Gifts for Expecting Moms Tips

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What kind of goodies should I get for an expecting mother?

Feed her Snack Attack

The rumors are true, pregnant women have all kinds of cravings. And, since pregnant mothers are eating for two, why shouldn't these women satisfy their cravings? If you're trying to pick out gifts for expecting moms, why not make her a gift basket filled with goodies to fill her belly…even more! Buy a large wicker basket or a big, vibrant-colored beach bucket to put the tasty treats in. Next, pick out some delicious snacks. Some good choices are:

  • Jellybeans
  • Chocolate bars
  • Different flavors of popcorn
  • Assorted nuts
  • Chocolate covered cherries
  • Pretzels

Fill the bucket to the brim, stuff any spaces with colorful shredded paper, and top it off with a big bow. For an extra special treat that is also useful try throwing in some tasty “Preggie Pops” (these lollipops not only taste great but they also relieve morning sickness).

   
What are some good pregnancy books?

Provide Some Insight

Going through a pregnancy can be scary and overwhelming, especially if it's the first one. The expectant mothers body will change dramatically and she will begin to feel and experience things that can be confusing. Let's face it, all of the things that she will experience will be new and she may be struggling to understand them. You can provide her with some comfort by buying her some informational pregnancy books that can walk her through the entire event and even provide postpregnancy insight. Some great book options include:

  • Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year
  • Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • Pregnancy Week-by-Week
  • We've Been Waiting for You Book and CD
  • Twins!

* You can find all of these books and many more on mymamabear.com

   
How can I help an expectant mother feel less overwhelmed?

Take a Load Off

Pregnancy can be a hectic time in a woman's life. With all of the hustle and bustle involved with being pregnant, some women may feel overwhelmed. It's likely that with making preparations, shopping, and doctor's visits, your expecting friend may have less time (and energy) to do usual housework. If you're looking for expectant mother gift ideas think about a housekeeping service. Arrange for the service to drop by once a week for a deep cleaning. This type of gift will help take a load off of the future mommy's plate and allow her to simultaneously keep order without lifting a finger.

   
How can I help a new mommy announce her new baby?

Shout it From the Rooftop…or Lawn

A pregnancy is nine months of hard work and an expecting mommy pushes her body and mind to the limit. After three trimesters she will have a beautiful little miracle to show off and you better believe that she's earned bragging rights. Want to give a great pregnancy gift?

Wait until the little bundle of joy has been delivered and give the beaming new mom a way to announce his or her arrival. Give her a lawn stork. A lawn stork is a huge wooden stork (measuring about 5 feet tall) that is designed to sit in the new parents' lawn and shout to the world that they have a new addition to the family. You can have the stork decked out in pink or blue, depending on the sex of the baby. Prices vary from company to company but will usually run you no more than $70 for a week rental. Check out your local yellow pages or surf the web to find a company near you.

   
How can a help a mom-to-be document her pregnancy?

Give the New Mommy a Timeline

Having a baby is one of the most precious and beautiful events in a woman's life and the road that gets her there is one worth documenting. There are so many events that will take place along the way. Some events will be nerve-wracking and others will be exhilarating, regardless, these are things that she will want to look back on. If you're looking into getting an expectant mother a pregnancy gift, get her a “Pregnancy Calendar” that will help her create a vivid timeline of her pregnancy. Some of the things this calendar provides include:

  • Information on prenatal care and development
  • Places to fill in term dates
  • Stickers to mark special occasions
  • Tons of useful tips

   
How can I pamper a new mommy?

Treat That New Mommy

While going through a pregnancy, it's likely that the last thing a woman will be thinking about is luxuries for herself. We all know that being a mommy is one of the hardest jobs in the world and the road that leads up to the birth can be trying. Throughout all three trimesters, an expecting mommy's body will go through wear and tear and she will be under mental, emotional, and physical stress.

After all is said and done, however, the reward will be well worth it. But, why not give the deserving mother a little extra reward as well? One of the most popular pregnancy pampering gifts is a certificate to a salon or spa and there's a reason why---it's a great gift! After all her hard work having someone pamper her will be a breath of fresh air (not to mention the fact that she's earned the right to look ravishing).

   
How can I give an inexpensive expectant mother gift?

Give Them a Break

Are you running low on cash but still want to get some great gifts for expecting mom? No worries, there's an easy solution. Throught the pregnancy an expecting mom will likely have little time to relax and even less time to spend with her hubby doing, well, grown-up things. And, when the baby arrives, things aren't likely to change very much. How about giving that special expectant mommy a gift certificate to a romantic restaurant and a homemade coupon promising babysitting services. After that little bundle of joy arrives mommy and daddy are going to need a major break and this is a fantastic way to give it to them. Believe me, they'll be thanking you tremendously.

   
Hao can I help a pregnant woman stay fit?

