Guest blog: Isadora Watts is a London -based writer and consultant, expecting her first baby in February. See her blog about her transatlantic adventures here. Isadora is guest blogging for our Feelgood Motherhood blog as she works out the best ways to stay sane and stylish throughout her pregnancy.Let us know what you think about Isadora’s posts on our Twitter feed or follow her on Twitter here. What do you think is the best gift for a new mum?
My sister has just given birth to her second child. High excitement all around. And the perennial challenge of finding a good present arises. The baby is, really, the easy part. He’ll get some sweet clothes, something he can grow into in a month or two.
But what to buy for a new mum? I know what I’d like. A bottle of Laguvulin – just for sipping a couple of hours before a feed, you understand. Some Touche Eclat as I’m pretty sure I’ll be going through tubes of the stuff. And a tummy tuck (or at least, some personal trainer sessions).
However, not everyone is as shallow, or as fond of single malt, as I am.
I’ll send her some chocolates in the post straightaway, as every new mum needs a little sweet pick-me-up. But that’s a holding gesture really. Next is the challenge of a sourcing a really thoughtful, indulgent-yet-useful, luxurious-yet-practical gift.
Naturally, as a friend of Babes with Babies, I’m going to look there for inspiration. Last time I sent her some Bb London pampering treats, but I suspect the opportunities will be few and far between now she has a 2 year old to contend with as well as a newborn.
For something purely pretty, and a treat for my sister, I think this personalised necklace is a gorgeous keepsake. Adding both her children’s names and allows for Big Sister to be included in the celebration as well as Little Brother.
I love this breastfeeding kit: balm for the boobs, and a bracelet to remind her which breast she last fed from. Practical, but a step above the tube of Lansinoh I last gave as a new mum gift…
And I think if I was feeling flush, I’d treat her to a new bag. Two children in nappies presumably means twice as much clobber to carry around. The ‘Lily’ is rather stylish, and many pocketed too.
Actually I think the best gift of all would be a babysitting voucher. But as I’m about to have my hands full myself, that one will have to wait.