After having my first born I remember coming home from the hospital and being overwhelmed by the recovery process. No one prepared me for what I was going to go through or what I would need. I think it is one of those topics that doesn’t come up because: 1-People don’t want to scare you or 2-Mama’s don’t want to sound like they are complaining. But the reality is, you just had a baby and the recovery is difficult. I have come up with a list of items that will help you prepare for your recovery and hopefully make it a little bit easier. Have all the items ready to go so when you come home from the hospital you don’t have to send someone to get them for you…One less thing for you to worry about so you can focus on your little miracle. I have provided links to Amazon with all the items I recommend, all comparable prices to Target or the store so you don’t even have to leave the house.
- Nursing camisoles: These are amazing! I have four in the rotation that I still wear to this day. It makes nursing so much easier and you don’t have to fuss with a shirt and bra.
- Water bottle: If you are nursing, staying hydrated is so important! You are going to have a lot of adjustments so having a go-to water bottle full at all times will be key to keeping hydrated and help with replenishing your milk supply.
- Nipple cream and Nipple Cooling pads: My nipples were sore for the first few weeks with both of my littles but I was lucky to not have cracking or bleeding that many breastfeeding mom’s experience. I started with nipple cream at the hospital and applied it after every time I nursed for the first couple weeks. I also used the cooling pads when they felt extra sore for some relief.
- Dermoplast: They normally give you a can in postpartum at the hospital and it should become your best friend! I used it for the first two weeks to help with the healing process.
- Squirt Bottle: They also provide you with one at the hospital, so take it home with you or buy one.
- Tucks: Those unwanted friends that may appear…Tucks will be your best friend in this situation.
- Diaper Ice packs: I learned about these babies from my oldest sister and they also provided them at the hospital. Stock the freezer with these…You’ll thank me later. Wet a newborn diaper so its barely damp and put them in the freezer. This will provide you with relief and you can just throw away once you are done with them.
- Thick and thin pads: As the days go on you’ll probably transition to the thin liners.
- Ibuprofen and Stool softener: That first poop no one wants to talk about! They normally start you on stool softener in the hospital to make the process easier but continue it once you get home for the first few weeks.
- Snacks: Stock your fridge and pantry with quick/easy snacks. You’ll have a raging appetite with breastfeeding and it is so important to stay well nourished.
Good luck Mama! I hope these items will help you feel prepped for postpartum.