Life as a new mom is hard as it is. Factor in a pandemic, spending months indoors, and having to wear a face mask to do basic things like head to doctor appointments and grocery store run, and it's completely understandable if your new mom friends are ready to pull their hair out. Now is the perfect time to show them just how solid of a support system they have in you with a gift to help ease their day-to-day challenges.
While they may not be dealing with the woes or homeschooling just yet, learning the ins-and-outs of caring for a new baby, all while trying to maintain some semblance of a self-care routine is a hell of a lot of work. Show them some love with these helpful items that'll make life as a new mom a lot more comfortable.
Treating Skin Concerns
$104.00, Violet Grey
$18.00, Ulta Beauty
$42.00, Stella & Dot
$46.00, Conscious Coconut
Between the pregnancy acne and chafing from nursing, dealing with pre- and post-baby skin can feel like it's on a wild roller coaster ride. Help your mom friends and family keep their skin soft, soothed, and chap-free with the help of Mutha Body Butter, a whipped blend of moisturizing shea, cocoa, and mango butters. Or for those areas that need a bit more love, Lano's Golden Dry Skin Salve is a multi-purpose balm that heals cracked, lips, hands, and heels.
And with its mousse-like texture and cocoa butter and jojoba oil-laced formula, the Allure Best of Beauty-winning Ever Lavish Ultra Rich Body Butter is an even more luxurious moisturizing gift to give.
The Conscious Coconut Home Bath Bundle comes with a jar of organic coconut oil and a dry brushing tool to exfoliate rough skin. New moms in your life who are already familiar with the fan-favorite Bio-Oil original formula will likely be into the brand's newest launch, the Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel. Thirty years after the launch of its first product, Bio-Oil introduced a gel-to-oil formula with glycerin and urea to help moisturize intensely dry skin. It's a perfect addition to any unpredictable, post-pregnancy skin-care routine.
The Burt's Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set was made especially for dry extremities. The six-piece set has a hand cream, foot cream, multi-purpose salve, cuticle cream, lip balm, and travel-size hand cream — all with skin-nourishers like sweet almond oil and vitamin E.
If it's more of a brightening boost they're after, the Murad Glow Forward Skin-Care Set is the way to go. It contains full sizes of everything you need to create a completely skin-care routine, including cleanser and sunscreen.
Caring for Hair
Another area that can experience a drastic change after a baby is the hair and scalp. If thinning hair has been top of mind for new moms in your life, they may find solace in knowing that the Kératase Initialiste Advanced Scalp & Hair Serum is what Ashley Graham said helped get her hair growth back on track after she delivered her son earlier this year. It's possible that Graham got an inside scoop on the efficacy of the serum from her hairstylist, Jennifer Yepez, a spokesperson for the brand. And since regular hair washings are likely taking a back seat to baby these days, a single or bundle of the Colab Dry Shampoo cans will come in handy.
For more daily maintenance or restoration of postpartum hair, Pureology's Strength Cure Holiday Set will come in handy. All four products in the set have the keravis ingredient, a protein and silicone blend that helps strengthen weak and broken hair. The kit includes a shampoo, conditioner, treatment, and dry shampoo.
Luxuriating in a bathtub or even taking a more than five-minute shower in peace may seem like a distant pre-baby memory for new moms, but that doesn't mean that wouldn't greatly appreciate some products that do help make their bathroom time more serene. Susanne Kaufmann's Body Pamper Set is one that they can easily incorporate into their routine. The three-piece set includes a body scrub, body butter, and warming foot cream.
The Hatch Mama Spa Day Luxe Bath Kit is one that moms can settle into after putting baby to bed. The coconut milk + Himalayan sea salt has moisturizing coconut and muscle soothing Himalayan sea salt. They can then slather on the non-greasy belly oil, and if they can manage to be hands-free for a few moments, a good dry brushing will help slough away dead skin they haven't be able to get to for a few months. The three products come in a cloth bag for easy storing.
For a quick and easy dose of uplifting, slip the J.R. Watkins Detox Aromatherapy In-Shower Mist into a new mom's stocking. The steam from their shower will interact with the invigorating ginger, clarifying witch hazel, and hydrating cactus water to turn the space into a spa-like sanctuary.
If they are lucky enough to carve out a regular bath, they'll enjoy the Kneipp Bathtime Me Time 10 Piece Bath Oil Gift Set. The aromatherapy collection includes a mix of oils like lavender and that serve the purpose of helping mom to wind down after a long day, or a more invigorating citrus scent that can give them an energy boost if they anticipate a long night of soothing and feeding baby.
$42.00, Girlfriend Collective
$40.00, Kindred Bravely
Breastfeeding comes with its own special sets of joys and literal pains, but any new mom will appreciate a gift that will help ease the discomfort — including a proper nursing bra. "Poorly fitting bras can cut into tender breast tissue," Karyn Tapley, an OB-GYN and aesthetic and integrative medicine physician in Bellingham, Washington, previously told Allure. New moms who plan to breastfeed may want to over from pregnancy bras to nursing bras.
