24 Best Postpartum Essentials For Mom And Baby
When you’re pregnant, you’re so focused on preparing for your new baby that preparing for postpartum essentials may slip your mind! But it’s important not to forget to take care of yourself after your baby arrives.
In this article, our experts at Newton Baby provide a list of postpartum essentials for you and your baby so you both can have an easy recovery during this transition.
Postpartum Essentials For Mom
This is a part of postpartum that no one likes to talk about, but it’s super important! And the more you know the better prepared you can be, so here goes...
Lochia is a type of discharge from your uterus that occurs after you give birth. It contains a mixture of blood, mucus, and uterine tissue and can last up to six weeks.
You won’t be able to use tampons during this time, so pads are your only option. Be sure to stock up!
2) Witch Hazel Pads
Witch hazel pads help reduce any swelling, pain, or bruising you may have in your vaginal area after delivery. They can even fight off bacteria, so they’re ideal for helping prevent infection!
Use witch hazel pads by placing them on top of your regular pad and changing them out as needed.
3) Peri Bottle
Another topic many people tend to avoid, a peri bottle is simply a perineal irrigation bottle, meaning it's a squirt bottle for your perineum, the area between your anus and genitals.
This bottle is extremely important for your self-care and hygiene the days after delivery. Not only will it help ease the sting of using the bathroom after giving birth (especially if you’ve had stitches), but it will also help keep the area clean.
To use a peri bottle correctly, fill it with warm water before using the restroom. Spray the water all around your perineum as you urinate to help ease pain and burning.
If you’d like, you can then also spray more water to clean the area once you’re finished.
4) Sitz Bath
If you had an episiotomy or tear during delivery, your entire pelvic area will be sore.
To ease your discomfort from pain or hemorrhoids, reduce swelling, and promote good hygiene and healing, use a sitz bath.
When using a sitz bath, fill the bowl with warm water and soak in it for 10 to 20 minutes. Add more warm water as needed to keep the temperature comfortable. When you’re done, gently pat the area dry with a towel; don’t rub it.
5) Heating Pad Or Ice Packs
Whether you need some pain relief in your vaginal area or on your breasts, try using a heating pad or an ice pack.
Both will help heal and soothe your aches and pains so you can find some temporary (and much-needed) relief!
6) Pain-Relieving Spray
If you haven’t noticed a pattern by now, all of our essentials for mom are about easing discomfort.
Unfortunately, pain is common among new moms. The good news is that it eventually goes away!
Our last postpartum essential to help ease your pain is a pain-relieving spray. This spray helps numb your perineal area and provides immediate relief from any pain or itching.
Because of its numbing ability, this one is a must! Just be sure that you’re using a spray designed for the delicate areas of postpartum moms and, as always, check the ingredients.
7) Nursing Pads
Breastfeeding isn’t every mom’s cup of tea, or it might be something that you’re not able to do. Some women’s bodies simply aren’t able to produce breast milk...and that’s OK!
But for the mom who’s milk does come in — whether you nurse or not — you’ll need to use breast pads to protect your clothing from milk leaks for the first few days, if not more.
(Expert Tip: Most hospitals will provide you with all of the essentials we’ve listed here while you’re at the hospital, but you may want to stock up on extras just in case!)
8) Breast Pump And Breast Milk Storage Bags
If breast milk is your baby’s form of nutrition, you’ll need a breast pump and storage bags.
(We’ll let you in on a little secret: most insurance companies will provide you with a free breast pump, so make sure you call and check in with yours!)
A breast pump and breast milk storage bags go hand-in-hand. You’re going to need somewhere to store that liquid gold!
Tip: Be sure to write the date and how many ounces on each storage bag for future use.
9) Comfortable Clothing
Most likely, you’re going to wear maternity clothes for at least a few months after delivery (if you want to be comfortable!). Remember, your stomach may still be swollen and tender for a while after giving birth, so you don’t want to squeeze yourself into tight jeans.
During your postpartum days, you’ll become an expert multitasker, so wear something that’s comfortable for you to do all the things while taking care of your sweet baby!
