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.
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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 breast pumps and sterilisers, to food prep machines - 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?
Babymoov Nutribaby+ 5-in-1 Baby Food Prep Machine
This award-winning device will make sterilising bottles, warming your child’s milk, steaming and blending food an absolute breeze. What we love about this device is not only it functions to do five tasks in one, but it can be used on your child from newborns to toddlers too.
Babymoov Nutribaby+ 5 in 1 Baby Food Prep Machine, £159.99, John Lewis & Partners
For new mums who are looking to breastfeed, a breast pump can make nursing a little easier and more comfortable. This wearable design which slots into your bra is super quiet and there are no wires, so you can pump hands-free and ultra discreetly. Plus, it can be synced to your smartphone for a fuss-free experience.
Elvie Pump, £269, Elvie
Lakeland 6L Slow Cooker
A slow cooker is a must have in all households, and for all ages - adults, children and babies.
Lakeland 6L Slow Cooker, £49.99, Lakeland
Cotton Rich Hooded Towel
What is more adorable than a baby, fresh out of the bath, with that delicious baby smell, all cosy and warm, wrapped in a fluffy bath towel.
What we love most is the tiny bear ears. We can’t deal.
Cotton Rich Hooded Towel, £8, Marks & Spencer
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Fleece Romper Baby Gift Set
It is an unspoken tradition that newborns need an adorable outfit to mark their firsts - whether that is their first birthday, first Christmas, first Easter, Halloween - you name it. Though we would all love to dress the little ones in cute costumes all year long, the sensible side to us is harking after this bundle, which is a perfect gift all year round.
This set comes complete with a soft fleece romper, and comforter, all housed in its very own mini suitcase.
Fleece Romper Baby Gift Set, £50, The White Company
Damselfly Motherhood Candle
These Aussie candles make a statement, literally - with phrases for a super mum like 'Life is tough my darling but so are you' and 'Ain't no hood like motherhood', these are a lot of fun as a gift for a strong woman in your life who loves a pretty smell. The aromas are really strong and permeate a room swiftly meaning you don't need to burn them constantly.
Damselfly Motherhood Candle, £40, Harvey Nichols
Jane 4in1 Mother Cushion & Baby Hammock
When buying for new mums, a gift that they can enjoy, as well as their baby, is a bonus, and gets our seal of approval. The Jane 4in1 Cushion is exactly that.
This cushion can comfort mum’s to be and their bump when sleeping, but can also prop up your baby when feeding time comes around. When your little bundle of joy gets a but bigger, this can be used to encourage them to sit up on their own too. It’s a yes from us!
Jane 4in1 Mother Cushion & Baby Hammock, £67.99, Johnston Prams
Silk Cot Bed Sheets
Only the best for baby! The Little Silk does the most gorgeous silk sheets for standard size cot beds. But they aren't just stylish and luxurious. The hypoallergenic and ultra-breathable fabric actually helps prevent bald patches so baby's hair can grow stronger, thicker and softer.
Cot bed full silk sheet, £95, The Little Silk
Clever Sleeping Bag
Naptime never looked cuter with Mori's Clever Sleeping Bag, made using the brand's signature organic cotton and bamboo fabric making it super breathable. The 2.5 TOG sleeping bag is perfect for chillier seasons and can be used from sizes 4kg to up to two years, so you'll get months of use from it. It also comes in other fetching designs and has a double direction zipper to make changes all that easier.
Clever Sleeping Bag 2.5 TOG, £69.50, MOORI
Cosmic Aura Bubba Pod
The Cosmic Aura Bubba Pod provides a snug place for baby to rest and nap during the day. The soft, sturdy handles mean the pod can be easily moved around the house, while the mattress' breathable mesh cover helps regulate baby's temperature. It also comes with a spare cover for when those little accidents happen. Suitable from newborn to around eight months.
Cosmic Aura Bubba Pod, £69, Ickle Bubba
Lumie Sunrise Alarm
When your baby arrives, morning rolls into night, and new parents can lose all track of day and time.
Not only does the Lumie display the time, but it also functions as a night light, and will help get your sleep pattern back on track (we hope).
Lumie Sunrise Alarm, £42.49 (Was £49.99), Boots
Tommee Tippee GroEgg
A product many parents may not have realised they needed, the Tommee Tippee GroEgg easily shows your baby's room temperature with its digital display. It lights up in four colours depending on the temperature and also acts as a gentle nightlight for your little one.
Tommee Tippee GroEgg, £19.99 (Was £29.99), Currys
Sleep is one of the best gifts you can give a new parent and this 3-in-1 Starry Skies Sheep Soother emits a glowing nightlight or two patterns of light effects. If baby starts to cry, it plays calming sounds and melodies. It also plays nature sounds and soft white noise to create a calming sleep environment. And when baby's awake, you can switch modes to play nursery rhymes.