While bras worn during pregnancy are typically similar to everyday styles, nursing bras are designed for easy access when breastfeeding. If you're buying for a friend, it'll be helpful to get one that has minimal clips and hooks so that they don't have to practice opening and closing it.
"When you're holding a squirming baby and trying to unclasp a nursing bra one-handed, a quality bra that opens easily will be your best friend," Ali Cudby, best-selling author of Fit My Bras: How to Find Your Perfect Bra and Why It Matters, previously told Allure. The Girlfriend Collective's May Crossover Nursing Bra fits that bill, offering plenty of stretch that makes it easy to slip on and off each breast at feeding time.
The Kindred Bravely 24/7 Nursing Bra Bundle is just as simple to get on and off and comes in a pack of three for quick swapping if they experience any leakage in between feedings. For those who prefer to pump while getting some other things done around the house, the Elvie Curve Wearable Silicone Breast Pump is a great option. It's a single cup pump that they can place on one breast while they feed or whenever the breast feels full. It's held in place with a bra and uses natural suction to pump out milk.
To assist with the irritation and chafing that can result from breastfeeding, Bawdy's Nipple & Areola Stick combines moisturizing marula oil, soothing honey, and anti-inflammatory chamomile to help heal chapped skin. The Lansinoh TheraPearl Breast Therapy Pack can be used cold or hot: Pop each gel pack in the freezer then use it to soothe swollen or irritated nipples, or warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds and place it on breasts to help get the milk flowing.
$325.00, Naked Cashmere
The ever-changing body of a new mom is a lot for anyone to wrap their head around. No matter where they are in their journey, there's likely one commonality between them — comfort is key. One of the upsides to this new indoor living reality that we're all settling into is that it's created a boom in cozy loungewear offerings. Soft and stretchy fabric like the Hatch Cashmere Joggers or the incredibly luxe Naked Cashmere Ynes Robe will make getting up in the middle of the night for feedings a bit more pleasant.
The little doses of pampering will go a long way with new moms, like indulging in a foot soak, smoothing with a rich cream, and then sliding into a pair of plush slippers. The Baylis & Harding Cranberry Martini Luxury Slipper Gift Set gives them all three at an affordable price tag.
$75.00, Peter Thomas Roth
$54.00, We Are Knitters
$48.00, Nest New York
A proper night's sleep may feel like a distant memory for new mamas, but there is light at the end of the no-snooze tunnel. In the meantime, catch a quick nursing nap with the Ostrich Original Napping Pillow. It may look silly, but it triples as a traditional pillow, neck pillow, and light-blocking eye mask in one.
Or you can always help her fake a good night's rest with the Peter Thomas Roth Hydra-Gel Eye Patch Party. The set includes three full-size jars of eye patches that have ingredients like hydrating hyaluronic acid and caffeine to help reduce puffiness, as well as moisturizing glycerin and arnica to minimize dark circles.
If resting just isn't happening for the new mama, they may find it soothing to take a new hobby. The We Are Knitters Dragonfly Baby Blanket Knitting Kit may be just the thing to keep them busy as their baby naps.
A mental change of scenery may help them wind down a bit. Nest Fragrances' Blue Cypress & Snow Reed Diffuser has notes of blue cypress, juniper berry, and smoked vanilla bean that give off the vibe of a winter escape without having to leave the house.
$9.00, Athena Club
$48.00, Simple Satch
$7.00, Bath & Body Works
When it comes to essentials for the baby, many new moms are usually pretty set. It's those other more random but practical items that they'll find a need for and won't have on hand. That's where you come in. You may be familiar with the traditional purpose of a bidet, but there's also some post-partum relief that it can offer.
Jessica Shepard, a Chicago-based OB-GYN, says that while hot and cold packs or witch hazel pads are preferred for hemorrhoid soothing, a bidet "can be useful for irritation relief by soaking the area periodically when aggravated."
And when drugstore runs are just out of the question, they can check razors off of their to-buy list, thanks to the Athena Club The Razor Kit, which offers a choice of deliveries every three, six, or nine-month on razor head refills.
Speaking of store runs, the Bloomscape Edible Garden Savory Herbs Collection is a nice alternative to a farmer's market selection and can be picked right at home. If mom and baby have to head outdoors for any reason, they'll want to have the Simple Satch Gold Star Belt Bag in tow. It not only helps mom keep her hands free, but there's a very useful compartment for easy access to sanitizing wipes that'll make quick cleanings easy breezy. And if they prefer a more traditional form of sanitizer Bath & Body Works' Champagne Toast Hand Sanitizer spray will keep hands clean with the crisp scent of a glass of bubbly.
When mom is ready to get glam for a day out or virtual playdate with other mom friends, the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Set will make the process fuss-free. They can literally swipe on any one of the four nude, plum, or red matte shades without having to think about reapplying it for the day. And when the occasion calls for a bit more, Beautycounter's Golden Hour Palette is a helpful all-in-one that includes a blush, highlighter, and four eyeshadows. New moms have enough on their plates, this will cut down on the individual makeup pot and shadow pans they'll have to keep track of.
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Originally Appeared on Allure