Every new mum deserves…Posted by Haute Mama Heidi
Choosing a gift for a new mum is a minefield. And finding the perfect present for a new baby can be trickier still. Do you buy a newmum something pretty or practical? Should baby gifts be treasured forever or used every day?
At Haute Mama we like to think we’ve got a good eye for finding original, memorable gifts for new babies, and indulgent but practical presents for new mums.
But who better to comment on the best gifts for new mums and babies than real mums?
Haute Mama asked six mums to tell us about the best gifts they received on the birth of their babies.
“A new bathrobe,” said a mum of three, without hesitation, admitting that she spent a lot of time in it after the birth of her first baby. (Oh yes, I remember those days well, and think anything comfy but with a hint of chic would be a big hit with most new mums. How about this rather lovely robe from Barefoot Dreams?)
Another lucky Mum told us she was given a gift voucher for a spa day, while a mum of four said she felt just as spoiled with the gift of a cleaner for a day.
Food scored high with lots of new mums too. A mum of three says she was the proud recipient of not one but three home made lemon meringue pies (one for each child?!) followed by the priceless gift of a baby-free night to catch up on sleep.
But in the absence of sleep, caffeine can help – and one mum recommends a Starbucks gift card as the perfect treat for sleep-deprived new mums.
“A friend of mine came over with a whole picnic,” says Liz, a mum of two. “Salad, quiche, dips, french bread and a selection of cheeses. It was very, very gratefully received.”
Alas, we don’t stock most of those brilliant mum and baby treats, but here are our top three ideas for gifts for mums and babies:
An Il Tutto bag, made from buttery soft Italian leather. It’s an indulgent yet intensely practical gift for any mum-to-be. Il Tutto means ‘everything’ in Italian and that’s exactly what you can fit into this bag – plus it ticks all the boxes needed for a nappy bag yet is elegant and stylish enough to carry with you long beyond the days of babyhood. Loved by Denise Van Outen and Dannii Minogue, choose from classic black to gorgeous berry to brighten up a dreary day.
Or, for the new mum who has everything, how about a Bucket of Baby Bliss? The perfect pressie for a pregnant colleague and ideal for friends who want to club together to buy a gift for a baby shower, the bucket of baby bliss includes a cute snuggle blanket, a cuddly teddy bear and BabyJaR bibs and burp cloths, as well as our best Belli-selling baby skin care range to keep your baby’s skin soft and silky.
If all else fails in your quest to find the perfect presents for new mums and babies why not arrange a time to drop in, pop the kettle on and offer to cuddle the baby while the new mum gets half an hour to herself. Sometimes the perfect gift is one money can’t buy.