Friday, October 22, 2010

5 Unique (semi) eco-friendly gift ideas for the new mom

Lactation cookies
I wasn't aware lactation cookies existed until a commenter on my examiner.com page mentioned giving them to new moms. I think it's a fantastic idea. Nursing moms need extra calories and if some of the ingredients make you more milky, then that's fantastic. If you want to bake them yourself, check out the recipe on my examiner page here.

But if you're not in a baking mood, you can also find lactation cookies online. I haven't tried them out, but they get great reviews. Check out Yummy Mummy Cookies and milkmakers.

Nursing Necklaces
A newborn baby's innocent little hands wander aimlessly in the beginning, but before you know it they start to pull, pinch and twist poor mommy's boob skin (ooh, great band name, right? Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the stage...BOOB SKIN!). I never got one, but I could have really benefited from a nursing necklace to draw Nate's little fingers away. Mommy Necklaces have a range of chunky necklaces to choose from and test their products to make sure they are lead and phthalate free.

Onesie stickers
Most Facebooking and photo crazy moms like to put a little sign by their baby to mark the milestones. Here's Nate at four months:


But by five months he was eating the sign:


There wasn't much hope for months six and beyond. I really wish I had known about onesie stickers. Picky Sticky, an etsy shop, has a really great selection of number stickers that you slap on the onesie before you take the picture. The stickers are printed digitally, so they won't scratch or come off on your baby.

Kind Signs
Mamabears.com carries non-toxic, silicone little signs that say "Your Germs Are Too Big For Me Please Don't Touch." They're meant to be attached to the stroller or ear of your baby (just kidding) as a reminder to touchy feely stangers to keep their hands to themselves.  Some people think they're obnoxious, but I think they're great.

Strangely, I never had a problem with Mr. McFeelys until recently. But now that Nate's older he has no problem expressing his displeasure when a stranger gets too close. If he doesn't like the look of a person he usually gives them the look of death and tries to throw his cracker at their heads. If he has no cracker, he'll settle for trying to hit the person. Is it bad that I think that's funny?

Car Seat Organizer
I saw this car seat organizer by etsy shop SewnNatural featured on a blog months ago and haven't been able to get it out of my head. It's amazing how much stuff accumulates in the car. When you have a newborn, it's a great place to store extra diapers, wipes, pacifiers and blankets. When your baby is older it's the perfect place for books and toys and snacks.

What's your favorite gift for a new mom? My dear friend and her husband just brought a healthy baby girl into the world. Welcome, Sarah! I can't wait to meet you.

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