and makes them look amazing. The waterproof, Teflon exterior has a black and white micro chevron design that’s classy enough for a fashion-conscious mom. It’s also incredibly easy to wipe clean. If you want to give the new mom plenty of carrying options, this is the bag. It can be used as a backpack, messenger back, or carried by the top handle. It also includes D-rings in case she wants to attach it to a stroller.
The outside is gorgeous, but the inside is truly luxurious. Valuables like jewelry or a cellphone can be stored in a felt-lined front pocket while there’s plenty of space for diapers, pacifiers, and bottles. Two insulated bottle pockets keep the baby’s next meal at the right temperature. The front pocket has a built-in organization for keys, pens, chapstick, and anything else a mom needs while out and about. This isn’t a dig-through-until-you-find-it kind of bag. The front flap completely opens to reveal the contents so that mom stays organized.
Three of our favorite features are the crumb drain, luggage feet, and changing pad. No matter how hard you try, baby snacks just end up in the diaper bag. The crumb drain lets mom shake out the bag without emptying it. And you never know where you’re going to have to change a diaper. The luggage feet and changing pad give mom some sanitary options for diaper changes on the go.
JuJuBe B.F.F. Convertible Diaper Bag Key Features:
- Dimensions: 14 x 12 x 6.4 inches
- Four (4) gusseted pockets, three (3) zippered pockets, and two (2) bottle pockets
- Key fob
- Felt cellphone pocket
- Microfiber glasses pocket
- Easy-clean Teflon exterior
Best Trendy New Mom Gift: BBTKCARE Baby Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Usually, when you think about canceling noise, you think about canceling out the baby’s noise. But, the BBTKCARE Baby Noise-Cancelling Headphones cancel out noise for your baby. After a couple of weeks, new moms often get cabin fever. Whether it’s the mall or a walking trail, moms everywhere are hoping their baby will fall asleep while they’re out. Once they do, it’s all about keeping them there.
But, these headphones do more than help babies stay asleep. They protect sensitive ears from loud noises. The headphones have a low-pressure earpad design with a padded headband for comfort. They completely cover the ears but have a deep earpad so that the ears aren’t compressed and sound is reduced to a bare minimum. Parents can take their baby to concerts, pro-sporting events, and parades without worrying about their hearing and a better chance that the baby will stay asleep.
These headphones can be bought in six different colors. They’re intended for infants ages 3 to 24 months.
BBTKCARE Baby Noise-Canceling Headphones Key Features:
- Adjustable, padded headband
- Deep, wide ear cups
- For ages 3 to 24 months
- Six (6) color options
Who Should Buy a Gift for a New Mom
Family, friends, neighbors—everyone wants to celebrate the birth of a new baby. Colleagues and co-workers may also want to express their well wishes. You’ll have to decide how personal or practical you’d like the gift to be based on the depth of your relationship. No matter your relationships, your congratulations and goodwill to the mom should be at the heart of your search. The closer you are to the mom, the more you are likely to spend but don’t feel pressured into an expensive gift. Inexpensive gifts that the mom will use often or that have deep meaning can be as well-received as pricey gifts.
Try to determine if there’s something the new mom really needs. The basics of white onesies, diapers, and wipes are always nice add-ons once you’ve chosen your main gift. Past her needs are the kind of gifts that pamper her. She’s been through a lot and maybe sleep deprived for the next several…years. A gift that makes her feel more human and loved could be as well accepted as the most practical offering.
Important Features to Consider
A gift for a new mom should either fulfill a need or pamper her in some way. It should also be tailored to the mom’s personality. A trendy mom may love electronics while a traditional one may only like natural fabrics and materials. Here’s what you need to consider while you search:
- Practical vs. pamper. Nursing covers, nursery organizers, and baby first aid kits fall into the practical category. Massagers, lotions, and earbuds fall into the pampering category. Some moms may ask for practical items over pampering. Outfitting a baby can get expensive. But moms will completely forget about themselves and could some help relaxing in their new role.
