This week, I’m sharing all sorts of ways to make the moms in our lives feel spesh. We’ve got a few projects, a few gift guides and all sorts of goods. Today’s installment of our Mother’s Day Gift Guides focuses on a gift that’s perfect for the new mom! This will be my second anniversary as a mother. When I look at the calendar, I still can’t believe it. How on earth have 18 months flown by with Miss V? A lot of the memories from new motherhood have faded. I don’t remember every little thing, but I do remember some of the major stuff including how drastically my life changed. I was such a night-owl before Vita joined us, but after she was born, I would start crying around 9pm because I just wanted to Go. To. Bed. I’m so serious about this. That last feeding of the day really did me in. I just dreaded the nights.
The stress of caring for a newborn isn’t to be underestimated. While Vita was a great baby, those first few weeks were just the worst. I am a little ashamed (and probably should stop writing this sentence) to admit that there were a few days where I hadn’t brushed my teeth until 6pm. I sometimes ate dinner in the bathtub. Honest to Voldemort. So glam, no? I also remember my skin and hair just changing things up on me. My skin was excruciatingly dry. And my hair? Well I’ve still got the hairline fuzzies. If you’ve had a baby, you know what I’m talking about! Whenever one of my friends is about to become a first-time mom, I try to get them a gift filled with a few of my faves that I feel they can benefit from, while still including a few other customizable products. Because you gotta treat yo’ self. So I’ve partnered with Mustela to create a simple & sweet gift that every new mom can appreciate with gifts for both her and baby!
To Moisturize – Mustela Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream (This is a great natural option for mamas who are worried about the kinds of products they use on their children. And it’s made to help those who are eczema-prone so it’s great on the flaky skin that newborns bring along! It’s great on your hands, too! Mustela products can be purchased at Diapers.com!)
To Keep Your Lips Kissable – EOS Sweet Mint Smooth Sphere (Assuming you want to kiss people!)
To Wash – Mustela Dermo-Cleansing Wash (Specifically formulated to minimize allergic reactions. That was one of my biggest fears when it came time for Vita’s first bath! It’s also a no-tears formula so don’t freak out if it gets in baby’s eyes!)
To Keep Your Hair Under Control – Ban.do Hair Accessory (green to match the theme, folks! Pick an accessory and nobody will notice that you haven’t washed it in an undisclosed number of days.)
To Make The House Smell Good – Candelles Mint Nectarine Mini (Because I’m a sucker for labels.)
To Package it Up Cute – A fun dish (This Lilly Pulitzer for Target porcelain pineapple is a gem!) This is my fave part of gifting. I usually choose bowls and other big items that I know the mom will use over and over again!
I love giving gifts just because it is so darn fun to package them up. It’s simple to stick with a theme when that theme is color! After you’ve filled your dish up with the goodies, snip off a few blooms and deliver to that mama-to-be!
I have quite a few new mama friends this year and am really looking forward to giving them some fantastic things! Chime in! What kinds of products did you love/not love during that new motherhood phase. Don’t have kids?! I’d love to hear what gifts you’ve given your friends! Or gift you’ve given to yourself. I am NOT above self-gifting. Let’s chat below!
Photography & Styling \\ Lexy Ward
** This post was sponsored by Mustela through their partnership with POPSUGAR. Want a chance to win over $100 in products? Head on over to their Facebook page and enter their Moms Know Best Contest! While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Mustela, all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that help Proper create!