When it comes to gifts, the birth of a new baby has got to be right up there at number one. Adding a little bundle of joy to a family creates a ripple of delight that spreads from new parents to grandparents, aunties and uncles, and even family friends.
While there’s really no way for partners to say an appropriate ‘thank you’ to the mother of their child for well, you know, giving birth, there are lots of lovely ways to treat her and make her feel special.
Romance can often be overlooked after birth – it’s one of the first things to go out the window when you’re both sleep-deprived (along with clean sheets, stain-free clothing and general housework) - but Valentine’s Day is a timely reminder of the love that united you, and, of course, made baby in the first place.
Surprise her with a thoughtful gift to help you reconnect, both as individuals and new mums and dads, and show your appreciation with our handy suggestions - rather than just, you know, buying her flowers again.
CHECK OUT: The best Valentine's Day gifts for new mums
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Valentine's gifts for new mums
Pukka teas are, well, pukka. This selection box is ideal for new mums with a load of caffeine-free options and a punchy matcha to give her the energy she desperately needs. It also comes with Pukka's infamous Love tea with a unique blend of rose, chamomile and Lavender - perfect for V Day.
If she's feeling stressed and tired – like most new mums, if we're honest – consider the gift of pampering. This rose water and essential oil bath essence is safe for both pregnant and new mums, it's cruelty free, and it'll leave her skin feeling soft and nurtured.
Another way to give the gift of calm this V Day without requiring time (that she doesn't have) from your S/O. Seriously, who thinks new mums have the time for body scrubs - and if you do, you're a miracle worker. This candle from rituals combines zesty orange and soothing cedar wood for a scent that will both calm and energise. Dreamy.
We love this - it's like it was actually made for a new mum on Valentine's Day. We can't top it, to be honest and hey, who doesn't love Emma Bridgewater? Now, just pop on the kettle and bring your S/O a lovely hot cuppa in her spanking new mug - you could even buy the teas we've included in this list...
This PJ/loungewear set from Bluebella is oh so luxurious. The wrap-over style is excellent for breastfeeding, and the silky satin will be soft against both mum and baby's skin.
For a gift with serious 'ahh' factor, appeal to her sentimental side with a sweet necklace that combines your family's names. Made with up to three rings, you can choose to include your name, hers and the baby's, or any one else she'd like, for that matter. It's available in sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold or 18ct rose gold, with various other customisable details, too.
If you're just doing little gifts between you this Valentine's Day, this is the perfect pick. It comes in at under a tenner and it's actually an ideal choice for new mums - hear us out. When you're struggling to find time to fit in a nap, let alone a pampering session, having a luxury, scented hand wash and lotion after a quick toilet trip will feel like a small win on even the busiest of days.
She may be breastfeeding and not allowed alcohol, but did you know it would take a whole 400g of alcohol chocolates to match even one shot of actual liqueur? These truffles (just 135g) will give your S/O that luxury Valentine's Champagne taste that she most likely misses with just a fraction of the units in an actual glass of Champagne - plus, they're delicious.
Another necklace idea – this time with up to four different birthstones for a gift that's as equally gorgeous as it is meaningful. Why not combine yours, hers and your new bubs'?
Finding the time to do a skincare routine when you're already juggling breastfeeding and a severe lack of sleep isn't the easiest. Make her life easier this Valentine's Day with a luxury mist, infused with soothing rosewater, for a skincare fix that can be applied at anytime of the day - over or under her make-up.
If mum's not breastfeeding then this could be a good shout. We all love a glass of vino at the end of a hard day, but sometimes you don't want to open a whole bottle just for you, and who wants to hand wash the fragile glass afterwards? These delicious canned wines from Nice can go straight in the recycling when you're finished, and you S/O can have one on her own even if you'd rather have a beer. It's a win, win.
If mum is breastfeeding, this G&T can from CleanCo is a great way to satisfy her cravings without any of the risk to baby. According to the NCT, one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week are safe to drink while breastfeeding. CleanCo's gin and tonic comes in at just a tenth of the alcohol in a usual spirit mixer - perfect for mum, and a nice way to mimic your usual V Day celebrations.
Want to wow her for a full year? This box of dates is a winner (literally, it won 2020 gift of the year...). Each one contains 26 envelopes for date night ideas to enjoy together. They vary from special silver envelopes for strictly baby-free nights, as well as other colours for simple at-home ideas to help you reconnect - perfect for lockdown, if you ask us. Even better, 10% of each sale goes to help The Smile Group – a charity dedicated to helping parents cope with postnatal depression.
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Now that you've sorted your wife/partner/girlfriend's V Day present, have you thought about what you're going to eat?
Restaurant are closed, thanks to the lovely jubbly (not) coronavirus, but that doesn't mean you can't still get your fancy on at home.
Supermarkets pull out all the stops on V Day - we're talking meal deals with three courses and, usually, some delicious profiteroles for desserts.