Help That Future Mommy Stay Fit

When a woman is expecting, keeping a good figure is, well, next to impossible. Regardless of her exercise routines and habits prepreganancy, a woman's lifestyle will change dramatically when she is pregnant. Many exercises will no longer be possible well into pregnancy as they may be harmful to the baby. All hope is not lost, however, there are many available options. An excellent pregnancy gift to give to a mommy-to-be is a book on exercises that she can do throughout the pregnancy. Giving a gift like this will help boost self esteem and will help the future mommy to stay strong and fit.

   
What kind of pregnancy pampering gift can I give?

Pregnancy Pampering Gifts

Pregnancy can be a difficult time in a woman's life. Essentially, the woman will spend 9 months worrying about someone else. There will be so many thing going on that she is likely to neglect herself in some ways. A really great gesture is to get some pregnancy pampering gifts for the expecting mom. And, what better gifts that some that will pamper her and make her feel like the queen that she is. Set her up with a great gift JUST for her. Her are some ideas:

  • Gift certificate to a spa
  • Gift certificate to her favorite salon
  • Appointment to get a massage
  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Gift certificate to her favorite clothing store
  • Gift certificate to her make-up counter of choice

By buying her one of these gifts you can be certain that she will have to use them on herself. And, let's face it, she's earned a little pampering after the nine months of work that she put in.

   

A Collection of Baby Clothes Gift

During the first few months the new baby will grow quite quickly. This means that she will outgrow outfits quite fast. A good gift that will be welcome and useful is an array of outfits that range in sizes. Put together a collection of 2 or 3 outfits for every month range within the first 6 or 12 months.

Think about how much you want to spend and get your collection together. The best places for good and inexpensive baby clothes are stores such as Target, Carters, Wall Mart and Marshalls.

Figure out what season coincides with the baby's monthly ages and buy the outfits accordingly. If the baby is born in May or June, get her 2 or 3 light summer outfits in the 0-3 month range. Then get 2 or 3 fall outfits in the age range 3-6, warm winter getups in the 6-9 range and then a couple of spring outfts for the 9-12 age range.

This should at least get enough clothes for the start of each season, before mom can get out and buy a few more. You can also add accessories such as hats, mittens, socks, soft booties and even some shoes for when she's about 12 months.

You can find nice quality baby clothes at relatively low prices so that buying many outfits won't have to cost a fortune and will definitely be a welcoming gift for the new mommy.

   
How do I choose wall art for the baby's nursery?

Give Her a Work of Art

If you know an expecting mom with a passion for decorating, the baby's room probably looks like it could be a spread in a fashion magazine. For a mom that appreciates upscale décor and fine art, give her an elegant nursery item that will help her create a stunning focal point in the nursery.

You need to take into account the design theme and color pallet already chosen for the room. If you are looking for ideas, you can check out the options from Oopsy Daisy, a company that offers fine art for kids. With more than 1000 works of art to choose from, they will most likely have a selection that will complement the room perfectly. Oopsy Daisy is best known for their stretched art canvas wall hangings, but you can also find other room décor products, such as lamps, rugs and clocks.

   
How can I choose a name plaque for the baby's nursery?

Name That Gift

An adorable gift idea for an expecting mom is a personalized name plaque to hang on the door of the baby's nursery. Painted ones are nice, but ceramic options from Jaime's Painting Design are a much more durable option. Not only will this custom-made gift celebrate the new baby, but it will give mom a keepsake to hold onto.

You can choose from a variety of style types, depending on your preference. There are some plaques that feature full scenes, like a “Fire Truck” or “Mermaid,” with the baby's name in the center. Others have multiple images that surround the baby's name and generally fit into an overall design theme, like “Princess Fairytale” or “Ocean Friends.” Pick the one you think the mom-to-be will most appreciate or what best matches the nursery decor. Even if you don't know the baby's name yet, you can get a plaque that reads “Baby (Last Name).”

   

A Simple But Useful Gift

A great simple gift for the mom to be is a personalized keychain. Keichains that you can custom make and personalize are a great way to celebrate the new family. There are many types of keychains you can do this with, so get one that fits the mom's style and lifestyle.

A good example is one where you can choose 'charms' to put on a keyring that have the names under a cute picture. Choose a charm for each member of the new family - one for mommy, another for daddy and one for the new baby.

This will make a great gift that will be cute as well as useful, and the new mommy will love toting her new keyring around with her baby's name along with hers and dad's a daily reminder of her new family and new baby!

   
What are the benefits of choosing a wool rug?

Snug as a Rug

One of the fun parts of being an expecting mom is getting to design the nursery. So much thought goes into everything about the room, so give her something that will really make the room special. Peking Handcraft Rugs that feature playful designs are a great gift idea. These rugs are made from 100% wool making them the perfect fit for any nursery.

Your gift will benefit more than just the nursery's design. In addition to looking great, wool rugs offer some important health and safety features. Wool is non-toxic, non-allergenic and does not support bacterial growth. Also, the high moisture content reduces static electricity and makes wool naturally flame retardant. In addition, wool purifies indoor air by absorbing common household contaminants. Wool fibers can continue to purify air for up to 30 years. Another benefit is that wool's naturally crimped shape forms millions of air pockets that act as insulation to help regulate the temperature in the room.

   
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