There is perhaps no experience as life-changing as motherhood. For new mothers—especially those who have just given birth to their first babies—the first few days and weeks following delivery are the most difficult.

Having a new baby means making necessary adjustments to practically everything in your life. New mothers in the United States reported having "complex feelings mixed with gratitude" about their new role, according to a survey published in 2021 in Frontiers in Sociology. While filled with excitement, they expressed urgent concerns about infant feeding, general stress and work/life balance.

While money can't buy everything, certain items or services may take some of the stress off a new mom's shoulders. If you have a new mom in your life, what postpartum gifts should you get to make the job easier? We talked to moms, an OB-GYN and a parenting coach to get their ideas.

What new moms really want

New mothers are so overwhelmed by their new responsibilities that they tend to be unable to look to their own comforts first.

"There is hardly a moment for yourself, a moment's peace, and