New and expecting mothers may need some extra TLC as they go through this momentous life change, and Mother’s Day is a great time to show them just how much you appreciate them and their new bundle of joy. To help you find a special gift that the new moms in your life will appreciate, we rounded up gift ideas from Select reader- and staff-favorite brands.
SKIP AHEAD Mother’s Day gifts for new moms
Our top picks
- Best overall/editor’s pick: Bearaby Cuddler
- Best for expecting moms: Frida Mom Pregnancy Skin Care Set
- Best for new moms: Nanit Pro + Clearance Floor Stand
- Best for new moms on-the-go: Beis The Diaper Pack
The best Mother’s Day gifts for new and expecting moms in 2023
Below, we compiled some of our go-to gifts for new moms from Select reader-favorite brands.
Nutribullet’s Baby Steam + Blend combines the functionality of three cooking appliances — a cooking pot, steaming basket and blender — that helps new moms make baby food by cutting down on the number of pots and pans needed. The device cooks everything in one bowl and includes a pulse button and a blend cycle so they can adjust the texture and consistency of the food to their liking. It comes with a dishwasher-safe bowl and lid, a blending blade (that they can wipe clean) plus a water reservoir for steaming food.
This sleek and stylish Indi Diaper Backpack comes recommended by Select’s senior photo editor Rebecca Delman for its size, which unlike other bags she's tried isn’t too bulky or small. This one fits everything she and her baby need on a daily basis. “I love that I can strap it to a stroller and that it has extra zippers. It even has room for a laptop,” Delman says. The backpack includes an extra mini changing mat, and shoe and dust bags too.
This Q&A journal helps moms preserve priceless snippets in time with daily prompted questions that they can fill out over the course of five years. The prompts should only take a few minutes a day and will ultimately turn into a collection of moments that captures what life as a new mom is really like.
A moment to rest and unwind may be just what a new mom needs, and this bath caddy can help do the trick. The bamboo tray has space to hold a book, phone, glass of wine, candle and more so their wind-down essentials won’t get wet. The adjustable tray has silicone grips to prevent slipping and a water-resistant coating, too. It comes in seven colors including natural wood, black, brown and white.
This ergonomic body pillow is a favorite of Select associate updates editor Zoe Malin and can provide expectant moms with a comfortable night’s sleep. The pillow, which is made from breathable material and comes with a machine-washable cover, is especially helpful for side sleepers since it molds to their body shape to relieve any tension and joint pain, according to the brand.
If they would benefit from a more compact, on-the-go diaper bag, this fanny pack comes with a built-in changing pad, a front pocket that offers quick access to wipes and some extra room for small baby essentials. It has a stain-resistant finish so they don’t need to stress about dirt or grime, and it has an adjustable waist/crossbody belt for comfort.
Delman says the Nanit Pro is “by far the best baby camera my husband and I found in our search.” She can monitor her sleeping child directly on her phone — the Nanit sends updates about the room’s temperature, sound and motion. “I love that the stand is thin and fits directly above the crib. It's also lightweight and easily portable if we need to travel,” she says. The device also comes with the brand’s small sensor-free breathing band, which fits babies up to 3 months old and can monitor a baby’s breathing pattern throughout the night.
If you’re looking for a sentimental gift to give new moms, this custom pendant includes gemstones and crystals that are uniquely created for their baby’s birthday. The necklace is made from 14-karat gold plated silver and comes with a gift insert that explains more about the stones and why the brand’s astrologers selected them.
With this inkpad, new moms can make a print of their baby’s hand or foot to celebrate the beginning of their life together. The set comes with an ink pad and two cards for printing. They’ll place the card on the ink side of the pad and then press the baby’s hand or foot into the non-ink side, making an impression on the card with no ink touching the baby’s skin, according to the brand. It’s available in several color options including blue and pink.
This four-piece set from Frida Mom — which offers an array of pregnancy support essentials — can help expecting moms relieve a variety of skin concerns during pregnancy including dry skin, stretch marks and chafing. The set comes with a shower lotion to moisturize, balm that has vitamin E to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, a no-friction stick to reduce chafing and a cooling leg and foot spray to relieve swelling, according to the brand.
Motherhood can bring long, sleepless nights. Select contributor Lori Zaino says this Hatch sound machine became an essential item to improve her and her newborn son’s sleep schedule. The white-noise machine and lamp includes 10 customizable light colors and plays 11 different sounds to help them sleep, including lullabies, ocean waves, birds and rain. The new mom in your life can adjust the sound and light on the lamp itself or using the Hatch app, which syncs to the device via Bluetooth.
A comfortable pair of joggers are essential for any new mom who’s spending more time at home. These Scuba High-Rise Joggers from Lululemon are made from a cotton-blend fleece fabric that’s breathable and soft against the skin, according to the brand. The joggers, which also come in a 7/8-length length, have front pockets to store small items like a bottle or pacifier and an interior card sleeve, which could be helpful for daily stroller walks. They’re available in four colors and range from size 0-20.
This 10.1-inch touchscreen digital photo frame lets new moms share photos of their bundle of joy via phone apps and Wi-Fi. They can place the frame on a countertop or mount it on a wall, and the display will automatically adjust to landscape or portrait mode depending on its orientation. The best part? They can invite family and friends to share photos or videos via a playlist on the Nixplay app so the frame will always have new content.
Made from 100% pure silk, this sleep set from Select reader-favorite brand Blissy can help give any mom-to-be the restful night’s sleep they deserve. In fact, sleep experts previously told us silk bedding can be great for minimizing skin irritation and hair damage, and it also provides a cooling effect for hot sleepers. The set comes with a machine-washable silk pillowcase, a sleep mask and two scrunchies, and is available in six colors: champagne, white, pink, black, silver and tie-dye.
Girlfriend Collective’s maternity line comes with several athletic clothing options for mothers-to-be including leggings, bike shorts and long-sleeve tees. This low-impact support bra, for example, provides enough stretch to accommodate fluctuating cup sizes and is designed for feedings on the go, according to the brand. Plus, it’s soft, breathable and moisture-wicking, and made from recycled nylon and spandex that has UPF 50+ coverage.
New moms may not always have the time for grocery runs. Enter: Instacart, which lets them get groceries and household items delivered straight to their door. If you want to sweeten the deal, opt for the Instacart+ membership gift card that offers free delivery and reduced fees on their groceries.
These Parachute waffle booties are a longtime Select staff favorite and will be a warm and cozy addition to any new mom’s closet. I wear these slippers daily since they offer the support of a boot but are still easy to slip on and off. They’re made from 100% long-staple Turkish cotton and have a slip-resistant rubber outsole too.
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Mili Godio is an editor at Select who has written gift guides for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, engagements and more since joining the team in 2021. For this piece, Godio researched highly rated options from popular retailers Select readers shop at and also included products that she and other Select staff members love.