Postpartum Essentials for Mom and Baby

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Postpartum Essentials for Mom and Baby

During pregnancy, expecting mothers tend to spend so much time preparing for the baby, but they forget to think about themselves, the recovery after birth, and the transition of becoming new parents. There is a fourth trimester that many women don’t know about called the “postpartum period.” This fourth trimester is the first three months after giving birth. During that time there is a lot of healing, learning, and many sleepless nights. It can be difficult to adjust during this period if you don’t know what to expect or have the postpartum essentials you need.

As a postpartum doula myself, I have helped hundreds of new mothers, second moms, third-time moms, and more bring home their newborn babies. Women tell me all the time that they forgot how difficult this transition can be and new moms say that they weren’t fully prepared. This is why I’ve come up with a list of products that I think are essential to have during this fourth trimester, your postpartum period. I hope that this list of postpartum essentials helps your transition from expecting mom to new mom much easier and more enjoyable. Here is my list of postpartum essentials for mom and baby:

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Postpartum Essentials for Mom

1. Sitz Bath/ Herbal Bath

After you have a baby, you’re definitely going to have a sore pelvic floor. Get some bath herbs to help soothe wounds, aches, pains, reduce swelling, heal tears, and perineal bruising. It’s also really good for hemorrhoids, too. You can get a regular sitz bath at any corner store or you can purchase Earth Mama’s Herbal Sitz Bath. Your pelvic floor will thank you!

2. Pads

After giving birth, you will have lochia, which is vaginal bleeding from the uterus lining shedding and it can last as short as two weeks or as long as six weeks. (Note: Do NOT use tampons.) I highly recommend expecting mothers to make their own padsicles for when they get home to help with their healing. You can purchase some pads to prepare these and have them ready in your freezer. I also recommend picking up some TUCKS Medicated Cooling Pads as well.

  

And you may think I’m crazy, but I highly recommend getting some Silhouette Depends! They are comfortable, don’t leak, and are a great undie alternative especially if you just want to be able to toss what you wear. C-section mamas also like that it covers over their incision.

3. Hydrate

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Mothers that don’t stay hydrated have a lower milk supply so be sure to drink enough water throughout your day. You should be drinking the normal six to eight glasses of water a day (8 oz), but don’t overdo it. Drinking more than eight glasses will not help you make more milk or provide you with any additional benefits. Drinking an excessive amount of water has actually been shown to drop a mother’s milk supply. But again, remember to stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle near you and refill it throughout the day.

4. Tea

Teas can be so helpful for many things, especially a recovering new mama. I recommend Birds & Bees Teas. Their Ripe & Ready tea is made to help tone the uterus, which is perfect for healing after giving birth. Their Our Lady of La Leche tea is helpful to increase the quantity and quality of milk as well as support a nursing mother’s overall health. I give them two thumbs up!

5. Nipple Cream

You have to protect yourself from getting chapped or cracked nipples and two of my favorite nipple balms are Motherlove and Earth Mama. These are a must!

6. Heating/Cooling Pads

These products are postpartum mamas’ favorites! Pariday offers TendHer pillows to new mothers, which are soothing gel pads that can be warmed or cooled to help with healing and soothing aches and pains. They have pillows for the breasts and for the perineum. When you are feeling extra sore and are wanting some relief, these will make your day.

7. Nipple Shield

Breastfeeding can sometimes be difficult in the beginning. Some mothers have inverted or flat nipples which can be a challenge for babies to get a strong latch. Some babies have a lip and/or tongue-tie, which also causes latch problems. There are so many things that can happen and make breastfeeding a bit frustrating for both you and baby. Lactation consultants will sometimes recommend that you get and use a nipple shield to help your baby learn how to latch properly. It can also give your nipples a break from getting dry and cracked. It’s not something that you need forever, but it’s something nice to have on hand if you need some assistance.

8. New Mama Bottom Spray

Earth Mama’s Herbal Perineal Spray is definitely a postpartum essential for every new mom. It provides healing and relief without the harsh chemicals and all you have to do is spray for application.

9. Nursing Pads

Disposable breast pads are convenient, but can sometimes be uncomfortable and itchy. A company that I recommend is Bamboobies. They have soft, organic washable and reusable nursing pads. They are my favorites.

