Non-cheesy gift ideas for new and soon-to-be moms
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Having a baby on the way (or one that’s just arrived!) is daunting enough. No need to add the extra stress of picking out a great gift for her first Mother’s Day. Take solace in this list of picks—or this equally great list by our pals at Working Mother—for the expecting mom. Here we have gadgets and goods that’ll make her life better.
The Mo+m baby carrier is 100 percent cotton, has padded straps, and will help with back pain and reduce arm fatigue. It has three different ways to carry your baby—in front, backpack-style, or on your hip. There are vented windows to keep your baby cool and it comes with a soft sun hood. The carrier is machine-washable, compact and has storage pockets. $41.
The Baby Daze pregnancy organizer will keep all your feeding, sleeping, and medical information in one place. The 3-ring binder lets you move the (recycled paper) pages around. Help learn your baby’s habits and to try and optimize both your schedules. The Baby Daze organizer has spaces for multiple babies, so don’t worry if you are going to have two little buggers running around. $20.
Belly Buds are just what they sound like, twin speakers that attach to your stomach with a removable adhesive. These are battery-operated and let you split the audio signal so you can listen along with your baby. The device works with iPhone and Android and comes with a storage pouch. $40.
The 4Moms Moxi Stroller has three seat modes—carriage, parent-facing, and forward-facing—and comes with an LCD dashboard to display metrics like distance walked, speed, and calories burned. It also charges your phone as you walk with generators in the wheels. There are headlights and taillights to keep you visible and safe if you are taking a nighttime stroll with your baby. Dashboard and sub storage areas provide enough room to carry all of your baby and personal items with you. $661.
The Madela double breast pump comes with a knob to adjust the speed and vacuum pressure for optimal comfort. The pump can be operated with batteries—AAs not included—which allows you to pump on the go. If you are worried about messes, the breast shields have bottles attached that are designed to prevent spills. A cooler bag is included with ice packs that will keep the breast milk cool. Everything fits in a microfiber carrying bag that has built in bottle holders. $187.
Calm your baby from a distance with this motorized mobile and amber nightlight. Connect the smart projection mobile to your phone through an app that controls the spinning motion, music, and lights. It can play 30 minutes of music at a time and has both white noise and nature sound settings. It comes with three cute plush characters that rotate above your child’s crib. $73.
Be able to see your baby from any room of the house. The Infant Optics DXR-8 portable video monitor lasts 10 hours on power-saving mode, comes with a 3.5-inch color LCD display and has an interchangeable optical lens so you can change the angle of the camera and zoom in. The LCD is sound activated, to help alert you when your baby is awake. The camera comes with on optical zoom lens, but other lenses sold separately. It uses a 2.4GHz FHSS wireless transmission so there is no lag in the signal. $165.
This digital photo frame has a 1024×768 resolution and can play 720p MPEG-4 videos. To save battery, it uses Hu-Motion Sensor to turn the frame on and off depending on if you are in the room. Use a USB or SD port to insert your photos or videos. It comes with a remote control, stereo speakers, and both clock and calendar functions. $80.
Snuggle up with a Snoogle. Instead of using multiple pillows, the single Snoogle fits around your body, giving your neck, hips, back, and belly the support they need. $60.
Whether you are on a boat or have a baby on the way, try a wrist band to help with the nausea. $16.
These swaddles are made of muslin—a lightweight cotton cloth that’s soft, breathable, and machine-washable. $50.
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