Inspiring gifts for Mother & Baby

During pregnancy, and even after baby arrives, mums focus so much on preparing for labour and the myriad joys of ‘birth to five’. Of course, those are precious years, and even the mundane moments can be magical when they involve your little one.

Yet, as Christmas approaches, the festive season provides the perfect opportunity to think more inspiring gifts than inspiring births. Beyond bibs, blankets, and bubbles, what would mum and baby love to see under the Christmas tree?

Inspiring Gifts for Mother & Baby

5 of the best mum and baby gifts

1. Experience days for mum

From cake making to skydiving (yes, really), buying mum experience vouchers for a day class or activity is an excellent way to encourage her to invest in herself again. As many of us know, it can be oh-so difficult for mums to find time for themselves, both during pregnancy and after birth. We have been taking a look at the Gifts for Her from Groupon and whether she’s a vino enthusiast, a TV show fanatic, or a shabby chic upcycling queen, there’s an experience voucher or idea out there with her name on it.

2. Baby massage or yoga subscription

Looking after a baby is a rewarding but nonetheless tiring task. It is important that mum and her little one spend relaxing time together, away from the daily routine at home. A baby massage or baby yoga subscription is an ideal alternative to traditional new baby presents. Not only will the gift promote parent and child wellbeing, they are also superlative bonding  activities.

Baby Massage

3. Personalised post-natal art

Most new mums love to have their baby scans, newborn photographs, and even pregnancy pics, mounted, framed and on display. Of course, these make gorgeous gifts, that parents treasure forever, but there are other artistic options. Online arty types will now transform your favourite photo into a conceptualised feature piece, either using computer design or raw art materials, such as watercolour and oils

4. Language tuition

Learning a foreign language isn’t necessarily the first thing that pops to mind when considering gifts for mums and babies. That said, studies have shown that when it comes to language learning, the earlier the better. Through the application of basic nouns and simple sentences, it is possible to learn a new language, gradually, alongside your youngster

5. Helping hand vouchers

Ask any new mum. Any. Go on. Is there really anything better than a babysitting voucher? Or a quick house clean coupon? Perhaps a my-treat tea token? Absolutely not. If your loved one has a little one on the way, why not make her up a book of personalised helping hand vouchers? There’s really nothing better than a bunch of practical, thoughtful gestures that can be redeemed guilt-free when baby makes an appearance. She’ll thank you forever.

How to get more for your money as parents

As parents, we all want to get more for our money and when you are having a baby, this becomes even more important. You suddenly have to budget for things like nappies and endless baby milk, food and wipes. I always remember a friend saying that if you waited till you could afford a baby, you would probably never have one.

Parents become savvy savers very quickly, always finding the best deals and using reward points to save for bigger items but have you ever considered what you actually spend on a weekly basis on the little things like a Starbucks or those weekly lottery tickets?

We love this ‘How to get more luxury for your money’ infographic, created by villa holiday specialist, Oliver’s Travels.

How to get more luxury for your money

What could you give up in order to exchange for a little luxury?

How to prepare for Christmas when you are pregnant

When you’re pregnant, the festive season can go one of two ways. You either:

Fully embrace your mum-to-be status, allowing family and friends bump rubs, and enjoying hangover-free bank holidays.

Or, on the other hand:

You spend the season feeling rather grim, perhaps due to the burden of aching body parts and a ridiculously restricted diet.

Whatever your take on Christmas, and the weeks surrounding it, there are ways you can enhance your experience. After all, even the keenest of pregnant ladies can find the festive season tiring without the right self-care considerations.

Pregnant woman happy at home decorative christmas tree with gifts and toys background

All I want for Christmas… is me

The key to preparing for Christmas when you are pregnant is learning to put yourself first.

Whether you are a brand spanking new mum-to-be or you have older children, your 2018 is bound to get busy(ier). Even if your life feels pretty manic now, when baby arrives, your me time will be reduce significantly.

Amongst the mayhem of Christmas, allow yourself time to relax and recuperate. You will need to kick back after visiting Grandparents and popping by to see distant relatives. Even time spent with your nearest and dearest can become intense towards the end of December.

