Jewelry, comfy clothing, nursery decor, self-care gifties and clever tools to make life with baby easier and more fun. Those are the kinds of presents that expectant moms and new moms want to receive. We’ve grouped our selections into the best gifts for pregnant moms and best gifts for new moms, but you’ll want to check out all of them to find your favorites.
The Best Gifts for Pregnant Moms (and Great for New Moms Too)
More gifts for new moms below.
Jane Maternity & Nursing Pajamas by Kindred Bravely
The only thing softer than these cozy, stretchy pajamas is your baby's skin. You'll love lounging and sleeping in this set both when you're pregnant and after baby is born. The innovative nursing panel keeps you warm and covered when baby is breastfeeding, and it's so flattering you'll wear this top long after your child has weaned. Comes in slate blue, sage and black.
Available at kindredbravely.com, $49.99.
Splendid Laguna Striped Bathrobe
If you always considered robes for the senior citizen crowd, Splendid may just change your mind. Their comfy bathrobes will have you wondering why you didn't buy one sooner. Made of 100% Turkish cotton and with on-seam pockets, a hood and self-tie belt, these bathrobes are made to last. They're absorbent and machine washable (read: Splendid made these with parents in mind). Bring one to the hospital for post-delivery, gift to a new mom who may enjoy something indulgent just for herself, or snag one for your own use. Just be prepared to not take it off for a while.
Available at wayfair.com, $73.78
Therapeutic Flip Flops by Belly Bandit X Telic
Calling all moms and pregnant ladies with achy or swollen feet—that’s all of us, right? Give your feet a warm hug with these therapeutic flip-flops designed to target pregnancy foot pain as well as plantar fasciitis (a painful heel condition common during pregnancy). Made with a material that reacts to your body temperature and conforms to your feet, they’ll provide cushioning and comfort while supporting your arches and providing even weight distribution for quick pain relief. In sleek black to go with most outfits, you'll be living in these during pregnancy and beyond.
Available at bellybandit.com, $44.95.
'The Wonder Weeks: A Stress-Free Guide to Your Baby’s Behavior'
Did you know that most babies master new skills on a similar schedule? Learn more about what abilities your baby will be mastering and when their developmental leaps might lead to cranky or clingy behavior with this incredibly helpful book, The Wonder Weeks. This latest edition, its sixth, has been fully revised and updated with valuable information for parents and caregivers about a child's first 20 months of life. You’ll find fascinating insights into baby behavior, strategies to help them navigate their new world, and fun activities that support brain development and let them explore those new skills they’re learning.
Anook Athletic Wear for Pregnant & Postpartum Women
While many maternity collections promise quality goods that you’ll be able to wear beyond pregnancy, Anook Athletics actually delivers. The leggings fit perfectly over every bump and curve—the material feels giving enough for a growing bump and supportive enough to last once baby arrives. The just-released line also features joggers (both pants also come in tall and short lengths), shorts, a nursing-friendly sports bra and a nursing tank top.
Available at anookathletics.com.
Customized Breastfeeding Pillow by The Boppy Company
Breastfeeding mamas love their Boppy pillows, and now you can get them customized! Choose from 10 colors and patterns for the top of the pillow, 10 for the bottom, and four color options for the trim. You can also embroider baby's name or nickname in one of five colors and three fonts. The Boppy Feeding and Infant Support Pillow puts baby in an ergonomic position for more comfortable nursing for both of you, and it provides a comfortable spot for baby to relax and practice tummy time. Because of the customization, this pillow requires extra time to ship, so order early.
Available at boppy.com, $60.
Lip Balm Holder by LippyClip
Chapped lips is one of many fun pregnancy symptoms. And if you choose to breastfeed, you can expect that dry skin to continue. Keep your lip balm within reach (and remind yourself to apply it) with LippyClip's cute and practical lip balm holders. They come with clips that attach to your phone case, purse, keys or diaper bag, wherever you need them to be. Prices start at under $10, so you can get get a few (there are lots of nice colors and patterns) to keep your lip balm needs covered. Read on for a fabulous lip balm to pair with your LippyClip....
Available at lippyclip.com, starting at $8.49.
Organic Lip Balm by FOUR: Organics
A stocking stuffer everybody needs. Keep lips soft for all those baby kisses with this luxurious lip balm from FOUR: Organics. It contains only four ingredients (beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and peppermint oil), so it's safe during pregnancy and if you're breastfeeding. No toxins, preservatives and no animal testing means this is a gift suited for all mamas and moms-to-be. Plus, the sleek packaging makes it look fancy, even if you're just momming it up in sweats.
Available at fourorganicsnyc.com, $18 for a three-pack.