Vtech 3-in-1 Starry Skies Sheep Soother, £35, John Lewis
Tiba + Marl Changing Bag
Some of the chicest changing bags on the market are by Tiba + Marl and we particularly love the RAF Holdall, which will go with just about anything. Made from faux leather, it's the perfect size to fit all of your and baby's essentials for a day out - plus it can also double up as a handbag or work bag.
The holdall features plenty of internal pockets to keep everything organised, an elasticated bottle holder, a smartphone pocket and it also comes with a luxury padded changing mat and removable clutch/cross-body bag. The bag is water resistant and easy to wipe clean, making it perfect for busy parents on the go.
RAF Holdall, £135, Tiba + Marl
Tartan Blanket Co Gift Box
What could be a better gift than a treasured handmade blanket made from luxe lambswool? After all, grandparents, great grandparents and relatives always say you can never have too many blankets for your little one.
The Tartan Blanket Company also offer gift sets, which you can personalise with the items you love most, as well as customised date or initials on your blanket.
Tartan Blanket Co Gift Box, from £135, Wolf & Badger
Izmi Essential Wrap
Newborns love being close to their parents and this snug wrap made from natural stretch cotton allows your little one to sit snugly against you in two positions - parent-facing or to the side. Designed for babies weighing between 2.3 and 9kg, it distributes baby's weight evenly to reduce pressure on your back.
Izmi Essential Baby Wrap, £34.99, Cheeky Rascals
Dr Brown's Anti-Colic Bottles
If your loved one is thinking about bottle feeding, consider Dr Brown's award-winning bottles, which help reduce colic, burping and wind, and better preserve nutrients in breastmilk and formula. The Essentials Gift Set features a range of bottles with three teat levels, making it perfect to use as baby grows.
Dr Brown's Anti-Colic Options+ Essentials Baby Bottle Gift Set, £34.99, Baby Central
Perfect Prep Day and Night
For parents that are bottle feeding, Tommee Tippee's Perfect Prep Day and Night machine is a dream to use. It preps a bottle in just two minutes and also has sleep-friendly features to prepare night bottles.
Perfect Prep Day & Night, £114.99, Tommee Tippee
Dualit Bottle Steriliser
Sterilisers are an essential for new mums, as they take the stress and worry out of cleaning the bottles, or dummies, by hand. This design can clean up to six bottles, but can keep your baby essentials sterile for up to 24 hours.
Dualit Bottle Steriliser, £69, Dualit
Dr Brown's Deluxe Bottle Warmer
The bestselling Dr. Brown's Deluxe Bottle Warmer is now pulling double duty! Quickly and safely warm bottles and food jars – and sanitise – using steam heat with the Dr. Brown's Deluxe Bottle Warmer & Steriliser.
Dr Brown's Deluxe Bottle Warmer, £65.99, The Hut
Cuggl Grey Travel Cot, £40, Argos
Moby 3 Stage Baby Bath
Bathtime is all the fun with a baby who love nothing more than splashing about. This special design sits your baby in comfortably and safely, while also supporting your little one in their younger years.
Moby 3 Stage Baby Bath, £54, Munchkin
Ocean Bath Squirts
Make bathtime even more fun with this colourful set of water-squirting toys. Your baby's new ocean friends, suitable for nine months plus, will encourage more creative and imaginative playtime.
Ocean Bath Squirts eight pack, £10.99, Munchkin
Hello Bello Lotion
You may recognise Hello Bello as the premium affordable products created by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. The Hollywood stars and celebrity parents-of-two have launched their Hello Bello brand in the UK, with the range including lotions, bubble bath, nappies and more. Each product has been designed for sensitive skin using effective and safe ingredients.
Hello Bello Premium Baby Lotion Lavender, £4, Asda
WeTwo Pregnancy Gift Set
A gift for both mum and baby, WeTwo's Pregnancy Gift Set features gorgeous products that can be used during pregnancy and after birth, like the Nourish shampoo and conditioner, and the Rebuild shampoo and conditioner for helping with any postpartum hair loss. The Baby Bubbles will also gently cleanse your little one's hair and skin.
Pregnancy Gift Set, £125, WeTwo
Motherhood Popon Gift Set
Show the mum, new parent, or that mother figure in your life just how much they mean to you with this gift set, which comes complete with a heart charm attached to a bangle, as well as a Work of Heart book.
The accompanying book features stories from empowering women, and sees 100% of profits go to Little Village and Pregnancy Twinning organisation, which supports mums and families in times of need.
MOTHERHOOD POPON GIFT SET, £50, Recognised Store
Stokke Tripp Trapp® chair
Loved by celebrities including Cristiano Ronaldo, Joe Wicks, Kim Kardashian and Stacey Solomon, the Tripp Trapp chair by Scandinavian brand Stokke is the chair that grows with your child.
