Mom approved holiday gift ideas

Some of my favorite gifts since becoming a mom have been the practical ones that I’ll get the most use out of. Give these products a try and you’ll find yourself using (and loving) them over and over again. Happy shopping!

Nini and Pumpkin Moon Cocoon

I’m a huge fan of wearable blankets for bedtime and the moon cocoon is one of my absolute favorites. It’s perfect for Chicago winters and I sleep easy knowing my kids are safe and warm each night. Plus, the designs are fun and the fabric is super soft.

Moms will love: The ultimate versatility. The sleep sack grows with your child, making it a great value.

The Nini and Pumpkin Moon Cocoon retails for $125+.

7 A.M. Enfant Pookie Poncho Classic

I love that I can continue to wear Ellie even as the temps drop. The Pookie Poncho Classic not only keeps her cozy, but it looks great and is simple to use. This is definitely a must-have gift for Chicago babywearing mommas. It also comes in a lighter version.

Moms will love: The 3-in-1 design. Use the Pookie Poncho to cover your stroller and car seat, too.

The 7 A.M. Enfant Pookie Poncho retails for $118.

Petit Somme Neck Pillow

Never play the “head tilt” game in the car again. You know it; your kid falls asleep in the car and their head falls forward. So you gently tip it back, only to have it fall again. This kid-sized neck pillow provides only sweet dreams-inducing comfort.

Moms will love: The peace of mind. The Petit Somme Neck Pillow is made of environmentally friendly material and is free of harsh chemicals.

The Petit Somme Neck Pillow retails for $75.

Homemade Smoothies for Mother and Baby

Let’s face it, smoothies make getting our recommended daily portions of fruits and veggies much more doable. This recipe book is pretty much perfect for moms and babies (and toddlers and big kids), with detailed recipes that are easy to follow.

Moms will love: The variety. There are recipes for pregnancy through nursing to baby’s first foods and beyond.

Homemade Smoothies for Mother and Baby retails for $14.05+.

The PhoneSoap Charger

Fellow germaphobes, this is the gift for you. This genius product uses UV light to sanitize your phone, leaving you feeling a little less guilty about the cringe-worthy moment when your baby happens to get her hands (or mouth) on it.

Moms will love: The double duty. It will charge your phone, too!

The PhoneSoap Charger retails for $59.95.

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