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So your friend, sister or colleague just had a baby and you are planning on going over to visit the new mum and her precious little one.
You know exactly what to get for the baby, but are you a little clueless about what exactly to get her? Well, here's a list of 13 presents new mums really want!
Your friend has come across these in the shops, she's seen other mums using them around town and she's read about the many benefits of baby-wearing. But she's not quite sure if she should buy one. So just get it as a present for her, because she will use the baby carrier and she will thank you for it.
Any woman who carried another life in her own body for nine months and pushed a baby out of her hoo-ha deserves a congratulatory present of assorted chocolates. It'll be a perfect treat for her during all those late night feedings as well.
A new mum night not think about this yet, but once her baby starts teething and is crying from all the pain, she will feel absolutely frazzled. A teething necklace is not only a fashionable accessory, but it will help soothe her little one's gums and stop the tears (from both baby and mummy!).
For the next few months, your friend's wardrobe of choice will probably be pyjamas and she will feel like a walking zombie (or "mombie"), so find her a stylish silk robe that she can throw on for when guests come over to ooh and aah at the new baby.
Who doesn't enjoy a home-cooked meal? New parents won't have much time to sleep, let alone cook a proper meal, so they would really appreciate a hot hearty meal cooked with love, dropped off at their doorstep.
Once the new baby arrives, people seem to forget that a mother needs just as much TLC as well, so sending her off to a relaxing day at the spa will be exactly what she needs to feel pampered and rejuvenated enough to take care of her bub once again.
Now that the little one is here, the proud parents would probably want to document this new chapter in their lives. A professional photo shoot for the new family is a great present and they will reminded of your generous gift each time they see the beautiful family portrait hanging on their wall.
A swaddled baby is a happy baby - they will cry less, stay warm, not scratch themselves and look like cute little popiahs. What's not to love about that?
Breastfeeding mums need to change their wardrobe completely and opt for more nursing-friendly tops so they can easily whip out that boob when it's their baby's feeding time.
Not everyone has a domestic helper and doing the chores will be a new mother's last priority. So any offer to help pick up the mess, tidy up the place and do a few loads of laundry will be very much welcomed.
Not only are they yummy, they are good for both mother and baby as their special ingredients will help boost mummy's milk supply. A good excuse for her to indulge in a sweet treat or two for breakfast!
So maybe the new mum won't painting the town red any time soon, but that doesn't mean she can't look nice when she goes out with her baby for a check-up, or to have a nice family brunch on a Sunday.
If all else fails, a gift-card is still a great present to get, because new parents don't really know what they need for their baby until he actually arrives! If you feel it's not personal enough, you can also write a heartfelt card congratulating the new mum and dad - they will definitely appreciate your words and generous gesture.
What do you think of our list of 13 presents that new mums really want? Is there anything else we should add to that list? Leave your suggestions in the comment section below!
Dew is a teacher, theatre practitioner and playwright who is raising her daughter to know that anything boys can do, girls can do better!