(Closed) New Baby – Present for new mom?? Opinions, please!

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: What's a preferred gift once the baby has arrived?
    Card : (3 votes)
    6 %
    Card w/ money : (5 votes)
    10 %
    Card w/ present : (40 votes)
    77 %
    Other : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Ooh I am interested in this… I am going to see a “new” mom on Friday!  So excited to meet her new little one!

    Post # 4
    46969 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I usually do two things:

    1. a gift for the baby that will be used a bit later-they often are overwhelmed with gifts for the baby at a younger age.

    Robeez are great and will definitley be used:


    If they had a boy and had girl(s) previously, it’s fun  to buy them a pair of jeans and a pair of boy’s underwear . The tiny sizes are so cute. Throw in some boys Robeez.

    2. The second thing I do is get a gift certificate or a gift card to one of her favorite local restaurants or fast food places and place it in a casserole dish with a brick. I wrap it up in freezer paper and tell her to put it into the freezer and take it out some night when she doesn’t feel like cooking. It’s always a fun surprise when she decides to use it.

    Post # 5
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I would definately not give money. IMO, I think its too impersonal. I usually either give a gift card to target/babys R us, diapers with a little something else(you can never go wrong with diapers!), or as julies1949 said, something for the baby later on. The day i had my daughter one of my best friends called me and asked me where my fave place to eat was. She was buying my boyfriend and I dinner! That was probably one of my favorite gifts seeing as we hadnt had time to eat alllll day because of delivery. She came to the hospital with Olive garden and a small present in hand 🙂

    Post # 6
    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I know flowers are often not welcome. The just die and new babies get TONS of them.  Sweets are also off the table because the new mom is probably trying to loose weight. 


    Post # 7
    1667 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Just gave a nice card and a monogrammed baby blanket to a new mom. It was a nice personal gift. If money is no issue, then I think a nice little something for the new mom would be nice too, perhaps a gift certificate for a massage or facial for when she is stressed out with new baby?

    Post # 8
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would think something nice for the new mom since she’ll be getting a lot of things for the new baby. Also I definitely agree with the gift cards for restaurants or frozen meals. I’ve heard from many new moms that its hard to get organized enough to get dinner together in the first couple weeks.

    Post # 9
    2111 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I love the idea of a gift for baby (I usually aim for an older gift as well) and a gift certfiicate for a take out restaurant so they don’t have to cook.

    Post # 10
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I actually got a few new moms a gift card to get pampered at a salon…something small to contribute to getting her hair done or a manicure or something to make her feel pretty after having the baby! I know all of the new moms really appreciated that!

    Post # 11
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I just gave my friend some outfits for 3-6 month olds because I figured she would have lots of infant outfits, but not a lot for later. I also sent some Dr. Suess books for the baby and wrote something nice in one of the covers.

    If there are older kids like 2-7 year olds, you might want to give them a small something cuz it’s hard on little kids to see the new baby getting everything. But it really depends on how close you are to the mother I suppose.

    Post # 12
    631 posts
    Busy bee

    We give each of our new-parent friends $50 to put in the new baby’s college savings account, with a nice card.  I know it’s not as cute, but I love the “forward-looking-ness” of it.  🙂

    Post # 13
    2866 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think after the baby is born it’s nice to give something to the mom. I like making my friends feel special and aknowledge that they’re going thru a lot too.

    Or you could do like they did on “Friends” and give her leather pants and coffee for “after the baby”. 🙂

    Post # 14
    1871 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    When my sister had her baby she said the best gifts she got were homemade HEALTHY food that she could just heat up. It’s really tiring and busy as a new mom and so nice when you’ve got homecooked food on hand.

    (I emphasize healthy because she got a lot of lasagnas and heavier dishes and like a lot of new moms, she wanted to lose weight!)

    Post # 15
    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I guess it depends on how well you know the mom. Sometimes parents get tons of presents for the baby… its nice to get something for Mom! Like a pedicure or even just some lotions or bath stuff. A card and a small gift for baby (bib, blanket, onesie… etc) is usually appropriate. When our friends had their third baby… we just cooked some chili and soup and froze it for them because we knew they would need it!

    Post # 16
    447 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Gift cards to restaurants are amazing. I wish I would have gotten some.

    I also second the spa gift card, but make sure that she actually likes the spa. I personally hate the idea of someone giving me a massage or a facial, so it definitely wouldn’t work for me, but if she loves that kind of thing, it’s great.

    Also, something comfortable to wear around the house is a good idea. There were days that I never got out of my pajamas, so it is always nice to have some new clothes. I personally went through an in-between stage where my old clothes didn’t fit me, and the maternity clothes were too big. I had to settle for something in the middle, which was a pain. My mother actually sent me new pajamas, and they were great.

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