Just what is a “push” present? Traditionally, they’re gifts given to women after they give birth, or “push out” the baby. Yes, it’s graphic and the phrase may be outdated — families are created in all sorts of ways — but we’re here to say moms need more gifts, regardless of how you describe the occasion (and of course, all the baby gifts are appreciated too).
The best push presents are the ones that keep in mind that a parent is a person separate from the newborn. That’s why jewelry remains the most popular gift for new moms — even if there’s a baby monogram or birthstone, there’s no sharing involved. Pampering gifts, like spa sets and lotions, also work because there’s the expectation that the parent will get some “me time” in which to use them, too. And then there are those gifts that help make those first few weeks extra cozy, which really helps during those early sleepless nights. (Have you ever received a special push present? Let us know what it is in the comments!)
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Personalized Heartbeat Artwork
For a truly one-of-a-kind gift, you can get a print made of the baby’s heartbeat. (You need to have an mp3 of the heartbeat sound.) Customize it even more by choosing a color scheme that matches the baby’s nursery, and adding text like the birthday and baby name
Best Push Present for Second or Third Kids
Vertical Bar Necklace
Instead of wearing her heart on her sleeve, a mom can wear it around her neck with these necklaces, customized with a child’s name and birthstone charm. The best part about them is that you can have multiple bars on one necklace, so you can honor the new baby and any siblings, too.
Mama Bear Metal Tumbler
One thing about those first few weeks — new moms are always thirsty, especially if they’re breastfeeding. Gift this mama bear along with the promise that you’ll always be the one to get up and fill it when it’s empty. (You can also get one for papa.)
Best Push Present for First-Time Moms
Someone Special candle
The baby may get all of the attention in those early weeks, but this candle will remind Mom that she’s someone special, too. The scent combines the aromas of lavender, coconut milk, black pepper, berries, wood and tonka bean.
One mom told us she had the genius idea too buy personalized ID bracelets with her kids’ names, and she plans on gifting them to her children when they get old enough. Brilliant! These come in silver, yellow gold or rose gold, and you can choose to engrave a birthdate on the back, too.
Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
Open Heart Ring
The best thing about this. brass heart ring is that it doesn’t scream “baby,” so it’s perfect for someone who wants to skip the monograms and birthstones. Because it’s handmade, each heart is unique.
Best Beauty Push Present
Trimester 4 Butter Bundle
One of the best presents you can get for a new parent is a gift certificate for a day at the spa: Not only is it pampering, it’s precious alone-time free of parental responsibilities. What that isn’t available, this kit from Mama Mio is the best at-home version. It comes with soothing products meant for new moms, including nipple balm, shower milk and tummy rub butter.
Aquarius Stud Earrings
Available in 14k white, yellow or rose gold, these earrings are available for every symbol of the zodiac. If she’s into astrology, she’d love jewelry that matches her kids’ star signs.
Cloud Cotton Robe
In those early, new-baby days, comfort is key. The ratty, old bathrobe just won’t do. This robe was named the best by the Good Housekeeping Institute because it’s super soft, and isn’t too hot or too thin, so it can be worn in any season.
Genevieve Locket Necklace
This locket is the perfect place to display the pics from your first family photo shoot. (Another good present? Professional shots!) The outside is very minimal, with no engravings or stones, and it comes in both 24k gold and silver.
Artifact Uprising Baby Book
This baby book comes with prompts that’ll help a family fill in with memories — and it also comes with a coupon code to have photos printed, too. Artifact Uprising’s photo books are known for their clean, elegant designs, so this gift becomes a forever-keepsake after it gets filled in.
Birthstone Ring Trio
Spa Day Kit
Script Mama Pendant
Name plates and birthstone jewelry honor the baby. This necklace, on the other hand, proudly celebrates new-mom status. It comes in sterling silver or 24k gold.
Ember Smart Mug
If there’s a bit of clichéd wisdom about parents, it’s that they always have to drink their coffee lukewarm. No longer. This mug lets users set a preferred temperature on an app, then keeps the coffee piping hot. Tell her that, at the very least, she deserves 18 years of perfect coffee.
Fastened Dreams Pavé Necklace
Motherhood-meets-punk-rock with this glittery safety-pin necklace. It comes in silver or white, yellow or rose gold, and you can either get it with simulated diamonds or genuine diamonds, though the genuine-diamond version is $203.
Again, when it comes to parenthood, all-day comfort is key. The Good Housekeeping Institute liked these slippers because they are insanely comfy, and, though they’re for indoor use, they can stand a short trip outdoors every once in a while. (In other words, they’re good for checking the mail in PJs.)
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Bloomsy Box Subscription
It’s one thing to get a new mom a bouquet when she gets home from the hospital. It’s another thing to get her a bouquet subscription, so she has fresh flowers all the time. Bloomsy Box has monthly and even weekly delivery plans, and prices vary from $45/weekly to $70/monthly, depending on the size and type of bouquet.
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