Block out some time for you. It doesn’t have to be much, maybe a quiet bath with a book, and early night, or a date with Netflix. Plan those periods into your calendar and stick to it. Allowing your body and mind time to refresh is absolutely essential.

P.S. If your body is screaming no, say no. Reject that invite. You can do it. Be strong.

Make sure everyone gets the gift memo

It’s OK to feel a little glum about the prospect of not sipping Prosecco with your Christmas pudding. After all, who doesn’t love a tipple or two when the tinsels out?

That being said, while it’s OK to miss the drink, throwing bottles of it across the room is definitely frowned upon. Surely, no one would gift Champers to the bird with the bump? You’d be surprised.

Get the memo out early to loved ones. If there’s certain foods or smells that make you turn green, if you just won’t appreciate an anticipatory bottle of bubbly, if you’d rather not try to squeeze into an optimistically-sized sweater, let people know.

This is the time to say exactly what you want. Do it for yourself. For your sanity. You’re doing everyone else a favour too. After all, all gifts are given with the very best of intentions. Your family and friends want to see you happy.

5 Things a Pregnant Mum doesn’t want for Christmas

Christmas is coming. Lovely dark evenings speckled with twinkling lights, infused with festive smells. Thanks to online shopping, ticking off the Christmas list is doable, despite swollen ankles and aching backs. Yet, for many mums-to-be, reality soon kicks in. Perhaps you’ll still be cooking the family their excessive Christmas feast, sitting propped on the floor to wrap ten-tonne of Imaginext, and dusting all-around those delightfully decked halls. Mums make Christmas, pregnant or not. With that in mind, here’s just five simple tips for Santa. We don’t want for a lot, and we certainly don’t want any of this. Not one bit.

5 Things a Pregnant Mum doesn't want for Christmas

1. Any alcohol Any alcohol. At all. Not a drop. Even if you’ve heard we’re under the impression that a single glass of red won’t do baby any harm, buying us a bottle isn’t the way to go. No prosecco. No gin. No beloved Baileys. Remember everyone loves a tipple at Christmas time, so please don’t torture us for months to come. And forego the non-alcoholic alternatives, too. Somehow, that’s worse. In the best interests of all involved, give the booze aisle a wide berth.

2. Domestic gadgets We might not be going crazy on a Friday night, but that doesn’t mean to say we’ve turned domestic goddess overnight. Sure, it can be hard to be creative at Christmas when you’re buying for a girl and her bump, but this isn’t the time to gift an ironing board cover or new-fangled steam mop. Definitely not. Mum to be has enough to contend with without being guilted into gutting the house out. That will come soon enough anyway. Just let the good old-fashioned nesting bug do its job.

3. Cheese Can we have it? Can we not? It’s often hit and miss with dairy. When it comes to cheese the rule of thumb is ‘no goo, no blue’. Soft cheeses are a definite no-go, as are stinky favourites such as Stilton. Chances are, if you’re considering wrapping up a luxury festive cheese board, half the contents will be strictly off limits for a pregnant mum’s tum. The same goes for pâté and any shellfish dinner starters.

4. Clothes Of course, with so many edible items out of the equation, well-meaning friends and family will often select clothing for expectant mums at Christmas. But with besties and relatives looking lovely in tight fitting dresses and skinny trousers, opening up a tent-like top is bound to leave the mood a little heavy. Similarly, going to skimpy can leave mum-to-be longing for her pre-pregnancy bod. With heightened festive emotions and pre-natal hormones, cosy chic is the look to go for. Wrap up plush robes, fluffy bed socks, and some warm winter knits.

5. Bath oils Bath time goodies are always a winner! Just be wary of any rogue essential oils when shopping for bath soaks. While lavender and ylang ylang tend to be considered safe after 12 weeks, there are some oils that should always be avoided during pregnancy. Unfortunately, quite a few often feature in Christmas smelly sets. Beware of cinnamon, clove, and clary sage, which can induce premature contractions ….. especially if baby isn’t any where due yet.

So if you are buying for a pregnant relative or friend this Christmas, sometimes it is just best to ask them what they would like to open on Christmas morning.

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