When you’re a mama caring for a brand-new human, life itself is DIY. This month we’re celebrating the DIY mama life with 20 pretty, practical projects for home, body, and beauty for yourself, a new mama friend, or anyone else with a yen for a little homemade luxury. Sign up for DIY Mama and receive a pretty, practical project in your inbox every day this April.
Sometimes the best homemade luxuries are the ones that soothe and relax, like herbal balm and hot tea for nursing mothers, or a calming room spray for the nursery. Abbye Churchill, editorial director of the beautiful Wilder Quarterly, brings you a week of small apothecary projects for mama and baby — or anyone who would like a little homemade pampering.
A homemade cleaner makes a lovely and practical gift — for yourself or a new mama you know. In the second week of DIY Mama, Stephanie Gerber of Hello Glow offers a week of homemade cleaners, like wet wipes for baby, and stain remover and linen spray for mama.
As baby gets bigger, it's both fun and practical to make recipes that mama and baby can share at snacktime and lunchtime. Amy Palanjian of Yummy Toddler Food shares a smart, savvy set of meals with flavor twists to nourish both mama and toddler (plus lactation cookies for the nursing mom).
Babies need constant care, but a mama can't forget to care for herself. Stylist and herbalist Darienne Sutton offers a week of homemade body care — simple little luxuries like belly butter, facial oils, and eye masks for the morning after those 3 a.m. wakeups. These are dreamy homemade gifts for mothers of all ages.