Everyone has their list of must-haves when it comes to babies. From clothing to creams, all mother's know best! With the birth of my first child my biggest concern turned out to be a million times easier than I expected, recovery. Which let's be honest, having the worst expectations may have made it that much easier on me. But that isn't to say it is easy by any means, especially with a newborn you're trying to care for and love! This is one department I just wasn't sure how to prepare for so I have made a list of things that I found a NEED for and useful when it came to postpartum care. Just keep in mind that what works for me may not be your cup of tea, don't be afraid to do things differently. Since we are all different and thats the beauty of life!
1. Raid The Hospital-
First things first, take home ALL the things from the hospital (If you aren't having a hospital birth you can still find them). I had the cutest nurse that would stash items for me to take home every time she restocked something. I am talking the giant diaper underwear they provide (similar), medicated cooling pads (my hospital had these ones), squirt bottle to clean up there (if you know, you know!) and even diapers/wipes. When you get home you don't want to worry about trying to get these things and will want them on hand to continue to use!
I am a big fan of Pink Stork products. I haven't tried them all, but the ones I have, I would recommend. I feel like you just can't go wrong! I am actually not a big fan of tea so I would make a cup and wait for it to cool down and then just guzzle it, but if you like to sit down and enjoy a hot cup the flavor is actually pretty good!
PS if you are planning on nursing and having a hard time having enough milk they have some amazing products for that!
Planning on breast feeding? When your feeding your baby on one side the other side is just drip, drip, dripping. One of my sisters gifted this to me and I thought it was kinda silly, but boy is it magic! When I am feeding my little babe on one side I wear the suction on the other and collect around 3oz that was just soaking into my nursing pads! If you're a mama you know how precious this is, there is a reason they call it liquid gold!
4. Nursing pads-
Nursing or not, you're gonna wake up soaking wet in the night from your milk, I was shocked, no one warned me and I couldn't help but laugh. These are the nursing pads I've liked and have worked well! Not saying you wont find yourself waking up wet in the night but you wont be walking around with a wet shirt for all to see!
5. Robe and Comfy PJs-
If you are anything like me you will have constant family visiting your newborn babe but ain't no postpartum mama having time nor feels like getting ready and NO ONE expects you to! I lived in comfy PJs, sweats and a robe! Remember your body just went through the ringer and you performed a miracle so do what is best for you and don't worry what others think!
Some of my favs:
Plain Jane (cutest robes, PJs, house dresses- they've got it all!)
Target Robes (this one is my fav!)
Baobei (I wore these leggings while pregnant and then the first few weeks postpartum, game changer!)
Anything that you are comfortable in, is loose and can easily be nursed in is a win in my book!
6. Nursing Bra-
I went through a million I swear. I had the hardest time finding one I liked and was comfortable in. Interestingly enough I landed on this one from target for daily wear, especially if I was going out and about. And its only $18.99! If I know I am just lounging around at home (and not going braless haha) this one from Baobei is SUPER comfy and you can workout in it, if you're up to it.
7. Jasmine Oil-
I believe this oil from Primally Pure was key to keeping the skin on my belly, thighs and bottom soft when stretching out during and recovering after pregnancy. I honestly wouldn't mind stretch marks, I feel like it's all part of the process. But I didn't get ANY on or around my belly and just subtle ones on my behind, I contribute that all to this oil and also think you could use a different all natural oil if you like a certain scent or brand and it would work similarly.
Overall, do NOT overwhelm yourself. Like I mentioned, I was most nervous about recovery through the whole process and it turned out to be not as bad as I imagined. Honestly having your sweet baby in your arms is all that matters after the fact!
These were key in postpartum for me, but I was suggested many other things before I gave birth that were helpful to others, I just didn't end up needing or using all those things. Please share in the comments below what you found useful and important to your recovery so we can all take note!
Most importantly take time for you. You can't be much help to your new baby if you don't take care of yourself. AND ENJOY THOSE NEWBORN CUDDLES, there is nothing sweeter in the world!