I went to visit a sweet friend of mine last week who has just had her first baby. The little pooper slept the whole time I was there (the baby; not my friend), so I haven’t gotten to snuggle him up yet. But I’m waiting to pounce on him the next chance I get!
I love going to visit new moms, but I never like to go empty handed. Of course, food is always a welcomed gift to bring a new family, but I like to really do something nice for the new mommy. Being a new mom is a crazy adventure. You often spend much of the time so worried about the new baby and family that very seldom do you get to spend any time focusing on yourself. Which, really, is the way motherhood goes, isn’t it? But in the beginning, that can be a tough adjustment.
For Kellee, I decided to bring everything I carried in my own “mommy bag” when I was a new mom. When I had Gracie, I realized it was so hard to carry around my purse, a diaper bag, a baby carrier (or whatever mode of transportation I was using that day), and Bean. So, I downsized my purse. I put everything I really, really, absolutely needed into a small make up bag. Then, I moved that make up bag from my purse to my diaper bag, depending on what I was carrying that day.
Play date? Throw the bag into my diaper bag and go.
Grocery shopping with the kids? Throw the bag into my diaper bag and go.
Dinner out with Chris? Throw the bag into my purse and go.
Sitting beachside by myself drinking a mojito and reading a book? HA! That’s a good one.
For Kellee, I bought a nice make up bag from Target. You can get the 99 cent ones in the travel toiletries section, but I spent the $10.00 and bought her a really nice, sturdy, cute one from the beauty products section. Be sure whichever you buy is on the larger side. The new mom will need to fit a cell phone, keys, and a debit card in there, too.
Next, I threw in things that I remember being such a luxury when I was a new mom:
Nail polish – I hadn’t seen my toes in MONTHS!
Face masks – I got her several different scents, so she could choose based on what she needed that day. Rejuvenating, energizing, or relaxing. You can find these for $1.00 in the beauty products section, by the face wash. They are single use and smell heavenly! These were great little pick me ups to use while the baby was sleeping.
Those new hair ties everyone is using these days – They are supposed to be AMAZING, but I haven’t been that impressed. Regardless, they are a fun little something different to put your hair up with. I remember being a new mom and even the smallest extravagances were luxurious!
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – I love this stuff! Smells good, tastes good, and makes you feel human again in one swipe! Plus, it’s kind of minty, so it is really freshening when you haven’t brushed your teeth in a few days… Or so I hear…
I packed all these treats up inside the make up bag, and wrapped it up in a gift bag. When I gave it to her, I made sure to explain what it was for so that she didn’t think I just bought her a bunch of random stuff.
And that’s it! Just a little somethin’ somethin’ for a new momma to make her feel special and cared for. What about you? What’s your go-to new mom gift?