- Gender-specific gifts. Many mom/baby items come in gender-specific colors and designs. In today’s world, don’t feel limited by gender stereotypes unless, of course, the mom is. She may like a pink car seat cover for her little girl or a blue nursing pillow for her boy. However, if she may have more children or she doesn’t care about gendered colors, you might want to pick colors that are gender-neutral so it won’t matter.
- Durability and ease of cleaning. Even though the gift is for mom, it needs to survive a baby. Babies can be hard on everything. Even when they’re little, spit-up and other body fluids could make their way onto anything that mom’s using. Look for items that are made of high-quality, easy-to-clean materials.
- Materials. We’ve already mentioned that the materials should be high-quality and easy to clean, but anything that could be in contact with baby skin should also be hypoallergenic, organic, and all-natural. Babies are more sensitive to textures and chemicals, so it’s best to err on the safe side.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you bring a gift when visiting a new baby?
In general, yes. Moms have a crazy life, and she’s going through serious physical and emotional changes. A gift that helps with the baby or gives her a way to pamper herself is perfect. Don’t drop by unannounced. Make arrangements to stop by when it’s convenient for the parents. You don’t know what they’re nighttime schedule is like, and you’d hate to knock on the door when they finally got to lay down for a nap.
What do you get a new mom for herself?
Give a mom something she probably won’t buy for herself. Moms, new moms especially, don’t always make time for themselves. After spending days with a crying baby, a candle, lotion, and massager could give her the luxury she’s been missing. Comfortable pajamas, slippers, or a nice robe are all ideas worth considering.
What should I do for a new mom?
Be considerate and thoughtful. Dropping by unannounced is not helpful even if you have good intentions. Call ahead so everyone will feel ready and prepared. If the baby is asleep, don’t pick him up. Rather than offering to hold the baby while mom takes care of the dishes, do the dishes so she can sit down with the baby. Gift cards to the parents’ favorite restaurant, take-out from that restaurant, or a home-cooked meal with enough for leftovers can be lifesavers for sleep-deprived parents. If they have older children, offer to babysit or take them to the park.
How much should you spend on a gift for a new mom?
Any amount no matter how small (or large) is appropriate. Don’t feel like you need to overspend on a gift. Small and thoughtful items like a subscription to her favorite magazine can be meaningful too. Find a gift that fits within your budget and is tailored to the mom’s preferences. Young and trendy moms might like wireless earbuds to wear while they walk with baby in the park. More mature moms may prefer a comfortable pair of yoga pants to lounge around in at home. How close are you to the mom? If you’re BFFs, you probably want to spend more than if you’re casual work acquaintances.
Other Gifts for Moms We Reviewed
We looked at 20 other gifts for moms. While none of these made our top 5 list, they still could be a great choice for the mom in your life.
- Gifts for First Time Moms
- Trendy Gifts for New Moms
- Gifts to Pamper a New Mom
- Practical Gifts for New Moms
Gifts for First Time Moms
Casting Keepsakes Hand and Footprint Photo Kit
Babies grow too fast. Give mom a way to remember where it all began.
- Includes air-drying clay
- Holds one (1) 5 x 7-inch photo and two (2) 4.5 x 6.5-inch photos
- Dimensions: 17.4 x 7.9 x 1.1 inches
LILLEbaby The Complete Airflow Baby Carrier
This carrier will take mom and baby from infant through to the toddler years. Six carrying positions provide plenty of options so everyone stays comfortable.
- Six (6) carrying options: fetal, infant, face out, toddler, hip, and back
- Fourteen (14) color and pattern options
- Breathable mesh linings and adjustable waistbelt
My Best Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow
Feeding baby isn’t always easy. This deluxe nursing pillow has a soft cover, back support, and an extra pocket to store burp cloths.
- Wrap-around design
- Buckle closure for a secure fit
- Storage pocket
Safety 1st Baby Healthcare and Grooming Kit
Start a new mom outright with the essential grooming tools like fingernail clippers, brush, comb, and a toothbrush. She’ll also be ready for baby’s first cold with a nasal aspirator and digital thermometer.
- Carrying/storage case
- Includes bottle medicine dispenser
New moms will appreciate the versatility of a breastfeeding scarf. They can use it as a cover while nursing, wear it as a scarf, or cover the car seat for extra protection.
