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How To Curate That Special Gift For First Time Moms

How To Curate That Special Gift For First Time Moms

Finding the perfect gift for first time moms may be easier than you think. If you have a first time mom in your life, let her personality do the talking. Here how you can curate that special gift to make the new mom in your life feel safe, appreciated, and loved.

For the practical new mother

Did you know that 35% of American women who have babies are over the age of 30? This means that the new mommy in your life will want first time mother gifts that are effective and built to last, such as breastfeeding wraps to use on the run. When you’re struggling to curate that special gift, give the practical new mother something that she can use for a long time.

Though cashmere has a reputation for being hard to manage, it’s actually one of the most durable and versatile fabrics on the market. Your baby’s soft skin won’t be irritated by the fabric and cleanup is a breeze as long as you dry the cashmere product on a towel. This makes it one of the best gifts for new parents who want a gift that grows with their child. When you’re looking at baby blankets or other cashmere baby gifts, you can rest assured that the new mom in your life will appreciate the thought and effort that went into choosing a practical, luxurious fabric.

For the mom who likes to relax

It’s essential that new moms spend quality time with their new baby. This means that she’ll spend hours on the couch or bed cuddling, playing, and bonding with her new child. As such, you want to be sure that your new mommy receives a gift to keep both her and baby comfortable as they build their relationship.

Think about investing in cashmere baby blankets for the little one and a cashmere mommy wrap for the new mom. Cashmere is soft but durable, light but warm. Cashmere breastfeeding wraps and baby blankets will ensure the two most important people in your life remain comfortable and safe.

It’s essential that you find a practical gift that the new mom in your life will love. After all, not just any gift will do. With the premium baby gifts from 10 To 12 Baby Lounge, you never need to worry about finding the perfect special gift. The new mom in your life will love the cashmere baby blanket set or breastfeeding wraps you give her this year.

What Being a Working Mom Means to Me

Guest Written By: Aly Enwright 
Instagram: @Aly.andCo
Blog: www.alyandco.com
Featured in Photo: Aly’s adorable daughter, Nati with her favorite Kiwi the Cat blanket from 10 to 12 Baby Lounge

Four years ago I returned back to work after what felt like the shortest three months of maternity leave ever. I was a mess. I cried for weeks leading up to that day. When the day finally came that I became a working mom, I felt like I shattered into a million pieces. I had to leave my baby at home while I went back to my full-time job. I was heartbroken and envied all of the stay at home moms that got to stay at home and cuddle with their babies all day.

I loved my job, I really did. I did years of schooling and at this point I had already worked my way up to a senior-level position in the public relations industry. I was lucky enough to land an amazing job right after college and I was doing exactly what I dreamt of doing. So why did I feel like this?

Mom guilt is very much real, and I was experiencing a very bad case of it. I wanted to spend every moment with my baby, and it broke me to leave her behind every morning. This feeling of guilt, pain and sadness lasted for months. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed my career because I was too busy worrying about my baby when I was away, even though I knew she was in the very best care.  

This pattern continued for at least two months. It took time for me to get back into my routine, but once I did, I felt a new sense of determination. I began to realize how much hard work I had already put into my career, and I wanted to keep going to show my daughter that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

I wish I knew where this “aha” moment came from, but it really just came to me. I started reading articles of working moms who were sharing their stories, filled my Instagram feed with inspiring women, and just began to give it my all again. I worked hard to hit my goals and set high expectations for myself. When I came home, I was able to focus all of my time and energy into my daughter. No distractions.  This balance began to fuel me.

Four years later, and now with two kids, I feel my life is more balanced than ever. I’m continuing to work my way up in my career, and this sense of fulfillment has helped me become a better mother. Not only am I able to fulfill my life through my career but I’m also setting an example for my kids. I get home from work every day and I’m able to unplug and really just enjoy my time with them since I know I have already conquered my day.

If I have learned one thing from my experience, it is that it is absolutely okay to grow your family and career at the same time. Why should you have to put one on hold for the other? At the end of each day I feel accomplished on so many levels. I worked hard to put my feelings of guilt and sadness behind me by finding inspiration through other women. At the end of the day, we need to do what feels right. Follow your heart and never take on more than you can handle.

The Art Of Gift Wrapping

The Art Of Gift Wrapping

If you’re planning on giving the new mommy in your life a luxury gift, the presentation must be just as beautiful as the gift inside. This can be especially difficult if you’re struggling to wrap plush cashmere baby gifts or a soft baby blanket set. 

Here are some essential tips to make your gift wrapping — almost — as good as the present inside.

