There are so many things new moms and dads need for themselves to be able to survive the first week of bringing their newborn home and on. This is especially helpful for first-time moms that aren’t sure what they need.
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Under Eye Brightner- This will help you look like you’ve had enough sleep, even if you haven’t.
Breastfeeding App- Helps you remember the last time you fed your baby and which side you ended with. This is also great for moms that don’t breastfeed to tell them the last time that baby ate.
Sleep!!! Sleep when baby sleeps
Lanolin- You will need this if you are a breastfeeding mom. Helps with sore nipples.
Nipple Shield- This works wonders if your are struggling getting baby latched on.
Nursing Undershirt- I haven’t used these, but if you wear undershirts these would be awesome so you’re not having to pull a ton of fabric up to nurse.
Maxi Padcicles- I’ve heard these are awesome. If you’d like the recipe, there’s a link below under diy maxi padcicles.
Ear Plugs- These are great if you’re trying to get your baby to start sleeping through the night.
Fenugreek- If you are low on your milk supply try taking these along with Blessed Thistle. (3 pills each, 3 times a day)
Malt- This can also help if you’re milk supply is low.
Blessed Thistle- Take with Fenugreek if you’re milk supply is low.
Games- On your phone or a tablet, because you will get bored nursing.
Water Bottle- Drink LOTS of water.
Nursing Pads- So, you’re not leaking out everywhere.
Your hair will start falling out and won’t stop until baby is around 4 months, be prepared, and no you won’t go bald.
Prenatal Pills- Keep taking prenatal pills if you are breastfeeding
Squirt Bottle- You’ll want one of these to fill with warm water to clean your ‘hooha’ after baby comes.
Pads- You’re not going to be able to use tampons for 6 weeks, so you’ll need a butt load of pads. Yes, it’s going to feel like you’re back in middle school with these. I used thinner ones for the daytime and thicker ones for nighttime. You’re going to bleed for at about 4-6 weeks.
Breast Soothers- You’ll want these if you’re breastfeeding, they work wonders at helping nipples feel better.
Sleep Nursing Bra- You’ll want one of these to sleep in.
Day Nursing Bra
Comfortable Chair- If you have the room in your home to have a big comfortable chair, get it, you won’t regret it.
I’ve got a couple of other important things that a new mom will need.
Sitz Bath– For those of you that are giving birth vaginally, you’ll want a sitz bath. A sitz bath is a shallow bath with enough water to cover your hip bones. It is easier and safer than a full bath in the early days after birth. It is lukewarm water with some epsom salts or hydrogen peroxide added. Correct me if I’m wrong because I had a C-section, so I didn’t need a sitz bath.
Hair Regrowth (baby hair)– After your hair stops falling out, it starts growing again and for me has grown back all around my scalp area. These are soooo hard to keep down, especially when you put your hair in a ponytail. Be prepared.
Nursing Bras– These are the links to where I got my bras- sleeping bra and day bra. I would recommend waiting until you are almost due or after you have your baby to get bras. Your boobs will grow a lot.
Obviously some of these things you’ll already have, but it helps to have maxi pads, nursing pads, lanolin, and everything for the sitz bath already before you go to the hospital. That way your husband won’t have to run to the store to get all of it.
Does anyone have a good recipe for the sitz bath? I could only find herbal ones online.