I’ve had three children, and I’ve gotten better at figuring out exactly what I need for postpartum healing. Third time’s a charm, right? Here are some of my postpartum must-haves and what I’d recommend to a new mom who needs to recover from delivery.
Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray: Hemorrhoids, vaginal tears, swelling and just plain soreness. This is what happens after baby. Thankfully, New Bottom Spray has your back! 😉 I will never have a baby again without this stuff on hand. I used it in place of the numbing ointment the hospital gave me. I also felt like I healed much faster with this spray. Plus, I felt clean and comfortable after use. I actually keep some on hand because I still tend to get hemorrhoids since I had my little guy a few months ago. Earth Mama Angel Baby has a balm for this as well that has been just as effective.
MilkDaze Nursing Pads: After my third baby, I decided to try more reusable products for MOM. One of them was reusable nursing pads. The MilkDaze Nursing Pads made me feel dry and didn’t stick to my nipples like disposables. They contoured to my breasts and didn’t leave any crease lines under my shirt. They were also absorbent enough to work in the early days when my milk was coming in and flowing freely. I still wear these pads at night — when baby sleeps those longer stretches! I keep my dirty ones in a mesh laundry bag and then just throw them in the wash with other laundry.
Motherlove Nipple Cream: When breastfeeding your new baby, nipple cream is a necessity. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or your third. A feeding baby, especially one that is learning to eat, is just hard on your nipples! I loved Motherlove’s Nipple Cream after my third baby was born. I had much less pain. And as a bonus, it makes a great lip balm when your nipples no longer need it!
Elemum Reusable Pads: With my third baby, I decided to try using cloth pads during the postpartum period. And oh my goodness, it was life changing. I didn’t have issues with leaks like I did in disposables and it also felt less like I was wearing a diaper. Reusable pads were also more breathable and I felt like I was able to heal faster. Washing wasn’t a big deal either. I washed about every 3 days and just threw these pads in with other laundry too.
ErgoBaby Nursing Pillow: It doesn’t matter if you’re bottle feeding or breastfeeding, a nursing pillow will help immensely when feeding your baby! Your arms will get tired quickly and you’ll still need to hold baby during feedings. The ErgoBaby Nursing Pillow is versatile and grows with baby. It can help with tummy time and even be used to prop baby up while learning to sit! My husband also loved it as a neck pillow while sitting on the couch or in bed, HA!
What are some of your postpartum must-haves?
How many reusable pads did you need on hand? What sizes? I’m considering this for myself on this, my 3rd pregnancy. Thanks!