The BEST Gifts for a Newborn Baby


As a mama of two out of the baby stage, I get questions from friends fairly often about gift ideas for their younger littles. What does a newborn baby need for Christmas? What does your three month old want? What gift will make her life richer, make her happier?

There are a lot of guides out there that will try to convince you she needs a giant pile of this and this and this to grow into a competent, compassionate human being. But the longer I spend in this whole young motherhood season of my life, the more I have to disagree.

The best thing you can get for a newborn or young baby this Christmas? Something that takes care of her mama.

New motherhood is wonderful and terrifying and often full of unexpected loneliness and anxiety. It is incredibly easy in our culture to become lost very quickly. With the absence of the traditional village and the overwhelming amount of opinions and strategies on the internet, taking care of a tiny person can feel overwhelming and scary. I probably don’t have to explain postpartum depression or anxiety to you—you surely know someone who has/had it or you have experienced it yourself.

She is not going to ask for it herself (she may already be to the point where she has forgotten herself as a human and has become some sort of extension of the eight pound infant permanently attached to her breast), but if you can gift something to the mama in your life that will help her become a healthier mama, you are doing more for her baby than any toy or gadget could. Because babies really just need boobs and maybe diapers (and there are even families who disagree with that second one), so maybe nurture the person attached to that first necessity. Everyone around her, especially her baby, will benefit from a happier, healthier mama.

A few of my favorite ideas include a massage (my favorite local spot is offering a wonderful Black Friday deal), a gift card to a shop she has to spend on herself and not baby (Grey Dog comes to mind—beautiful vintage dresses and accessories!), or magical herbs for self care (Birth Song Botanicals has so many! I love Nurtured Mother!).