Having a new baby is the best. As a friend of a new mom you may be at a loss for exactly what to bring to the hospital as a gift for the new baby or the family. I wanted to share what gift to bring new baby in the hospital. As a second time mom I feel like I really understand the types of gifts to take to the hospital for a new baby.
Best Gifts to Bring a New Family in the Hospital
Food is always a good gift idea for a new mom. It can be a gift certificate for their favorite restaurant, a homemade meal or a basket of treats like fresh fruit and sweets. As a new mom you are healing from birth, suffering from a lack of sleep and you still need to eat and feed the rest of your family. We all know hospital food is not often the best. So, you can also bring food they can enjoy while still in the hospital like nuts, fruit and other snacks.
I will never forget us wheeling all of our stuff out of the hospital. Somehow we went in with one bag, but all of our stuff seemed to multiply and we had to borrow a cart to wheel everything home. If you have a sweet nurse they may also share lots of extra diapers, wipes and other supplies with you. A new bag is a great gift that the new mom can use just to get everything home and then moving forward on trips as the baby gets older.
This bag from Lug
This bag is their Puddle Jumper Duffel. It allows you to keep all your gear as well as your baby’s stuff. It comes in stylish options like this black and white pattern. It has lots of pockets both inside and outside of the bag. It also has multiple ways to carry it. My favorite is to hang it over the back of the stroller. Or wear it on my shoulder if I don’t have the stroller with me. It is water resistant as well as stylish.
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Comfortable Matching Outfits
I know personally I ordered matching robes for my daughter and I to wear and a matching swaddle blanket for our baby boy. Matching outfits make new born photos even more adorable. And as a new mom comfortable outfits are a win-win.
Toys for Older Siblings
If you have a connection to the older sibling you may want to bring them a gift. Having a baby is a big adjustment for everyone including the older siblings. Help them celebrate their new role by getting them a celebratory big sister or big brother gift.
PinkCheeks Gift Box from Hoppy & Poppie
Hoppy & Poppie brand is on a mission to share the life changing benefits of emotional intelligence. The books help lay the foundation for kids to understand emotions like nervous, worried, curious, excited and afraid. Understanding these emotions are important for all kids, but especially for new big sisters and brothers .
The kit includes The Not So Scary board book, the What We Feel board book, Hoppy & Poppie Pink Cheeks Plush & 6 Emotion Wristbands, Patoo Character Blanket. Use the code “FRIEND10” for a 10% discount on any purchase.
Baby Banana was started by a dental hygienist whose family member had an accident with a hard plastic toothbrush. It inspired the founder to create the first bendable training toothbrush for toddlers. This Lil’ Squish Jellyfish is a rattle and teether in one. Slade has had one since he was a baby and it is one of his favorite teething toys. It is easy for him to hold and the rattle is quiet which keeps me happy too.
Gift cards are great because they are small to pack to take home from the hospital. And the family can use them when they are needed most. You can also send digital gift cards. Just add a note in their card to check their email for the gift card.
A Postpartum Recovery Kit
I will never forget when the nurse brought me my postpartum supplies, they definitely don’t warn you about the mesh underwear and extra-large pads. If you have had a baby yourself, you can create your own postpartum recovery kit. Some supplies include, extra-large pads, medicated wipes, breast feeding pads, painkillers, etc.
Flowers are a great way to bring joy to a hospital room. Make sure you bring them in a vase so they don’t have to worry about where to put them in water. I like to use a mason jar, they fit into a cup holder which makes transporting them easier.
Products They Can Use Everyday
For example Diaper Care from NOLEO. This product allows moms to detox their diaper routine. NOLEO is a non-toxic cleanser, rash cream and organic baby lotion in one bottle. They have three main goals:
- Reduce your baby’s chemical exposures by eliminating the need for traditional rash creams.
- Clean, moisturize and protect your baby’s skin. NOLEO nourishing your babies skin leaving behind a protective barrier.
- Easy change. The protective oil barrier is super easy to wipe off during the next diaper change.
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Baby Magic has been trusted by parents for over 65 years. Their products are dermatologist tested for your baby’s delicate skin. They have both Cleansing Gel and Cleansing Lotion. The gel moisturizes and softens dry skin. While being tear free and hypoallergenic. Their lotion is sulfate-free, phttaltate-free, dye-free & paraben-free.
Right after having a baby moms are often exhausted and not focused on documenting their new life. They will be very grateful for the family photos that you have taken during your visit.
The gift of a professional photographer is also a great gift. You can give a gift certificate to a local photographer so that the family can get newborn or new family photos taken.
Self Care Items for Mom
As a new mom it is hard to find time for yourself. Another great gift to take to the hospital for a new baby is for the mom herself. From a spa day to a basket of candles and bath bombs a gift that encourages the mom to take time for herself is a great gift.
Skincare from Vichy. Vichy is the #1 anti-aging brand in European pharmacies and is recommended by dermatologists worldwide. They are packed with 15 mineral-rich Volcanic water and dermatologist recommended active ingredients.
Like their LiftActiv 15% Pure Vitamin C Serum & LiftActiv Peptide-C Anti-Aging Ampoule Serum. Vitamin C is one of the most dermatologist recommended ingredients in your daily routine. It helps to brighten your skin.
The best gift you can give a new mom is your time. Having a baby is amazing, but it can also be isolating and overwhelming. Before you make your plans to go, check in with mom and dad to see if they are open to visitors. As a mom of a baby who went to the NICU right after birth there are birthing situations where parents may want only family to come and visit right away.