Choose great wrapping paper

Your premium baby gifts deserve the best wrapping paper on the market. Thin wrapping paper is prone to creasing or wrinkling in unexpected places, or even tearing. This often ruins the entire presentation of your gift. 

Thick wrapping paper with a beautiful design is the best option to present your baby blanket gift. It’s easier to control creases during the wrapping process and won’t tear like other flimsy gift wraps. On top of that, the thick paper will feel rich and luxurious to the touch when she opens her present. Just be sure to place your baby blanket gift on the paper before you cut — this will give you the perfect amount of paper to cover the present. Using too much wrapping paper is a common beginner’s mistake.

When in doubt, use a box

If you’re wrapping a difficult object like a cashmere wrap for babies or a breastfeeding cover, you might want to put it in a box before you wrap it. Loose gifts made from cashmere are more prone to tearing and puncturing the wrapping paper. This can be a huge detriment to both the overall look of your gift and the surprise gift inside!

Avoid the potential for punctures by placing flexible or fragile items in a rigid box. Not only will this give you a clean crease when you wrap your present, but it will also be easier to transport if you have to travel for the holidays.

If wrapping a box is still beyond your gift wrapping capabilities, then use the Internet to your advantage. Video sharing sites like Youtube have thousands of video tutorials with easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions.

…Or use a bag!

Bags are a wonderful gift option because you can play with different colors and patterns. They’re easy to carry and you can fill a bag with just about anything. This makes them a great option for last-minute gifts or multiple items for twins. While twins only occur in four out of every 1,000 live births, this is still a great option for any new mom. Try experimenting with different paper tissue to create a fun look for the holidays.

The new mom in your life will love it when she opens her new premium baby gifts. When you have trouble with the art of gift wrapping, try these tips to improve your presentation.

Announcing Mommy Appreciation Sundays: Weekly Instagram Giveaways

Being a mom is hard work. It’s nonstop. It’s a full-time job without the salary and benefits. You can’t clock out at 5 o’clock, and forget about the work until 9 o’clock the next morning. You’re constantly on call, and you have to be ready to handle anything that’s thrown your way (including, but not limited to, dirty diapers, mashed bananas, and sippy cups). We understand. That’s part of the reason we started posting the mom blogs on our website, and created our community on Pinterest. Being a mom is a job you love, one you wouldn’t trade for anything, but let’s be honest…you often feel underappreciated and underpaid.

 

We at 10 to 12 Baby Lounge feel like moms deserve more than just one day a year to show how much we love them. I mean, what would we do without them?!? After talking about our own moms and the moms in our community that inspire us over the recent Mother’s Day holiday, we decided we needed to do more to show mom we care.

 

That’s why, starting THIS weekend, we are introducing Mommy Appreciation Sundays!  Mommy Appreciation Sundays is an 8-week Mother appreciation campaign centered around the message that “Mothers deserve more love and recognition than just one Mother’s Day.” Beyond our usual monthly mom blogs, our social media pages will be flooded with stories to inspire, thank and educate mothers. We want you to know that we appreciate you, and that we think you deserve something special! In addition to all the words of love and admiration, we will also be featuring great Instagram giveaways and unbeatable deals for mommy.

 

To say thank you for all that mothers do, 10 to 12 Baby Lounge will be doing an 8-week giveaway of some of our various mommy cashmere (as featured this month in Mom.me) and baby cashmere products. Each Sunday morning from 10am to 12pm, the first three customers who arrive to our website to claim the Instagram giveaway will be rewarded with one of our signature mommy cashmere or baby cashmere products.

 

Not one of the first three for the Instagram giveaway? Have no fear!  A special discount on all 10 to 12 mommy cashmere and baby cashmere will also be offered to the rest of our customers who make a purchase every Sunday from June 3rd until July 22nd. These are some deals for mommy that you can’t pass up! Shop for yourself, or for another special mommy in your life.

 

The first week Instagram giveaway will be one of our Baby Cashmere Wraps in multiple colors. This cozy set is made of some of the softest cashmere on the planet, for a versatile and stylish addition to any baby’s wardrobe. So, don’t forget to visit our website THIS Sunday for your chance to enter to win this incredible giveaway! And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out our mom blogs for more stories to inspire and educate. Also, check in on social media (especially Instagram) each week to find out what will be given away next!

 

The entire Mommy Appreciation Sundays event will culminate on July 22nd with a live event hosted at the new Baby Lounge @ American Rag Cie store in Hollywood which will feature the new fall 10 to 12 line of products, host mommy bloggers and influencers, and will include a raffle for a Bentley Stroller and other luxurious goodies for Mommy, like full sized products from Indermica Skincare and special deals with Volvo Cars of Santa Monica. Just another way for us to give a big THANK YOU to all our mommies out there!