10) Baby Carrier
A baby carrier frees up your hands so you can get things done while your sweet little baby cozies up on your chest, feeling comfy and secure.
Be sure to choose one that meets your needs and is appropriate for your baby’s age and size.
11) An Extra Pair Of Hands
Really and truly, don’t do all the things. You just had a baby! You shouldn't try to do it all.
There’s no shame in needing more helping hands. And because you can’t simply grow an extra pair of hands, ask for them instead. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a trusted family member or friend.
Postpartum Essentials For Baby
12) Bassinet Or Crib
Your sweet bundle of joy is going to need somewhere safe to sleep when you bring them home from the hospital. A bassinet or crib is the safest option for your newborn.
Both options have their benefits. Check out our article Bassinet Vs. Crib: What’s The Difference And Which One Is Best For Your Baby? to help decide which of the two is right for your family.
Choose wisely when it comes to your baby’s sleep surface. Even if you go with a bassinet for those early days at home with your baby, they’ll eventually end up in a crib.
Our Crib Mattress is a safe option because your baby can breathe straight through it!
14) Mattress Cover
Keep a spare mattress cover, like Newton Baby’s Extra Crib Mattress Cover, on hand for quick late-night changes because, well, accidents happen. A lot.
And just like our mattresses, our mattress covers are breathable, too! Another great thing about our mattress covers is that they’re so soft and breathable that you don’t even need to add sheets.
(Tip: If you still like the idea of having a fitted sheet on your baby’s mattress, check out our breathable, organic cotton sheets!)
Swaddling a newborn baby has many proven benefits for their sleep: keeping them comfortable, helping them fall asleep and stay asleep, and promoting safe sleeping habits.
Try our Organic Swaddle Blankets and give your baby breathable comfort!
Baby Care Essentials
16) Diapers And Wipes
Diapers and wipes are a necessity for all parents! You can never have too many.
Keep a stash of diapers and wipes in your car and diaper bag for when you’re on the go. And for quick and easy diaper changes at home, keep little baskets throughout your house filled with diapers and wipes.
17) Diaper Rash Cream
Your baby will go through quite a bit of diapers during the first few weeks postpartum. To protect their delicate skin from all the diaper changes, cover their diaper area with a safe and effective diaper rash cream.
18) Nasal Aspirator
After birth, your baby may still have some extra mucus in their nose. You may even notice your newborn sneezing quite a bit once you bring them home.
You can easily use a nasal aspirator to suck out any mucus or secretion and help keep your newborn comfortable.
19) Baby Soap
Once your baby’s umbilical cord completely falls off, you’re free to give them their first bath! When washing your baby’s skin, keep in mind that it's delicate, so choose a gentle baby soap.
Feeding And Clothing Essentials
20) Formula And Bottles
If you’re not breastfeeding your baby, stock up on formula and bottles! Your baby will eat anywhere from eight to 12 times a day during the first week or so after birth.
Although they’ll only take a few ounces at a time, you’ll still go through quite a bit of formula and bottles.
21) Zip-Up Nighties
Be mindful of the type of nighty your little one wears.
If their nighty has a lot of buttons, it may make middle-of-the-night diaper changes challenging. Zip-up ones, however, can make those sleepy-eyed changes just a little bit easier!
22) Hand Mittens
More than likely, your sweet little baby will have long fingernails when they’re born. Instead of trying to cut their nails right away, put hand mittens on your baby’s hands to protect them from scratching themselves.
Just like diapers, your baby will go through quite a few onesies. This is because your little newborn can sometimes make a big mess!
Plan to change your newborn’s onesie at least two to three times a day.
24) Pants And Socks
Your baby’s internal thermometer hasn’t quite warmed up to their new environment outside of your womb. Keep a stack of pants and socks handy to help keep your little one warm and cozy.
A Healthy And Enjoyable Postpartum Experience
Your body will go through a lot during pregnancy and birth, so prepare ahead of time for your postpartum journey. Make sure you have the right postpartum essentials for your baby — like a breathable Crib Mattress — and don’t forget to take care of yourself!
Being prepared will help you and your baby both have a healthy and enjoyable postpartum experience!