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The Best First Mother’s Day Gifts for New Moms

Everything a sleep-deprived new mom could want.

Spoiler alert: A newborn doesn’t count as a notable first Mother’s Day gift. Sorry. And while flowers are a fine start, your partner didn’t just endure a long pregnancy (or long adoption process) and ensuing weeks of sleepless nights for a bouquet of garbage carnations or even worse, a stuffed animal or skanky shower gel you grabbed at the drugstore. The best Mother’s Day gifts for new moms declare that while you’ll never be close to understanding what she went through, you at least have decent taste, and actually put some thought into what you bought her.

So while we can’t claim to have seen every single product new moms would want, our picks will make her life easier, help her feel appreciated, or simply, and equally important, allow her to unwind. And while we’re at it, don’t get her swings or carriers for the baby. It’s not romantic. It’s not original. And it’s what you get at that thing called a shower.

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts for New Moms

The days are long but the years, they just soar by. It's the ultimate truism of parenthood. She can track notable moments in this linen hardbound compact journal. It has 160 pages, plenty to store treasured memories.

Weighted blankets have no proven therapeutic value, but anecdotally, they do help you sleep better. And this sleep mask has the same basic functionality. This sleep mask is filled with microbeads that can help promote deep, restful sleep and best of all, this sleep mask contours to your face and stays in place, meaning it doesn't shift around at night. Plus, it fully blocks out light that can impact sleep. For new moms, every second is precious.

Toting a baby around is a workout. One that kicks your ass and your back. Help banish those knots with this back and neck massager. It features four massage nodes to sooth tired muscles and has a built-in heat function for added stress release. It's lightweight and portable, so she can use it anytime.

Not only does this ball look like a work of art, but it also activates back and core support muscles which promotes good posture. Meaning, it'll give her back a break after toting the kid around. You can choose from a slew of colors. And because most new moms don't have time to go to yoga classes, she can get a nice stretch at home. Just note, this does need to be inflated.

A gloriously soft robe that feels like wearing a warm hug. She can wear it lounging it around the house, while breastfeeding or watching a movie or having dinner, and she'll look as chic as she feels comfortable. Because there's really nothing sexy or appealing about being covered in spit-up.

Spoiler alert: juggling motherhood and the rest of her life ain't easy. She can spray this tension reducer before bed, before hitting the road, or before going back to work. Lavender, arnica and magnesium help her refocus.

Crescent moons are said to represent birth cycles and fertility. Hence you won't go wrong with this 18K gold-plated brass 18-inch necklace. Bonus: The chain length is adjustable.

Taking long showers with a crying baby is the stuff of nightmares. Load her up with this luxury set of dry shampoos, so her hair always looks freshly washed. It's made with polymers that absorb oil at the roots, leaving hair looking fresh and pretty.

Whether she pushed the baby out, or had a C-section, believe it that clothes don't fit the same. And comfort is paramount. But that doesn't mean she needs to look frumpy. These cozy pants check all the right boxes. They're laid-back enough to wear at home, but sharp enough that she can leave the house.

The gift of time is second only to the gift of great hair. This unassuming towel provides both. It dries her hair twice as fast as traditional towels. And through its magical formulation, it does so while leaving it shiny and glossy.

Start her mornings off right with this smart coffee mug. It keeps her java hot for up to 1.5 hours on a single charge. Plus, she can choose the specific temperature she prefers. The mug goes into sleep mode when it's empty and wakes up when she fills it up.

A soft, just-funky-enough color block wool scarf that is a great accessory, sure. But it also doubles as a nursing coverup in a pinch. It's 56 inches wide and 62 inches long.

Classic and timeless, these pajamas are great for hanging around and watching a movie (as if she'll have time, but dare to dream). And the button-down front is ideal for nursing mothers. This set doesn't stretch out or fade, no matter how often she washes it.

There's nothing more thoughtful than giving her the gift of free time and the promise of a sparkling clean home, with zero effort on her part. When the current lockdown ends, the joys of a deep clean will be especially appreciated. You can sign her up for a housecleaning service, and pick the one that's best for you, in terms of level of cleaning, the size of your home, and the stuff she'll want done. And then, let her read a book or go for a walk, while the bathroom gets scrubbed.

In just 10 minutes, this mask does the near-impossible: It makes an exhausted mom look well-rested. That's thanks to its infusion of rosehip oil. This brand in general is a leader in the so-called clean beauty movement because it uses ingredients she can actually recognize. In this case, sunflower oil, shea butter, plum seed oil, strawberry leaf extract, and hickory bark extract. It's something that matters to new moms.

Instead of loading her down with a diaper bag, get her this insert. She'll fill it up with all her baby essentials and can transfer it from one bag to another. It simplifies mom life, and lets her hang on to some sense of style. The larger size has 11 pockets: 8 interior pockets and 3 exterior pockets to fit everything from diapers to wipes to her tech.

Not only is this cami so pretty, but it has a built-in nursing functionality; the cups fall away so she can easily feed the baby. The soft micro modal feels gorgeous against her skin.

A quietly beautiful sterling silver cuff bracelet that showcases your commitment, not that she needs proof or anything. It has a threaded screw closure, so she'll likely need your help putting it on.

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