Gifts for New Moms That Aren’t Actually for the Baby

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Tiny rompers and BPA-free rattles that look like burgers are cute and all, but it’s time to pamper mom. Here’s how.

Mother figures should be spoiled all year-round, that’s a fact. But no one deserves to be pampered quite as much as a new mom. Ever met a newborn? They’re cute! They’re squishy! They need around-the-clock care! So moms (and parents in general) are tired, and likely not able to take the best care of themselves. And while it’s an absolute delight to buy tiny rompers, it’s the moms we should be shopping for. Period. Here, we round up gifts for new moms that aren’t actually for the baby.

Anne Sportun Gold Initial Charm


You may be spoiling mom, but she’s definitely obsessed with her new little bundle, so why not gift her a personalized piece of jewellery with baby’s initial? These made-to-order charms from Canadian jewellery brand Anne Sportun come in 18k yellow gold and 14k white gold so you can offer her one whether she’s in her gold or silver jewellery era.

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Listen, nothing is more luxurious to a new mom than peace of mind and this high-tech baby monitor offers that in spades by giving parents access to tons of important baby sleep health data.

Developed through their Nanit Lab by scientists, engineers, physicians, academic experts and thought leaders, this smart monitor — which comes in wall mount and floor stand options — gives crystal-clear 1080p HD video, sound and motion alerts, sleep tracking and analytics and, perhaps most crucially, sensor-free breathing monitoring. (Ever wonder if your newborn was breathing normally? Ask a new parent how fun that is.) Plus, she’s cute!

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Zwilling 1.5-l Glass Carafe Drip Coffee Maker


It might sound like a cliché but a new parent needs coffee to survive. (Unless they’re tea or matcha people, in which case… scroll on.) This 12-cup drip coffee maker has a powerful shower head that moistens coffee grounds thoroughly and evenly, a “blooming function” that results in a smoother, less sour-tasting coffee, and a high-temperature, corrosion-resistant stainless-steel boiler that never alters the flavour of brewing water. TL;DR it makes really tasty coffee, and lots of it.

The sleek, retro-feeling coffee maker comes black or silver, but we’re partial to the silver for a lighter countertop touch.

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Alma Care

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Almost 25 per cent of Canadian women suffer from postpartum depression, but the average hospital stay for a birthing mother is only 24 hours. That leaves *a lot* for new moms to figure out on their own, all while physically and emotionally recovering from the force majeure that is childbirth. That’s where postnatal retreats like Toronto’s Alma Care, where new parents are cared for as much as new babies, comes in.

Inspired by traditional practices of postpartum confinement from across the world, Alma Care is a retreat “prioritizing rest, community and learning,” according to a press statement. That means a comfy hotel room equipped with a team of doulas, lactation consultants and Personal Support Workers who are available 24/7, catered meals from a menu designed with nutrition, recovery and milk production top of mind, and a ton of workshops to help get new parents through those hazy, overwhelming first weeks.

For those who’d rather have support come to them, Alma Care also has home care services that bring the retreat vibes into the comfort of the new family’s home. Exceptional postpartum care should be available to everyone, but until then — trust us, nothing says “I love you, I get it” more than a gift card they can use toward postnatal rest and recovery.

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Clementine Organic Silk Day-to-Night Dress


New moms know: You will spend most of the fourth trimester in some kind of pyjama or loungewear situation. So it might as well feel like a dream on your exhausted body. The beauty of this 100 per cent GOTS-certified organic mulberry silk piece is that when mama emerges from the newborn cocoon and slowing starts spending less time in and around the bed, the liquid-like slip dress is meant to seamlessly transition from sleepwear to regular wear. Imagine her with an oversized white blazer and mesh flats — chic!

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