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This Mother's Day, children across the country will celebrate their mothers with heartfelt gestures like breakfast in bed, homemade cards, and the occasional macaroni necklace. Below are a few ideas on how you can celebrate the new mom or mom-to-be in your life.

  1. Babysitting coupon
    Offer mom time to catch up on sleep, go to the hair salon, run errands or do anything else she has neglected for the past few months. Or offer to babysit older siblings so mom can have some alone time with her new baby or time to herself before the new baby arrives.

  2. A homemade dinner
    Offer to make mom dinner and to do the dishes. A a plate with healthy foodnew mom or mom-to-be is often too tired by the end of the day to even think about a home cooked meal but she most likely could use one. Make sure to include fresh vegetables and healthy options. A pregnant mom and a nursing mom both have to be thinking about their nutrition.

  3. Magazine subscription
    New moms and moms-to-be often don't have time to read whole books, but magazines are great for some quiet entertainment.

  4. Gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure
    Every mom needs to feel close up of a pedicure pampered after she has spent all of her energy focusing on someone else. Include babysitting for an hour or two as well, if needed.

  5. Personalized jewelry with the name, birth date or birthstone of her new baby.
    A meaningful way to mark the occasion of a new birth is with a keepsake that mom can carry close to her. There are many companies these days that specialize in personalized jewelry.

  6. A basket of the foods she was not able to enjoy when pregnant: soft cheese, coffee and any other foods that were off limits.
    This is for new moms only. Find out if there is basket of cheesesanything in particular that she missed when she was pregnant—maybe a big sandwich with deli meats or a sushi meal. Ask her what she craved the most and then surprise her with her favorites.

  7. Coupon for a day of house cleaning from you or Woman in housecleaning clothes from a local service.
    Offer to clean the house or find a local service that can do a one-time spring cleaning. Even doing a few loads of laundry, washed, dried and folded, can be a huge help.

  8. Slippers
    furry bedroom slippersTo keep mom's feet comfy when she has to get up for frequent bathroom breaks or when she checks on her baby at night.

  9. A gift certificate for an online photo store
    She can use it to have pictures of her new baby printed or she can design her own custom baby announcements. Some sites will even address the announcements and send them out so mom does not have to worry about finding time to do it herself.

  10. Bubble bath
    Find out what mom's favorite products are and pamper her with some lotions, soaps or bubble bath so she can use them to relax and unwind.
  11. Click here for some homemade coupon ideas

Mother's Day Coupons
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Opens in new windowConsumer Product Safety Commission - Information about safe bedding practices for infants

Opens in new windowDanny Foundation - For crib and child product safety information, visit this Web site or call toll-free 1-800-833-2669 (1-800-83DANNY)

Opens in new - Department of Health and Human Services, National Women's Health Information Services for information on breast feeding

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Last updated: May 2014


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Meaningful Gifts for New Moms
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Mom Gift Coupons
offering babysitting services, dinner delivery and/or diaper delivery
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Back to Sleep information sheet
to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS
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Baby's Safe Sleep flyer/fotonovela
Mom explains to grandma why babies should be on their backs when they sleep. Share with family members and caregivers.
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Baby's Safe Sleep poster
Steps to follow to safely put a baby to bed
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Keeping Baby Safe at Home
Safe sleep tips for babies from Neonatal Intensive Care Units
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Oh Baby! We want to keep you safe from secondhand smoke
Tips for dealing with secondhand smoke
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Taking Care of Me
This self-help guide gives postpartum women practical health tips on emotional health, stress, nutrition, exercise, family planning and reproductive health, and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
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