10 Gifts Every New Mom Actually Wants (and NEEDS!)

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We’ve compiled a list of the best gift for new moms that are not only thoughtful, but also very much needed!

Don’t forget to take care of yourself too, mama. ❤️

For every new mom-to-be, the postpartum journey is completely unknown. While every woman’s journey into motherhood is different & unique, we found lots of us benefitted from many of the same gifts or “treat yourself” moments.

hand holding a package of innersy period panties

After chatting with new & seasoned moms, we’ve rounded up a list of the most crucial new mom gifts every woman should have.


First and foremost, just having someone who cares is a gift of its own for new moms.

A mother and a daughter reading a StoryWorth book together on a couch

Never underestimate the power of a friend. Becoming a new mom has many emotions for every woman. It is reported that 15% of new moms experience Postpartum depression which can start developing anywhere from 1 week to 1 month after delivery. When they say, “it takes a village”, I’m a first-hand believer that village starts with mom – we can’t do this alone, ladies.

Learning how to help someone with postpartum depression or seeking help if you think you’re experiencing postpartum depression can change lives. To find a local support group, head to DBSalliance.org.

black and white photo of mom holding baby

And if you’re a momma who is out there struggling please know we see you, we hear you, we love you, & it’s okay to ask for help. ❤️

“It’s been a long time since I had a newborn but I do recall wanting someone to ask me how I was doing, how I felt, if I needed anything, etc. Not just asking about the baby. I had PPD (I didn’t realize it until weeks later) and just really needed a friend.” – Cecilia, Hip2Save reader

Here’s something one of my Hip sidekick’s sisters suggests to combat PPD:

“Both my sister & sister-in-law had their placentas dried out and ground up into capsules. They took it in capsule form (or as a tea), but they both swore by this for easing postpartum symptoms.” – Angie, Hip2Save sidekick


Here’s our list of must-have gifts for new moms:


1. Period panties

hand holding pile of different colored period panties

While almost every woman who delivered a baby can agree, nothing beats the mesh hospital panties. That said, every woman looks forward to feeling themselves again once you’re home and getting into a new routine.

Treating yourself (or a new mom) to a few pairs of period panties will save you from any unexpected leaking and will be the perfect added protection while in postpartum recovery.

three red period panties with innersy bag sitting on white sheet

INNERSY on Amazon offers affordable packs of period panties – I personally own their low-rise hipsters for bedtime (and I didn’t just have a baby either)! They’d definitely be ideal for any momma who recently had a c-section too.

Since we’re on the topic of postpartum, I also wanted to share two other options that are ideal gifts for new moms and also perfect for women in postpartum recovery:

hand holding open red pair of period panties

woman posing in black period panties

Each of their packs of underwear is the perfect companion to wear with pads and their super soft & comfortable high-waist will allow your postpartum belly to feel more secure & comfortable as you recover. Plus, they give new moms the peace of mind they need!


2. Nursing bras & tank tops

woman pulling down corner of nursing bra

Speaking from experience, nursing bras make all the difference in the world. Plus, chances are you won’t fit into your old bras anyways, but even if you do, folding them down and avoid them from getting milk all over them is basically impossible.

It’s all about comfort, support, coverage, & ease nowadays, so don’t forget to grab a few nursing bras to help make life easier and comfier while breastfeeding or pumping.

If you want to invest in some award-winning nursing bras, check out Bravado!

“I don’t think the younger generation realizes how necessary nursing bras are! I had my daughter last year at age 28. I thought, oh I don’t need a nursing bra. I’ll just fold down my regular bra, NOPE. Amazon has a great selection.” – Lauren, Hip2Save reader

Or consider a nursing tank that could be worn as a bra too.

woman sitting on couch holding belly wearing blue nursing tank top

A nursing tank top will not only provide the same benefits as a nursing bra, but you’ll also be able to easily layer it with your favorite cozy sweater, wear it on its own, and get added coverage for your postpartum belly. Best of all, you can wear them pregnant too.

