FRUGALISTA GIFTS: Baby Bump Palooza, Comfort & Joy I

Taking Care of Mom – before & after


August & September are two of the highest birth months. Still looking for a great gift for a recent or upcoming birth?
Of, course the gift registry is a go to source. But how memorable is a gift that’s unexpected and on point?
Gifts that pamper offer just that.
These things may not be on lists at Target, Macy’s or BabysRUs. Some moms already have enough baby stuff. Or, maybe she claims to need nothing.
So, consider a gift that makes her life easier, more comfortable on the road ahead. A gift she didn’t realize she needed.

Instead of this






Make her feel like this:

Note: Items may sell out, and prices may change.


Many people detest housekeeping in the best of circumstances. Complicate that with caring for a little one. A gift of a house cleaning service might bring her to tears.


There are many Nationwide services. Prices vary. For instance offers a two-hour cleaning for $33; Merry Maids charges $20/hour.

Do verify the service’s reliability and satisfaction rating with friends or a rating service like Angie’s List.

Click here for a listing of Nationwide cleaners.


Maternity body pillows

You can find various maternity pillow choices and sizes from $10 to $75, like the ones below.

Tip: find out where mom’s discomfort lies to gift the perfect maternity pillow.
Bonus: many mothers continue to use the pillow after the baby’s birth, especially while feeding.

More mothers seem to recommend Leachco and Boppy maternity pillows.

A nurse created the Leachco – All Nighter Total Body Pregnancy Pillow. It’s multi-positional, so Mom 3ead1e5a-7a9f-47af-9447-b20daeb5db38_1-c601d7864db49e6e5aba5a8dd8cb1d0bcan position for best fit to the discomfort. And long enough to support the entire body.

5c362d9b-b1f1-4289-98ed-89d619d819ad-jpg-_cb291613759__sl300__The Boppy Custom Fit Total Body Pillow was developed by physical therapist. Whether it’s her neck, belly, back, hips, legs or sore ankles, this 3-piece design pillow has it covered. Velcro makes rearranging the pieces easy. Bonus: it’s machine washable.


Sometimes smaller does the trick like the BabiesRUs Pregnancy Wedge Pillow. Mom could get more comfortable sleep with this supporting her belly and helping with back pain.

Body maternity pillows also available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Walmart, Wayfair, Kohl’s
Prices range from $8 to $50.
Some mothers indicated that a simple body pillow can serve the same purpose. (Available at all retailers above)


Remember: to find the best price and/or all retailers for a product:
Use shopping comparison tools, like bizrate, Shopzilla. Check out the top shopping comparison sites here  and here
Or, Google the gift choice, then click “Shopping” tab.

Peace of Mind

Baby monitors might not seem a pampering gift for Mom. These, however, providevpsychological comfort in the form of peace of mind.
The Baby Center 2016 Moms Picks Awards rated the VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor as a 4.4 out of 5. Features a 1,000 feet of range, secure transmission, 51-5lvwzupl-_sy400_ intercom, nightlight and more.
$30, $36, $40


Mom can add additional cameras to the Motorola MBP33S Monitor  to listen from more rooms. Also offers night vision, five lullabies and much more.
Also rated 4.4
$123 $127,

Click here for the full list of 2016 Mom Picks, with more choices from $50 to $300.


Give new and experienced expectant moms few laughs with this article –

9 Things Never to Say to the Parents of a Newborn


Comfort For the Sole

Feet are often a source of discomfort in pregnancy and after birth. So, we offer several comfy choices.


If she prefers sandals, gift her style, comfort (wide stretchy straps, contoured footbeds!) and coolness with the Sudini ‘Hailey’ Leather Sandal. In leather and textile uppers, with leather lining.
$40 $90



The Denim Rope Sole Classics slip-ons might be a godsend in many ways for new Mom. Not only an easy fit, but in coordinating with many outfits. And these are cushioned; have elastic and  removable antimicrobial sock liners!

$50 $59


The Vegan Metallic Linen Avalon slip-ons offer a bit of fashion upgrade, with the same comfort.

$50 $59

Bonus: With above gifts,  you also give to others. Tom’s currently works with the hundred plus giving Partners in more than 70 countries. The altruistic mom might really appreciate that.


Memory foam in shoes can never be wrong, right? The Evelyn Slip-On
Ease offers this and leather uppers, elastic panels and more. Also a bit of an upgrade. At this price you may want to give these and one of the others above.
$20 (Compare at $75.00)
The Eastland Evelyn Slip-On provides same features in Nubuck leather.
$30 (Compare at $75)



Would Mom love a basket or bag _mg_7274filled with the items detailed in this article?

After Birth Must Haves – the Unglamorous Postpartum List


What item did you wish for during pregnancy of after birth?


We hope you find the perfect gift; or at least get some perfect ideas for your gift recipient. Know your gift recipient, or their needs, and you cannot go wrong.


We love to hear your comments and suggestions. Please share your thoughts and all posts you find helpful.


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