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Game changer gifts for new mums and expectant parents

A new mum would love one of these gifts...

New mothers or expecting mums-to-be will have their hands when a newborn arrives.

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. 

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&SBoots or Selfridges.

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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.  

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Babymoov Nutribaby+ 5 in 1 Baby Food Prep Machine, £149.99, John Lewis & Partners

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Elvie Pump

For new mums who are looking to breastfeed, a breast pump can make nursing a little easier and comfortable.  

This wearable design is super quiet, and there are no wires, so you can pump hands free. Plus it can be synced to your smart phone, for a fuss free experience. 

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Elvie Pump, £269, Elvie

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Lakeland 6L Slow Cooker

A slow cooker is a must have in all households, and for all ages - adults, children and babies. 

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Lakeland 6L Slow Cooker, £29.99 (Was £42.99), Lakeland

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Personalised Baby Cotton 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 this design can be personalised with the child’s name or initials, and it also has tiny bear ears. We can’t deal.

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Personalised Baby Cotton Hooded Towel, £15, Marks & Spencer 

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Safari 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 gentle cotton sleepsuit, printed with miniature safari animals, a comforter, and housed in its very own mini suitcase. 

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Safari baby Gift Set, £40, The White Company 

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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. 

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Damselfly Motherhood Candle, £43.20 (Was £48), Harvey Nichols

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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!

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Jane 4in1 Mother Cushion & Baby Hammock, £69.95, Johnston Prams 

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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).

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Lumie Sunrise Alarm, £33.99 (Was £39.99), Boots 

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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. 

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Tartan Blanket Co Gift Box, from £125, Wolf & Badger

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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. 

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Dualit Bottle Steriliser, £69, Dualit

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Joie Baby Kubbie Sleep Bedside Travel Cot

A cot is another must-have for new mums. But even if they have a cot design, which is suitable for those on the go, this is a must have. 

This bedside cot can be attached to the bed so you can watch your baby doze off next to you.  The side panel can also be lifted and lowered to make for easy changing, and access when your little one needs to.  Plus, it can be packed away for easy storage when you’re on the go. 

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Joie Baby Kubbie Sleep Bedside Travel Cot, £99.99, John Lewis & Partners

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Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Bathtub

After a few weeks your baby can enjoy a little bath, but to make bathtime safe and fun, you will need a supportive bathtub.

This design supports your baby, whether they are sitting up straight or laying down, and is suitable for newborns and children up to six months old. 

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Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Bathtub, £41.49, Amazon 

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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.

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MOTHERHOOD POPON GIFT SET, £50, Recognised Store

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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. 

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Tummy Time Roll, £13 (Was £19), Mamas & Papas

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Playmat & Gym

Playtime is always the funnest time, for both your baby and you. 

Keep your little one stimulated from newborn to being a toddler, with this interactive mat, which is not only soft and cushioned for their protection, but also has hanging toys to encourage coordination. 

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Playmat & Gym, £60 (Was £75), Mamas & Papas

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