10. Healing Salve

With the U.S. cesarean rate being 32.7% (almost one in three people), it’s nice to have something that can help you heal after having a C-section. Earth Mama’s Skin and Scar Balm is a great all-natural product that helps with proper cell regeneration and wound repair. It can also be used for other surgical wounds, old C-section scars, stretch marks, inflamed rashes, and burns.

11. Nursing Bras/ Tanks

You’ll want to be sure to stock up on 5-7 nursing bras and/or tanks once you have your baby. You will be very leaky so it’s nice to be able to have those extra backups. Some of my favorite nursing bras are this Underwire Bra, this Racerback Sports Bra, and the Bravado Designs nursing bras and tanks. These are supportive and very comfortable to sleep in and are definitely postpartum essentials if you plan on breastfeeding your baby. You may also want some cozy nursing gowns and a robe for nighttime and when you’re lounging at home.

12. Dermoplast

If you’re needing some major relief down there, I also suggest using Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray a few times a day to help your pelvic floor heal. It’s slightly numbing, easy to use, and offers instant relief.

13. Peri Bottle

For the first week or so after giving birth, peeing can sting (especially if you have stitches). Having a peri bottle handy filled with warm water each time you go to the restroom helps lessen the sting. The hospital usually gives you one to bring home, but I particularly like the peri bottle from FridaMom. Since it has an angled end, you aren’t having to lean over awkwardly then aim and spray (and probably missing) every time you have to use the restroom. This makes it so much easier. And you could use it in the future as a portable bidet!

14. Stool Softeners

Going to the bathroom to pass your first bowel movement after birth can be scary and feel like giving birth all over again. Do yourself a favor and start taking a stool softener like Colace once your little one arrives. I would recommend continuing to take it for a week or so after, along with eating lots of easy to digest foods.

 

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Postpartum Essentials for Baby

1. Swaddle

A good swaddle is always on my postpartum essentials list. I prefer swaddle blankets over other swaddles. They are my absolute favorite. However, many parents like to save time and make their lives easier by purchasing some swaddles that are already folded up and designed to quickly put baby in. A few of my favorites are the Miracle BlanketErgo Swaddlers, and these SwaddleMe’s by Summer Infant.

2. Zip Up Onesies

Zip up onesies are the way to go. No parent wants to deal with having to find every button or snap in the middle of the night or having to put a new onesie on their baby that goes over baby’s head. (FYI: Babies normally hate outfits that go over their head.) Save your sanity and ask for zip up onesies only from friends and family.

3. Diapers

Diapers are an obvious essential and new parents NEED diapers. I’ve experienced that Pampers are really great for wet diapers and Huggies are great for poopy diapers, but since we don’t know when that will happen you can’t really go wrong. And the one diaper that holds it all that I constantly use and recommend are the Members Mark diapers from Sam’s Club. They hold everything! But if you want to get an eco-friendly option, I recommend cloth diapering or if you still want disposable, Pampers Pure or Honest.

4. Hand Sanitizers

Every new parent wants to protect their newborn so having some hand sanitizer on hand can keep those germs at bay. It’s great to have around the house too when visitors stop by so no matter where you’re in the house, you can make sure that their hands are clean before holding your baby. I recommend Babyganics or Honest. Babyganics is an alcohol-free foam and Honest has a gel or a spray. I love that Honest’s gel doesn’t dry out your hands and their spray smells good, too!

5. Pacifiers

Some parents need a good pacifier for their little one. I personally recommend Natursutten and Soothies and a great option for a Soothie is a Wubbanub. These have Soothies as their pacifier and they don’t get lost as easily. Others that I have seen many babies like are SoothiesNuk, and Avent. Babies usually prefer a certain type so try not to buy too many of just one brand before you know which one your baby prefers.

6. Diaper Rash Cream

Diaper rash is miserable, so don’t skip out on diaper rash creams. I recommend Earth Mama’s diaper balm. It’s amazing! I’ve had many clients use it and it really helps prevent diaper rash and/or treat diaper rash. I also like Motherlove balm.

7. Wipes

Here’s another product that you can’t get enough of, wipes! Some great options that you can get are Pampers PureHonest, and Water Wipes.

8. Baby Detergent

I’ve selected two different types, Dreft and Honest, so you can choose which you prefer. They are both safe for baby, but depending on your budget and if natural/eco-friendly is important to you, you have a second option. Or you can purchase a sensitive skin, fragrance-free detergent for the whole family. This way you can save a little money and it’s safe for baby.