- Stretchable, breathable fabric
- Use as a sunshade, light blanket, and more
- Soft against baby’s skin
Trendy Gifts for New Moms
Whether mom is pushing a stroller or getting some work done, she can listen to her favorite streaming service and podcasts. They’re quick charging and can be controlled by tapping the AirPod while in use.
- Includes charging case
- Double tap to play or skip forward
- Can access Siri
COWIN E7 Active Noise-Canceling Headphones
When the crying won’t stop, mom needs a way to love her baby while drowning out the noise. Excellent noise-canceling technology couples with incredible sound to make headphones that are well worth every penny.
- Built-in microphone for hands-free calling
- NFC pairing
- 90-degree swivel ear cups
Mom and me classes give mom a chance to socialize and get her pre-baby body back. A high-quality mat keeps her feet secure with a grippy, soft surface.
- Thick cushioning
- Non-slip surface
- Dimensions: 68 x 24 iches
The Konmari of nursery organization keeps everything mom needs right at hand and beautifully organized.
- Six (6) shelves and two (2) pockets
- Holds up to 72 diapers
- Attaches with three extra-large buckle straps
Skylight Frame 10-inch Digital Picture Frame
Can moms ever get enough of their baby? Mom can email and store over 8,000 pictures directly to this frame.
- 10-inch screen
- Holds 8,000+ pictures
- Mom, family, and friends can email pictures directly to the frame
Gifts to Pamper a New Mom
ASUTRA Weighted Silk Eye Pillow
Mom maybe grabbing her ZZZs at odd times. A weighted silk mask turns the lights out at any time of day.
- Lavender scented
- Weighted for extra relaxation
- Contains gel that can be refrigerated
Brookthorne Naturals Relax Therapeutic Massage Oil
A sore back could use a good massage. Lavender is known for its relaxing qualities and can help mom sleep better.
- Almond massage oil
- All-natural ingredients
Soft and warm, what mom wouldn’t love cuddling up in a blanket while nursing or when enjoying a few moments to herself?
- Machine washable
- Five (5) sizes
- Twelve (12) color and pattern options
RENPHO Hand Held Deep Tissue Massager
Give mom the power to work out sore, tired muscles. This cordless massager has five interchangeable heads and reaches up to 3,600 pulses per minute.
- Five (5) interchangeable heads
- Cordless and rechargeable
- Automatic shut off
Tree to Tub Organic Shea Butter Body Lotion
Organic ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, oatmeal, chamomile, and aloe vera will pamper the new mom and keep her skin silky and moisturized. Soothing lavender can also help her relax as she begins her new role as a mom.
- Free from sulfates, parabens, SLS, DEA/MEA, gluten, silicone, and artificial fragrance
- Scented with lavender essential oils
- Organic ingredients, sustainably harvested
UGG Women’s Scuffett II Slipper
Whether she’s walking the floor with a crying baby or nursing, mom can keep her toes warm and comfy in a pair of UGGs. These wool-lined slippers let her take care of her mom duties in luxurious comfort.
- Rubber sole
- Sheepskin upper
- Wool lining
Practical Gifts for New Moms
An insulated feeding pocket with three bottle holders makes this a great choice for mom’s on the go. This large capacity diaper bag has a spacious main compartment and plenty of pockets, including a wipes dispenser.
- Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 16.5 inches
- Insulated feeding pocket with three bottle holders
- Hidden safety pocket
Comfort is key right after having a baby. A soft pair of yoga pants adapt to fit a changing post-partum body and are comfortable at home or while out and about.
- Wide, high-rise waistband
- Ultra-stretch fit
- Four-way stretch material that supports and shapes
Whether mom is breastfeeding or needs to pump at work, a nursing cover gives her some privacy while she cares for baby. An adjustable strap and rigid neckline let her keep an eye on baby during nursing.
- Adjustable neck strap
- Sewn-in burp cloth
- Rigid neckline for visibility
Breastfeeding may be natural, but it can take a toll on the body. Lanolin cream soothes and heals and is safe for babies to consume when they nurse.
- 100 percent natural
- No preservatives, parabens, fragrance, or taste