Whether the mom-to-be on your list is having her first baby or her third, a necklace is rarely wrong, especially when it's personalized as beautifully as this one by Lisa Leonard. This pendant includes a sterling silver skeleton key hand stamped with the word or name of your choice, plus a heart and the option to customize with more charms as you like.
When it's time to spread the big news, this gift helps do it in style. Tiny Prints offers dozens of popular styles including those with photos and every design imaginable from whimsical to classic. If the new mom on your list already has her announcements squared away, they also make adorable personalized stationery and if there's one thing no new family can have too many of, it's thank you notes. We're sure one will come your way.
Women these days are more proud than ever of their pre-baby curves, and why not? This do-it-yourself kit from Proud Body offers the chance to immortalize a baby bump (or the whole torso) for good. Other moms swear it's easy (if messy) and even an amateur can create something truly beautiful.
Its fresh, bright green color is only one reason why this JJ Cole Technique is our favorite diaper bag (that doesn't look like a diaper bag). It's got lots of built-in extras that usually come with a heftier price tag. With a surprisingly roomy interior and an insulated bottle pocket, it also includes a wallet, pacifier pod, and changing pad. Plus, this water-resistant, easy-to-wipe material is PVC- and phthalate-free.
For moms who want to get back into shape, this is it. Yes, there are many get-back-in-shape DVDs on the market but we think this one by Tracy Anderson is the best. First, and maybe most importantly, it's not annoying. Anderson, noted friend and business partner of Gwyneth Paltrow, has a soothing, natural voice that won't drive a new mom crazy. The classical music is a nice change and best of all, it works. You can feel your muscles slowly tightening again, in all the right places. That's because she designed the routine during her own pregnancy—during which she gained, then lost, more than 60 pounds. Enough said.
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New moms need to laugh. Of all the baby memoirs out there, we adore Anne Lamott's the most. Her book, about her son's first year, is beautifully written with a mix of humor, smarts, and bittersweet stories. Light enough to lift the spirits and sweet enough to really be relevant. Other new moms laughed along with Jenny McCarthy's Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs and also the Girlfriend's Guide series by Vicki Iovine.
Part food processor, part steamer, this award-winning baby food maker from Beaba is perfect for new moms who love to cook. With more parents aiming to prepare organic foods at home, it's the ideal way to keep an eye on exactly what's going into Baby's impressionable mouth. It's even easy to defrost and reheat previously pureed food, making this a go-to gadget that'll be used daily. Bonus: the parts that contact Baby's food are all BPA- and PVC-free.
A new mom's photo album isn't just a photo album; it's a keepsake, brag book, and dream saver for years to come. That's why we picked this cloth album from Pioneer. It's the highest rated album online and we can see why: it holds 200 pictures on acid-free paper plus it allows new moms to make the most of the extra space for journaling. Let the memory-making begin.
Attention everyone: There is no longer any reason to subject adult ears to irritating baby music. Not when Rockabye Baby! offers lullaby renditions of more than 20 real-live hit making artists like Coldplay, U2, Beatles, Bob Marley, and more. Finally, music moms will like too!
Every new mom or mom-to-be can use some pampering this season. We love Bliss spas for their pre- and postnatal massages. Aptly called "Great Expectations" and "Rookie Mom Rubdown," each one is a 75-minute session aimed at soothing muscle tension everywhere. With a price tag at $160 to $170, it's an extravagance for sure, but we'd also suggest their more budget-friendly home spa treatment: Softening Socks and Foot Patrol Set. This is an exfoliating aloe and peppermint lotion to be slathered over tired tootsies, before carefully tucking them into the thickest, softest socks she's ever seen. Ahhh.
When it's time for mom to get moving—and some fresh air—nothing is more popular with the postpartum set than Stroller Strides, a group exercise class tailored to new moms with strollers. With locations practically everywhere, a 5-Class Pass offers the perfect chance for Mom and Baby to try it out. If there's nothing in your new mom's area, search for a postnatal yoga class instead. The idea is a specific class rather than a general gym membership which is often just too easy to skip, especially if they don't offer childcare. Plus it's nice to bond with others who are in the same boat of baby blessings.
This leads us to the best-rated, best-loved jogging stroller ever. That's because BOB's suspension system, swivel wheels and fast two-step folding simply can't be beat. There are cheaper jogging strollers out there, but they definitely can't compete. And trust us, the last thing a new mom needs is equipment that isn't cooperating.
New parenthood is all about late nights and intermittent sleeping, so offer the new mom on your list the chance to catch up on favorite series or CDs that she really loves. She has no time for channel surfing so this is where her customized tastes really become important. At her next 3 AM feeding, she'll thank you for the gift of iTunes.
Sleep is serious business for a new mom, second only to comfort. That's why we love this nightgown and robe set from A Pea in the Pod with a built-in shelf bra and flaps for nursing. The soft fabric will feel good against her sensitive skin and its delicate polka dot print will add a little style to her night.
It's a green mom's dream—diapers she doesn't have to feel guilty about using. This starter set from gDiapers, the most popular insert brand of the post-maternity set, includes everything a new family needs to try out this eco-friendly system: two washable pants and 10 flushable refills.