If you're looking for a baby shower gift, or a present for a mum who's just welcomed her new baby, it can be tricky to decide what to buy.
Forget buying yet another sleepsuit, how about a gift they won’t grow out of and one that will last for months?
Everyone is raving about subscription boxes these days - from meal boxes, to gardening, beauty boxes, and other fabulous gifts that come straight to your door - and keep coming, so they're not just one-off presents. And there are loads of subs boxes for new mums and babies that make ideal presents.
You can even treat yourself to one - we know how hard it is to find time to yourself when you become a mum, so sign up for a subscription and every month you'll get something amazing in the post (and you'll probably forget you've ordered it, so it'll come as a wonderful surprise).
From baby books and coffee beans to and pamper products, here are the top new mum and baby gift subscription boxes we've found:
Know an expectant mum who wants to work out while she’s pregnant? This award-winning subscription box comes with a Pilates physio ball, resistant bands and, most importantly, online membership to Dr Joanna Helcke’s expert pregnancy workout videos. Her exercises are tailored to help prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, pelvic pain and build up core strength during pregnancy. Something you’ll definitely appreciate after the baby has come too.
Letterbox Gifts mum-to-be boxes come with a range of lovely products sourced from independent British producers. These beautiful boxes, which are keepsakes themselves, are themed for the three months:
Month 1: Mum to Be Gift Set contains a New Beginnings Candles, Raspberry Leaf Tea, Bump Balm, Yummy Mummy Lip Balm and Gentle Soap.
Month 2: Pamper Gift Set contains Caramelised Milk Chocolate, Himalayan Pink Bath Salts, Lavender & Chamomile Body Oil, ‘Relaxation’ Tealights and Chamomile and Honey Bath Truffles.
Month 3: The Chocolate Gift Set contains Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate, Natural Blonde Chocolate, Luxury Hot Chocolate Flakes, Golden Chocolate Bar and Minty Caramel Dark Chocolate.
Let this gorgeous subscription give you something to look forward to, as well as a nudge to take some much needed 'me time'. Every box is full of at least five gorgeous, eco-friendly products (minimum of four full-sized) and delivery is free.
They choose brands and items based on the needs and wants of mums, and they know what these are because this is a mum-managed business with mum testers and product selectors. You can expect items for self care, beauty and home, and they''ll even throw in a couple of bits for bump/little one, to help remove some of the research burden (because quite frankly, you have enough to worry about).
It’s never too early to start reading to your baby and a Bookabees subscription allows you to choose from thousands of books, both classic and new. You can pick either a Little Subscription (one book per month), Big Subscription (three books per month) or Bigger Subscription (five books per month) and either decide to keep the book (in which case you pay half the RRP) or return it in pre-paid packaging.
Give new parents a hand getting through those sleepless nights with a personalised coffee subscription. Each month they’ll get a different coffee to try, delivered directly to their door, as well as a letter with details of its origins and tasting notes. The perfect pick-me-up for those 3am wake-up calls.
As the name suggests these luxurious boxes are really very beautiful. Containing a mix of wooden toys, skincare products and clothes, the company behind these gifts deliberately include small, independent businesses, often run by mums, and ethically sourced products. The best bit? There’s always a special treat in there for parents.
Ignite a baby’s interest in the world around them with these educational but fun monthly boxes. Packed with board books, musical instruments and simple toys, these products are carefully chosen to develop their fine motor skills and encourage early learning. You can choose what age range you want the crate to be catered for, starting with the Panda Crate for 0-24 months, then the Koala Crate for 2-4 years, and onwards to 16+.