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The Very Best Gifts for New Moms

Looking for the perfect present for the new mama in your life? New motherhood can be overwhelming and emotional, so your gift needs to be just right. These picks are sure to please.

Take Cooking off Her Plate 1 of 9
Get a food service to deliver delicious meals to your frazzled friend; just make sure you coordinate when she'll be home with the time you provide to the delivery company. Try services like Dining In or Freshology.
Help Make Memories 2 of 9
Every proud parent needs a camera to preserve these fleeting moments. Help new moms capture all of Baby's fun firsts. A digital point-and-shoot should do the trick, and send along an album or a few frames so that those adorable pics can be displayed immediately.
Must-See TV 3 of 9
Give the gift of DVR so the new mama can enjoy her shows in the stolen minutes between feedings. This way she won't miss her favorite when Baby starts crying in the middle of them!
A Charming Idea 4 of 9
New moms hate to part with their precious little ones, even if it's only for a few hours, so give her something she can take with her always. Your friend will love a simple necklace or bracelet boasting the initials of her precious bundle of joy.
Postpartum Doula 5 of 9
Unlike labor and deliver doulas, this type of doula comes in after Baby has been born. Her job is to help out Mom around the house while your glowing friend gets a chance to bond with her beautiful son or daughter. Find one here: Doulas of North America.
Movie Night 6 of 9
Every new mom needs a little escape. Get your favorite new mom a subscription to Netflix. Movies are either delivered right to her door or streamable straight to her PC, so she can watch them at her leisure.
Pamper 'Er! 7 of 9
Book her an appointment for a mani/pedi or a relaxing massage. And then offer to babysit while she goes. If she can't bear to part from her little one, have the masseuse or manicurist come to the house. If that's out of your price range, give her a manicure yourself!
Your Time 8 of 9
No gift can substitute for the offer of your time. Suggest dropping by to do laundry or dishes while your exhausted friend catches up on sleep. Or, babysit while she goes for a walk or a drive.
The Very Worst Gift Ideas 9 of 9
Here's a list of what not to get: clothes: Bodies change after pregnancy; enough said; exercise DVDs: Actually, make that exercise-related-anything; and Household appliances:You may think these are helpful—right now ... they're not.
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