For many women, becoming a mother for the very first time is an exciting but scary time. Luckily, there are a lot of terrific gift ideas out there that are both practical and fun for a new mum, and that help to give her the extra special attention that she deserves. If you want to get the perfect gift for a new mum in your life, read on for some popular ideas.

A Comfortable Seat and a Hip Travel Bag

New mums (and dads) will be spending a lot of time sitting and rocking the baby during those long night-time feedings, and they would be a whole lot more comfortable if they had a rocking chair or glider. Obviously, this gift is a little more expensive, but if you can get a few other people to chip in, it really makes for a great gift.

A travel bag has many uses: it’s a first-aid kit, a pantry, an entertainment centre and a change table all rolled into one. And while travel bags must be practical enough to hold everything new parents might need, they should also be stylish enough that mum would be happy to carry it around with her everywhere she goes. A travel bag makes for a perfect gift, but when choosing one, try to steer clear of pastel colours, cartoon characters and other gaudy decorations, and get something sleek and sophisticated instead.

Breastfeeding Support

What mostpeople without kids don’t realise is that breastfeeding can actually be quite uncomfortable. Not only that, but it occurs regularly throughout the day, which only magnifies the discomfort. That is why a new motherloves gifts such as nursing pillows, which helps keep the baby positioned properly while supporting her back, arms and elbows.

A Moment to Relax

After being pregnant for 9 months, going through labour or surgery, and enduring sleepless nights with a crying baby, new mums will definitely need some pampering. A terrificgift idea is a gift certificate to the spa for a facial and a massage, or to the local hair salon for a new colour and style. Pick anything that she would find relaxing. Of course, you must complete the package by offering to babysit so that she can get this much-needed time alone.

A Perfect Date

Once the baby arrives, couples often have difficulties finding time to make a meal for themselves, between dealing with a crying baby and dirty diapers. So give them what they really want – dinner on someone else. Either make up a few good meals that they can easily re-heat, or get them a gift certificate for their favourite restaurant that delivers. Throw in a gift subscription for a DVD or downloadable movie to help them relax, even if it’s only for a short time.

Gift Baskets

Gift baskets make for wonderful gifts for a new mother, and there are plenty of great options for you to choose from. You can get a tasty basket filled with all the gourmet foods that she couldn’t eat while pregnant, or you can get her a pamper basket filled with lotions and creams to soothe her aching body.

A new mum needs a lot of support and encouragement at this stage in her life, and any gift you get her is sure to be appreciated. Simply by being thoughtful, she will know she has a lot of people looking out for her and cheering her on, which is a great gift in itself!