Having a new baby is a wonderful and exciting life change. But it’s one of those changes that means needing a lot of new stuff. People will buy you everything from baby clothes and 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 will need some items postpartum. So check out this amazing postpartum checklist for moms!
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Must-Have Items in your Postpartum Care Kit Checklist for Moms
Having a baby is traumatic for your body. A lot of things will be different after labor and delivery even with the smoothest of experiences and no complications.
You will be bleeding for a while afterward. It’s like a very heavy period that goes on forever. And in a way that is what is happening. Those past periods you 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 overnight. During the day, and when the flow slows down significantly 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. Trust me, you will run out. This is an absolute necessity in your postpartum care kit.
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.
I will also say that if you don’t plan to breastfeed you are going to want to have a small box of these to use until your milk dries up. Another thing I want to mention is that some people never stop leaking, even once they are regulated. A few drops here and three will come out. But that is all it takes to soak your shirt.
There are a lot of different choices. I’ve used disposable and reusable.
For disposable try Lansinoh Ultra Soft Nursing Pads
For reusable try Bamboobies Reusable Overnight Breast Pads
There are a few places that you will probably want ice packs. Make sure you have something for each in your postpartum care kit.
Breastfeeding or not, engorgement is unpleasant. Having ice packs ready is a really good idea. I got Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy 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. And you won’t want to give up the pad-sicles they give you in the hospital anyway. Because they sure do feel nice.
If you are breastfeeding your nipples will be sore. It takes time for you and baby to learn about proper latch. And an improper latch causes sores and cracks. So there may be some pain involved in the first few weeks. Don’t be scared, not everyone experiences this. But it is best to be prepared because it does hurt when it happens.
Nipple butter will ease the pain. I like bamboobies Organic Lanolin-Free Nursing Balm Nipple Cream
This might be the most important item in your postpartum care kit for long-term use and self-care.
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. That way you avoid being dehydrated.
I like to use something large so I don’t run out! Try Nalgene BPA-Free Water Bottle out.
You are going to be tired for a while and you probably won’t feel your best, so make sure that comfortable clothes are on our postpartum checklist!
At home, I live in a nursing tank, zip-up sweater, and yoga pants. I only put jeans on to go out. It is important to note that I wore my maternity jeans until my old jeans fit. And that after my first child was born I bought new jeans because the old style didn’t fit anymore. Mom jeans are a thing for a reason, folks.
Postpartum Care Kit Checklist
- Pads – Always Overnight Maxi Pads Size 5, Always Overnight Maxi Pads Size 4, Always Ultra Thin Liners
- Breast Pads – Lansinoh Ultra Soft Nursing Pads or Bamboobies Reusable Overnight Breast Pads
- Ice Packs – Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy & Instant Perineal Cold Pack with Self Adhesive Strip
- Nipple Butter – Bamboobies Organic Lanolin-Free Nursing Balm Nipple Cream
- Water Bottle – Nalgene BPA-Free Water Bottle
- Clothes – Nursing Tank Tops, Fold-Over Yoga Pants, Nursing Bra, High Waisted Leggings, Full-Zip Hooded Jacket, Mesh Postpartum Panties, High Waist Underpants
- Comfort – Tucks Hemorrhoid Pads, Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray, Belly Bandit
- Cosmetics – Batiste Dry Shampoo, Blistex
- Bathing – Cleansing Bottle, Sitz Bath
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 sometimes, I forget about me It’s not easy, but 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.
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