Postpartum Essentials Checklist
Postpartum is such a special time for mums! Our postpartum essentials checklist can help you decide what you might need to get organised so you have the best possible experience.
The fourth trimester is often overlooked in importance but a good plan really helps with postnatal recovery, both physically and mentally. The focus can often be on the new baby and all their needs, but make sure you are looking after yourself and ensuring you are comfortable and cared for too.
Here are some Postpartum Essentials:
The body has undertaken a huge process giving birth! It needs time to rest so everything can repair and recover. Some cultures even traditionally have six weeks full bed rest. Get as much sleep and rest as you can.
Warming, nutrient-dense foods are great to provide sustenance and help postnatal recovery. Stews, soups, bone broth, eggs, porridge and nourishing snacks like bliss balls and trail mix are great.
Also consider foods that can help boost your breastmilk supply.
Lots of water is are really important to replenish lost fluids after giving birth. Good hydration also helps with breast-feeding and to prevent constipation. A good quality insulated, no-spill water bottle is great to have on hand.
You can also use herbal teas like RASPBERRY LEAF TEA that helps with toning the uterus and supporting milk production or BREASTFEEDING TEA that helps with breast milk production.
They say it takes a village! Get plenty of support for postpartum so you can relax, recover and spend time bonding with baby.
This might look like asking family and friends to help with meals, housework and care of other children, getting postnatal bodywork and massages or hiring a postnatal doula.
POSTPARTUM CARE PRODUCTS
Having supportive and useful products for recovery can make all the difference in how you feel. We have started stocking some great postpartum products that can improve your comfort levels and help the body recover.
- REUSABLE BREAST PADS
These are great to soak up any leaks in between breastfeeding. Cloth options mean you can wash and reuse over and over again. These have a soft bamboo layer designed to draw wetness away from your skin.
- PERI BOTTLE
If you've never had a baby you might be wondering what on earth this is for! But trust us, they are sooooo handy to have and you will be so thankful of your peri bottle.
They are used for washing the perineum area with soothing warm water (or herb water) to relieve the sting from swelling, tears and stitches.
The Bubba Bump Peri Bottle is an absolute essential in your hospital bag.
You may also like the Witch Hazel wipes for postpartum. They are so soothing.
BUY BUBBA BUMP PERI BOTTLE HERE
- REUSABLE PERI ICE PACK AND PADSICLES
Again, not to worry you new mamas, but an ice pack or padsicle for your perineum area is also an absolute god-send!
Your downstairs area will be quite sore and tender after giving birth so using an ice pack or padsicle can help with swelling and pain. A bag of frozen peas isn't really going to cut it!! ;)
BUY BUBBA BUMP PERI ICE PACK AND PADSICLES HERE
- POSTPARTUM UNDERWEAR
Comfortable undies are essential! These postpartum ones have a gentle supportive panel for c-section wounds and postnatal tummies.
Perfect for holding muscles in place while they are recovering and your postpartum pads.
We also stock Postpartum Disposable Underwear which are super comfortable and leak free. Great for using if you don't like the bulky postpartum pads.
- POSTPARTUM SUPPORT WEAR
Gentle compression and support for the postpartum body is really important for the first eight weeks.
These tanks and shorts provide support to stretched out abdominal muscles, helps the uterus contract, can reduce back pain (especially those with C-sections and abdominal wall separation), helps rid your body of excess fluids and helps pull your hips and ribcage back into their pre-baby position.
- SILVERETTE NURSING CUPS
These amazing silver nursing cups are a god-send for breastfeeding mums! They help prevent and heal sore, cracked nipples safely and hygienically.
- BREASTFEEDING SCARF
These KissKissHugHug scarves can be worn as a long or short scarf and they also double as a breastfeeding cover for those mums who want extra privacy.
They are light-weight and super soft and comfy.
Welcoming a new baby is one of life's most magical experiences. A little planning and preparation can make you much more comfortable and supported, right when you need it the most.
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What else would you add to our list of postpartum essentials? Let us know!