Postpartum Gift Guide: The 15 Best Holiday Gifts For New Moms

Motherhood is such a journey, and new mamas seriously deserve it all.
You don’t know what you don’t know, and no matter how many books you read, it’s impossible to be prepared for what happens after babe arrives. From navigating all the changes that come with bringing a tiny human into the world (hellllloo team no sleep)
to trying to create a new routine when routines feel impossible, those first few months can be SO hectic. Throw in post-birth recovery and breastfeeding and…. it’s a lot. 

If there’s a new mom in your life and you’ve found yourself stumped in the holiday gifting department (ie: what to gift someone who’s literally trying to juggle it all), you’re not alone. Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge, but we’ve got ya covered.
We know exactly what that time is like, which is why we put together a gift guide stacked with thoughtful gifts she’ll *actually* love. 

A super cute nursing sweater she can wear from couch to grocery store?
A postpartum bundle that’ll help her start to feel human again? These are just a few things on the list, because every new mama deserves a little something special (especially if that mama is YOU).


Gifts for the new mom who deserves it ALL

‘Tis the season to give mama what she really wants.
We got her covered from nesting to nursing.


The Nest Dress

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Two words: cozy AND functional. It’s a winning combination for the perfect gift and, when it comes to a postpartum wardrobe, absolutely key. Enter The Nest Dress: a wear-anywhere dream that’s so comfy, it’s like being wrapped in a robe all day. Whether she’s lounging on the couch with babe or hitting up the grocery store, she’ll feel good and look even better. Major bonus points for a V-neck that makes nursing anywhere easy. What more could you ask for?? This dress is a must-have. 


Copper Pearl Multi Use Cover

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What’s a nursing cover, an infinity scarf, a car seat cover, and a high chair cover all in one?? This multi-use cover from Copper Pearl. We’re obsessed, and we know she’ll be too. When the fabric is this good (soft, dreamy, and beyond durable), you know it’s something she’ll keep for years and years. Whether she’s taking babe to a checkup or breastfeeding on the go, this scarf provides the coverage they need to feel right at home. Not to mention, it makes the perfect sun slash don’t-touch-my-babe shade, and easily folds for storage in her purse or diaper bag. If you’re looking for that dream gift, this absolute mama must will have you thinking “nailed it!” 

Silverettes

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Sure, nursing is magical… but it can do a number on your nipples, with soreness being a super common problem for many new moms. There’s good news, though: relief is definitely possible, and we’re huge fans of these reusable nursing cups. They’re made of real silver and hand-crafted in Italy (bougie, we know). Plus they’ve got all the things she’s looking out for (we’re talking antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, AND anti-inflammatory). We love cups like these for sensitive skin since they effectively combat cracks without creams. All she has to do is slip them on between feedings for complete feel-good relief. Basically #magic. Sounds like a pretty good gift? We think so. Learn more about ‘em here.


For the mom who *just* welcomed babe 

Because the gift of feeling human again after you’ve just birthed one = priceless.

Mother Mother Postpartum Bundle 

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Those first few days home are such a whirlwind, and between caring for a brand-new babe and trying to make sense of so many physical and emotional changes, it can be hard to even know what day it is. The perfect gift for a mama who basically *just* welcomed babe is a little something-something that can help her feel human again, and this bundle has exactly what she needs. A soothing herbal sitz bath does wonders for swelling while a must-have peri bottle supports her healing, and soft and stretchy mesh undies accommodate her changing body. Anyone who’s given birth knows these are absolute postpartum ESSENTIALS.

The Afterband

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This belly band is a total. game. changer. Like, for real. It’s all about comfortable support and features a multi-layer design that smooths and shapes beneath her clothing and loosens as her body adjusts to its new normal. No slipping and sliding here, this band has great compression and stays put through it alllll (from feeding to playing to cuddling) to give her the support she truly needs. This is a really good option for your holiday gifting, as she’s bound to love it… just ask our moms.


For the 24/7 breastfeeding mom

Holiday helpers for her sore nursing nips… aka the gifts that keep on givin'! 


The Balm

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Just ask any mama: pregnancy and postpartum takes skin through it all. From irritation and dryness to cracked nipples, the struggle is real. And in the search for the right remedy, so many of the treatments out there say they’re “natural,” but are actually packed full of harmful ingredients that we’d never recommend. Good thing we made our own. Made with only five 100% organic, plant-based ingredients, this balm makes such a good gift because you can trust that it’s completely safe for mama and babe (no need to wash off before nursing!). Relief is on the way real quick, all she has to do is slather it on anywhere she needs a little extra nourishment. Pro tip: it also makes a great lip balm and cuticle treatment! Read all about it here. 

Cooling Crossover Nursing Bra

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Out of all of the things a new mom could use postpartum, a nursing bra is one of those can’t-live-without items. It’s like a water bottle by her bedside: essential. This one’s not only cute and comfy with adjustable straps, soft pull-aside cups, and a stretchy underband, but it’s also made with breathable cooling fabric. This means she’ll stay cool AND dry thanks to built-in cooling materials, active wicking, and rapid drying. Sound like a dream? It is. Not to mention it’s OEKO-TEX® certified, a super strict standard that ensures the fabric is free from harmful chemicals and completely safe to wear. The search for the perfect nursing bra ends here.


