Mother's Day gifts are often a source of confusion and anxiety, especially for new and expectant moms. Will the traditional flowers and chocolates do? Our advice - eschew the conventional route and give from the heart. New and soon-to-be moms will truly appreciate the extra special effort. Take a look at our top five suggestions:

1)   Be a Self-Sufficient Helping Hand:

Everyone wants to see the new baby, meaning parents often recieve a stream of visitors the weeks/months following the birth. But do not visit expecting to be entertained. New parents barely have time to sleep let alone prepare dinner for guests, or plan daily activities. Take the initiative and look after yourself.

2)   Stock the Fridge:

Whether snacks and comfort food, or favorite bottled drinks, knowing food is on hand is one less thing to worry about for a new or expecting parent. Which leads us to…

3)   Prepare a Meal:

Order in or cook it yourself - the results are the same. Easing the stress of mealtime while also ensuring (and gently cajoling) a new or expectant parent to eat! 

4)   Maid Service:

Yes, as in cleaning, laundry, and other household chores that will be overlooked. It is amazing how much laundry a tiny baby can generate! Allow a parent to put up their feet, take a nap, or better yet, spend time with the baby while you tend to the house. Expectant moms will especially appreciate less time on their feet.

5)   Come Bearing Gifts:

Books and toys are always thoughtful touches, but baby essentials will be a welcome addition. And, one less Target run for the parent. 

BONUS - Watch the Baby:

Of course - this is your intention in the first place! But even if baby is sleeping, offer to keep an ear out so parent is free to focus on non-baby activities (such as taking a shower).

Every thoughtful gesture will be greatly appreciated and reciprocated in the future - the times when you desperately need a capable assistant during life's hectic moments. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful, caring, loving mothers around the world!