It’s customary to give gifts at a baby shower for the new baby or to give a “baby care” basket with basic toiletries and emergency care items for the baby, but what about the moms? Healing from giving birth AND taking care of your new baby is really difficult. When I had B I thought I would be able to do it all on my own and I am so thankful that my grandmother in law decided to come stay with me for a couple of days (Brandon had to get back to work) because I was barely able to lift my newborn!
My best friend will be having a baby soon and I thought I could make her a postpartum care basket for herself instead of just one for the baby. Mom’s have plenty of needs after giving birth and I wanted to be sure that she will have everything she needs.
If you don’t have someone to give these to you make sure you go out and get them before giving birth!
Here is my list of things that new moms need for postpartum care:
- Refillable water bottle- I received a great one from the hospital, but in case the hospital doesn’t provide one it’s a good idea to get one. The bigger the better. Postpartum mommas need to stay hydrated especially if they’re breastfeeding!
- Tucks pads- Used for healing and care in the lower region.
- Padsicles- I didn’t make these for myself, but I have heard they work great. Here is a good tutorial on how to make them!
- Snacks- Preferably snacks that you don’t have to make or that can be stored next to wherever the new momma decides to rest.
- Poise Impressa- These can’t be used until after the 6 week appointment or until the doctor gives you the okay, but they are great for stopping the light bladder leakage that effects so many postpartum moms! You can get the sizing kit at Walmart for about $5!
- Pads- Heavy flow pads for postpartum bleeding. Some women even choose to wear adult diapers!
- Stool softener- The first postpartum bowel movement is never fun and stool softeners will help out a lot.
- Nipple cream- If she’s breastfeeding.
- Hand sanitizer
- Underwear- A size or two bigger than normal and loose. I grabbed Hanes Bikini underwear from Target and they worked great.
- Nursing pads- If you breastfeed your milk will be out of control for a while and you will end up with quite a few soaked shirts. Using nursing pads will help prevent that.
- Nursing bras- Or sports bras. Even if you aren’t breastfeeding I would recommend getting a sports bra for comfort.
What did you use for postpartum care? Help me add to the list in the comments section!