What does every new mom and mom-to-be have on their holiday wish list? Baby essentials, special self-care treats and spendy or practical items to make life with kids more fun. We’re talking mommy & me outfits, blackout shades you can bring with you, an innovative baby carrier, silk pillowcase, and much more. Read on for our top picks to make a mama’s holidays extra special.
Mama Bracelets from Akola
Celebrate their journey into motherhood by making her title as "Mama" official with a beaded MAMA bracelet from Akola. These bracelets are handmade by women in Uganda (many of them mothers themselves) using locally-sourced sustainable materials. Akola's mission is to break the cycle of poverty in Uganda and provide employment and a living wage for some of the most at-risk women in the world. You'll love the gorgeous colors of these stretchy bracelets and the fact that you're supporting a female-founded company whose mission is to make life better for the at-risk mamas in the world. Check out the bracelets and their entire collection here.
Available at akola.co, $98
Pediatrician-Created Subscription Box for Baby's First Year from babydocbox
Created by pediatricians and based on more than 30 years of experience hearing parents' experiences and struggles during the first year, this subscription box gives you all the tools to comfort, soothe and have fun with your child. Subscribe before baby arrives, at birth or anytime during baby's first year, and you'll receive a new box every other month with developmentally appropriate, thoughtfully chosen essentials. This well-curated box is full of mom and baby favorites like the NoseFrida, Sophie la Girafe teething toy and Indestructibles books.
Available at babydocbox.com, $80 per box.
Pregnancy Calendar from Day by Day Baby
Counting down each exciting day from week 8 to week 40, this daily calendar displays information about baby's development and weekly images of how baby is growing, along with which trimester you're in (because pregnancy brain is real!). The calendar comes with milestone cards to help you announce how far along you are, as well as more than 400 baby names to help you choose.
Available at daybydaybaby.com, $29.99.
La Maman Wedge Nursing Pillow from DockATot
Finally! A nursing pillow that doesn't look like one. This gorgeous pillow curves around your body to support baby or mama's arms while nursing. When not in use, you'll be happy to leave it on display—and you can keep using it as an accent pillow when your nursing days are behind you. Available in four elegant patterns, this pillow is part of DockATot's new collection with British interiors brand Morris & Co. Should you want to redecorate your whole house once you see the patterns, the DockATot and William Morris Collection includes DockATot docks, Moses baskets, tents, floor cushions and more.
Available at dockatot.com, $90.
The Baby Trio from Elepho
Safety first! This trio of products will give new moms peace of mind every day. The eFloat monitors the temperature of bath water to let you know if the water is too hot or cold. The eTherm forehead and ear thermometer measures body temperature quickly and easily, without waking a sleeping baby. And the eClip monitors the temperature in your car and alerts you if you leave baby in the car seat when you walk away.
Available at amazon.com, $89.99.
Postpartum Pamper Box from Bodily
Give a pregnant woman the gift of new-mom essentials so she can focus on her new baby when it arrives. This thoughtful, well-curated gift set includes postpartum underwear (S-XL), a nursing bra (S-XL), cozy socks with grips on the bottom, a nursing and pumping cape, and a water bottle that reminds her she's doing great.
Available at itsbodily.com, $70.
Tommee Tippee Gro Anywhere Blind
Block out light so baby (and Mom & Dad!) get a better night's sleep. These ingenious blinds attach to glass with suction cups, so you can bring them with you to grandma's house and on vacation.
Available at amazon.com, $38.99.
Newborn Baby Carrier from Nesting Days
This soft newborn carrier fits like a wrap without the intricate tying process. Designed by a postpartum doula and inspired by yoga wear, it cradles baby close without buckles, straps or hard edges. It comes in 5 sizes, to fit women size 0-18, it provides postpartum belly shaping and features a skirt you can wear down or up over the carrier.
Available at nestingdays.com, from $98.
Coconut Oil Trio Set from Bubbsi
We love skincare products that are versatile and gentle enough for both mom and baby to use, and Bubbsi fits the bill. This holiday gift mom Bubbsi's trio set, featuring their whipped coconut oil body cream, creamy coconut oil shampoo and body wash, and Bubbsi's coconut oil balm for bath, body and bum. We especially love (and religiously used) the balm for helping dry itchy pregnancy skin. All products are over 95% naturally derived and free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, mineral oils or dyes.
Available at lovebubbsi.com for $62
Duo Backpack by Momkindness
Made from vegan leather and waxed canvas, the roomy and durable Duo backpack has everything moms need in a diaper bag. There's a removable clutch perfectly sized for diapers and wipes when you need to make a quick change, a foldable changing mat, padded straps, 9 pockets and a separate padded laptop compartment. Protective feet on the bottom mean it stays clean wherever you may have to put it down. A portion of proceeds for every purchase go to Every Mother Counts, an organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer around the world.
