10 unique gift ideas for someone expecting their first baby

Whether it’s a friend or family member that’s just made that big announcement or a baby shower invite popping through your letterbox, finding a ‘congratulations, you’re going to be a mum!’ gift can be tricky. One the one hand, if they’re a first time mum then they’re probably already scouring the internet for the basics and have a wardrobe full of babygrows. How can you find a unique gift idea that has mum in mind and is something that will be useful throughout their pregnancy? We’ve rounded up ten of our favourite gift ideas from Lily and Ribbon and from other small businesses we know and love…

1.Bamboo PJs

Our bamboo maternity and nursing PJs make the perfect gift for any new mum to be. The bamboo material helps regulate your body temperature; making them ideal for pregnant mums to be in a heatwave! They’re super soft, super comfy and have built-in nursing access for mums who plan on breastfeeding. The perfect baby shower gift or hospital bag essential.

Maternity and Nursing Pyjamas

2.New Mum Box

Making healthy snack choices during pregnancy is really important. Treat Trunk have teamed up with Nutritionist Tasha D’Cruz to design a new mum healthy snack box; containing twenty treats (all of which are vegan) specifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding.

Treat Trunk Healthy Snack Box

3.Sophie La Girafe X Ilado Gift Set

This Sophie La Girafe x Ilado gift set is a beautiful unique gift for any mum to be. Containing a bola necklace which rests gently on your bump; designed to help strengthen the bond with your baby, who from around 26 weeks can hear the gentle chime it emits in the womb. It also comes with a super-soft Sophie La Girafe comforter, in which you can also slip the bola chime into after giving birth to continue to comfort and reassure your baby.

Sophie La Girafe X Ilado Giftset

4.RUCPOD Baby Changing Backpack

Every mum needs a great changing bag with dozens of pockets to help getting out of the house with a newborn. This changing backpack by RUCPOD has an insulated bottle compartment and cleverly converts into a travel crib in under a minute for those impromptu naps when out and about.

Rucpod Baby Changing Bag

5.Busy lizzy voucher

Treat a friend, colleague or family member to one of Busylizzy’s gift vouchers! Ranging between £50-200, all vouchers can be redeemed against Buzzylizzy’s fitness classes that cater for mums to be throughout pregnancy and during the postnatal period.

6.Ara and Obi Snuggles and Dream Gift Set

Ara and Obi is an eco-friendly brand for babies and toddlers with sensitive and eczema prone skin. We love their snuggles and dream gift set which comprises of two swaddle blankets, 2 burp cloths and a fitted cotton sheet-all made from a 70% bamboo and cotton blend.

Snuggle and Dream Giftset

7.Honest Good Smoothies

Every new mum knows the importance of good nutrition but planning meals can be tricky. Honest Good Smoothies delivers 100% organic smoothie kits: simply pop in the freezer then chuck in the blender when you want to use them and whizz up with some milk.

8. Breastfeeding Starter Kit

For mums who breastfeed (and those who plan to), we recommend gifting our breastfeeding starter kit. This kit has 4 nursing pads (2 “Day” and 2 “Night” nursing pads), a padded nursing bra, washing bag and a carry case for your pads.

Breastfeeding Starter Kit

9. Cuddledry

Make bath times stress free with this ingenious hands free baby towel; which is designed for parents to easily lift and dry their newborn whilst cuddling them. It makes bathtime safer, encourages skin to skin and the towel itself is made from sustainable bamboo and cotton.

10. Maternity and Nursing Nightdress

An alternative to our bamboo PJs, our bamboo maternity and nursing nightdress is the perfect gift for mums pregnant during the summer months; since bamboo can help regulate your body temperature in a heatwave. A nightdress also makes a great gift for mums who are planning c-sections; as they are easier to wear than PJs if new mums are contending with a scar from surgery.

Materity and Nursing Nightdress

 We hope these gift ideas have given you some inspiration to treat a special mum-to-be in your life!

Lots of love Lily and Ribbon Team x