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Top 5 New Mom Gifts

Sure, your pal will adore all the tiny blankets, bibs and squishies, but hello—none of that is for her. Get creative and give a pamper-her treat.

A Comfy Tracksuit
Sloppy? Think again. Postbaby, she’s not shopping for designer duds—she’s looking for the coziest, easiest thing to wear.

A Manicure/Pedicure
We’re betting she won’t argue with a spa afternoon. Offer to take baby-duty while she unwinds.

A Meal/House Cleaning
Hire someone to cook and clean for a day—or do it yourself. If you’re cooking, go with a meal that’s simple to freeze and reheat, like lasagna or quiche. As for cleaning, tackle jobs that’ll take more than a spare minute, like the windows.

Babysit While She's There
Go basic. You might be surprised how much your friend would appreciate a hot shower or a 30-minute power nap.

Have a Girls' Night In
A new mom can feel disconnected. Bring the outside world in via a new DVD, photos of your latest trip and her favorite gossip rags (cookies help too). Spend some time catching up; it’ll renew your friendship and help her feel like a grown-up.

-- The Nest Editors

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