First Mother’s Day Gifts: Best Presents for New Moms

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and for new moms this day is full of novelty and excitement. Their introduction to sleepless nights and compounding loads of laundry, mixed with the sweetness of bringing new life into the world is a drastic change in lifestyle for new mommies. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show these admirable women extra appreciation. Whether you are stuck on finding a perfect luxurious first Mother’s Day gift to treat your friend, sister, wife or partner, here are a few unique and thoughtful ideas for first Mother’s Day presents from a first-hand mom herself.

Top First Mother’s Day Gifts

Poncho

If there’s anything a new mom needs, its a soft, warm cover when she feeds. With our 10 to 12 Mama Cashmere Ponchoshe’ll feel amazing and her baby will melt in her arms as they lounge peacefully on a cloud of luxurious, machine-washable cashmere. Our cashmere poncho can be easily slipped over the baby’s head, comes in a keepsake box to preserve all of baby’s special milestones, and functions as a soft baby blanket too, making the perfect first Mother’s Day gift.

First Mother's Day gifts 10 to 12 cashmere ponchoSkincare

The new momma in your life has just carried another human being inside her body for the past nine months. Not only has she gone through the pain of pregnancy, but she’s experienced weight gain, flux of hormones, stretch marks and little sleep in the process, which can be a huge confidence shaker. What she probably wants is something to help her feel beautiful again. What better first Mother’s Day gift than skincare?

Natural Oils: Beauty experts swear that oils are the best for skin hydration and renewal. Coconut oil and argan oil help to replenish the skin with nutrients and repair damage from sun, dehydration and exhaustion.

Anti-Aging Products: Finally we have been let into a little French skincare secret; start using anti-aging products before you see the signs of aging to preserve your healthy glow! The added benefit of a spa-like routine at home is a cherry on top. Ingredients like peptides, antioxidants and Retinol are some of the stars to look for when scouting the right products. Revision Skincare is one brand that is proven to be known and trusted for its quality, so you can be sure it is worth the investment. The Mom in your life will be thrilled as soon as she experiences the difference of its products. Our suggestion for an extra-special, pampering gift is Revision’s One of a Kind gift set. Included in the set is the silky-soft Intellishade Matte tinted moisturizer that will make putting on daily SPF feel like a luxury, and blends into most skin tones with anti-aging benefits.

Face Masks: Face masks are always a great Mother’s day present because not only do they replenish the skin, they provide the perfect excuse for your new mom to just take twenty minutes to sit back and relax after a long day.

Leggings

In the first year or so after giving birth, comfort is a huge priority for new moms when it comes to clothes. She’s not going to want to wear jeans around the house when she’s feeding or holding the baby — Leggings are THE go-to lounge wear. She also might be trying to shave off the last few pregnancy pounds and get back on track with her workout schedule. Leggings are one of the most practical first mother’s day gifts that you’ll be sure will be put to good use.

First Mother's Day Gifts leggings

 

 

Personalized Jewelry

If you’re looking for something more meaningful or thoughtful, personalized jewelry is always a good idea. Getting her a custom engraved ring or necklace as a first mother’s day present is great because it’s something that will last, and something that really memorializes this big day. Etsy is a great resource for handmade personalized jewelry.

First Mother's Day gifts Etsy jewelry

 

 

Tote Bag

Tote bags are both practical and cute and can make the best bonus Mother’s Day presents. First time moms will realize that with the new baby, they suddenly have so many things to carry around, be it bottles, handkerchiefs, or diapers. Getting her a light, roomy, machine-washable tote bag with a cute design is a perfect first mother’s day gift.

First Mother's Day gifts tote bag

 

 

Lap Desk

New moms know that there’s nothing more convenient and comfortable than being able to journal or work while sitting in bed. Imagine being able to write a card or type an email while patting your newborn to sleep next to you! Rest assured, there’s no better Mother’s Day present than a nice, comfy lap desk.

 

First Mother's day gifts lap desk

 

 

If you have any other suggestions for First Mother’s Day gifts, feel free to contribute and share in the comments below!

Signed,

A New Momma

 

Please enter “MothersDay30” at check out to redeem your 30% off gift from 10 to 12 Baby Lounge with any purchase for a limited time. Happy Mother’s Day!

#MommyAppreciationSunday!

“Mothers deserve more love & recognition than just one Mother’s Day.”
This Sunday between 10am and 12pm, we're giving away 3 FREE 'Cashmere Baby Sets' with code MOMMYAPPRECIATION at checkout! If you're not one of the lucky 3, we're still offering 40% off ALL cashmere baby and mommy gifts all day on Sunday!

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