Suitable to use from newborn with the correct attachment, you can bring baby closer to you at mealtimes, enabling them to bond with the whole family - which is pretty much at the heart of Stokke's ethos. The chair can be brought right up to the dining table and with its adjustable height and depth, it can be used for many years as your child grows.
Stokke Tripp Trapp® chair, £209, Stokke
Curved 2 Drawer Changing Station
A changing station is an essential part of your nursery furniture, and this gorgeous curved statement piece comes with two handy drawers for storage, plus two hanging rails on each side to drape muslins or swaddle cloths from. Made by Boori, it's crafted with sustainably sourced Australian araucaria, New Zealand radiata wood and engineered timber.
Curved 2 Drawer Chest Changer, £426.55, Boori
Mexy Rattan Wall Shelf
Storage is always useful for baby's nursery and this bamboo rattan wall shelf by Kidly is great for putting up books, fake plants, toys and more. It'll immediately bring that on-trend boho vibe to any nursery and makes for an eye-catching display unit.
Mexy Rattan Wall Shelf, £55, Kidly
Doona car seat
You may have heard about the revolutionary Doona - a car seat that converts into a stroller in seconds. Suitable from birth to about 15kg, it's the only car seat on the market with integrated wheels. Simply fold out the wheels when not using as a car seat and you'll be on your way. It's perfect for travelling or going on holiday, while the newborn infant insert cushion provides a near-flat position for your baby.
But note, it shouldn't be used as a stroller or pram for long periods of time especially for newborns.
Doona Car Seat and Isofix Base, £458.99, Doona
Tummy Time Roll
Some babies can suffer with constipation, or wind, and for those who want to help make their little one as comfortable as possible, the Tummy Time Roll could be the answer, and alleviate any stomach pains, or wind.
It also encourages your little one to move their head, and get used to moving too.
Tummy Time Roll, £15.20, Mamas & Papas
MoochicBaby specialised in beautiful, handcrafted products from muslins and towels to dohars and pyjamas. We particularly love their quilted blankets, which feature a range of pretty designs that are hand block printed onto 100 per cent cotton. Machine washable, the blankets are perfect as play mats for tiny tots or as bedding for when they're a little older.
Butterfly quilted blanket, £74.99, MoochicBaby
It may not be the most glamorous baby item, but it certainly is a practical one and something new parents might not have thought of to add to their shopping list. The hands-free Korbell nappy bin, which is also very importantly child-proof, is the most hygienic way to dispose of dirty nappies. It can hold up to 495 nappies - astonishing!
It also comes in pretty colours including pastel blue and mint.
Korbell Mini Bin Bundle with Free Liner, £45, Cheeky Rascals
This is an absolutely necessity when you'll be changing baby's nappies several times a day. This cute elephant-patterned changing mat is easy to wipe clean and has no scratchy material or rough seams. It also comes in a variety of sweet designs.
Elephant changing mat, £15.20 (Was £19), Mamas and Papas
Travel changing mat
A travel changing mat will also come on handy for parents on the go. This foldable one by Mama Shack is not only portable and light, it also features a handy popper fastening to make folding and unfolding a breeze. The mats, which come in a variety of designs, are all wipeable and waterproof.
Foldable travel changing mat, £12, Mama Shack
This innovative hands-free sensory toy is designed to be worn on the head of parents, so they can distract and interact with their baby while changing a nappy.
Dingle Dangle Baby Gift Set, £34.99, Dingle Dangle
Baby Weaning Essentials Kit
It's always good to think ahead and at six months, baby will be ready for more than just milk. This weaning essentials kit comes with training cups, spoons, suction bowl and plates that are all dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.
Baby Weaning Essentials Kit, £40.37, Munchkin
This three-in-one nifty product is perfect for baby's nursery - it works as a humidifier, a colour-changing night light, and an oil diffuser. With its large capacity tank, it regulates the safest humidity level for baby and will run for 22 hours on a full tank before automatically turning off.
Babymoov Hygro+ Automatic Cool Mist Humidifier, £76.49, Mamas and Papas
No Touch Forehead Thermometer
Get peace of mind with Tommee Tippee's digital thermometer, which is a calm and comfortable way of taking baby's temperature, especially if they're fast asleep! Their temperature will appear on the LCD display within two seconds.
Tommee Tippee No Touch Forehead Thermometer, £33 (Was £49.99), Mamas and Papas
Portable Blackout Blind
Tommee Tippee Sleeptime Portable Blackout Blind, £19.69, Amazon
When it comes to children's all-important sleeptime once it is nailed it is not one to meddle with, which is why a portable blackout blind is a must have.
It comes with suckers to easily attach to any window, whether it is in the car or in a very bright room, to help your baby snooze.
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