Holiday Gift Guide for the New Mom

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011

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Gifts for a friend who's also a new mom don't have to be all baby clothes and bibs. Consider presents that help her out and make her feel and/or look great.

Baby Sling
We've all seen new moms (and some dads too!) sporting these baby cocoons, and even for the non-sewer they don't look too difficult to make. You can help a new mom keep baby close with a purchased baby sling ($31.45,  SlingPea) or use this pattern to make one. 

diaper clutch
Diaper Clutch

Is she tired of lugging around the full 20-pound bag wherever she goes? Get her this cute diaper clutch; perfect for short trips. Here's a selection from Etsy.
Decorative Pillows

Throw pillows are a great way to prop yourself up while breast-feeding and can spruce up the ol' rocking chair.  For DIY, pick out fabric in the new mom's favorite colors, then sew and stuff.
KainKain, $22
crocheted coffee sleeve
Crochet Drink Sleeve

Most new moms need caffeine to help them keep going. Here's a cozy drink sleeve for her mug ($16, LadyMelisse). Also, this is good inspiration for all you crocheters out there. 
Bamboo Cowl Top

The neckline makes this top easy to wear when breast-feeding and it's also super cute ($65, Replicca). Who says new moms can't look hot?
oatmeal bath mix
Soothing Oatmeal Bath

Make a relaxing bath mix for the sleep-deprived new mom you know. Mix honey, oatmeal and powdered milk together and put in a cool jar. Then decorate the lid with festive, holiday fabric. This thoughtful gift leaves enough money in your pocket so you can spoil her further with a few other gifts from this list.
Felted Slippers

Create or buy ($40, alifecrocheted) a pair of slippers for your new mommy friend. These are perfect for padding around the house at any hour of the day (or early morning and late night). Also, here are directions explaining how you can make felt slippers. The how-to is for doll slippers, but it's the right idea on a smaller scale. 
diaper bag
Diaper Bag

Sometimes it's unavoidable to ditch the 20-pound bag. Here's a fashionable option to buy ($38.50, wildsproutdesign) or a pattern to make one.
locket necklace
Locket Necklace

Your friend has a new love in her life. With this locket ($26, Saylorose) she can keep a picture of the little one with her at all times.
Baby Quilt

Mom and baby can cuddle up together under this quilt and have it forever as memorabilia ($70, Carolinasquirrell). All you quilters out there, use this as inspiration to make a quilt that fits your new mom friend's style. 

Picture credits:, wildsproutdesign, ladymelisse, alifecrocheted, saylorose, carolinasquirrell, replicca, and dreamingofbeautyx.blogspot.

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