Buying the perfect Christmas gift is never an easy task. It becomes even trickier when you're buying for a new mama, whose ACTUAL gift list includes things like sleeping for 14 hours straight, employing a wet-nurse and an auto-replenishing block of chocolate.
While none of the above are, sadly, available for purchase, we've got the next best thing; a list of gifts to make #mumlife that little bit easier for a new (or experienced) mum in your life. And bonus; everything is available online so no trek to the seventh circle of hell AKA the local shopping centre, required.
Every mama needs a good pair of PJ's. ESPECIALLY in those early weeks when you're spending most of your time with a baby attached to your boob! This set from Not So Mumsy offers to ultimate in comfort-luxe and features a relaxed oversized button down fit for easy boob access, deep pockets (perfect for stashing your phone/tube of nipple ointment) and hidden buttons so your babe can comfortably sleep on your chest.
A portion of profits is also donated to Still Aware, the first not-for-profit charity solely dedicated to ending preventable stillbirth making it a gift you can really feel good about.
You can't go wrong with the gift of food. The Dinner Ladies are the modern equivalent of dropping around a lasagne to your mate who has just had a baby. Sadly, that's not always possible these days and The Dinner Ladies are the perfect solution.
A gift voucher allows a new mum or family with a new arrival to choose what they'd like to eat from an extensive menu and have it delivered to their door.. absolute bliss for those early days when you're not even sure what your name is, let alone what you're going to cook for dinner.
It wouldn't be a gift guide without including the cult-classic breast pump that's made life that little bit easier for new mums all over the world. The Haakaa is made from 100% food grade silicone and is a simple and easy way to collect excess milk and create a freezer stash. No wires, power points or complicated equipment required!
They might not be glamorous but they are an absolute Godsend! Period underwear is designed to replace pads and tampons by offering comfortable, leak-free protection. While you may still need a maternity pad in the first day or two after birth, these offer extra protection and can then replace the bulky, surfboard-like pads you might otherwise need to battle with while waiting for the postpartum bleeding to subside.
The perfect gift for any mama who plans on spending time by the water with their little one. The Frog Orange baby carrier is made from 100% high quality neoprene (wetsuit material) meaning its water resistant and offers excellent heat insulation AND wind protection. Machine washable, quick drying and easy to carry, it's the perfect baby carrier for active mums.
The LaVie Lactation Massager is a milk expression tool that helps improve milk flow and relieve pain caused by engorgement, plugged ducts and other breastfeeding symptoms. Developed in collaboration with IBCLCs, its unique shape and multiple vibration modes, combined with our step-by-step care plan, make the LaVie Lactation Massager the perfect tool to restore your milk flow.
Breastfeeding, especially when you're first starting out, can be really tough. Expert help can make all the difference and a digital consultation with Lactation Consultant and Midwife Amberley Harris from Maternal Instincts can provide just that from the comfort of home.
For a bunch of other amazing gift ideas, make sure you check out our website.
If you've got inverted nipples you may have worried that breastfeeding was going to be tricky, if not impossible! Thankfully, that is not always the case and many women successfully breastfeed with nipples of all shapes and sizes, included inverted ones!
Here are 5 tips for breastfeeding successfully with inverted nipples.
We've always known that the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump is a pretty amazing tool to have as a breastfeeding mama and learning about this clog busting tip just confirmed it's status as a total hero product. By combining the gentle suction of the Haakaa with the heat from warm water and drawing abilities of Epsom salts, you can effectively clear blocked and clogged ducts.
Here's how to do it.
Mastitis. It's the dreaded breast infection that, at best can leave you shivery and aching with a burning hot boob that is agonising to feed from and, at worst, in hospital hooked up to an IV. Eeeeek! There's no getting around it; mastitis is nasty. Here's how to manage and treat the infection (and prevent it from occurring!)