Mother’s Day almost always begs the question, “What should I get her?”
Do I get her something she wants or something she needs? Would you believe us if we told you that you could get her a gift that was both what she wanted and needed?
Good news! You can.
We at MumChecked have pooled our collective mother-loving hearts and minds to create a list of the best gifts that new mothers want and need for all the perplexed Mother’s Day gift seekers out there.
The Gift of Food
Food, be it delectable sweets or a hearty three-course meal, is a surefire way to any mother’s heart. While candies and chocolates are usually the most popular gift options when it comes to food, we suggest going in the opposite direction.
Why? Most new mothers, especially first-time mothers, may be wary of their diets for a number of reasons, the most common of which are postpartum recovery and breastfeeding. Hence, the last thing they’d want is a box of their favorite chocolates, which they may be trying their best to avoid.
So, what would make the ideal food gift? Food and munchies that are not only tasty but also nutritious and lactogenic, of course! These include Chinese confinement meals, lactogenic meals and beverages, and lactation bakes.
Right now, we’re pretty sure you’re thinking, “HOW?”
Don’t worry, we’ll tell you how. There are plenty of confinement and lactogenic recipes that are available online. You could easily find and follow these recipes to cook or whip up a batch of whatever you want to give as a gift. However, we know that most of you probably don’t have the time to look for confinement and lactation recipes and ingredients, let alone cook or bake. Here’s a little secret: you don’t have to!
Fortunately, there are many confinement food caterers in Singapore. All you have to do is look them up, choose something from their nutrient- and lactogenic-dense menu, and have it delivered to the mummy you’re gifting. Our top two? Tian Wei Signature and ReLacto!
The Gift of Self-Care
There’s really no need to explain this one. We are all aware of the importance of self-care to a mother’s physical and mental health postpartum. However, with a seemingly never-ending list of things to do, from baby care to settling into a new routine to house chores, it’s no surprise that self-care isn’t exactly at the top of any mother’s priority list.
So, here’s what you can do to give a new mother the time she needs to do anything and everything her heart desires this Mother’s Day.
- Offer to babysit her baby for the day
- Offer to take her baby out for walks or trips
- Schedule playdates for her baby
- Enlist the services of a confinement nanny
Most of the time, a new mother may want nothing more than a nice, hot shower, a long nap, a solo walk, or even some time to pursue her hobby or favorite activity that she no longer has time for. However, if you’d like to get her a special “self-care” gift in addition to taking her baby off her hands, here are some ideas.
- A spa day
- A postpartum massage session
- Confinement herbal baths or salts
- A DIY self-care gift basket (made of all the things she loves)
The Gift of Cleanliness
The gift of cleanliness is without a doubt one of the best gifts for new mothers, not just on Mother’s Day but on any other day.
On top of baby care, most mothers tend to take on a slew of household chores such as laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc., and let’s be honest: juggling household chores and caring for a newborn is just plain difficult.
So, what can you do to help out? Give her a clean house. You could take up simple household chores, like doing the laundry, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, dusting, and wiping the kitchen counter and windows. You could even take on more complex household chores, such as organizing or cleaning out the refrigerator.
However, before you do anything, be sure to check with the mummy first because if you happen to do anything incorrectly, you may inadvertently add to the mess. If you don’t have the time, you could always enlist the help of a professional cleaning service. After all, it’s the thought that counts.
The Gift of Baby Essentials
When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts for new mothers, baby essentials may seem like the easiest, if not the most, obvious choice.
But here’s the thing: a mother’s entire world revolves around her precious newborn, and as generous as a spa or massage gift card may be, chances are she’s not quite ready to leave her child in the care of someone else for the day. So it only makes sense to get her a baby-related gift, but not just any baby-related gift – essentials that will make her motherhood journey more manageable.
Shopping for baby essentials is a breeze. Be it a baby gift set or a baby gift hamper, there are plenty of baby essentials gift sets available in Singapore. If you aren’t pressed for time, you can even go to our registry and handpick a few baby essentials to make your own DIY newborn gift set.
MumChecked wishes all mothers out there a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!