Gift Ideas for Second-Time Moms

Second and third-time mamas generally have all the essentials — diapers, nursery furniture, books, you name it. And so it can be a little daunting to think of gift ideas for second-time moms. 

Thankfully, gift giving is my love language so here are some ideas that I have either received myself, given to others, or would love to receive! 

Gift Ideas for Second-Time Moms

Something for the Older Sibling

After I had my second child, I went through a period of feeling so sad that my daughter’s life had completely changed. All the attention was on her little brother, a huge shift for her (and me!). It was so thoughtful when people gave us gifts that included her. 

Consider giving matching outfits for the new sibling set — my daughter was so proud when she could match her little brother! 

Another good option is to give an age-appropriate craft or art set that will occupy the older sibling (and preferably nothing messy). Honestly, just some candy or a little treat can make them feel special.

Something for Mama

Mama needs some attention and pampering too! Get her something that she can use for herself, but that doesn’t require a lot of work.

I would have loved a gift card for a facial or massage post-baby. Also, cozy slippers, an at-home face mask, and a bottle of wine would have made me cry happy tears.

If you are working with a bigger budget, or going in on a group gift, a cozy robe from Uggs or Barefoot Dreams would be a guaranteed hit. Or, if you are very close with the mama and know her taste in jewelry, you could get her a piece of jewelry with her children’s birthstone or initials. To err on the side of caution, I’d recommend getting her a gift card so she can design it herself.   

Mama is likely very sleep-deprived. So, gift cards to her favorite coffee shop, or pods for her Nespresso/K-cups for her Keurig are also great options! My number one secret weapon gift for a mama are these eye patches from Skyn Iceland. I include a note to put them in the fridge overnight. They feel like heaven after a sleepless night!

Something for Baby

Second-time moms generally have all the essentials. This makes it more fun to buy something for the baby! 

I like to buy something the mom wouldn’t necessarily splurge on for the baby, since mama has all the practical items already. I loved receiving more “fancy” baby pajamas — anything from Kickee Pants, Posh Peanut, or Magnetic Me (these have magnets instead of snaps or a zipper: THE BEST when dealing with newborn diaper changes constantly!).

Also, consider purchasing a bigger size, like 3-6 months, so baby can get more than one use out of it. And be sure to think of the time of year when purchasing for a baby. I received so many baby items that had short sleeves when my children were born in October and November. Unfortunately, they never wore them since we live in North Dakota and need to stay warm!  

If you really want to be frivolous and splurge here, you can get something totally unnecessary but fun to have. Some suggestions — a silver spoon or baby hairbrush from Tiffany & Co., a BuDhagirl baby bracelet, or a Barefoot Dreams baby blanket. 

Something for the Home/Family

Mama has enough to worry about right now. She doesn’t need to figure out what everyone is going to have for dinner. Gift cards to the grocery store, her favorite restaurant, or Door Dash are perfect gift ideas.  

I loved getting gift cards from Power Plate Meals, so I could have some easy healthy lunch options when I was home with my kids all day. 

You could also drop off dinner, or order delivery to her home. Double-check that she doesn’t have anything else planned first. Also, make sure you know if her family has any dietary restrictions.

I recommend that you set an alert for yourself for about a month after the baby is born, and deliver dinner then. The new baby excitement is generally worn off, and having dinner delivered would be so appreciated! 

If you know mama is okay with having someone else clean her house, you could either pre-pay for a month of her current cleaning service, or line up a cleaning service for her. And if you really feel like putting in the work, you could offer to do the cleaning yourself. 

I hope this provides some gift giving inspiration for you! What are some of your favorite gift ideas for second-time moms?
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Anna is a Fargo native and currently practices family law. She lives in Fargo with her husband William, Goldendoodle Rory, and two children, Kensington and West. Anna is passionate about building connections in motherhood, because she didn't realize how much she needed other moms around her until she became one herself. In her free time, she enjoys cycling classes, yoga, reading, and the Green Bay Packers (even though they break her heart every year). Anna's guilty pleasures include Bravo reality TV and a good glass of Prosecco.

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