“Nursing tank tops were my best friend. They’re easy to access and they didn’t make me feel like I was exposing my belly.” – Shannon, Hip2Save reader


3. Nursing Pads

close up of hand holding round breast pad with flower stick on back

Some women experience very minimal leaking when nursing or pumping while others can’t even get through a grocery store trip without their milk ducts leaking like a fire hose (again, speaking from experience here, friends 🤣).

Either way, stock up on a few pads whether you’re planning to nurse or not. I personally found Medela pads to be the most absorbent & really loved them during my nursing years.

If you’d like something more Earth-friendly, Amazon also offers many highly-rated reusable breast pads too.

“Pads for inside the bra for those sudden baby crying in the store leaks. LOL!” – Melanie, Hip2Save reader


4. Reusable water bottle

woman drinking out of white hydroflask water bottle

This might sound like a strange gift for a new mom, but soon enough, she’s going to realize just how thirsty she is (especially if she’s nursing). Invest in a great water bottle that will be easy to tote around and will hold lots of cold, refreshing water.

“The thirst is as real as the exhaustion! I’m nursing a 4 week old and I’ve never been so thirsty in my life!” – Elizabeth, Hip2Save reader


5. Breast Ice Packs

magic gel breast pads laying on gray surface with stripe covers on them - gifts for new moms

Whether you’re opting out of nursing altogether or you’re struggling with extremely tender breasts from nursing, some ice packs for your breasts will provide cooling relief and are ultimately the ideal gift for new moms. Our favorites on Amazon will even work with your pump or while breastfeeding too.

“I used these cooling breast pads when I was nursing and they were a lifesaver! When I was done with them, I gave them to my sister-in-law and even she raved about them too!” – Janis, Hip2Save reader


6. Comfy dresses 

woman holding baby in front of nursery crib

Easy to put on & loose-fitting dresses will be a sure way to feel like you’ve got it all together… even if you totally don’t (which is okay, too, mama!).

If you’re planning to nurse or pump, you’ll definitely want to invest in some comfy nursing dresses that will be perfect for lounging around the house and running errands. However, if you don’t need the easy access and just need to be comfy, we think you’ll love our favorite maxi dress on Amazon that looks good on everyone!

“Comfy nightdresses were a must for me.” – Elisabeth, Hip2Save reader


7. FridaBaby Mom Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit

frida mom postpartum kit sitting on tile floor - gifts for new moms

A kit that truly has everything! If you’re looking for the ultimate gift for a new mom or know you need one yourself, this Fridamom kit is just the gift you didn’t know you needed! And it’s one gift our readers (& new moms) have been raving about! Moms who have gone through vaginal delivery will especially love this thoughtful gift idea.

frida mom essentials with note

Your kit will include the following:

  • 4 Pairs of disposable underwear (even better than the hospital mesh ones)
  • 4 Instant ice maxi pads (perfect cooling relief for home after your hospital supply runs out)
  • 24 Perineal cooling witch hazel pad liners (the ultimate soothing experience after vaginal births)
  • Perineal healing foam (great for relieving post-vaginal pain)
  • Toilet-top storage caddy (easily tote it all around your home)

“The Frida Mom box is beyond worth it!” – Amanda, Hip2Save reader


8. Extra-long charging cable

hand holding coiled black and red phone charger - gifts for new moms

While having a new baby is a great excuse to put the phone down, we realize you have an endless amount of excited friends & family that want to hear the news. Gifting an extra-long charging cord is perfect for any new mom you suspect won’t be unplugging much after delivery.

Plus, if the new momma plans to nurse, that extra-long charging cable will definitely come in handy while she’s feeding.

“I loved having an extra-long charging cable for my phone. You can charge while nursing/feeding the baby or if the baby is sleeping and you don’t want to move.” – Marcy, Hip2Save reader


9. An extra set of hands

man laying on floor with toddler and newborn baby

  • The price of your help is FREE!

Calling Uncle Joey or Aunt Laura! Another priceless gift for a new mom (and one that will be greatly appreciated) is having some extra hands to help out. Whether that means keeping the baby & older siblings occupied while mom showers or helping fold some of that endless clean laundry – your help is free and could be the greatest gift of all!