Bravado Ballet Nursing Bra 

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If she’s up feeding every three hours, she’s gonna need another nursing bra at the very least. This one from Bravado is so cute, it just might remind her of her fave pre-babe number. Made with Petal-Soft™ fabric, cozy modal lining, and feminine crossover styling, it’s got wear-all-day appeal with serious functionality. Plus with three sleek options to choose from (a blush pink, a statement black, and a cool watercolor design), you’re sure to find one she’ll love. So long, ugly nursing bras!  


La Vie Lactation Massager 

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However much you know about breastfeeding before babe is born, it’s really a learn-as-you-go process. A lot of different challenges can pop up, from clogged ducts to issues with milk flow, all things she might not have anticipated. Thankfully, this lactation massager can be a major help, and it was created with the help of certified lactation consultants. Rechargable, shower-safe, and made from medical-grade silicone, this massager helps with everything from stimulating milk flow to relieving clogged ducts and engorgement while nursing or pumping. It’s also super easy-to-use and easy-to-transport, so she can spend more of her energy bonding with babe. For massage + heat (aka easier letdowns), try gifting La Vie’s warming pads.


 For the lounge-loving mom

The gift of R+R, and looking good doing it.
Because every mama deserves a little lounge in her life...


Relaxed Lounge Nursing Set 

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Super soft fabric? Flattering fit? Check and check. Sweatpants are great and all, but this lounge set really takes the cake. Not only is it ridiculously comfy and made with one of the most sustainable fibers out there, it’s also incredibly versatile. Sleep in it, wear it to movie night on the couch, or layer it with a cardi for a day spent running errands… you really can’t go wrong. And with a shirred waistband, built-in cups, and easy clips for nursing, we thought of everything. Go ahead, give mama the gift of cozy. 


Sleep Robe 

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What serves vacation vibes without the plane ticket and keeps mama lookin’ totally cute at the same time? This luxuriously soft robe. With those sleepless nights, she deserves to be pampered, and a robe is JUST the thing. This one is perfect for breastfeeding (talk about easy access for babe!), and looks great by itself, with her fave pair of PJs (or the lounge set above *hint hint*)… Chances are she’ll never want to take it off, and who could blame her? We’d like to feel like we’re at the spa all day, too. 


Ripe Cassie Nursing Sweater 

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Well, well, well….doesn’t this look cozy. New mamas deserve to feel cute too, and the only thing better than a soft cowl neck sweater is one that ALSO has the perfect crossover detail to make nursing and pumping easy. To us, this piece is perfect for that first time seeing friends or grabbing a coffee out after babe (ugh, the sweet taste of coffee shop espresso), and it easily transitions from pregnancy to postpartum and beyond. So good, your closet will thank you (and you’ll wish it was always sweater weather).


Santa babe: welcome them home with these thoughtful gifts

Don’t think we forgot mama’s tiny angel!
These are a few of our favorite hospital-to-home gifts for babe.


Finn + Emma Coming Home Set 

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There’s no moment quite as special as bringing babe home for the very first time, and she’ll want to pack something soft and simple in her hospital bag. This ethical set, made with 100% organic cotton and non-toxic dyes, is just the thing for her little one’s sensitive skin. The sweet footie, hat, and tiny mittens are sooo cute and perfect for the memorable trip from hospital to home, where they can start settling into their new chapter as a family. It also comes in pink + blue!


Pipette Baby Essentials Kit

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Every mama wants the best for her babe, especially when it comes to caring for their sensitive newborn skin. With clean ingredients she can really trust (her first moments home shouldn’t be spent worrying about what’s safe!) and no fragrance, these essentials have our highest seal of approval. Plus this kit has absolutely everything she needs, including a soft cotton wash cloth, shampoo and wash, oil, lotion, balm, and wipes -- all sustainable, dermatologist-tested, and loved by parents everywhere. This is exactly what skincare should be. 


8 Sheep Organics Junior’s Bedtime Lotion

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While we’re dishing out our favorite clean essentials for babe, we’ve gotta take a minute to mention this gentle bedtime lotion made by moms. If her bundle of joy is 3 months old or older, this lotion just might become one of her favorite products. 100% organic and crafted with some serious ingredient superstars like vitamin E, goat’s milk, and lavender essential oil, this formula helps little ones fall and stay asleep while easing growing pains and protecting against things like eczema and cradle cap. We’d say this is a gift both mama and babe can get behind. 


The Takeaway…

The transition to motherhood is a big one and new moms honestly don’t get enough credit. However you spin it, bringing a babe into the world is a pretty life-altering experience packed with surprises around every corner. This holiday season, you shouldn’t have to spend time stressing about what to get the new mama in your life (or wondering if she’ll *actually* like whatever you’re getting her). Whether she’s JUST made it home from the hospital, or has passed those first 40 days, she’s guaranteed to love one of these thoughtful gifts. I mean, what mama wouldn’t appreciate something that helps her manage those sleepless nights or stay comfy while nursing? Nothing says “you’ve got this” more. 

Want to make your holiday gift a little extra special? Consider adding a thoughtful hand-written note to show her you’re here for her as she navigates this new chapter. Or, bundle one or two with a few expecting mama faves and create a ‘lil gift basket for a pregnant friend.

Which gift(s) are you eyeing for the mamas in your life? Tell us in the comments below!


Ingrid & Isabel was born when its founder, Ingrid, was newly pregnant with her daughter Isabel and could no longer button her pre-pregnancy bottoms. She fashioned the first prototype of the Bellaband and spent three years perfecting the design before it hit shelves in 2003. To this day, every piece we make, we design with, on, and for moms. Shop our full line of maternity wear.


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