It's almost Mother's Day!
And for the first time in my life, I can join the roll call. For the first time, I'm a mom!
Over the winter, with my son's arrival mere months away, I steeped myself in natural baby gear and essentials. I researched for hours. And I didn't stop there…
What about the 4th trimester — the immediate postpartum period? What would I need or want for that time of healing and sweetness and new challenges?
These natural items are the answer to that question, and I thought I would share them with you, too!
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and grandmas out there!
25 Natural Gifts For The New Mom This Mother's Day
A few of these ideas are baby items that help a new mom out. Most, however, focus on the mom herself — to support and nourish and cherish her while she in turn cares for the new life she's brought into the world.
#1 — Solly Baby Wrap
Nothing compares to snuggling with your baby and being hands-free! You can even nurse in a Solly Wrap (although I've yet to try it). I do, however, love taking walks in my wrap. I even encapsulated my placenta while wearing our son! The fabric is soft and the colors are beautiful. Click here for more info about Solly Baby Wraps.
Our son loves being up and looking around. His favorite position is the “burping position” — head bobbing over my shoulder as he tries to hold it up by himself. This chair means tired mama arms get a break but baby still gets to participate in the big new exciting world! Click here for more info about the BABYBJORN Bouncer Chair.
This nursing pillow is completely free of harmful chemicals, and it's actually filled with organic buckwheat hulls! How cool is that! I love that it's flat on top and also easily mold-able to the shape of my baby. Click here for more info about the Blessed Nest Nursing Pillow.
#4 — The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (Or Any Beautiful Book)
I love the hand-drawn illustrations of this nature journal, written by an Englishwoman over a hundred years ago. It's perfect for perusing while nursing, and even baby can enjoy the pictures! Click here for more info about The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.
A community of weavers in villages across Africa make these baskets out of elephant grass. Each basket is fair trade and one-of-a-kind — and none are treated with fire retardants. I own one of Plum and Sparrow's Moses baskets for our baby, and it is beautiful! Click here for more info about Plum and Sparrow Market Baskets.
I think this sterling silver necklace is the prettiest thing! The beads can be customized to a new baby's birthstone. Click here for more info about the Pregnancy Curves Necklace.
Although the next restock of these beautiful handmade mugs isn't till the end of May, you could still give a new mom a gift card so she can pick out her favorite mug when it comes available. Click here for more info about Seedling Clayworks mugs.
Is there anything more beautiful than a long taper candle? These beeswax candles don't release any harmful chemicals into the air, either, so they're perfect for a new mom and baby. Click here for more info about Big Dipper Waxworks beeswax candles.
#9 — Bamboo Bed Sheets
Hopefully a new mom is able to spend lots of time in bed, resting and soaking in baby snuggles. What better way to snuggle than in these luxuriously soft sheets? I know this from experience! Click here for more info about bamboo bed sheets.
#10 — A Pair Of Birkenstocks
By the time I was 39 weeks pregnant (I never quite made it to 40!), my pair of Birks were about the only shoes I could squeeze into. Now that it's spring, the ultimate pregnancy sandal becomes the ultimate postpartum shoe, too! I love my Birkenstocks for walks with our new baby — so comfy! Click here for more info about Birkenstocks and read all about their premium materials here.
The #1 piece of advice new breastfeeding moms receive? “Stay hydrated!” With this stainless steel water bottle on hand, a new mama can stay hydrated and avoid harmful substances like BPA and phthalates. Click here for more info about Klean Kanteen water bottles.
#12 — Instant Pot
An electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot is such a time saver! Bonus: it's much more hands-free than a stovetop pressure cooker. (This photo comes from Traditional Cooking School member Karla H. Doesn't she have a dreamy kitchen? 🙂 ) Click here for more info about the Instant Pot.
I think this one speaks for itself! It's a great way to get a new mom's essential oil collection off on the right foot. Click here for more info about the Mom's Essential Oil Starter kit from Rocky Mountain Oils.
With great power comes great responsibility. Essential oils are very potent and effective substances — and this book gives new moms all the information they need to safely use essential oils for their household needs, including which oils are safe for babies! Click here for more info about The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.
The new breastfeeding mom might have some soreness… These heat packs, filled with organic flax seeds and organic lavender, would feel (and smell) magical! Click here for more info about Breast Comfort Packs from Lil'Buds.
#16 — Herbal Bath Teas
This body butter can be rubbed on pregnancy stretch marks, used to soothe sore nipples (just make sure to wipe off before baby nurses), or as an all-over lotion! Use uplifting essential oils like tangerine to help a new mom ward off the baby blues. Click here to learn how to make Whipped Body Butter.
We all need a massage every now and then, am I right?! 😉 With a gift like this massage oil, a new mom can enlist the help of a loved one to give her a relaxing massage after a long day. Click here to learn how to make Massage Oil.
These lotion bars use cocoa butter which is super nourishing and also smells deliciously like chocolate! Pair it with mandarin essential oil and you've got a winner. Click here to learn how to make Hard Lotion Bars.
#20 — A Potted Plant
Not only do plants cleanse the air, but greenery is just so pretty! A jade plant like the one pictured above needs to be watered only occasionally, so it's the perfect choice for a new mom who's already pressed for time.
#21 — A Photo Shoot
What better way to preserve these new baby memories than with a photo shoot? The milk bath trend is especially beautiful.
#22 — Plant Perennial Flowers In Her Yard
Tulips come up year after year, and they're just so pretty and spring-y!
As a new breastfeeding mom, I can attest that snacks are a life-saver. And these cookie bites are the best possible kind of life-saver. 😉 Click here to get the recipe for No-Bake Salted Caramel Cookie Dough Bites.
These homemade Larabars are full of healthy fats and easily digested! Perfect for a new mom who needs to keep her energy up! Click here to get the recipe for Homemade Enzyme-Rich Larabars.
Last but not least, these are a treat sure to make a tired mama's heart happy! Click here to get the recipe for Sea Salt & Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds.
Happy Mother's Day! Will you gift any of these ideas to your sweet new mama friends?
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