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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Things To Bring Your New-Mom-Friend That She'll Actually Want

Meeting your friend's new baby? Bring her these items for gifts she'll actually want!


So your girlfriend just had a baby and is finally ready for visitors! (Unless your family or she asked you, I'd recommend NOT going to see her in the hospital - it's such a quick and chaotic stay, visitors only complicate it.) Great! Now what do you bring her? Please, no more baby items. Bring her something for HER. At a loss for something other than flowers? Here are a few things she'll actually want that you might not have thought about, from a woman who's given birth twice *affiliate links used*:

Have a friend who just had a baby? Here are some things to bring her and do for her - that she'll really appreciate! Take it from this experienced mama


- Infant gas drops and gripe water. Sure, this is actually for the baby - as in, he or she will be the one consuming it. But these are LIFELINES for the new mom. If the baby is fussing for no reason, gripe water comes into action. I use the  gas drops after almost every feeding with Otto to keep him from being super mad about any gas he might develop. And a happy, calm baby = happy calm mommy.

- A hot cup of coffee (ask if she wants it decaf!) and breakfast from her favorite coffee shop. You know what's really hard to do when you're nursing an infant? Making yourself food. And I haven't had a hot cup of coffee since Otto was born. Find out what she wants and pick something up before heading over to her house, then hold her baby while she eats and drinks it. Trust me. She'll love you.

- A GOOD bottle of champagne. Your friend has been in forced sobriety for the past nine months. Don't be cheap and bring over a bottle of Cooks. Get a good one! Even if she's nursing, one glass (or two) won't hurt her. Even better if you're visiting her in the morning - she likely had a rough night and is ready for some bubbly by 9am!

- Baby-friendly laundry detergent. Yes, laundry detergent. Make sure it's baby-friendly (scent free, chemical free, etc). Then, do a load or several of her laundry. Ask her if she wants the baby items separate from her clothes (when I was a first time mom I separated mine... Now as a second time mom aint nobody got time fo dat) and if there's any special instructions. You'll be her favorite person if you stay and fold it, too, then put it away for her. Let her nap while you do this.

- Bath salts. Pickup a big bag of bath salts and bring them to her. Then insist she go relax in the tub (perhaps with a glass of champagne! That's how I'd roll) while you watch the baby. Give her a little advance notice so she can pump/prepare a bottle for you if need be! Don't disturb her. Just let her soak while you soak up some baby time.

Flowers are nice, but they go brown quickly and then your poor new mom friend just has another mess to clean up after. Instead, get your new mom friend something she'll actually want! These items are a great place to start. Be sure to follow the directions listed and watch that baby for her while she enjoys what you brought her!

18 comments:

  1. I found myself nodding to most of your suggestions as I've brought them to my dear mommy friends. I'll have to add baby detergent and gas drops, I had no idea.

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  2. Love the idea of champagne and detergent.....I mean no better way to pass the time catching up then with a good bottle of bubbly while waiting to flip the laundry. Great ideas as always!

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  3. These are all great ideas. I had several friends come over and do laundry or let me shower and it was pure heaven

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  4. I have a few friends that just became moms for the first time so this is awesome!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. A lot of my friends are pregnant right now so these are great ideas!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  6. I'm going to visit one of my beat friends' new babes today and I already have the wine ready to go. And Mini Cadberry eggs bc those are her absolute fave. Detergent is a good idea! Not one you'd think about.

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  7. food + wine, that is my go to haha. last time my friend had a baby, she asked everyone to stay away from the hospital, which i totally get. but then i had an unexpected day off and we were texting and she mentioned how hungry she was, i told her i was in the neighbourhood and could grab some food but she was so worried she would impose. i was like, um.. you just had a baby. let me buy you some food.

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  8. I literally just mailed a package to my friend who is a new mom. I left the post office about 30 minutes ago so it's funny that I stumbled across your blog today! I ended up sending her chocolate and some of her favorite treats because I had no clue what she would want. I guess now I'll have some ideas for next time.

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  9. SO glad you posted this! I never have any clue what to get my mommy friends!
    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  10. Great idea! My boss is about to have her second baby, so I'll have to keep some of these in mind to bring when I go visit her!

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  11. Great tips! I had never heard of gripe water before, but it makes sense that babies would need a product like that...child birth is just as traumatic to their little bodies as it can be to the mother's. The bath salts sound amazing too!

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  12. Such good tips! Yes for the laundry help! Oh my gosh, my laundry room is always exploding! And yay for holding the baby while I shower!

    xo
    Annie

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  13. Oh my goodness I got a good chuckle out of this!! Absolutely love hearinng the bubbly tip! This will totally be me!

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  14. I definitely agree on the champagne! Or maybe a great bottle of wine!

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  15. I'm definitely going to bring my sister something for her in a week or two! So often the mom is kind of forgotten about in all the excitement - but moms are important!

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  16. I love this (and pinned it!) I'm in the midst off planning a baby shower for a friend of mine and will definitely be gifting her these when the baby arrives :)

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