After having 7 babies, I’ve got a unique perspective on what postpartum essentials to have in the home for mama once the baby arrives. Honestly, the last few pregnancies have been ALL about comfort and to aid healing and provide nourishment. I’ve learned that if you neglect yourself, you will not be the mom you hope to be once you arrive home. It’s so important to take care of yourself and to do what is necessary to make sure you get the rest you need. Following are my top picks for twelve postpartum essentials for mom care and comfort.
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Twelve Postpartum Essentials for Mom Care and Comfort
SmartyPants Prenatal Vitamins No more swallowing huge pills! I do much better with liquid and gummy vitamins that I can take on a daily basis than with pills. For some reason, I don’t absorb pills as well and they upset my stomach. The great thing about SmartyPants is that they rank higher in quality than most gummy vitamins. And though they contain some sweetener, it isn’t nearly as much as other brands. I also love that these prenatal vitamins DON’T contain iron, which can cause nausea and constipation, especially in the early pregnancy months. I also love that they contain all the essentials I need for breastfeeding AND they taste great! Win!
The Moby Wrap My infant babies LOVE the Moby, which keeps them snug and close to mama. I love it for being able to have my hands free to tend to the rest of my household. It’s a small learning curve to learn how to wrap baby to you. But it’s worth it for a happy and secure babe!
The Husband Pillow Let me explain: I don’t know how postpartum recovery is for you, but for me, to minimize bleeding, I am required to truly take it easy that first month after baby arrives and to rest as much as possible. Something as simple as getting up and down from my bed, climbing stairs or excessive lifting can cause hemorrhaging for me early on. One of the ways I fight that is to stay in bed as much as possible for the first few weeks.
That means I feed the baby in our bed, I may have younger ones in my room for book reading and lessons, etc… the husband pillow is SUCH a godsend! It keeps your back straight and because it comes with the neck pillow, you can easily lean your head back for even better support. It’s the ultimate in comfort for those late night feedings.
Bed Tray Having a tray near your bed is so nice when you need that extra cup of coffee or to hold your laptop. At night I load my tray up with snacks, water, and anything else I may need for the next day, then, during the day I have what I need within arm’s reach. It’s also great for sneaking in any laptop work with the baby sleeping right next to me!
My Breastfriend Nursing Pillow Years ago I had a boppy, and while it was nice, it didn’t give much firm support to my arms or baby’s body so I switched to the Breastfriend pillow and wow! What a difference! After you have a baby, you will have aches and pains pretty much everywhere, but one of the areas that hurts the most is my upper back, shoulders, and neck. I found that with the right nursing pillow and back support (husband pillow above) I greatly reduced that pain! My little one’s spines are able to stay straight and the head tilted much better with this pillow too, which helps with nursing!
Contigo Insulated Mug I have owned A LOT of mugs through the years. This is the only brand that I now use. It really does keep hot drinks HOT. They don’t spill. They’re easy to clean. And I can take them on the go with me. I can’t tell you how many times I have made myself tea or coffee and forgotten about it. But with this little beauty, I don’t worry about it anymore! I’ve picked my mug up for a drink 5 hours later and it was still piping hot!
Water bottle with measurements Water water water! You will be told over and over to make sure you are drinking “enough”. Did you know that “enough” can be a different amount for each individual person? Having a mug with measurements helps in keeping track of how much you are consuming each day. (Which is so important for milk supply and overall body balance.)
Modal Knit PJs Modal Knit is a thin knit fabric that is UBER soft. Nothing too tight. Soft stretchy fabric. Breastfeeding-friendly. And still looks cute enough to wear at the hospital and around the house. Those are my postpartum PJ requirements. When you are hormonal, sleep-deprived and all “wonky” after giving birth, comfort is key. These pajamas provide all of that.
Portable Baskets Diapering supplies, nursing supplies, snacks, bathing essentials and more. babies bring LOTS of stuff! The good news is that it can be organized and placed around the house in baskets like these that easily transport from room to room. I like putting little labels on them so that if I need a family member to go grab one for me, they can grab what I need without confusion.
Snacks It isn’t always convenient to have perishable snacks up in my room. I keep a basket of protein bars, nuts, and crackers available with a small jar of peanut butter so that I always have something on hand. I don’t know about you, but nursing makes me HUNGRY. And having good quality snacks within reach has helped to keep me from grabbing unhealthy options. This is great for those middle of the night feedings when going downstairs to fix something isn’t practical to do.
Disposable Undies We rarely talk about the unpleasantries of our bodies after birth, but the truth is, you will feel gross. And postpartum bleeding makes you feel even worse. I saw this tip a few years back in one of my mom groups and this time around I tried it and wow! I will NEVER use those large, awkward maxi pads from the hospital again! These were so much more practical and less messy for after birth bleeding. I didn’t worry about ‘bleed-throughs’ at all! It even got the attention of the nurses at the hospital. Several told me that they would be recommending this underwear to their new moms from now on.
Flushable wipes/Cleansing wipes So, this was also new on the list this last time around for me. These wipes helped a lot for quick cleanups when it wasn’t convenient for me to shower.
Comfort and Care Matters
Having certain conveniences like these available in the hospital and at home really helped with overall comfort and care for my recovery after birth. I felt more rested with less pain and less mess. I was definitely less stressed as well. For more ways to prepare for baby, check out THIS POST. Anything you would add to my list of postpartum essentials??? Comment below to help other mamas out!