Other than sleep, what does a new, or soon-to-be, mother want and need? The following offers some excellent gift ideas that will surely please any new mom.

Practical Ideas

One thing is for certain with a new baby. There will be diapers to change. Either disposable or cloth diapers in various sizes make great gifts. Baby wipes are always appreciated too. A gift basket stuffed with pacifiers, diaper rash cream, baby shampoo, wash cloths or burping cloths makes a lovely, yet useful gift. How about a baby monitor so mom can always be listening for baby's inevitable cry? Extra bottles or a breast pump make great gifts too.

Some things to make those first few weeks easier for the new mom are always welcome. A few home-cooked meals, stashed away in the freezer can be a life-saver for an exhausted mother. Gift cards to restaurants can also save the day. Several relaxing CDs and a luxurious bottle of bubble bath can give the tired mom something to look forward to after a long day.

Sentimental Ideas

New moms may not realize it, but they will want to remember and treasure every moment with their new baby. A special journal for mom to jot down the thoughts, emotions, struggles and joys associated with being a new mother makes a thoughtful gift. Baby hand and footprint makers provide a lasting reminder of how tiny those little hands and feet once were. A photo album or two is another way to help the new mom preserve those memories. A heart-shaped locket for mom to add baby's picture to will be treasured for a lifetime. A baby book to record every new milestone also will become a keepsake.

Extravagant Ideas

Baby car seats come in a wide variety of styles and designs and are very important for baby's safety. If the new mom does not already have one, this makes a wonderful present. A bassinet for the new baby will provide a safe place for the baby to sleep. A crib would be great as well. A highchair will eventually be needed and makes a perfect gift. How about a baby sling or carrier so that mom can still carry the baby close to her body while having her hands and arms free? These can be terrific when mom needs to head to the grocery store with baby. A stroller allows mom to be a bit more mobile as well. For an active new mom, a jogging stroller would be the perfect gift. Sometimes, the most extravagant gift for a new mom is simply to be given some time off. Offer to watch the baby while the new mom has a fun date night with her husband, maybe enjoying a fancy dinner and a movie together. Occasional reprieves are often just what new mothers need the most.

Author Bio: Paige Jirsa- I work with Top10.Today, a shopping comparison site, where we strive to help consumers find the best quality and priced products.

Published by Mohsin Ahsan