This post is all about Postpartum Supplies – the stuff gals need after having a baby, and it contains stuff a lot of people shouldn’t read. Therefore…
Warning: If you are a dude… STOP READING. NOW. Seriously, you don’t want to read this. EVER.
Warning: If you are not pregnant and have never had a baby… STOP READING. NOW. There are things you do not need to know now. I mean it.
Read only: If pregnant and expecting a baby OR you have birthed a baby and have advice or tips to share.
Have you decided what boat you’re in? Am I safe to continue?
Now that I know you are expecting and you are expecting soon… welcome to MY boat. I’m in get-ready-for-baby mode BIG TIME. I had been putting it off forever (third baby denial?), but now all of my actions seem to be baby focused. I want to make sure everything is perfect and I have all of the supplies to make sure that bringing home my bundle of “joy” is as seamless as possible.
With this being my third, I KNOW I’m in for trouble. I get the “postpartum blues” or depression. I have hard deliveries. You get very little sleep with a newborn. I’ve got two other children to manage and the start of school. Seamless, is not going to happen. But, darnit, I will be prepared.
Planning for a baby can easily be compared to getting married. Everyone talks about the delivery day (or wedding day), but you don’t really talk details about what happens after. Sure you get the cookie sheets and bath towels -or- diapers and crib bedding, but this is all about the stuff you need for you. After you come home from the hospital.
Here are the Postpartum supplies you’ll want to get before you go into labor, so you have them on hand when you come home:
Maxi Pads – Get the biggest you can find and get plenty. You could be using them for up to four weeks.
Tucks Pads & Flushable Wipes – Things get a little “icky” down there after delivery. Hopefully, that’s ‘nuf said.
Breast Pads & Cooling Pads – Hands down, the most comfortable breast pads are from Lansinoh. Trust me on this one, and I’ve always found that the disposable ones are most convenient. As far as the cooling gel pads though, I like the Medela brand. These are good too if you’ve got sore boobs while pregnant. They’re reusable.
Stool Softener – My OB has always recommended Colace (or Peri-Colace if necessary).
Lanolin – I like the Medela brand; it’s a little easier too apply than others I’ve tried.
Here are the Postpartum supplies you’ll want to take home from the hospital:
Disposable Panties – They’ve got really uncool mesh undies at the hospital. They work, so may as well use ’em.
Foam (or any product they use to make you feel better down there) – May as well.
Lanolin Samples – These are great for your diaper bag or for scattering around the home wherever you might nurse.
Nursing Supplies the Lactation Consultant provides you during your stay – Your hospital stay isn’t cheap, and likely if you’ve used it during you’ll stay, you’ll need it at home. Take it.
Sitz Bath (if they don’t let you take one home, you’ll wanna make sure you get one soon) – for regular deliveries, this little bottom-soak thingy is essential.
Squirt Bottle – Helps you clean up after going to the bathroom when it’s tender to wipe.
That’s my list folks. What Postpartum Supplies did I miss? What would you add for those of you that have had c-sections? Help a mother out and add your essential postpartum supplies!