9. Nursing App

Another tool that can be a lifesaver is a Nursing App. The one that I really recommend is Baby Tracker Pro. The first few visits to the pediatrician are filled with the doctor asking how many times a day baby pees and poops, how often baby eats, how long does baby eat, etc. The lack of sleep and exhaustion of having a newborn can make it hard to remember and keep track of everything. An app makes it so much easier for you to log eating and diapering. The apps are only a few dollars which is well worth the price and there are even some free ones too.

10. Nursing Pillow

Breastfeeding pillows are a nursing mom’s best friend since they provide relief to your back, neck, spine, shoulders, and arms. The primary function of the pillow is to bring your baby closer to your body and closer to your breasts. This is obviously important if you want your little one to get a good latch and keep you comfortable during the process. It also can be a great option if you are recovering from a C-section. It protects the incision site and keeps direct pressure off of it which helps your incision heal faster. My favorites are Boppy and My Brest Friend.

11. Burp Cloths

Babies spit up all the time so it’s good to have a nice, thick burp cloth that can soak and hold all of it. I have tried many different kinds, but honestly, the product that I prefer the most is Gerber’s cloth diapers and I use them as burp cloths. I know that they aren’t the cutest, but I promise that they can absorb much more and that they will be your favorite too. My second favorites are the Burpy Bibs from aden + anais.

12. Baby Soap

Babies don’t actually need soap very often since they don’t get very dirty, but when they do it’s nice to have some good smelling natural body wash that is made for your baby’s delicate skin. The Honest Company and Mustela are great brands to get for your newborn.

13. Breastmilk Storage Bags

If you plan on pumping your breastmilk, you will need to be able to store it. Instead of keeping each amount you pumped in a breastmilk collection bottle, I recommend that you purchase breastmilk storage bags. This way you will save much more for the future and for emergency situations. Also, you can donate extra breastmilk if you have them frozen in your storage bags! Here are two brands of collection bags that you can purchase: Medela Pump & Save Bags and Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags.

If you want more information on how to properly collect and store breastmilk, read my post here.

14. Breast Pump

It’s unrealistic to think that you are ALWAYS going to be able to nurse your child. You may need to give your nipples a break from your baby nursing and pump instead. You may want to catch up on some sleep or run some errands or want your partner or a family member to help with feeding the baby, etc. Thank goodness we have breast pumps so women can still give their babies breastmilk even when they aren’t able to nurse. The pumps that I love are the Medela Freestyle BreastpumpSpectra S2Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breastpump, and Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breastpump. Instead of owning your own, there are also hospital-grade breast pumps that you can rent too.

15. Bottles

Baby bottles are obviously essential to have when preparing for baby. Some great bottles are Dr. Brown’s bottles, but, if you decide to formula feed your baby, a great bottle on-the-go is the PopYum bottle. You must check them out!

16. Baby Wrap/ Carrier

You can’t expect to hold your baby all the time when he or she needs you. There are times in the day and night when you need both of your hands. This is why I am a huge advocate for babywearing and highly recommend adding to your postpartum essentials list! I love the Baby K’tan Active wrap (their coral and bright blue are too cute!) and the Lillebaby Complete Airflow. Some other brands that I like are Ergobaby and Tula. You will be so grateful that you have a way to keep baby close and get the things on your to-do list done.

17. Happiest Baby on the Block

ABSOLUTELY recommend. I feel like every new parent needs to learn these tricks. Dr. Harvey Karp teaches on this video (and his book) the 5 S’s on how to soothe your baby. Get it! You won’t regret it. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

18. Sound Machine

Inside the womb, the baby hears so much! He/she hears your heart pumping, your breathing, you speaking, your blood circulating, and more. It’s loud in there. Once they’re born, it can be so quiet. Hearing white noise is comforting to them so this can really help them fall asleep. I highly recommend the Dohm White Noise Sound Machine, the Hatch Baby Rest, and the Baby Shusher. Dohm is the Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation, the Hatch Baby Rest has so many functions that can really grow with your child. I also love how the Baby Shusher is portable and can go with you anywhere.

19. Co-Sleeper

Having some type of co-sleeper for your little one to room-in with you is a great option. A Moses basket like this is convenient for moving your babe from room to room. A couple of other great options are the babybay Bedside Sleeper or the Halo Bassinest swivel co-sleeper.

Who knew that there was so much out there that can help during the first couple of months with your new baby? It can be so much, but these products should help make it a lot easier. Did you use any of these products? Would they be on your postpartum essentials list?

