“Don’t forget newborn diapers, wipes, and some high-rise granny panties,” I reminded my husband as he headed to the store.
“Granny panties?” he questioned.
“Yep.” The one postpartum item I’d decided not to buy had become the only thing I was desperate for at this moment.
I looked down at my tiny, early newborn sleeping in my arms. We hadn’t been prepared for a small baby. And I hadn’t been prepared for a C-Section or everything that comes along with C-Section postpartum or recovery.
Looking back, there are so many items I wish I’d had right after my C-Section. And so many items that I had to go days without while I waited on an order (like granny panties, which they don’t sell in stores).
If you have a soon-to-be new mom in your life who’s scheduled for a C-Section, put together one of these care packages with items she may not even know she needs.
If you know someone who’s in the hospital after an emergency C-Section, pick up these items to put together one of these gift baskets as a helpful surprise when she gets home.
These are my best gift ideas for any C-Section mom (and what I wish I’d had after my two).
The 7 Best Gifts for C-Section Moms (Gift Basket Ideas)
C-Section mamas have it rough. They come home to care for themselves and a newborn baby after major surgery. Plus, there are unexpected challenges with breastfeeding and recovery that come after a C-Section.
If Mom was expecting a vaginal birth, she may be coming home unprepared to take care of herself and her baby after a cesarean delivery. A C-Section gift basket is the perfect gift to make her feel cared for and ready to tackle what’s to come.
Option 1: C-Section Recovery Gift Basket
Put together this package of essential items for postpartum recovery after a C-Section to help your C-Section mama recover.
Items You’ll Need:
Each of these items is essential for healing after major abdominal surgery.
Option 2: C-Section Breastfeeding Mama Gift Basket
Breastfeeding after a C-Section can be a little different (especially if Baby is early). Grab these items to help soothe sore nipples, bring in the milk supply, and alleviate pressure on her C-Section incision while breastfeeding.
- Nursing & Pumping Bra* or My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow
- Cooling pads
- Nipple Butter
- Mother’s Milk Tea or Lactation Cookies
Option 3: C-Section Newborn Baby Care Gift Basket
My husband and I are both tall, so everyone expected a big baby and steered clear of the newborn size. When I ended up with a 6 lb baby born at 37 weeks, I had a diaper bag full of items that were too big for my baby.
If your C-Section mom ends up having an unplanned C-Section early, grab these items to make the perfect newborn care package for new parents.
Option 4: C-Section Postpartum Sleep Gift Basket
Mom is often overlooked after the baby is born (and she doesn’t complain). But she is in a new body with no clothes that fit or feel comfortable. And everything that did feel comfortable while pregnant puts pressure right on her incision site.
She’ll love this simple care package with some comfortable sleepwear (with easy nursing access and no pressure on her incision), a soft nursing bra, and a large tumbler to keep next to her bed for breastfeeding hydration.
Option 5: Premade Kits
There’s nothing that takes the place of a thoughtful gift, but if you’re short on time and prefer a quick gift, try one of these premade kits. These are made specifically for C-Section moms and would make a great gift.
- Frida Mom C-Section Recovery Kit – Includes a peri bottle, shower wipes, disposable underwear, a postpartum belly binder, and silicone scar patches.
- Sunflower Motherhood C-Section Recovery Box – Includes C-Section recovery panties, abdominal heating pad (or cooling pad), mesh underwear, body oil for stretch marks or incision, a candle, and mom affirmation cards.
Option 6: Gifts of Time or Care
One of the most thoughtful gifts you can give to any mom is always going to be help and time. Bring a meal over and hold the baby while she naps. Because every new mom is not getting enough sleep.
Or just listen to her traumatic birth story. This helps with emotional healing. We all need someone to care about what we went through.
So if you’re short on money, time and care are the perfect gift for all new mamas.
Option 7: Gift Card Ideas
If none of these gifts feel quite right, an easy option is a gift card. An Amazon gift card is a practical gift for new mothers who can’t always make it to the store. In the early days, there are a lot of needs and she can buy items for herself or her new baby.
Or get a gift card that gives her an excuse to treat herself. Someone gave me a substantial Starbucks gift card after my second baby and it was a nice excuse to treat myself to Starbucks a few times. Even with a newborn and a toddler in tow, it felt like a treat to get a cup of decaf coffee.
If you have a new C-Section mom in your life, put together one of these packages. Trust me, she’ll appreciate not having to send someone for granny panties.
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