Having a new baby is a wonderful and exciting life change. Your friends and family will be just as excited as you are. It’s one of those changes that means needing a lot of new stuff. People will buy you everything from baby clothes or blankets, to car seats and furniture. By the time baby arrives you’ll acquire everything you need and more to take care of her. But most of the time you forget that you are going to go through something too. Giving birth is hard on your body and you need some items postpartum too.
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6 Items You Need Postpartum
1. Overnight Pads
Having a baby is traumatic for you body. A lot of things will be different after labor and delivery even with the smoothest of experience and no complications.
You will be bleeding for a while afterwards. It’s like a very heavy period that goes on forever. And n a way that is what is happening. Those past periods to didn’t have while you were in pregnant? You’ll make up for it now.
I use 2 different pads the first week or 2 when the bleeding is the heaviest. I use the Always Overnight Maxi Pads Size 5 level 5 overnight. During the day, and later overnight, I use Always Overnight Maxi Pads Size 4
Once everything calms down I just use basic liners around the clock until the bleeding is gone entirely. I like Always Ultra Thin Liners
Having pads before you get home is huge. They will send you some home from the hospital but you want to be prepared so you don’t have to go out immediately when you run out.
2. Breast Pads
If you are planning to breastfeed your baby you’ll want to have some breast pads on hand. Most women will leak for the first few weeks at least. During engorgement until your breasts start to regulate their milk production breast pads will help save you from embarrassing leaks in public.
There are a lot of different choices. I’ve used disposable and reusable.
For disposable I like Lansinoh Ultra Soft Nursing Pads
For reusable I like Bamboobies Reusable Overnight Breast Pads
3. Ice Packs
Breastfeeding or not, engorgement is unpleasant. Having ice packs ready is a really good idea.
I like them a lot because you can’t use them hot or cold. And they slip right into your bra or nursing tank. And they give pretty quick relief.
Grab some ice packs for down below too. It will be sore for a while. These Instant Perineal Cold Pack with Self Adhesive Strip will be wonderful.
4. Nipple Butter
If you are breastfeeding you’re nipples will be sore. It takes time for you a baby to learn about proper latch. And improperly latch causes sores and cracks. So there may be some pain involved in the first few weeks.
Nipple butter will ease the pain. I like bamboobies Organic Lanolin-Free Nursing Balm Nipple Cream
5. Water Bottle
A good water bottle is important. You may even consider having a couple if you plan to spend time in several rooms at home.
Taking care of yourself means drinking enough liquids. It will help to keep you healthy. And if you are breastfeeding they say it helps your milk supply. Whatever you need to tell yourself to drink water. I know some days I finally go to get a drink and realize it’s been far too long, sometimes several hours, since my last drink.
So have a bottle in each place you spend time and fill it every time you get up, even if it’s not empty yet.
I like to use something large so I don’t run out! Try Nalgene BPA-Free Water Bottle out.
6. Comfortable Clothes
Yoga pants, sweat pant, nursing tanks, a zip up sweater, whatever is comfortable. You’ll have enough discomfort from giving birth that you should be sure to wear comfy clothes.
At home I live in a nursing tank, zip up sweater, and yoga pants. I put on jeans to go out. But I wore my maternity jeans until my old jeans fit.
Don’t forget about you postpartum
You need to make sure you are taking care of yourself so that you can take care of baby. Having just had my second child in less than 18 months, I have to remind myself of this constantly.
I take care of Tobias. This usually means keeping him from killing himself. Mom’s of little boys will understand what I mean.
I take care of Temperance. Usually feeding her and changing her. Babies don’t do much the first few months!
I take care of Poseidon. Feeding him and letting him out. I don’t let him eat socks. Usual Labrador stuff.
But I can sometimes forget about me. So try your hardest to remember yourself too. Hours pass quickly when you are caring for others. Don’t let them get away from you. Make sure you eat, drink, sleep, and heal.
Let me know if I forgot something that you absolutely HAD to have postpartum!
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