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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As soon as a woman becomes pregnant she will hear As soon as a woman becomes pregnant she will hear ALL kinds of unsolicited advice from everyone around her. 🤰 Friends, family members, even strangers will tell her what they went through and what they think she should do with her body and her baby. 😑 And this unsolicited advice continues long into parenthood. ⁠
Something that I think ALL mothers should know and learn is that you do NOT have to own or accept any information or stories someone tells you if it does not serve you. If it's unhelpful and not inline with your choices, hopes, and desires as a mother, then as soon as it was received immediately discard it. Don't harbor any information that does a disservice to you. The mind is a powerful thing. When we are told war stories and how terrible, awful, or painful things were for them (pregnancy, childbirth, or parenthood), that can live and stay with you. You do not have to own someone else's story. It may have been told with good intentions, but if you do not find value in it let it go. Release it and surround yourself with positive talk, uplifting stories, and happy, respectful, and supportive people.⁠ Be bold enough to go against the grain if you must and do what is right for you and your family.⁠
Ultimately, listen to your intuition. And if you're unsure of what your intuition is telling you, seek counsel from people who you admire and trust.⁠
You're doing great and if you didn't know this, you're already are a great mother. 💕 #thebabychick
Transition to Motherhood in Uncertain Times⁠ 🤱⁠
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When a first baby is born, so is a new mother. 💗 The transition to motherhood can be a very difficult one that is impossible to be fully prepared for. As you become a mother you take on a completely new identity. It is a new phase of life that comes with new challenges, emotions, and growth.⁠ 🌱⁠
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As a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit occupational therapist, I find that I take care of the mothers just as much as I take care of the babies. ❤️ Many, if not most mothers, are prepared with the tangibles: a place for the new baby to sleep, clothes for the new baby to wear, bottles, and diapers. But it is impossible to fully prepare for the emotional transition that takes place. New moms are met with not only a little baby who is completely dependent but also a barrage of new and different emotions that you may not fully understand.⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
Author by: Aimee Ketchum⁠ @aimeeketchum⁠
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Let me just stop you right there! *pew pew* 🔫🤱
Surprising Body Changes During Pregnancy – Podca Surprising Body Changes During Pregnancy – Podcast Ep 33⁠ 😮⁠
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Pregnancy is such a beautiful time in a woman's life. 💕 But don't get me wrong, not every day of pregnancy is glamorous. 😬 We've all heard of the luxurious hair, the glowing skin, the stretchmarks with the growing belly, but there are also things that happen to a woman's body during pregnancy that aren't really discussed. That's why we are covering all of the surprising body changes a woman can experience during pregnancy on today's podcast episode. So if you're currently expecting and are noticing some odd changes happening to your body, you can feel relieved knowing that you are not alone. 🤰 {Click 🔗 in bio to listen to the episode!}⁠
Now that "homeschool" is over, we can now enjoy ou Now that "homeschool" is over, we can now enjoy our summer! 😎 Oh, wait . . . #looksalotlikerightnow 🤔⁠
📷: @hallmark
When you become a mother you realize how much your When you become a mother you realize how much your mother did (or didn't do) for you. 💗 Sending love to all of the mothers, step-mothers, mother figures out there.
Happy Monday, mamas!⁠ 👋⁠ ⁠ Lately, with e Happy Monday, mamas!⁠ 👋⁠
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Lately, with everything going on, I've been thinking a lot about mothers with newborns. 🤱 As a postpartum doula, I get the pleasure of supporting new families in their homes and helping them navigate the winding roads and highs and lows of early parenthood. But right now I know that families are bringing home their precious babies and are feeling alone more than ever. They have less physical support, which can feel like they have less emotional and informational support as well. This breaks my heart. 💔 I wish this wasn't happening to families or to our world and I wish that I could be there for these moms.⁠
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That's why today, I am hopping on our stories and answering YOUR questions. Since I can't be there PHYSICALLY to help you with your pregnancy and newborns, I want you to know that I am here virtually for you. How can I help?⁠