Maternity Hospital Gowns from Giftgowns
If you're planning a hospital birth, add these maternity gowns to your hospital bag. The all-cotton gowns have snap buttons down the back if you need an epidural and snap buttons on the shoulders so you can pull down the top for skin-on-skin time and breastfeeding. Also, pockets! There are side pockets for items you want to hold on to while your arms are holding your little one. Best of all, they feature cute graphic designs and sayings you'll love, including "LOVE" (see above), "Blessed MAMA," "Mama Bear," "#Momlife" and more. You'll be wearing this long after you and baby are back home.
Available at giftgownsmaternity.com, $24.99 & up.
Mama-Safe Nail Polish Trio by HATCH x tenoverten
HATCH, one of our favorite maternity-wear brands, has partnered with non-toxic nail care brand tenoverten to bring us this gorgeous trio of nail polishes in the shades “Feisty Mama” (magenta), “Zen Mama” (blush) and “Poolside Mama” (coral). These chic polishes are vegan, cruelty-free and 8-free, meaning they don't contain dibutyl phthalate (dbp), toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene or triphenyl phosphate (tphp).
Available at hatchcollection.com, $36.
Cozy Shearling Slippers from Staheekum
Staheekum makes an array of styles including slip-ons, loafer-style and more but what really sets them apart is the comfort level. The Soothe are literally so comfortable that our editor repeatedly forgot she was wearing slippers and headed out of the house. They have a sturdy outsole, making them an ideal indoor/outdoor slipper. There are a lot of slippers out there, but we can say with certainty that these are the best pairs we've donned in years. They come in midnight and wheat and are a lot more affordable than other brands. Heads up: dad might want a pair, too!
Shop them at staheekum.com, $40
Pregnancy Necklaces by ILADO
These stunning maternity necklaces emit subtle, tinkling chimes as you move, creating a calm and serene environment for you and your baby (babies can hear in the womb in the later stages of pregnancy). Keep wearing the necklace after baby is born or attach it to your stroller to let your child enjoy the familiar tones. Handmade in Paris, these necklaces are based on a Mayan tradition of giving expectant mothers a bell necklace as a good-luck charm. They're available in silver, rose-gold-plated and yellow-gold-plated styles, attached to a hand-braided silk cord.
Available at ilado-store.com, $79-$249.
Yarn Birds Baby Mobile by Chalk & Chuckles
What better gift for an expectant mother who's all about nesting? This sweet bird mobile is the perfect DIY project for moms-to-be and new moms looking for a fun, easy project for baby's nursery. The kit comes with everything you’ll need (colorful yarn, birds and clouds to float around, and a heart at the top of the mobile), plus easy-to-follow instructions.
Available at barnesandnoble.com, $15.39
Must-Have Gifts for New Moms
Custom Star Map by the Night Sky
Commemorate baby’s birth date, a wedding or another memorable day in your life with this amazing map of the night sky in a specific place, on a specific date. Customize a special message, the background color, whether you want constellations and the moon phase to appear, and the frame color (frame is optional). Printed on art matte paper, this is a stunning gift sure to wow a new mom and anyone else you give it to. Perfect for nurseries, master bedrooms, mantles or any room where people can linger to enjoy its striking beauty and message.
Available at thenightsky.com, $60 (frame is an additional cost).
Mom-Positive Clothing, Mugs & Accessories by Mom Culture
It's amazing how a great t-shirt can make life with little ones a bit easier. The funny and supportive sayings on Mom Culture's clothes, mugs and accessories will make you—and other moms—smile, so prepare to make some new mom friends when you wear them. And to hear a lot of "Where did you get that?" Our favorite sayings include "Raise Good Humans," "University of Motherhood" and "Support Your Fellow Mamakind." Mom Culture also carries a line of tees, baby gowns, a mug and necklace with a rainbow design, to honor those who experienced a miscarriage or infant loss before having a baby.
Available at momculure.com.
Customizable Chain Letter Pave Necklace by Tiary
Celebrate a mother's loved ones with this pavé necklace that can accommodate 1-5 initials. Let this delicate stunner sparkle with diamonds or choose birthstones for baby—or the whole family. All Tiary pieces are made to order and custom: You choose the metal (silver, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold) and karat weight (10k, 14k or 18k). For the pavé pieces, you'll also select which of the 14 genuine or simulated stones you want for your necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings or charms. Surprise a new mom with your custom creation, or let her be the designer of her dream piece.
Available at tiary.com.
