Making a Care Package for a New Mom? Here's What You Could Include
Have you been trying to think of a way to show the new mom in your life some love? If so, we have a suggestion for you: Send her a postpartum care package. While in-person visits are always appreciated, they can be tough to coordinate with a newborn in the mix (particularly if you don’t live in the same city as the new mama!). That’s why we can't overlook the value of sending over a useful postpartum recovery gift with mama in mind.
Care packages are such perfect tokens of support for a new mom — after all, she won't have tons of time to go out and pick up items on her own, and she'll be so wrapped up in caring for her little one, she may forget to take care of herself. And that's where you come in! Putting together a thoughtful bundle of gifts is a simple gesture any new mama will appreciate.
Of course, a new mom care package is only as good as its contents — and while Monica + Andy pieces are perfect gifts for Baby, the new mama deserves some treats as well! Any of these items would make amazing additions to her postpartum care package.
1. A cute water bottle
Hydration is so important when you're feeding/changing/burping a baby around the clock, and a huge water bottle like this one will make it so much easier for a mama to stay hydrated. Opt for a large bottle — that way, she'll probably only need to fill it once or twice a day, meaning she can stay put and enjoy even more of those baby snuggles. BKR and S’well make gorgeously designed bottles that will give a new mom that little bit of luxury she deserves.
2. Luxurious hand cream
New moms tend to wash their hands a lot, which can seriously dry out that delicate skin. A high-quality hand cream may be just what she needs to keep her hands hydrated through bottle sterilization, baby bath time, and all the diaper changes. We love this dreamy hand cream from L’Occitane for intense hydration, and this CeraVe pick is fragrance-free and gentle on Baby's sensitive skin.
3. A fun coffee mug
She’s sure to think of you and smile every time she pours herself a new cup of coffee….which will probably happen....oh, about 10 times a day.
4. A baby book
This stunner from Artifact Uprising is a great gift for a new mama — encourage her to document the biggest moments in her baby's life in this beautiful keepsake (which doubles as a perfect coffee table book).
5. Nipple cream
Is it a particularly glamorous addition to your new mom care package? Well...no. But is nipple balm a useful one? Absolutely. This organic balm from The Honest Company is a gamechanger for breastfeeding mamas with sore nipples.
6. Healthy snacks
Finding time to cook while caring for a new baby around-the-clock can be challenging, to say the least. That’s why offering a new mama some easy-to-grab, nutritious snacks is such a great idea. Granola bars, dried fruit, and homemade trail mix are all great snack options for time-strapped new moms. Opt for things that’ll help her maintain her energy (sadly, packaged cookies will probably have the opposite effect).
7. A food delivery gift card
Finding time to cook can be a bit challenging when you’re caring for a new baby, and going out to dinner can sometimes be virtually impossible for new parents — that’s why food delivery is a new mom’s best friend. By sending her a gift card to a nearby pizza place or delivery service that works well in her area, you’ll be treating her to the ultimate new mom necessity.
You could also treat her to healthy meal delivery from Sakara...or encourage her to indulge a bit with a membership to Jeni's pint club, which sets her up with four pints of ice cream delivered four times a year (yes, please!).
8. Her favorite bottle of wine
Nine months of no drinking and limited opportunities to leave the house at night? Mamas that aren’t nursing are going to really appreciate and enjoy this gift.
9. A face mask
She may not have time for a spa day, but by including a good face mask (The new Summer Fridays mask is earning rave reviews) in her care package, you’ll be encouraging your favorite new mom to treat herself to some at-home pampering. The postpartum period can usher in some skin changes, and we know she’ll love the chance to improve her complexion while doing something that feels indulgent.
Every new mother spends a lot of the night awake with their new baby. Gift them an organic cotton maternity robe from Monica + Andy to keep them comfortable and cozy during those late-night feedings.
11. Wireless Headphones
Though often overlooked, wireless headphones make the perfect postpartum gift. New moms can finally listen to their favorite audiobook without waking up their sleeping baby! Plus, wireless means there are no tangled cords to deal with.
12. A babysitter's services
Urban Sitter allows you to buy a prepaid gift card for your recipients, so load one up and send it over to the new mother. Or, if you’re not looking to spend too much cash, you could offer yourself up as a babysitter (hint: check out babysitting coupon templates on Pinterest). The only downside? This option does require you to part with some of your precious time. But trust us when we say this: There’s nothing a new mom would appreciate more than your offer to take over baby duty for a few hours so she can get some much deserved 'me' time!
12. A Postpartum Care Kit
If creating a DIY kit isn't your thing, you can always send a curated postpartum recovery kit. Bodily offers a new mom care package that comes with all of the postpartum essentials that new moms need, including organic breast pads, a peri bottle, mesh undies, nipple cream, and more.