Catkins are nodding, lambs are skipping and – apparently in tune with natural rhythms – babies are popping out all around me.
As I don’t have children, I asked my young-mum colleagues to name their top-ten lifesavers.
An award-winning, soft, suckable comforter made of organic bamboo yarn; also Miniboo for premature babies, £24.98 for two. For free p&p, enter the code SMILES at the checkout (valid until 15 April).
Cuskiboo, £17.99, cuskishop.co.uk
Lamaze Play & Go Freddie The Firefly
A soft, bendy, textured toy made of velour, polyester and plastic (but safe to chew), designed to stimulate a baby’s senses from birth to crawling.
Lamaze Play & Go Freddie The Firefly, £15, jojomamanbebe.co.uk
Hello World: Baby Feeding Journal
This log is useful for new mothers with the inevitable ‘baby brain’ for recording feeding times and length.
Hello World: Baby Feeding Journal, £10, kikki-k.com
Cuddledry Hands-Free Baby Bath Towel
An apron-style towel design with a hooded sling made of soft, absorbent unbleached cotton and bamboo. It was voted a ‘bathtime lifesaver’ by one mum.
Cuddledry Hands-Free Baby Bath Towel, £29.99, cuddledry.com
Green People Organic Babies Soothing Nipple Balm
With healing herbs plus shea butter and beeswax, this 100 per cent natural, scent-free balm can be applied before, during and after breastfeeding. The brand’s Organic Babies Soothing Baby Salve, £10.50 for 100ml, cares for babies’ hands, faces, bodies and bottoms.
Organic Babies Soothing Nipple Balm, £10 for 50ml, greenpeople.co.uk
Kit & Kin nappy subscription
Eco-nappy company, launched by former Spice Girl Emma Bunton, which was unanimously applauded by the mums; it also offers wipes and skincare, including certified-natural Stretch Mark Oil, £9.99 for 100ml.
Kit & Kin nappy subscription, from £29.99 a month, kitandkin.com
At-home massage gift voucher
Ask friends for local recommendations or, if the mother lives in London or Manchester, consider soothe.com, which offers gift vouchers from £60 for 60 minutes.
Poppy Convertible Backpack Changing Bag
This great-looking, capacious satchel-style backpack/shoulder bag in black or inky blue is great for babies and useful for toddlers, too.
Poppy Convertible Backpack Changing Bag, £89, storksak.com
Cook frozen meals voucher
The most thoughtful gift, said one mother: ‘I didn’t have time to even think about what to eat.’ Vouchers can be redeemed at Cook shops nationwide, or online for home delivery.
Cook frozen meals voucher, from £10, cookfood.net
This safe, lightweight pod is ‘the best thing ever’ for sleeping and changing babies from birth to eight months, according to the mums.
SleepyHead Deluxe, from £130, johnlewis.com
Feature by Sarah Stacey