As you may have seen I was recently inspired to do a post on a Top 10 gifts to buy a new baby. Now, although this is super handy when going to visit this hypothetical infant, I do have to make the point that the gifts suggested there are in no way gifts for the mother (with the possible exception of Ewan the sleep sheep, if he works as he ought). So here are ten really excellent gifts you can buy a new mum to make her feel special, treated, looked after and not merely the battered incubator & milk bar for a new human.
My sister’s boyfriend’s sister (convoluted connection I know) is due her first baby any day now and I was getting my brain picked for suggestions of really good presents for her and for the baby. Seemed like a good topic for another lovely ‘list’ blog post so here we go – some of my top picks for babies! (And not forgetting something for the new mums, here are some really excellent ideas just for them.)1 – Ewan the sleep sheep – A cuddly sheep that lights up with a soft red glow and plays a range of soothing heartbeat-themed white noise tracks. Not only has this been such a hit in our house that we have one for each child and The Boy still uses his, but the customer service is truly fabulous – speedy, helpful, good sense of humour! My number 1 top pick!
My credentials on this are multifold – I have two children and one of them was born less than four months ago, so I’ve just done the ‘new mum’ thing all over again very recently. I have a number of friends ditto, plus I volunteer with a breastfeeding support group where I speak to a lot of new mums. I’m also a member of two lovely online ante/post-natal support groups so I’m in regular and intimate contact with more than 90 other mothers, and boy do we share!
1) (Derogatory) A dirty, slatternly woman
Now I’m as image-conscious as the next 21st Century woman. Things our mothers never had to worry about could cause us to be landed with a photo of us on our worst possible day available to everybody who we’re in contact with. It just takes one quick snap on someone’s phone at toddler group and all our ‘friends’ on Facebook can see how gruesome we look after 5 consecutive months of broken sleep, living off biscuits and caffeine and no bloody makeup to disguise the effects.
In total I’ve been a breastfeeding mum for nearly three years now, but had forgotten what it’s like when you’re solely responsible for a newborn’s nutrition, as opposed to just providing comfort and a wee supplemental boost to a hulking great toddler. It reminded me how many irksome, ignorant or downright daft comments you can get when you’re breastfeeding a tiny baby, especially when you’re a lentil-weaving hippy like myself and do it shamelessly, anywhere and intend to do so for a prolonged amount of time. Do any of these ring a bell with you? Let me know if I’ve forgotten something.
Following on from the positive response I had to the original post, Ten gender-neutral gifts to buy a three year old, I thought we really needed to add some of the suggestions made by readers, as well as the things I suddenly thought of about five minutes after I posted the original article.
I also need to point out that the ‘three year old’ is a reasonably arbitrary age based solely on the fact that I have a three year old and know what he and his chums like. The majority of these gifts would probably also be appropriate for two and four year olds also. Use your common sense, refer to the tastes and abilities of the child in question and, if all else fails, ask their parents.