Becoming a mother can be a life-changing experience, especially for first-time mothers. They’re new to the experience of motherhood. They might feel pressured as they are suddenly responsible for a tiny human being, and this might be the busiest time of their lives. And you, as a friend or family member, are looking for the right gift for the happy, but soon-to-be-busy new momma.
In these uncertain times, new mums would appreciate gifts that are both enjoyable and practical. Think of as things that can save them money and time. Few people have more on their plate than a new mum after giving birth, between feedings in the middle of the night, the endless dirty diapers, and taking care of her own wellbeing. New mums would also enjoy gifts that are able to offer them a few precious minutes of relaxation, rest and self-care.
But here’s the thing—after giving birth, a new mum’s whole world revolves around that adorable newborn child. So while a spa gift card might sound nice, chances are she won’t be quite ready to leave her kid with someone else for the day. Let’s take a look at these gifts that can help a new mum care for her new child while, at the same time, bestowing some well-deserved me-time for herself.
Just because a new mother doesn’t have time for an intensive 14-step skincare routine, doesn’t mean she doesn’t want smooth, glowing skin! A new mother experiences a lot due to hormonal imbalance, including morning sickness, weight gain, hair loss, and skin issues. Be it dry skin, stretch marks, or breakouts, she might be worrying about her appearance while caring for her newborn.
Purchase skincare products that contain snail mucin or hyaluronic acid. Snail mucin especially moisturises skin, promotes collagen production, and aids in skin healing and regeneration. It can be used on the face or anywhere else on the body. Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, promotes the body’s production of more blood vessels in damaged areas. This helps speed up the healing process of wounds and scars.
Our favourite Asian aunties would also recommend Bio-oil, a staple for stretch marks and moisturised skin. It helps reduce skin irritation and creates moisturised and supple skin. Additionally, it will help remove scars, stretch-marks and uneven pigmentation. This makes it perfect for post-pregnancy mums struggling with stretched skin.
It’s safe to use a massage chair while pregnant, just like it’s safe to get a professional prenatal massage. The advantages of massage during pregnancy are numerous. It can help a mum-to-be relax, ease anxiety and depression, relieve back or leg pain, and improve circulation.
However, if the new mum is too busy for a massage session, invest in a portable massager for her. A massage gun can be used on-the-go, even while feeding a newborn baby! Best of all, it can either be operated by the user itself, or they may opt for their partner to do it for them. Dad will be able to handle the baby while mum takes a moment to stretch her shoulders out.
A portable massager can reduce muscle soreness and release the right hormones for relaxation. The new mum will have lower stress levels, better sleep and decreased stiffness throughout her body.
Other ways to relieve pregnancy back pain besides massage include exercise, stretching, wearing a belly band or back brace. Mums can also wear supportive shoes, maintain good posture, and sleep on the side with a pillow under her belly and a pillow between bent knees.
Large Yoga Ball
Mothers-to-be tend to slow down once they are midway through their second trimester. They may constantly feel the urge to put their feet up, drink tea, and eat snacks for the rest of their pregnancy. But it is essential for them to stay active with some low-to-moderate exercises 3-4 times a week!
The benefits of a yoga ball include helping to alleviate pressure on the lower back and pelvis. During pregnancy, sitting on a yoga ball may also help to open the pelvis and pelvic floor. This will allow space for the baby to move lower into the mother’s pelvis, a necessary step as they approach the day of birth.
A yoga ball will also help work mum’s essential abdominal muscles and improve her core strength as she stabilises herself. Additionally, the ball can be used to sit on regularly as it may be easier for a mother with a towering tummy to get on and off, as compared to a chair or sofa.
In general, exercise balls can safely be used during and after pregnancy. Though it is important to note that if one intends to exercise while pregnant, they should check with their doctor first! A yoga ball is an excellent choice for a low-intensity, comfortable, and enjoyable workout a few times a week.
There are a variety of products that you can choose from when picking out a gift for a new mum. From essential oil diffusers to candles, bath bombs or wax melts – the choices are endless. Let’s talk about three items you can get for an expecting mother.
Scented candles are a top pick for gifts to give and receive for any occasion. They are deliciously scented, and create a luxurious atmosphere wherever they are placed. Avoid candles made with petroleum-derived paraffin wax, synthetic fragrances, and metal wicks. Opt for cotton wick candles made with natural wax, such as soy, beeswax, coconut, etc.
There has been some discussion about the usage of bath bombs during pregnancy and post-pregnancy. However most high-quality bath bombs and salts are skin-friendly, and should not pose an issue. Look for bath bombs containing essential oils such as lavender, ylang-ylang, chamomile, ginger, eucalyptus, lime, sandalwood, and tea tree oil. Remember to consult a doctor regarding ingredients if you’re concerned!
Lastly, an essential oil diffuser works wonders both in the home and in the hospital before and after giving birth. If you’re looking to get an essential oil diffuser, the same rules apply here. Consider consulting a healthcare professional before gifting essential oils, and be sure to research the quality of a brand’s products.
When used properly, certain essential oils may help to minimise nausea, improve sleep and reduce anxiety both before and after labour. The best and safest essential oils are lavender, rose, chamomile, lemon, cardamom and geranium.
Gifts for Mum and Baby from Simply Hamper
If you’re looking to get a nice combination of gifts for both mum and baby in Singapore, we have just the perfect hampers to recommend.
For newborns, the Tinker Tale hamper offers high quality bathtime and grooming products, packed in a stylish caddy organiser basket. Ensure that the new baby stays clean, dry, and fresh while mum stays looking fabulous. This set even comes with the Hello Baby Milestone Book, perfect for keeping a record of memorable moments.
Another hamper for new mums and their kids would be Mum’s Purest Love. This useful hamper comes with an organic head shaping pillow and organic bamboo washcloths from BabyK. The set includes grooming products such as Naturaverde Bio Organic Body and Hair Wash. For the new mum, the hamper contains an exquisite gift box with bird’s nest – perfect for that little touch of pampering.
Simply Hamper’s Honey Little contains a stylish unisex BabyK romper gift set, grooming essentials, and Bird’s Nest with Ginseng & Rock Sugar. Products include Johnson & Johnson’s bath wash, lotion, and cotton buds, all wrapped in the sweetest little gift basket.
If the new baby has been around for more than a couple of months, opt for either the Little Mr Muffet or Little Miss Muffet gift sets. This incredible set includes a suction plate and easy grip cups to make sure that baby food stays in its place! It’s less of a mess for mum, and perfect for a baby to explore self-feeding. Each hamper contains a colour-coordinated bundle of mealtime essentials, along with an adorable BabyK romper gift set.
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Getting gifts for new mums may seem like a no-brainer, but it can prove tricky! Although it would be wonderful to give them something unrelated to babies, practical gifts that make taking care of a new baby easier are always appreciated.
We have loads of baby hampers available on our website for that special mum-to-be and her child. From newborn baby gifts to hampers for new mums, we have it all! Visit us at Simply Hamper today and check out what else we have to offer, and have baby gifts delivered throughout Singapore today!