11 useful gifts for a new mum who’s just given birth (because her baby will be spoilt enough)

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  • Visiting a new mum? Why not take a gift that's just for her...

    Step away from the teddy aisle. Put down that babygrow. Say no to sleepsuits.

    Chances are, her baby will have been truly and thoroughly spoilt by all and sundry already – so when you’re visiting a new mum, why not take a gift that’s just for her. After all, she’s just given up thinking about herself for oh, the next 18 years or so – now’s a great time to spoil her.

    Grey & Red MOTHER ‘Boyfriend’ Sweatshirt, £45, Selfish Mother

    Not only will this comfy cosy charity sweater by Selfish Mother be perfect for lounging, breastfeeding (just add a strap top underneath) and keeping warm when you eventually leave the house, the statement slogan will also explain in an instant why you’re looking so tired/ incapable of conversation/ wearing your jeans inside out.

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    DR LIPP Original Nipple Balm For Lips, £12, SpaceNK

    This heal-all balm is great for chapped lips and sore nipples alike. New mums will be glad to have a tube of rescue balm to use anywhere in their change bag – you can even use it on sore bottoms. Baby’s, that is.

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    Neal’s Yard Mother’s Organic Collection Gift Set, £35, John Lewis

    When she eventually finds time to have a bath, this gorgeous organic pamper set will make her feel really spoilt. In fact, if you want to give her a really useful gift, offer to babysit while she actually takes a bath.

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    Chef on Board First Week Food Box for Mummy & Daddy, £61

    The ultimate in useful new parent presents. A week’s worth of home-cooked meals. That you haven’t had to cook. These freshly made meals are really delicious and new parents will appreciate having one less thing to think about in those busy first few weeks.

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    ‘One Coffee At A Time’ Travel Mug, £20, Not On The High Street

    The chances of her actually managing to drink a cup of tea or coffee while hot in the first week or so are slim to none, but why not increase the chances with this handy ceramic travel mug with a lid. The lid will minimize spillages due to tiredness / flailing baby limbs, too.

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    Mama Mio Sleep Easy Kit, £45, Mama Mio

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    While you might not be able to give your pal the much needed gift of sleep, at least you can make getting there a little easier. This Sleep Easy Kit from Mama Mio is valued at £57 but you’ll be able to snag it for £45. Imbued with lavender and mint, the pack includes Sleep Easy Tummy Rub Butter, Sleep Easy Pillow Spray and Sleep Easy Bath and Shower Oil.

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    Shea Butter Hand Cream, £19, L’Occitane

    Nappy changes, baby baths and so. much. laundry. Help heal her hands with a nourishing hand cream.

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    Aromatherapy Associates Relax Eye Mask, £46, Net-A-Porter

    If she’s able to keep to the ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’ mantra (quite unlikely, but you never know), it’s likely she’ll be napping at peculiar times of day. Give her a helping hand with a luxe silk eye mask.

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    Rosewater Balancing Mist, £18, Jurlique

    The closest to a facial she’ll get in a while – give her an instant skin pick-me-up with this lovely rosewater face mist. Great for tired complexions.

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    YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain, £26, Yves Saint Laurent

    An instant smile in a tube – the chances are she won’t be thinking about looking glossy for a few weeks, so make the first time she gets a chance to feel glam really special with this killer lip gloss.

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    So the next time you manage to steal your pal away for a much needed girls’ night, hopefully you’ll be able to put together a little survival kit for her.

    (She’s going to need it.)

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