10. Birth ball/yoga ball: Not only are yoga balls great for pregnancy (and labor), but they are a wonderful new mom tool. Babies love gentle bouncing, and the yoga ball allows for a much more comfortable and rhythmic bounce.
9. Baby’s calendar or journal: A great way to capture the milestones and special moments of baby’s first year. . . . and a forever keepsake for the family.
7. Books providing information on postpartum issues and challenges for the new mom. Some new mom must-reads are:
– The New Mom’s Companion: Care for Yourself While You Care for Your Newborn by Debra Rosenberg
6.Wrap/sling: Babies love to be held, and wraps/slings allow a new mom to “wear” her baby while keepingÂ her hands free.
5. Gift basket including a variety of postpartum essentials:Â lanolin cream for sore nipples, witch hazel and tucks medicated pads for healing the perineum, large maxi pads, and other soothing treats such as teas or a relaxation CD.
4. Gift certificate: For a house-cleaning service for the first month (or two or three) of the baby’s life.
3. Gift certificates: From restaurants that will deliver meals to the new mom’s home.
2. Gift certificate for a postpartum doula who can provide in-home help after the birth of the baby. A postpartum doula can help with everything from breastfeeding support to light cleaning and cooking to baby care and more. Check out the Doulas of Rhode Island website for a list of local doulas.
1.Â Gift certificate for a new moms group: New moms groups are invaluable in that they provide a supportive environment where women can get information and support and make connections with other women experiencing the same highs and lows of new motherhood. Â Contact RI New Moms Connection for more information or to purchase a gift certificate.
Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW, the co-founders of RI New Moms Connection, provide affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout Rhode Island. In “Tips for New Moms,” they share their knowledge, resources, and helpful ideas for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms who may need a little refresher.