Available at momkindness.com, $125.
Little Dutch Memory Box from Scandiborn
This set of little boxes, envelopes, cotton bags and notecards will help you preserve important early memories and moments of your child's life, from the first pair of shoes to the favorite pacifier.
Available at scandiborn.com, $32.95.
GoBlanket from Bazzle Baby
Four clips attach this soft blanket to any car seat or stroller. It also doubles as a nursing cover that won't slip down or expose you if baby gives it a tug.
Available at amazon.com, $12.99.
Silk Pillowcase from Cilque
This is a decadent gift to pamper a probably uncomfortable pregnant woman that she'll treasure just as much in her sleepless nights as a new mom. In addition to feeling soft and cool as you drift off to sleep, silk pillowcases are gentle on skin and hair so you wake up looking your best.
Available at cilque.com, from $79.
Battery-Operated Bottle Warmer from Baby's Brew
This portable, battery-operated bottle warmer is great for road trips, park visits, camping and all of your daily excursions. It warms your child’s bottle of breastmilk or formula in just 10-15 minutes and keeps it warm for 8-12 hours.
Available at thebabysbrew.com, $75.
Treats Delivery (Candy, Cookies, Popcorn) from Sugarwish
Satisfy a mom-to-be's cravings for candy, cookies or popcorn with a Sugarwish gift. You choose how much to spend, and they choose exactly which treats they want...and whether they want to share any treats with you. Beautifully packaged gift boxes are delivered right to their door. You can also create a custom gift where you choose the assortment.
Available at sugarwish.com, from $19.98.
UV 3-in-1 Sterilizer and Dryer from Coral
Make sure the items your kids put in their mouth are clean with this compact UV-C sanitizer. It’s sleek and small enough to live on your kitchen counter for easy cleaning of toys, bottles and pacifiers—even stuffies and electronic gadgets. This ultraviolet sanitizer and dryer uses ultraviolet C lights to kill germs and bacteria in minutes, without the use of water or heat. Use the sanitizer or dryer on their own or use both combined. When you’re not using the sanitizer for baby gear, pop in your cell phone, makeup brushes, shaver or toothbrushes for a cleaning.
Available at amazon.com, $169.
Coco Moon Mommy & Me Outfits
Bliss out in these Hawaii-inspired prints from Coco Moon. Moms and babies can get matchy-matchy with robes, blankets, rompers, dresses and more in colorful, tropical prints.
Available at cocomoonhawaii.com, from $12.
Welly Traveler Water Bottle
Drinking enough water is important for pregnant women and new moms, and the stylish bamboo and stainless-steel bottles from Welly help them do it in style. The company donates more than 1% of sales to bring clean water to those in need. This 18-ounce Traveler style keeps drinks cold for up 24 hours or hot for up to 6 hours, and it comes with a wide mouth for easy cleaning.
Available at amazon.com, $33.
Evi Smart Bassinet from Bliss
Swaying motion, a soft night light and music help lull a baby back to sleep with voice command (through Alexa or Google Home) or through the app. Designed in a neutral color palette with a wooden base, it will fit with any bedroom decor.
Available at buybuybaby.com, $399.99.
Countdown to Mama 14-Gift Box
Like an advent calendar specifically for new moms, this unique gift combines 14 days of presents. Inside, you'll find beautiful gifts to make a new mom (or mom-to-be) smile: a gold-plated necklace inscribed "mama," a nursing cover, swaddle blanket, baby hat and matching headband for mom, milestone stickers, foot cream, bath bomb and more.
Available at countdowntomama.com, $185.
I Want It All Bundle from Arabella Baby
This gift set covers all the essentials for new parents. It includes a diaper caddy organizer, 2 swaddle blankets, a 6-layer quilt, 3 bandana bibs, bamboo hooded towel and washcloths and a pacifier clip set.
Available at arabellababy.com, $124.
Pietro Brunelli Salisburgo Maternity Dress from A Pea in the Pod
This LBD stunner from the Audrey Hepburn collection will be your go-to dress for the holiday season. The flattering boat neck and delicate rose detail on the shoulder compliment your beautiful bump. Comes in 5 colors: black, navy, white, light pink and dark green.
Available at apeainthepod.com, $168.
Joolz Aer Stroller
Ready for every adventure, the ultra-light (13 pounds) Aer stroller from Netherlands-based Joolz has a one-handed quick-fold design, a carrying strap, an included travel pouch to protect it in car trunks and overhead bins, a rain cover, UPF 50+ canopy with peekaboo window, and a roomy storage basket.
Available at buybuybaby.com, $399.
—Eva Ingvarson Cerise