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The "Shop Small" Holiday Gift Guide for Pregnant and New Moms

Posted on 25 November 2016


The holiday season is a magical, but busy and sometimes stressful time for all of us, especially pregnant and new moms.  Whether you are looking for ideas to add to your own holiday wish list or you're looking for the perfect present for the new or pregnant mom in your life, we have all the ideas you need to wow this holiday season - all while supporting small, independent businesses.  


Leota Maternity Collection

Pregnancy dressing should be joyous and fun, especially during the holiday season. We love Leota’s maternity collection.  Their beautiful prints are designed in house and everything is made in New York City.  Pair one of these dresses with tights and a sweater, and mom will be prepared for holiday parties, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, and beyond!  Leota also has a selection of sales items at over 50% off and always offer free shipping on all domestic orders – who doesn’t love that?!


Maternity ‘MamaCoat’ Convertible Jacket

In the market for a coat to fit a pregnant belly? Well this one can be used during pregnancy and after! This jacket is designed to keep mom warm and dry all year round by including a removable panel with extra fabric to fit over a pregnant belly. It even has a second panel fit over a baby carrier. When the time comes, both panels can be removed and no one would know it was ever a maternity/babywearing jacket!


My Labor Gown

My Labor Gown is a beautiful, one of a kind delivery gown designed by a nurse with 26 years of experience. The unique design allows the gown to be opened from the front or back, has access for monitors, epidurals, and massage, and allows mom to breastfeed with comfort and ease even in the days after birth.  The revolutionary performance fabric is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, pill resistant, sweat absorbent, anti-stain, biodegradable, and comes in 4 beautiful color options. My Labor Gown is made in the United States. There is no disputing that this would be the perfect gift for someone looking to walk into the delivery room with style, grace, and confidence.


Vida Leche Amor 


Vida Leche Amor is a collection of fashionable nursingwear designed to fit and flatter throughout the full-term nursing relationship while providing quick, easy, comfortable and discreet breastfeeding and pumping access.  While all of our tops and dresses are designed to be worn even after the child has weaned with no trace of their original function, many of our styles are also compatible with pregnancy, making Vida Leche Amor a perfect present for new and pregnant moms.  Our new holiday dress collection was inspired by our struggles to find breastfeeding-friendly clothes for special occasions, and would make the perfect early holiday gift for any nursing or pregnant mom.  Vida Leche Amor is dedicated to empowering moms through normalizing breastfeeding.  Our clothes are made in the United States and ship for free to any location in the USA.


Nesh NYC

Nesh NYC is a collection of beautiful and comfortable clothes inspired by the yogi lifestyle and designed for a busy woman to transition seamlessly throughout her day, which is perfect for new moms.  Nesh's comfortable and fashionable leggings and joggers are perfect to pair with breastfeeding friendly tops, especially in the first few months when jeans may be a little less than comfortable.  Nesh is not only designed in New York City, but manufactured in the historic garment district.  Nesh is also currently shooting a film about their new #blackhoodiemovement designed to break barriers and empower women.


Simply Serasi Jewelry

With all of the physical changes that happen throughout pregnancy and the months following a baby's birth, it's nice to know that some things, like beautiful jewelry, will always fit.  Simply Serasi is a collection of gorgeous handmade jewelry that includes geometric, minimalist earrings and necklaces along with customizable initial and name jewelry, which is perfect for a new mother.  Simply Serasi is designed with the mission to spread a culture of honor and to help eliminate homelessness.  A portion of the proceeds are donated to Crossroads Rhode Island, the largest homeless services organization in Rhode Island.


The Birth Bag

Preparing for labor and the needs of postpartum life is something every new mom can use a little help with. The Birth Bag was created by a birth and postpartum doula and is filled with everything you need for pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the first postpartum days.  The Birth Bag includes nourishing snacks, essential oils, massage tools, and a 20 page booklet filled with information to help prepare the body for birth.  You can even customize the color of the stylish tote and use it after the baby is born.


Mambino Organics: Bun in the Oven Kit, 5 Piece

Mambino Organics is a line of organic skincare products with the mission to "create a better world through holistic products that are safe, highly effective, and free of any chemicals or yucky stuff." This 5 piece kit is filled with lotions and oils to help make a women feel relaxed and glowing. It includes belly butter to help with the appearance of stretch marks, a face serum to keep hydrated and restore radiance, body toning oil to help any dry areas of skin on the stomach, arms and legs, organic mandarin crème to use as a body was, and lip balm. Mambino also carries a wide array of skincare products for babies and breastfeeding moms.


We have also rounded up some of the best independent, eco-friendly, educational toys for the babies and toddlers on your holiday list:  


Green Toys Twist Teether

This eco-friendly teether is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, making it not only ultra-safe for even the youngest babies, but also a great choice for the planet.  Each charm on the teether has a different texture and color to stimulate visual and tactile senses.


Bambino Bamboozles

These wooden blocks are designed with 8-10 month old babies in mind. The simple design is a great way to teach them about how things fit together and will help develop problem solving skills and fine motor skills.  The wood is sealed with organic and all natural oils for durability and safety for the baby. 


Maya Organic: Peppy Five Stacking Toy

Looking for a gift for a toddler? The Peppy Five Stacking Toy is perfect for children learning about colors and numbers. Being able to match the stacks together by color will strengthen early analytical skills. These toys are even socially conscious! They are made by artisans in Karnataka, India. All of the wood and paint samples are eco-friendly as well. This gift will teach your child while making the world a better place.


Homemade Textured Blocks



This easy tutorial to create textured blocks from Fireflies and Mudpies is the perfect project to help teach your older child about the gift of giving this holiday season.  The various textures on the blocks will stimulate your baby's senses and help with their cognitive development.  Your older child will be proud to give a handmade gift crafted with love, and will appreciate the time you spent together making it. 

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