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{I've left a question box in our stories. Have a question about your postpartum recovery? About your newborn? About breastfeeding? Bottle-feeding? You name it! I've been helping mothers as a birth doula and postpartum doula for 10 years and I am here for you.💕}⁠
📷: @creativeclicksphotography
Okay, grandma. 🙄⁠ 📷: unknown Okay, grandma. 🙄⁠
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To the mamas, papas, dreamers, visionaries, SAHMs, To the mamas, papas, dreamers, visionaries, SAHMs, etc. out there, kudos to you! For going so hard, for not quitting even on the worst days, even on the tired days, even on the days you don't know how you're going to do it, or don't feel like you can. You know it's okay to have some patience, grace, and forgiveness with yourself, right?⁠
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Our children are the future. I had to learn to give myself some grace. Sometimes when I evaluate where I am in life and see that I'm not exactly where I want to be or could've been frustrates me, or gets me down. I'm so hard on myself. But then I realized if the ONLY good thing I've done or successfully done is raise great children, I am in fact doing well!! *Parents, it's so important how we raise our children, and many of you KNOW that is not an easy task.⁠
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There are so many different aspects on this one topic. First, their confidence, self-love, etc. is so important. They need to know who they are, so when they encounter times and people that aren't so kind they are not completely crushed.⁠
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Secondly, think about who you're putting into the world. Do you remember your heartbreak(s), or some of the sh*%$y people you've come across and thought who raised them? Or even when you encountered a child that needed a hug or just some TLC. It's important!⁠
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Thirdly, but not least, for the dreamer or the visionary . . . Yes, we are working so hard for our dreams and goals. And one day we may achieve them, but our building and growing may also be in the building for our children. As we are building a future for them. Show yourself a little love. ❤️"⁠
Words & 📷: @tanishasnell_
"On my headstone, I hope they write, 'Here lies a "On my headstone, I hope they write, 'Here lies a devoted mother who suffocated under her enormous laundry pile.' #kiddingnotkidding⁠
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I'm trying to be more mindful about laundry and use it as a meditation practice (my main squeeze Thich Nhat Hanh talks about washing your dishes like you're bathing baby Buddha. 😊) Sometimes I can do it and feel grateful and grounded (I find cloth diapers particularly soothing for some reason. 🤷‍♀️) And sometimes I consider just turning our living room into one huge laundry pile and letting everyone forage for their clothes each morning. #wildstyle⁠
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So tell me, wise women of the world--how do you do laundry? Are you a load-a-day type or do you wait until it piles up and tackle it all at once?"⁠
Words & 📷: @spiritysol
It's called balance. And motherhood. And it's the It's called balance. And motherhood. And it's the weekend. 💁‍♀️🤪 Cheers!
Want to jazz up breakfast or lunch for the kids (o Want to jazz up breakfast or lunch for the kids (or yourself 😉) in an easy way? Animal Face Toast! 😍⁠
Pop an emoji for your favorite animal!🐱🦉🦊🐻🐷🐵⁠
📷: @weelicious
Staying safe for mom and baby has never been tough Staying safe for mom and baby has never been tougher than it is now. 😷 Shout out to all the pregnant moms and moms with newborns!! You are amazing. 🙇‍♀️ You are strong. 💪 And our hearts are with you. ❤️⁠
📷: @themommaprentice
The Ultimate List of Grandma Names 👵⁠ ⁠.⁠ The Ultimate List of Grandma Names 👵⁠
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When I found out I was pregnant, one of the many things I began to wonder was, "What are my parents and in-laws going to go by as their grandparent names?" Grandparents are not just going with the classic "Grandma and Grandpa" names anymore. Some are now getting creative and are coming up with new ideas. If your mother or mother-in-law are unsure of what they want their special Grandma names to be, we're sharing our ultimate list of over 100 Grandma names to choose from!⁠ ❤️ ⁠{Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @newmommy_in_city
FOR REAL. 🤦‍♀️😑⁠ 📷: @alyceoneword FOR REAL. 🤦‍♀️😑⁠
📷: @alyceoneword
Mommas . . . have you stopped to take a moment for Mommas . . . have you stopped to take a moment for yourself, take a breath, or take a sip of water yet? This is your friendly reminder. ❤️ Whether you are pregnant, a new mom or a mom with little (or big) ones running around the house, take a minute for yourself right now and drink a big sip of water. If you have a headache from your toddler screaming, feeling sluggish from the lack of sleep, cloudy from your neverending to-do list, or hungry because of pregnancy or just because, this will help. So take a sip. Your body and mind will thank you for it! 🙏
Do you agree?? 😳😂⁠ 📷: @surrounded.by.bo Do you agree?? 😳😂⁠
📷: @surrounded.by.boys