New mums, pregnant mothers, first-time parents, or parents who are expecting their second, third or fourth child, may need a helping hand in the weeks leading up to the new arrival, and in the weeks after their little bundle of joy has arrived - in fact, any time of year at that.
While some may have all the necessities, others may not, or they may well be looking to update their baby buys for their new arrival.
From cribs, sleep aids and nursing tops - for mum, baby, and the whole family - we have all bases covered and for all budgets too.
Whether you are buying for a new mum following the birth of their child, to celebrate their first Christmas as a new parent, or first birthday as a mum, there are plenty of shops to head to and gifts to buy.
What are the best brands for new mums to shop?
There are a whole host of baby brands, and parenting labels, on the high street and online, so it can get a little overwhelming when you are an expecting parent.
Some of the go-to brands that have stood the test of time, or garnered glowing reviews from shoppers include The White Company, Jojo Maman Bebe, Mamas & Papas, Dualit baby, Tommee Tippee, and many more. Although some of these are stocked at big department stores, such as John Lewis & Partners, M&S, Boots or Selfridges.
What to buy new mums?
Why should you trust us?
Our list of game-changing gifts for new mums and expectant parents was selected by the parents among the HELLO! Online team - who know exactly what an expectant mum would love to receive, and what would be truly useful and welcome. The shopping panel included our Senior Lifestyle editor, mum-of-two Katherine Robinson, who says: “I’ve been in the newborn stage twice and I remember all too well the gifts and items that made my life a million times easier - I’m happy to pass on that knowledge!”
Rachel Avery, our Homes Editor also helped us choose the perfect list of gifts, and she couldn’t be more qualified, as she’s expecting - and has been busy researching the best products and gadgets for those welcoming babies into the family.
She says: "I'm currently pregnant, expecting my first baby in November so I'm in full planning mode, discovering the best brands and products on the market. My besties have just requested that I put together a list of wish list items for my baby shower and I've added a mix of very practical pressies (nappies please!) as well as the cute stuff like a chic pram bag and a fabric sling.
“When gifting for a parent-to-be I'd always ask if they've got a list of things they need first so you don't double up, but if you've got free reign, put yourself in their shoes and try and think of what you'd find really useful. It's also worth thinking a little while in the future, they may get an influx of tiny baby booties but what about essentials for when weaning comes around? Or a highchair for when the little one can sit at the table?"