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5 Sweet Baby Gifts to Bring a New Mom (That She Won’t Already Have)

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new mom gifts
Source: Ana Dufreche
Source: Ana Dufreche

Welcoming a new baby into the world is a joyous occasion not only for the parents but for friends and family, too. We all want to be there to support our loved ones through this transformative journey into motherhood in any way that we can. From offering practical assistance like meal deliveries and grocery drop-offs to providing emotional support with regular check-ins and reassurance, our presence can make a world of difference during this precious time. But of course, we also want to treat new moms to a special gift, too. While essentials like diapers, wipes, and bottle parts are always appreciated, sometimes you want to offer something truly special for the little one who has just arrived.

Whether it’s a cozy blanket, a fun toy, or a personalized keepsake, your intention is to commemorate this milestone with a gift that reflects the boundless joy and excitement that comes with welcoming a new life into the world. If you’re seeking inspiration for unique and memorable baby gifts to give a new mom, look no further. Here are our top picks to celebrate this precious moment in your loved one’s life:

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Source: Ana Dufreche

1. Developmental Play Kit Subscription

Lovevery’s Play Kit Subscription is a game-changer for new moms, offering a ton of support and guidance during those early months of motherhood in a unique way, with one of its standout features being its ability to help moms understand how to interact with their new baby. I know I wasn’t the only new mom who felt a little overwhelmed when trying to play with my baby those first few months. I often wondered if I was engaging with him enough or not. So, I tried The Looker Play Kit when he was a few months old, and it provides age-appropriate toys and activities carefully designed to stimulate a baby’s senses and foster early development. From high-contrast cards for visual stimulation to tactile toys for sensory exploration, each item was exactly what I needed for early playtime.

The Kits also come with detailed Play Guides that explain how each kit benefits their baby’s development so you know exactly what you’re getting into. These guides offer insight into the significance of each toy and activity, helping moms understand the developmental milestones their little ones are reaching and how they can support their growth and learning through play. The Play Kits take the mystery out of infant development, plus allow new moms to bond with their new littles in engaging ways.

The Play Kits are the first thing I recommend to my new mom friends wondering what toys to give their babies. Each Kit is expertly crafted to meet the evolving needs of babies as they grow into toddlers, so moms can rest assured knowing that Lovevery has curated a collection of toys and activities specifically designed to support their child’s emerging skills and abilities. Lovevery delivers them every two to three months straight to your door and offers easy gifting options for new parents.

Play Kit Subscription Gift

Gift a Play Kit Subscription by choosing your preferred number of Kits and sending it via email so they have the flexibility to activate their subscription at their convenience. They can also apply your gift to an existing subscription! You can choose a custom date for Lovevery to deliver their gift, and you can attach a heartfelt message with it as well.

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2. Personalized Books

As a self-proclaimed book lover, personalized books have been my go-to new baby gift for my nieces and nephews (I have over 10!) for years. In fact, after I started buying them, I loved them so much that I started getting them for my own kids for birthdays and holidays.

There are so many options when it comes to personalized books, but I’ve come to find those that incorporate the alphabet, the child’s name as a focal point, or are filled with imagination and inspiration are sure to stand the test of time. It warms my heart when my little ones pull these books out again and again because they feel such a connection to the personalized aspect of it.

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Mommy’s Magic Hugs for You

Personalize both mom and baby in this sweet story about a mother cuddling her new little love.

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3. Gift Card to a Photo Service

If there’s any one particular common truth about parenthood, it’s this—once you have a baby in your life, your camera roll will suddenly be out of storage every five minutes. We just can’t help ourselves. Those little kids of ours are just so cute, and capturing all of those wonderful memories is almost instinctual, especially now, with cameras in our hands at all times.

What doesn’t do anyone any good is hoarding all of those photos on our hard drives. Gifting the new mom in your life a gift card to a quality photo company with a variety of print products or a subscription photo book service is a wonderful gift for this very reason. Not only will she be able to choose exactly what she wants, but she’ll feel great about getting those photos off her phone and into her home in a way that doesn’t add any financial pressure (new moms have enough of that, amiright?).

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Photo Book Subscription

Gift them a three, six, or 12 month photo book collection with this perfect monthly subscription gift.

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4. A Backpack

I know what you’re thinking—what baby needs a backpack? And you’re right, or so I thought before my own dear friend gifted me a personalized backpack for my new baby boy four years ago.

As it turns out, babies often require a lot of stuff—for day trips, daycare, plane rides, and any other sort of outing imaginable. On top of that, diaper bags are usually packed to the max with hygiene-related necessities, breast pumps and parts, and bottles or feeding essentials. A small backpack is a great way for new moms to organize snacks, toys, extra clothes, and the sunscreen/bug spray/sun hat situation that overtakes all warm-weather activities.

The best part is that this is something that grows with your child. Before you know it, the new little babe in your life will be wielding this very backpack on their own through airports, on outings, and down school hallways—just like my own son does now, four years later.

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Personalized Backpack

Pottery Barn has a huge selection of adorable backpacks with various customization options to choose from.

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5. “Letter to My Baby” Journal

If your friend is the sentimental type, a letter journal would be the perfect gift. You can have it customized with her baby’s name, preferred color, or anything else that would be meaningful to her. This is something that she would appreciate and hold dear for years to come, plus help her commemorate special moments as her baby grows.

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“Letters to My Daughter” Journal Notebook

This gorgeous journal comes in seven different colors and textures.

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This post was in partnership with Lovevery, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board.