7 Things All New Moms Should Have On Hand

 

You made your baby registry, you’ve had your baby shower and you have set up the nursery. You have everything that you need for your baby’s arrival – Or do you?

You’ve got the car seat (and it’s properly installed in the car;) you have the bassinette and the crib; you have the diapers and wipes and you even have the diaper pail that magically absorbs the odor from those dirty diapers. Your house and your car have officially turned into a mini Babies-R-Us and you can’t imagine think of anything else that you could possibly need.

Well, take it from an experienced mother of two; there’s a pretty good chance that there are some things that you are going to want to have on hand that you won’t even realize until your little miracle makes her debut.

In order to make sure your first days as a new mother are as blissful and as comfortable as possible for you and your little one, here are eight must-have items that I personally think that each and every new mother should have on-hand and ready to use before your little one arrives.

1.     A Postpartum Recovery Kit

Like most first-time moms, you are probably the last thing you are thinking about when it comes to the birth of your baby. You have made sure that you have every item on your registry for your baby and that each and every item is ready to use, but you haven’t given one thought about yourself after the birth. Am I right? I know that I sure didn’t.

Childbirth is a very, very big ride – for both you and your baby. Whether you give birth vaginally or via a C-section, you are going to need some TLC so that you can recover as quickly as possible and take good care of your baby. With that said, make sure you put a postpartum care kit together before the birth of your baby – and pack it in your hospital bag.

What should a postpartum care kit contain?

You’re going to want to fill your kit with some basic essentials, including superabsorbent maxi pads, Witch Hassle, Lidocaine spray and a squirt bottle. Pour Witch Hassle on the maxi pads and freeze them, if possible. The pads will absorb the lochia (after birth bleeding) and the Witch Hassle will help to ease any pain in the perineum. Lidocaine, which can be purchased at your local drug store (or online, which is super-convenient – Ebanel Numb 520 is an excellent choice!) will relieve the pain associated with an episiotomy or the tearing of the perineum, as well as provide relief from hemorrhoids. A squirt bottle will make cleaning after using the restroom less painful, too.

2.     Nursing Essentials

Make sure to stock up on all of the breastfeeding necessities before our little bean arrives. Getting the hang of nursing can be difficult for mom and for baby and having all of the essentials easily accessible will allow you to focus on your baby and getting into the breastfeeding groove.

I highly suggest that you stock up on absorbent breast pads (Bamboobies Washable Reusable Nursing Pads are an excellent pick. They’re super comfortable, highly absorbent, and they’re washable, so they save you money – and are good for the planet! Winning all over the place!) comfortable nursing bras, and nursing tank tops, cream to soothe sore nipples and gel packs that will soothe any soreness you may experience. I also recommend getting a bra that allows for hands-free pumping and that you get your pump or contact your insurance provider to make sure you will have your pump when your baby arrives. You might also want to stock up on some breast milk storage bags.

What if you don’t need all of the supplies?

It may end up that you don’t need all of the supplies that you have purchased. For example, your baby might have no problem with latching, in which case, you won’t need the nipple shields. Keep everything in its original packaging and hold onto your receipts so you can return anything that you don’t need.

3.     A Postpartum Girdle

Whether you call it a girdle, a corset or “shapewear”, you should definitely have a few of these on hand before the big day. Nobody is expecting you to fit back into your skinny jeans the day after you give birth; however, a girdle can certainly be helpful for the postpartum belly.

Over the last 9 months, your stomach and your abdominal muscles have done a lot of stretching. Not only is your stomach going to look stretched out, but it’s also going to feel stretched out. A postpartum corset will give you the extra support you need in your abdomen those first few weeks, or even months after you give birth. This is particularly true if you have a C-section, as the corset definitely makes you feel “held together”, so-to-speak, after the surgery. I had two C-sections and my obstetrician put one on me after both deliveries and instructed me to wear it for the first 6 weeks postpartum. I am so thankful that he did! It not only helped me feel stable, but I truly believe it helped to guide my abdominal muscles back into their original shape.

 

What type of postpartum corset should you use?

I suggest using one that is adjustable or Velcro’s over your abdomen. It’s far easier to put on and it can be adjusted as your stomach deflates.  The Chongerfei 3-in-1 Postpartum Support Recovery Belly Wrap is a great pick. It offers support where it’s needed the most, and it’s so easy to put on!

 

4.     Stretchy Pants

Next to nursing bras, stretchy pants are the most beloved items in a new mom’s wardrobe. After you give birth, the last thing you are going to want to do is try to squeeze your postpartum belly back into a pair of stiff jeans. After birth, it’s all about being comfortable, and the most comfortable pants you can wear are stretchy pants.

I personally recommend yoga pants and palazzo pants. They’re comfortable, the come in every size, and they are stylish (they come in so many different colors and patterns.) So, before you have your little blessing, make sure you stock up on plenty of stretchy pants so that you can be sure that your wardrobe is postpartum friendly.

What if you have to dress up?

Well, the beauty about palazzo pants is that they can definitely be dressed up. Pair them with a cute jacket or sweater and a pair of flats and you’re ready for a date night. However, if you’d prefer to wear something other than pants, dresses and skirts are postpartum friendly (think loose, long and flowy.)

5.     Night Lights

Babies can’t tell the difference between night and day for at least a few months, and they need to be fed every few hours, which means that you are going to be spending a lot of time up after the sun goes down. To make sure you can see without disrupting anyone else’s sleep, stock up on some nightlights.

I found that the best nightlights to use were those that get plugged in and automatically turn on when a room gets dark. When sleep deprivation sets in, it’s highly unlikely that you are going to remember to plug in or turn on a nightlight. Believe me, you will be very happy that you set them up before you bring baby home from the hospital, as it will prevent you from tripping in the middle of the night.

What rooms should you put the nightlights in?

I recommend putting nightlights in your bathroom, in your hallways, your kitchen, stairways, your bedroom and the baby’s nursery. These are all of the places that you will likely need light in the middle of the night. If you find you don’t need them, then you can always remove them.

6.     Batteries

This is definitely something that you may not think about before baby arrives, but batteries are certainly something that I suggest you stock up on before your little bun makes his grand entrance.

It’s amazing how many baby items require batteries, and as Murphy’s Law would have it, one of those necessities will run out of battery juice just as you are settling down for a cat nap. Stock up on batteries before your babe arrives and you can be sure that you always have a power supply when you need it – even if it’s 2 a.m.

What type of batteries should you buy?

Take a look at the different items that you have that require batteries to run so you know what type of batteries you’ll need. A lot of baby gear requires C, D and even 9-volt batteries, so make sure you stock up on those.

7.     Baby Gowns

There’s no doubt that you have tons of super cute and super sweet clothes for your baby, but there’s one garment that you may want to take stock in: gowns. Not only are they super cute, but they are comfortable and very convenient.

When your little one wakes up in the middle of the night and needs a diaper change, you’re going to be so glad that all you have to do is pull up the gown instead of struggling with pants, zippers and buttons. Another plus is that you just need to slip the gown over your little one’s head and she’s dressed, which is great for when she needs to have an outfit change (newborn’s need to have frequent outfit changes – trust me.) They’re also loose fitting, which means less rubbing against baby’s healing belly button.

 I loved the Parade Organics Essential Kimono Gowns. They were soft and so easy to use! Plus, they are available in tons of colors, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

What if you are having a boy?

Both of my children are boys and they always wore gowns. They make gowns in boy and gender neutral patterns and colors. And, it’s a newborn gown, not a frilly, lacy dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you stock up on these items before the birth of your little one, you can be sure that your transition to having your new baby home will be smooth and successful.

 

 

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