INSIDE: Are you looking for some awesome ideas for baby shower gifts for mom, not baby? We’ve got you covered. She’ll be so excited when she opens these.
Baby Shower Gifts for Mom (Not Baby!)
You’re headed to celebrate your friend and her soon-to-be-newborn baby. There will be cupcakes, baby games, and so much cuteness! While onesies, diapers, bottles, baby clothes and other baby essentials, such as a diaper bag, are typical things to buy for a baby shower, you may want to consider a thoughtful and unique baby shower gift for mom (not baby!).
Don’t get me wrong. Of course you want to help an expecting mom prepare for her new baby. A new mom is overwhelmed with thoughts about saving for baby, imagining how her life will change and how she will be as a mom. The support from family and friends is amazing when planning for that little bundle of joy to arrive home.
Mom-to-be isn’t expecting to be showered with gifts for herself…but really she is doing an incredible amount of work growing a HUMAN! Right?
Not to mention the sleepless nights and long days that are ahead of her when the baby arrives. Mom-to-be totally needs to be pampered with some cool baby shower gifts that will help her be the best new mom to her sweet new baby!
I just found out that my sister is pregnant with her first baby, and I started making a list of the things I wish I had splurged on during my pregnancies. I plan to shower her with a few of these budget-friendly gifts that are for mom and not just baby!
How to pamper a pregnant woman
So what is a good baby shower gift for mom?
I think when you are picking out a baby shower gift for mom, you should choose something that will help enhance her long days, prenatal and/or postnatal. Here is a list of 20 baby shower gifts for mom (not baby).
1. Maternity/Nursing Dress
A good nursing dress is hard to find! I spent the first year of my baby’s life avoiding dresses because they were impossible to wear and easily nurse. The ones I did find were so expensive that I figured I would just tough it out for a year. I found this adorable maternity/nursing dress for my sister, and she loves it!
It’s perfect for when visitors come over to meet the baby, and it makes you feel a little more dressed up than staying in your pajamas all day!
2. Mama Bear Coffee Cup
This is a popular coffee cup for moms and would make a cool baby shower gift for the coffee-loving mama.
3. Burt’s Bees Pregnancy Skin Care
It’s so important for a new mom to take care of her skin during and after pregnancy. Dry skin, stretch marks and chapped lips are all common side effects of pregnancy. You can give this popular baby shower gift basket, including belly butter, leg and foot cream, and lip balm, to the new mom-to-be!
4. Preggatinis: Mixology for Mom-to-Be
Missing out on adult beverages can be kind of a bummer! Help an expecting mother feel special with this mixology book of non-alcoholic drinks. With this great gift, preggos can have fun, too!
5. Belly Painting Kit
Our bodies can do some pretty amazing things. Growing a human is incredible! This pregnancy belly painting kit is a unique baby shower gift to celebrate mom and baby.
6. Pregnancy Tea Gift Set
A tea gift set is one of the best baby shower gifts for mom. These teas can be used both before and after pregnancy for relaxing, calming nerves, energizing, and even helping with milk production post pregnancy.
*Remember to always check with your doctor before using this product to be sure it’s safe for you and your baby!
7. Pregnancy Pillow
Giving the gift of sleep is probably one of the best baby shower gifts you can give a mom. You can’t sleep during pregnancy because you’re so uncomfortable as your belly grows. A comfortable night’s rest is so useful for a pregnant mama! A pregnancy pillow is among the most practical gifts for a mom-to-be.
8. Bump Boxes
These trimester boxes are such a fun way to celebrate each trimester. You can give just one gift box or order a box to be delivered for each trimester. And these boxes are all about mama preparing for her new baby!
I love the products that are included because they’re unique to each trimester’s experiences. It’s a thoughtful baby shower gift idea that’s especially easy to send to someone who lives far away!
9. Essential Oils for Mama & Baby
Everybody loves essential oils! So many of my friends have turned to essential oils for safe and natural remedies. This book will help a new mom find the best ways to use essential oils for herself and her baby.
*Be sure to talk to your doctor before using essential oils during pregnancy and with your baby.
10. Maternity Belt
While a maternity belt may seem kind of boring and practical, it’s actually something that I never splurged on but wish I had!
A maternity belt can really help decrease back pain. My back pain carried over postpartum as well, and a maternity belt would have been a great support and possibly decreased my pain postpartum. Relieving mom’s back pain is a thoughtful gift she won’t forget!
11. Personalized Necklace
These personalized necklaces are a trendy and fun way for a new mom to honor her life-changing moment. This is such an easy necklace to add baby names to in the future, too.
12. Teething Necklace for Mom to Wear
Babies can start teething two to three months before any teeth appear! That means they are chewing on everything for a long time. These necklaces are made of food-grade silicone so they are totally safe for a baby to chew on, and mom can look super cute, too!
Fox & Finn is one of my favorite jewelry brands. They have the best colors and style!
13. Nursing Cover that Converts to Scarf
Nursing feels like a full-time job, especially in the beginning. These nursing covers are so pretty and functional!
One can be worn as a scarf, used to cover the car seat or as a cover for a grocery cart. I love the versatility, and this pregnancy gift is an easy way for mom to feel stylish while being 100% useful.
14. Comfy Maternity/Nursing Pajama Set
A cute pajama set is a must for every new mom. You’ll have lots of visitors, and a nice pair of pajamas will help you feel totally comfortable.
I love nursing pajamas in black because I think it covers all the mess that is post-pregnancy. It just made me feel a little more pulled together while still being comfy. A good pair of pajamas is a great thing to buy for a baby shower!
15. Maternity Underwear
Maternity underwear is one of those things a pregnant mom doesn’t want to spend her extra cash on, but it makes life so much more comfortable! Forget grabbing packaged underwear at the store, and try this maternity underwear that fits under the bump.
16. Nursing Bras
These nursing bras win for comfort and usability. A good nursing bra goes a long way when it comes to sticking with breastfeeding. No underwires are used in this bra, and the bra is well structured to support a nursing mama.
17. Fun Nail Polish
When she is pregnant and gaining weight, sometimes a new mama can feel less than pretty. While you can’t do anything about the weight gain, you can help a pregnant woman feel fresh with a new nail polish.
You can include a gift certificate for a manicure/pedicure that the expectant mother can use later on in the pregnancy when she can’t reach her toes. It’s also nice to have a manicure for when the baby comes, when she’s posing for those newborn photos!
A gift certificate for a prenatal massage can’t be beat! All the aches and pains that come along with pregnancy make a prenatal massage a perfect gift for a mom-to-be.
During my pregnancies, I had foot pain on my heels, and I used a tennis ball to relieve the pain on my muscles.
You could also include these massage balls, which are perfect for foot massages. I love that this practical gift includes a reflexology guide!
19. Organic Bath Bombs
Nothing is more relaxing than a warm bath when you’re an expectant mom. A nice bath takes all the stress off your joints. A new mom gift basket of organic bath bombs is a thoughtful gift that has an amazing smell and is a fun way to add essential oils to her bath.
20. Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Workout DVD
This is the yoga workout I did during each of my pregnancies. I loved all the stretching and how it is specifically designed for each trimester. Yoga can really help you prepare for delivery and recovery postpartum.
The stretching is so good and relaxing! Sometimes I still break out these DVDs because I just love the pace of the videos. These yoga pregnancy DVDs would be THE gift to buy for a baby shower gift for the active mama!
These may not be the most common baby shower gifts, but they’re definitely baby shower gifts that a mom will love. I know if you choose something on this list, you’ll make one new mama happy and make her feel totally special that you showered her with such a gift!