I asked and you delivered, again! Now this is a list I can contribute to and I will voice some of my favorite postpartum items for moms. I’m going to go ahead and put this out there, having a baby is a messy job and while I don’t want to scare anyone, the postpartum period is just as messy. I couldn’t sit down for a week without crying following my first born due to lacerations, but I was up and walking around after my second child. Every birthing experience is different. Whether you had a natural birth or a c-section, each experience is different. I’m hoping for an easy peasy healing this time around, but I feel like you never know what to expect when going into labor.
With all of that being said, here is an intense, in depth list of items that you MIGHT need postpartum. The good news is that most of these are available on Amazon and Target, and can be ordered or picked up quickly. Which I might add is awesome, because with my first child, we didn’t have either option. I had to send my husband to the store for nipple cream, the “largest” pads or depends he could find, and stool softeners. Imagine his enthusiasm… yep, he was thrilled.
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Here is the list of my Instagram follower’s recommendations, in no specific order.
- Postpartum clothing, including button down night gowns or pajamas, nursing tops and gowns, and soft robes (I am dedicating an entire post to this later this week, be on the lookout).
- Tucks pads
- Baby Frieda Peri Bottle
- Sitz baths
- Witch Hazel
- Eye mask
- Epsom salts
- Earth Mama Nipple Butter
- Sound machine for yourself and the baby
- Dry Shampoo
- Perineal Cool Packs
- Breast Cool/Heat Packs
- Stool softener
- Large underwear
- Pads (always flex foam)
- Mattress cover
- Chucks pads or puppy pads
If you’re still reading this, I’m hoping you are here because you need this information. I’m about to go into detail and step out of my comfort zone by putting these things online.
What are my favorite brands and items from this list? Keep in mind, both of my previous deliveries were v-delivery and I have not experienced a c-section.
- Nursing pads that don’t stick to your nipple. I ruined so many expensive nursing tops from the creams used to ease sore nipples. For the life of me, I could not wash these creams and oils out of my tops. Also, if you have any cracking, sensitive skin, or wounds on your nipples, you will want a pad that is soft and not gauzy so it does not cause more trauma when removing, ouch!
- Always Infinity Pads with Flex Foam. I’m not going to go into much detail here but the same with above. If you have any damage down there, the last thing you want is something that sticks and causes more damage. The flex foam pads are super absorbent, flexible, and were the most comfortable, in my opinion. I transitioned to these when I was home, out of the thick hospital pads, and bleeding slowed down a bit.
- Donut or cushion. I could not sit down for a week without one of these following my first birth. These help relieve pressure.
- Mattress cover. Now is the time to make sure you have a waterproof mattress cover on your bed. You will also want to use puppy pads or chux pads if you have heavy bleeding post delivery. You will not feel like changing your mattress protector every time you have an accident or leak. Not to mention newborn spit up, breast milk leaks, and etc.
- The hospital will give you items like thick pads, mesh panties, dermoplast, and etc. Ask for more and take a stock of them home with you!
- Follow your physician’s advice with avoiding consitpation and use some sort of stool softener. I started Miralax prior to birth because that first postpartum bathroom experience is like having a baby all over again.
- Have a portable fan or bedside fan, hello night sweats!
- You are going to be famished and dehydrated following birth. Keep plenty of nutritious snacks in every room of the house and make yourself eat routinely. Water is your best friend and you must stay hydrated, so keep a few water canisters in several rooms of the house.
Natural Tips For the Oily Mommas
My friend Lauren over at the The Barn Essentials sent me these tips for using essential oils during the postpartum period. If you’re interested in learning more about oils, send me an email or follow this link to sign up.
- Progessence Plus for your mood
- Cypress for hemorrhoids
- Rose Ointment for nipple care
- NingXia & Super B for energy
- Sulfurzyme for hair loss
- Joy & Orange for mood
- Seedlings Baby Wipes for gentle cleaning
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This post is difficult because it is really part of several posts: What’s in My Hospital Bag, Postpartum Necessities, Postpartum Clothing, and Advice for New Moms. I hope I kept it simple and will link back to this post in each of the other posts soon. For the love of all things, treat yourself to a fabulous set of pajamas or a robe, you will be living in them and deserve it momma!