Here are 7 Mama Products that are a must need, at least in my book, for those postpartum weeks/months:
Imagine yourself in a desert, walking and walking. That's pretty much how I feel whenever I'm in that postpartum stage. Between hormones and nursing, I'm a dehydrated mess. I personally purchased and LOVE my Glass Water Bottle by Lifefactory, but really any vessel you can keep nearby with h2o in it will do. Especially if you are nursing, you will need to stay super, super hydrated, but no matter what, you'll probably be thirsty.
A given. Even though your past your pregnancy, you've entered into what some might call the "4th trimester." Your body is in recovery mode, and feeling comfortable is a must. You (sadly) don't magically shrink to your pre-pregnancy size, so make sure you're thinking at least a size or two bigger than usual.
I found this go round that my favorite pair of pants in the first few weeks post partum was actually a pair of Gap maternity jeggings similar to these. Jeggings are definitely not usually my thing, but man, those pants were comfortable, and I didn't feel like I was wearing PJs all the time. There's a time and place for loungewear, but when you want to feel put together, I recommend finding a pair of still comfortable but a bit more fashionable pants.
Bamboobies (or some kind of bra pad)
I've tried several different companies reusable nursing pads, and these are by far my favorite. I am a leaker. A serious leaker. Most nursing mamas will find themselves leaking in the first 6 weeks, so you might only need a few sets of pads, and reusable will not only save you money, but it will also help lower waste. Bamboobies are super thin and not noticeably lumpy under your shirt, and with the bamboo layers inside, they absorb a lot more than other brands. I swear by both the regular thin pairs and their overnight options.
It's World Breastfeeding Week this week, so there are going to be many articles and recommendations out there from way more informed and authoritative figures. Also, check out my 5 Favorite Breastfeeding Products from last year's WBF.
I have again tried several different brands, and thus far my favorite favorites are from Party in my Pants - they even have a free sample offer to try them out at the cost of shipping only.
Also the many movies and TV shows included in the Instant watch will give you something to do in the many hours you find yourself sitting and feeding your little one.
Where else can you get Nutella shipped to your house and the 8+ hour Pride and Prejudice streaming to your house as perks of a service?
Coconut Oil might just be some magical elixir (that sometimes solidifies depending on the temps). Really, though, you can use it for practically anything. Sore and cracked nipples, chapped lips, stretch marks, rub it on. You can also use as a 2-in-1 makeup remover and skin moisturizer. Add a tablespoon or two to your diet daily to up your breastmilk supply.
For the baby it's safe and works as a bum protectant (I've found it works better to prevent rash rather than heal them), moisturizer for cradle cap and baby acne, a low SPF sunscreen, and even to clear up a sinus cold by rubbing around baby's nose. Yup, pretty much magical.
A pair of Pearl Earrings
Technically these might not fall under "necessity"; however, after giving birth, there are many days after being puked on, pooped on, and the like, you just feel sort of grungy. These are my personal pick-me-up item. It may have been 4 days since my last shower, but at least I've got something pretty in my ears. Find your thing that makes you remember that you're beautiful and wear it.
And always, always remember: Life comes in stages. This stage doesn't last forever. My oldest is starting kindergarten this fall, and seriously, it does feel like he was born just a few months ago. Time does miraculously move faster once you have kids. You don't have to love the long sleepless nights or everlasting periods of crying and cranky babes, but as much as you can, try to have perspective. That little person will be walking, then reading, then driving faster than you know it.
What might you add to this list? What did you find helpful or necessary during your recovery from childbirth?
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