You’ve popped a baby out? Congratulations! You might be feeling a little sore and a lot sleep deprived, oh the joys of having a baby. Everyone talks about birthing a baby but nobody ever prepares you for what is to come next. I’ve put together a list of my top 10 products your postpartum self definitely needs to get you through the next few weeks as a new mum. The bonus section is optional but highly recommended.
1. Maternity Pads
Maternity pads are very similar to sanitary pads but a lot bigger and a lot bulkier, not very discreet at all. You will need these for immediately after birth and for a few weeks post baby. I tried a few different brands out from Boots, Tesco and Home Bargains and they are all pretty much the same so I’d recommend picking up whichever are cheapest at the time.
2. Spritz for Bits
You are very likely going to be sore, swollen and will have had some stitches down below, grim! Everything is pretty tender and even sitting down is hard work. Introducing – Spritz for Bits. Simply spray this saviour product onto your maternity pads and feel the instant cooling relief. This was a complete lifesaver and the greatest gift a friend ever gave me.
3. Breast Pads
Your boobs are going to be almost normal for about three days and then boom your milk comes in. Queue engorged, painful, leaky boobs. You’re going to want to invest in some decent breast pads to prevent any milk leakage. I’ve tried the majority of high street brands but none of them compare to the Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads. Not the cheapest available but definitely the superior product in my opinion. They are super comfortable and very discreet and they do an excellent job of preventing any milk from leaking onto your clothes.
Postpartum sweating is not the one. The first few weeks I would wake in the night absolute soaking and it wasn’t from my leaking boobs. Your body has a lot of excess fluid to get rid of and it does that by making you sweat profusely in public, Thanks postpartum body. Now a regular deodorant just ain’t going to cut it so I’d highly recommend investing in an antiperspirant instead. I’ve been using these divine smelling roll on’s from Soft and Gentle (the Care one is my favourite). They’ve got 24-hour sweat protection and contain natural plant extracts which are suitable for sensitive skin. Priced at a very reasonable £2.79 as well so they won’t break the post-baby bank.
I did a HUGE ASOS Haul before I had the baby and invested in lots of matching loungewear sets and boy was I glad I did. The first few weeks you are sore, bloated and you definitely won’t want to be trying on any of your pre-baby clothes anytime soon. Loungewear is the perfect in between from nightwear to actual leaving the house wear. If you don’t want to spend a fortune then I would highly recommend the jogging trousers from Primark for lounging around the house in as they are stretchy, super soft and inexpensive.
6. Giant Knickers
If you haven’t already invested in some giant knickers then what are you waiting for? My favourites are the high leg knickers (granny pants) from Tesco. I stockpiled these bad boys well before I had the baby. They are super comfortable and are the perfect size to fit those ginormous maternity pads for after birth.
7. Nursing Underwear
I spent a small fortune on nursing bras and I bloody hated them all. The clips are a pain in the arse, the breast pads don’t sit properly in them and they aren’t very comfy at all. I ended up investing instead in crop top bras from Sainsburys. Extremely unflattering I’ll admit but insanely comfortable and stretchy enough to whip a boob out for feeding. Another popular choice for breastfeeding mamas are the bralettes from M&S. These are a lot more appealing to the eye and do an excellent job of holding those engorged boobs in.
8. Nipple Cream
Who knew nipples could get so sore and cracked? Not me, but fuck they hurt! The first few weeks of breastfeeding for me were absolutely horrendous but it does get better. To help the healing process along and to keep things a little bit more comfortable I would 100% recommend a nipple cream. If you do want to breastfeed then this definitely needs to be in your hospital bag as well. I’ve been using the Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream as this is a brand I’ve grown to love and trust but there are cheaper alternatives out there that you could try.
9. Dry Shampoo
After birth, I was too scared to shower! Everything was sore, swollen and aching and I just wasn’t ready to see my naked body. Dry shampoo saved me in the first few days so that I looked reasonably decent for visitors. Dry Shampoo has also been a post-partum saviour as there seriously isn’t any time for daily hair washing now Nolan is here. Babies are demanding little buggers.
10. Button Up Pyjamas
Another one of my amazing investments pre-baby was button up pyjama tops. I invested in this seriously incredible set from Chelsea Peers. If you are breastfeeding then something you can easily undo in the pitch black of your bedroom is a must, So much less faff than having to whip a top off. I’ve already got my eye on my next Pyjama Set too for Winter. It’ll be the fourth Chelsea Peers pyjama set in my collection. I’m addicted!
Bonus. Chocolate and Wine
You’re going to need the chocolate for those 3 am night feeds and the wine, well that’s for your sanity.