You read about how you can help your friends with new babies, but you still want to bring a little something when you go visit. Many people shower the new mom with gifts right after she delivered, but the gifts are mostly for the newborn. Why not give your friend something to help her during the "fourth trimester"? After all, she was the one who did all the work!
Klean Kanteen Water Bottle - I love these water bottles. After coming home from the hospital I made sure I had two of these bottles filled at all times. I also liked to keep track of how many I drank so I knew the ounces I took in that day. Having a nice water bottle motivated me to stay hydrated.
Solly Baby Wrap - I found this wrap to be the easiest and most comfortable of all my wraps. The wraps are lightweight and soft, and are made from certified Lenzing modal. I used this wrap every day during the fourth trimester. Also, the video tutorials on their website make it so easy to learn how to use it. They even have a certified babywearing educator that you can email with questions.
Zoe Organics Belly Butter - My skin was dry and itchy after giving birth so I used an organic belly butter to improve my skin's elasticity.
100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask - I could have used these during the first 10 months with Ava. I'd say I averaged about 4 hours of sleep at night and my eyes were a clear indicator of that. This eye mask brightens, de-puffs, and hydrates. Perfect gift of self-care for any new mama.
Cute Hair Ties - My hair was up in a ponytail for the majority of the first few weeks at home. It's just easier to not have hair in the way when caring for your infant. I somehow always lose my hair ties so it's nice to have extras around.
Gift Card to Local Yoga Studio - When I was cleared at 6 weeks to start exercising, my whole mood changed. I was happier and felt more like myself getting to a few yoga classes a week. See if there's a local studio that offers postnatal yoga or mommy and me yoga so your friend can bring the baby. Yoga studios really promote a sense of community and this is the perfect place for your friend to meet other new moms.
Send a Meal - My friend recently had a baby and she lives out of state. Since we can't be there to help, my friends and I sent her family some chicken noodle soup and oatmeal raisin cookies from Spoonful of Comfort. She reported back that everything was delicious!