Hello, hello, hello!
I am currently about 34 and a half weeks pregnant and in FULL on nesting mode. As I went down my checklist of mommy/baby needs, I realized I needed to get my postpartum basket made as well!
I just wanted to start off by saying that I am NO expert. These are the products that I found worked well for me after my delivery/postpartum recovery. I will provide links with each item on where you may purchase them. I will also be talking about what worked and what didn’t work for me.
I spent a lot of time on Google and Pinterest on any postpartum tips. Although I may have bookmarked/pinned a few, nothing was as helpful as the nurses at the hospital. Utilize them! They made everything so much easier.
With that being said, let’s get started!
Tip #1: STOCK UP ON ALL THE ITEMS FROM THE HOSPITAL.
Yes, the pads are going to be larger than your face. Yes, looking at the mesh underwear, you are probably thinking “that is not going to fit”. It will and you will love it. Don’t be afraid to ask for some to take home.
At Kaiser, they had these huge pads that had an ice pack attached in the center. I was a little out of it but understood the need 100% as soon as my nurse whipped up my “pad-sicle” and felt instant relief!
Tip #2: TAKE THE PERI BOTTLE HOME.
Whether you give birth vaginally or via c-section, the recovery gets messy. Period. Pun intended, lol.
For vaginal, you may or may not tear. Either way, it will be sensitive, probably swollen, and not an area you want to be touching with toilet paper. The peri bottle allows you to get yourself clean between “pad-sicle” changes without causing more irritation to the area. Also, hemorrhoids, they happen.
I was very grateful for my peri bottle. The one downside is that once you held it upside down, water comes out before you get the chance to actually clean yourself off. That is why I bought the MOMWASHER for this round.
This one allows you to hold the bottle upside down and squeeze the water as needed. It also has an angled nozzle to help reach those specific areas. It also comes with a little bag for storage!
Tip #3: TUCKS + DERMOPLAST = LOVE
Remember those “pad-sicles” I was talking about?
2) Ice pack in the center (optional)
3) TUCKS, take about 3 and line the center of the pad. Use more if you would like!
4) Dermoplast, finish it off with a spray of this guy all over the pad. You don’t need much!
Tip #4: ALWAYS INFNITY
Hear me out. Use those large pads for the first few days or when you run out. The length of time you have postpartum bleeding varies from person to person. I personally bled for at least 4 weeks. Although the most messy parts were the first week or two, it definitely kept going.
These are amazing. They hold SO much but feel like nothing. It allowed me to wear some of my normal clothes without feeling like I was walking around in a diaper. Keep in mind, these are their heaviest option. In my opinion they were the best because they were longer which allowed for maximum coverage.
Tip #5: Skip the large underwear.
This is my personal opinion. I took home a couple of the mesh undies they had at the hospital. After I threw them away (I warned you, it gets messy), I tried using these larger, bikini style underwear I bought just for this. Everything I read said “don’t ruin your undies, just go buy some ugly ones” so I did. I HATED IT. They were so uncomfortable and I still found myself needing to change them during the day.
This time, I bought some Depends. I kid you not, I was so excited. Not only are these disposable, but I am not adding to my already growing pile of laundry! They come in three colors, nude, black, and purple. You know, for when you want to change it up 😉
Placed them all inside a basket for easy access (we have two bathrooms) and there you have it!
Thanks for reading!