The impending arrival of a baby is a very exciting time and a beautiful opportunity to celebrate the mum-to-be. So we have gathered a list of practical and thoughtful ideas if you need a little guidance (or for the Mamas that want to drop a subtle hint!)
Here at Minty we are feeling rather clucky about all the beautiful Spring babies on the way! These ideas are hand-selected by our team, guaranteed to not only pamper the mum-to-be, but also alleviate some of the workload around the home once baby arrives!
Nesting traditionally occurs during the final trimester of pregnancy, it’s a time when Mum’s feel the urgent need to de-clutter and reorganise everything! Why not surprise your mum-to-be with a voucher for a house cleaning service to Spring clean the home. This practical gift is ideal for those who are working full-time in the lead up to the birth or if you’d rather leave the hard work to the professionals. Imagine starting maternity leave with a sparkling clean home, with nothing to do but put your feet up before the baby arrives!
Pregnancy or post-natal massages are a great gift that will encourage mum-to-be to take some much-needed time for herself. Massage can help reduce swelling in the arms and legs and relieve muscle and joint pain in pregnant women. Post-birth it is a beautiful way to relax and rejuvenate after a sleepless night and provide you with an hour of the day completely dedicated to relaxation.
There are some pieces in your wardrobe that you will gladly kiss bye-bye once baby has arrived. But these feeding friendly cami’s from Mama Muse will be a wardrobe staple and everyday essential post birth. They feature butter-soft fabrics that offer light compression to help sculpt the body. Perfect for layering, the Lily Compression Cami features a fully supportive inner shelf bra, seamless terry fleece which absorbs moisture and conceals minor leakages, and stretch-mesh lining throughout the bodice which offers light to medium compression to smooth the silhouette and encourage skin retraction postpartum.
MEAL DELIVERY SERVICE
Who wouldn’t want a home cooked meal delivered straight to your door? As many new Mum’s will agree, putting a meal on the table can seem like an impossible task after a day of caring for your newborn baby. Cocoon by Naomi is a post-partum doula and cook, delivering food to fuel motherhood. These nutrient dense meals are an absolute godsend for those days when it’s impossible to leave the house, let alone get to the supermarket! The food package will last a week, taking it’s cues from Ayurvedic and Chinese traditions with a focus on nourishment that’s hydrating, anti-inflammatory and helps heal your gut. Win win!
Pregnancy journals are a wonderful way to record milestones, memories and emotions during the lead up to baby’s arrival. There are a million things to do, but I promise you will look back at this book and be grateful you took the time to pen your feelings, cravings, hopes and dreams in a beautiful keepsake to pass onto your little one in years to come.
GIFT FOR BABY
If you simply can’t resist spoiling the baby with a gift, Snuggle Hunny Kids offer a wide range of colourful, beautifully printed baby goods. The collection is designed using high-quality, natural fabrics, including merino wool, cotton, linen and muslin. May we suggest this darling jersey wrap and newborn beanie combo. Ohhh my ovaries!
Gather the girls and enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway for everyone to enjoy some quality time before baby arrives. It’s probably going to be a little while until you get the opportunity to travel child-free, so hit the road with your gal pals and indulge in some R&R. Hubby won’t mind…!
There’s no denying will live in your activewear post-baby as it offers the ultimate practicality, comfort and support. But can you believe that when I had my first baby (only 5 years ago I might add), I couldn’t find a nursing sports bra. As a result, I had to double up using a nursing bra and a sports bra over the top. Since then, some smart Mamas have filled the gap in the market and there are plenty of stylish options out there. Cadenshae specialises in activewear for pregnant and nursing Mums with designs that take you from the studio to the street. The Ultimate Bra is stylish and discreet and provides all the comfort you need to be active and breastfeed anywhere, anytime.
UNISEX BABY BAG
Gone are the days of leaving the house with just your phone, wallet and keys… With a baby in tow, I’m here to tell you that you will find yourself packing everything but the kitchen sink. Think changes of clothes (for Mum and baby!), nappies, wipes, snacks, bottles, toys and blankies. This carry-all is the perfect gift for expecting parents who are always on the go. Featuring a luxury padded changing mat, removable wet clutch, insulated bottle holder and internal padded laptop sleeve, the water resistant and wipe clean design makes the Elwood Backpack a smart unisex option keeping your hands-free for that extra large double-shot latte.