As an idea, you could create a fun coupon and include it in a gift basket or card! Plus, I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love some fresh baby snuggles so it’s technically a gift for you too. 😉

“I can think of anything more valuable to a new mom than being able to take an uninterrupted shower/nap. Just an extra set of hands for a few hours (especially if you had a c-section) is amazing to have.” – Kelly, Hip2Save reader


10. A good meal, because you deserve it.

hand holding up brown box with burger inside

After the arrival of your newborn, no matter how they got here, every new mom deserves to indulge in a delicious, well-deserved meal. I know I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on a juicy burger!

So, ask your friend what they want their first meal to be and treat her to something delicious or order from one of the best food delivery services if you don’t plan to make it to the hospital.

“Food is the only thing that matters after having a baby. Plan that sandwich out before you have the baby and have a sandwich doula on standby for when you can eat that delicious sandwich.” – Candice, Hip2Save reader

Speaking of meals, you could also consider prepping some yummy meals to gift the new mom too!

plate with viral tiktok feta pasta

There’s no family with a new baby that won’t appreciate some prepped meals. Even if you’re giving this gift to yourself, it’s something you’ll appreciate having in the freezer for those sleepless days and nights…and we suspect there will be plenty more where that came from so the more meals, the merrier!

Check out the best food delivery services to make future dinners a breeze!

“I really regret not making premade meals. It’s exhausting taking care of a newborn baby and older kids especially when hubby can’t cook to save his life. LOL! It would be so much easier to just pull out a prepared meal, heat it up, and serve!” – Siobhan, Hip2Save reader


Bonus idea: Creating a gift basket with all our gift ideas for new moms would make such a thoughtful gift & one they won’t ever forget!

new mom gift basket with essentials inside

Here are some other ideas you could include in your gift basket:

“My sister-in-law made me a postpartum basket and had it waiting for me at my house when I came home from the hospital when I just had my last baby! It was seriously such a nice gift and it was obviously so useful! I was not prepared with all this stuff either so it made for the best gift ever!” – Erica, Hip2Save sidekick & mom of 3


Seasoned mom also shared all their top baby registry must-haves!


Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.


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Comments 10

  1. MrsBK

    Nice post!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you so much! I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed it. 🙂

  2. BabiesRblessings

    Beautiful ideas. As a large family momma, I want to throw in a few more thoughts on PPD. It can come in different forms. Anxiety, depression, or OCD. As we are talking with our friends, we need to remember that long term sleep deprivation can be brutal. Just giving mom a bit more sleep can work wonders!

    Looking down the road, we can be aware that some moms get a temporary hypothyroidism. Adrenal fatigue can set in as well. These are all things to just be aware of if you are talking with a friend and she is just not feeling quite right. Motherhood is a huge gift and a blessing! I believe that our bodies were made for it… but in some cases a mom can need a little extra support for her body. It can come on when baby is a little older, too. Functional medicine doctors can be great in times when the body needs a little extra support, because oftentimes the typical obgyn is not much help.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      I love this, thank you for sharing! I couldn’t agree with you more on the Functional Medicine doctors!

  3. Chantel

    I highly recommend just switching to a supportive nursing cami. I’ve only worn these for nearly the past ten years as I have been pregnant or nursing four babies throughout that time. The best part is that if you wear it with a tee-shirt then you can easily breastfeed. Just pull up your shirt and pull the cami down a little. What little there may be to see is completely covered by baby’s head. Most people wouldn’t even know you are nursing and you aren’t trying to wrangle one of those nursing covers that just make things miserable for Mom and baby AND draw attention to the fact you are nursing. Also, great post about PPD. Depression can also start during pregnancy so check on those mommas with babies in their arms and bellies!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us, Chantel!

    • blu

      Homeopathic or naturopathic too! The only downside they are pricey and insurance doesn’t cover them. Not like insurance covers what you need anyway…..

  4. Betsy

    I highly recommend using reusable cotton nursing pads. The disposable ones can stick to you and they hurt to pull off. ☹️

  5. Betsy

    Bravado are the BEST nursing bras! They are well worth the investment.

  6. blu

    Homeopathic or naturopathic too! The only downside they are pricey and insurance doesn’t cover them. Not like insurance covers what you need anyway…..

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