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My Postpartum Toolkit – New Mama Essentials

Those first few weeks after baby is born are magical… and absolutely exhausting.  I can only imagine how tired I am going to be when baby B3 arrives and I’m tending to a nursing a newborn 24/7 and entertaining two other young children.  There is no way to know how the transition will go, but because Bryson and Bella are a bit older (Bryson was 25 months when Bella was born), I expect it to go fairly smooth.  Either way, I want to be as prepared as possible which means putting together my new mama toolkit before baby arrives.  It goes without saying that my essentials may not be your essentials, but I have put together a list with a few of my must haves.

New Mama Essentials

Postpartum Toolkit

Breastfeeding Must Haves

Nursing Pillow– One of my most used pieces of baby gear- it will save your arms!

Lanolin–  It’s common to experience soreness and tenderness while your nipples are adjusting to breastfeeding.

Snacks & Water– To nourish a child, you must first nourish yourself.  Have a snack and bottle of water on hand for every nursing session during those first few weeks when you are working to establish your supply.

Nursing Pads–  Whether disposable or reusable, you’ll need nursing pads while your supply regulates.

Motherlove More Milk Plus Capsules– If you are concerned about your supply, these work wonders.  I took a one month supply of these capsules and never had another problem.  I nursed Bella until she was over 2 years old.

Nursing bras– At least one comfortable night nursing bra and then a more supportive nursing bra for during the day.

 New Mama Toolkit

Body Must Haves

Peri Bottle– I read about the fabulous Peri Bottle when I was pregnant with Bryson.  The hospital will give you one, so be sure to take it home with you to help clean up and soothe down there.  Fill it with hot water and try it, you can thank me later.

Chapstick– Chapped lips seem to just go with labor and birth.

Tylenol– I’ve been fortunate with my births in that I’ve had no major pains afterwards, but it’s always a good idea to keep it on hand, just in case.

DulcoEase Pink– I remember when I gave birth to Bryson, as the nurse was going over my discharge paper work, she suggested a stool softener and said to me, “Do not, under any circumstance, let yourself become constipated.”  I took her word for it and made sure to follow the order.  I don’t even want to think about that pain!  You can print a DulcoEase Pink coupon & save $1.50 on a 25 count bottle.

 

Extras

Camera– Newborns change so quickly.  It seems like you blink and those sweet little wrinkles are gone.  You’ll definitely want those days documented and make sure to hand the camera off and get in the shot with baby too!

Baby Carrier– A soft, stretchy wrap like the Moby Wrap works perfectly to keep baby secure and snug.  They’ve been with you for 9 months so chances are, they are going to want to stick close to you.  A carrier allows you to get a few things done while snuggling baby.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of DulcoEase® Pink™. The opinions and text are all mine.

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