How has it already been a week since I had our baby?! I feel like time is going by way too quickly. I've had a ton of help from both my mom and dad, along with the hubs of course, which has made the postpartum recovery a lot more bearable. Pushing out an almost 9 pound baby is no joke y'all! I thankfully was given a lot of advice from my mom and other moms on great postpartum must haves and here is a list of things I have incorporated into my daily routine.
I wore this shirt from Shop Pink Blush on repeat during my pregnancy, and nothing has changed since being postpartum! Comfy, loose clothing is essential. You are still losing the baby weight and probably don't even want to try on your regular clothes yet. I love having a transitional top like this because it doesn't even look maternity and it hides my stomach as I am working towards my normal body again. Don't pack away your maternity clothes just yet, get as much use out of them as you can!
I literally don't leave the house anymore without this Jasemet cover. I am either wearing it, or I have it packed in the diaper bag for the carseat. It's a multi purpose cover acting as a nursing, car seat, shopping cart, and highchair cover. And when you don't need it you can just wear it as a scarf! I am new to nursing obviously, but if you follow me on Instagram you'll know it's been a struggle of a journey to get there. I love having this cover because I can comfortably nurse her wherever we are, which has had to happen. (I even used to cover while I pumped in the car ha ha!) Seriously I can't say enough great things about this, you can buy yours here!
For the pumping mamas, buy yourself a pumping bra ASAP. Holding the bottles up for 20 minutes is no fun, so save your sanity at 3 am and buy a bra that holds them up for you. This allows me to drink my water, play on my phone, and yes even blog! I look forward to my pumping sessions now because it's like my new me time. My hubby got this one on amazon and I know there is a lot of different styles and colors.
I apply nipple cream after each time I feed or pump, and I also apply it to my pumping funnel to act as a lubricant ( a tip from my lactation consultant!). I was given the medela in the hospital, but use the Lansinoh more often. When I run out, I'll probably switch back to the Medela because I feel it melts faster and feels more relieving.
These gel nursing pads I alternate throughout the day, because they can be heated up or frozen. I'll usually put them in the freezer at night and put them on sometime in the morning time to help relieve some pain. Then throughout the day I'll pop them in the microwave and wear them, or attach them to the outside of my pumping funnels to help with let down and it feels good to have the warmth around too! These are available at Target, but I'm sure you can find them anywhere. Seriously these are a game changer if you don't have time for a quick hot shower or applying a warm washcloth!
And last but not least, another essential for the girls! I wear these nursing pads all day every day in my bra, and were a huge help when my milk was coming in too. I like these because they are soft, I just put them inside my bra and you wouldn't even know! No leaking, no problem ha ha. It also comes in a handy mesh bag to keep them in when washing which is super helpful as well.
I hope this helps you first time mamas, because like I said I was given a lot of advice from other mamas and found it super helpful to hear what they used after baby! It didn't occur to me just how much my every day routine would change when she got here, so having these little things incorporated make the days run a whole lot smoother. I would love to hear what your postpartum essentials are below, I am sure there are some things out there that could be a game changer too!
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