GLOW Gift Set by Vahdam Teas
This gift set includes six of Vahdam's most popular in-house blends. The premium teas from Vahdam come from renowned tea plantations and small farms in India and are packaged in New Delhi. Because the company cuts out the typical middlemen, teas arrive to you more quickly, retaining their garden-fresh taste. The company was founded by a fourth-generation teamaker who's committed to his industry: 1% of revenue goes to educate the children of the company's tea workers.
Available at vahdamteas.com, $39.99.
A Cooling Nightie from Lusome
Let's face it, as a new mom you're likely to spend a little more time in your pajamas than you did before. This sweet little chemise from Lusome is made of a wicking fabric that eliminates night sweats brought. We found it also absorbs leaks for nursing moms well, too. It has a built-in shelf bra but the fabric is soft enough you can easily nurse wearing it. The little strip of lace across the bottom will make you feel stylish even when you're sleep deprived. Comes in six different colors, too.
Shop on lusome.com, $69
Black Speckled Beanie by Love Your Melon
This cute, slouchy beanie from Love Your Melon is a bestseller in neutral colors that go with everything. Not only will the hat warm a mom's head, the company's mission will warm your heart. When you buy a hat (or cap, headband, socks, blankets, home decor or dog accessories) from Love Your Melon, 50% of the net profit of all products goes to the Love Your Melon Fund to support the company's nonprofit partners in fighting pediatric cancer, creating therapeutic experiences and funding charitable initiatives for children and families battling cancer. The company has already donated over 173,000 beanies to kids battling cancer and given more than $6.2 million to help fight pediatric cancer.
Available at loveyourmelon.com, $30.
Wave Plus Indoor Air Quality Plus Radon Monitor by Airthings
Moms want to provide the best environment for our babies, and knowledge is power, helping us prevent illnesses and make improvements. This indoor air quality monitor tests your radon levels, TVOCs, carbon dioxide, air temperature, humidity and air pressure. Just wave your hand over the device to see if quality is good (green ring), average (yellow ring), or poor (red ring). Then learn more about your readings on the free Airthings mobile app, along with getting alerts and advanced analytics.
Available at airthings.com, $229.99.
Soft & Stylish Loungewear by JJwinks
New moms are all about soft, comfortable and forgiving clothing. Now what if you could have that level of comfort in a cute, stylish cut that makes you feel great but is still modest enough to wear around parents-in-law and the mail carrier. That’s JJwinks. The tops provide a “light hug” of built-in support that’s comfortable enough to sleep in, along with an alluring cutout and strap in the back. The bottoms sit above your natural waist to keep you looking sleek and feeling confident. Available in classic, understated colors you can mix and match for a chic bedtime and around-the-house wardrobe, these pieces will help any mom get her groove back.
Available at jjwinks.com, $48-$110.
Kozii Voyager Travel Warmer by Kiinde
You may know Kiinde from the company’s ingenious breastmilk storage bags or handy breastmilk and bottle warmer. They also have a clever tool to help you give your baby a warm meal when you’re out and about. The Kozii Voyager Travel Warmer provides a convenient way to thaw and/or warm up breastmilk, formula or baby food in pouches, bottles or jars. Thanks to the clever design, it couldn’t be easier: Fill the stainless-steel, vacuum-sealed container with warmed water and place inside the thermally insulating outer storage shell. This shell unscrews into two warming cups, so when it’s time to eat, pour the water into one of the two warming cups, whichever best fits the size of the container you’re heating up, and let the hot water heat up baby's meal. Bon appétit, baby!
Available at kiinde.com, $19.99.
'The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook' by America’s Test Kitchen
Every mom of young kids will tell you she sometimes has trouble coming up with healthy meals her child will actually eat. The smarties at America’s Test Kitchen are here to help with this extensive cookbook filled with easy, kid-friendly recipes. The recipes were created by ATK chefs, edited by a food scientist mom and approved by a pediatric nutritionist. To be included in the book, each recipe had to pass very strict criteria: At least 80% of the parents who tested the recipe with their kids had to report back that they’d make it again. Recipe categories include first foods, finger foods, smoothies, family meals, meals you can cook with your kids, party foods, and lunches for preschool and beyond.
Available at amazon.com, $20.01
The Car Seat Key by Namra
Stocking stuffer alert for moms (and grandparents)! Whether you have a tricky car seat, pain or weakness in your hands, or just love your long fingernails and don’t want to chip them while unclipping your baby, you need a car seat key. This car-seat release tool makes it easy to free the straps from the red button on a child’s car seat. It comes with a key chain so you can clip it to your car keys, purse or diaper bag—anyplace that’s convenient for you but out of baby’s reach while driving. It’s available in a number of fun colors and patterns and also makes a unique baby-shower gift.
Available at thecarseatkey.com, $14.99.
—Eva Ingvarson Cerise