Friday, August 1, 2014

7 PostPartum Mama Necessities

I just wrapped up my 2nd month of having a newborn for the 3rd time a week and a half ago and figured that was time enough for me to come up with a few of my favorite things to share with you. Things that I've found to be super helpful in this post birth, chaotic sweet and meaningful time with your baby. I can't guarantee that these items/services will make your life any kind of breezy, but hopefully they will make it a little bit smoother.



Here are 7 Mama Products that are a must need, at least in my book, for those postpartum weeks/months:


1.
Water Bottle

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.


2.

Comfy Clothes

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.


3.


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.


4.
Pad Pads

Annnnd you'll leak out the other end. It's totally dependent on you and your body and how it heals, but for some extent of time, you'll be pretty consistently bleeding. Enter pads. I've been using reusable, washable pads for postpartum and my period for right around three years. They're so much more comfortable, cost-effective, less stinky, and are obviously eco-friendly.
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.


5.


Drive to the store to pick up the diaper rash cream you're almost out of? Ain't nobody got time for dat. Amazon's free 2 day shipping, included in their Prime membership, is totally worth it. It saves me many a trip to a store, where I would only be picking up 1 item, if they even have it.
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?


6.



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.


7.


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?


Friday is on its way out, but I do have 7 things, so I might as well link up with Jen with:





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14 comments:

  1. The pearl earrings are brilliant. It's all great. But that's my favorite.

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    1. It took me til the 2nd kiddo to figure that one out. ;)

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  2. Great list...and I'm glad I'm not the only one who uses cloth pads. Mine are actually just newborn prefolds and not as pretty but definitely more comfortable than papery/plastic pads. I like to have some old towels or chux pads by the bed and I sleep on those for a few weeks. That way, if there's any leaking (from anywhere) I can just quickly change out the towel in the middle of the night and get back to sleep rather than disrupt my sleep any more than it needs to be with a newborn. Also homemade herbal baths really helped in healing last time around.

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    1. Towels, oh yes! So much better than changing sheets - that's the worst!
      I haven't needed herbal baths yet as my healing seems to get a little quicker and easier each time around, but thanks for adding that - I am sure so many mamas *do* need them and can benefit greatly from recommendations.

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  3. I'm just a couple weeks away from having my third baby, so this is great timing for me! Great list! I love coconut oil and have been using it lots during this pregnancy, can't wait to use it postpartum and on the baby!

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    1. Congratulations on your 3rd - how exciting! Coconut oil is the best, hands down. We have two jars at all times in our house, one for internal and one for external. =)

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  4. Gimme all of these things wrapped up in a basket. Especially P&P (that's the best version, in my opinion!)

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    1. We should totally make a Postpartum Mama box/basket subscription thing. That is the best P & P. The newer one is lame, and the old, old one is a little boring in my opinion. Plus the one listed here I associate with lazing about because my mama always watched it when she got sick. =)

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  5. I've been considering making the jump to cloth pads for ages, but I've had so few periods since we started having kids that I've never wanted to shell out the cash... How many do you find are necessary so that it doesn't feel like you're washing all the time?

    And I'm so with you on the pearls - they've been my staple for ages, but one of the twins bashed me in the head and knocked out the backings of mine, so I've been stuck with either dangling earrings or nothing lately and it drives me nuts!

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    1. Do it! I think I own 12 maybe? I honestly don't know. I wash them with my cloth diapers, so I'm already doing that load every two days or so. Honestly, I think I could probably get away with only 8-10 for a regular period as I also use a DivaCup, but I bought the extras to get me through the rough postpartum patch at the beginning.
      Pearls make every mama look classy. Even if she has spit up or smeared crackers on her shoulder.

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  6. Love this list! #1 was a definite must, and I love #7 --- you are so right!

    One thing that I had on mine was my Kindle Paperwhite. Nighttime nursing? Plenty of reading to accompany me---and without a bright, jarring light.

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    1. Nighttime reading on a screen *is* a lifesaver. I wish I'd had something (even my iPhone, which is what I use now) with my first as he was the one I was actually awake with in the middle of the night. My next two just sleep next to me, and I am only awake 5-10 minutes at most. Such a brilliant use of time though to be able to read.

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  7. Love it all! I'm not a leaker, so I don't need that much, but everything else? Yes, please. I switched to cloth pads a few years ago and I won't ever go back.

    Rosie, it depends on your cycle. I bought what I thought would be the bare minimum, and then supplemented with disposable pads for a couple months. Both another set and now I'm good to go. :)

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    1. Yay another cloth pads user - I've never heard of anyone who switched to them and then wanted to go back. =)

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