Whether you or your loved one is ready, the baby is coming! Getting your home ready for baby is one of the best ways to get excited during your pregnancy. Aside from baby-proofing your home, you need to think about mama's self-care and personal care after having her baby.
A postpartum kit is a practical way to meet mama's needs in those difficult first weeks after bringing the baby home. Whether you're creating a postpartum kit for yourself, your spouse, or a loved one, this is something all new moms will appreciate.
Underwear and Pads
Heavy bleeding is normal after delivery for the week or so. While the hospital supplies standard postpartum pads, these aren't exactly known for being the most comfortable. There are a lot of other options that are both easy to find and much more soothing.
- Padscicles: For nether regions that need soothing, a padscicle does the trick. There are ready-made freezable pads, but you can also make your own.
- Postpartum underwear: Pads get the job done, but they slip and slide and create their own problems. Instead, a disposable pair of absorbent underwear doesn't shift throughout the day. You can find these in the period aisle of your local store, and they're worth stocking up on in advance.
- Overnight pads: Finally, postpartum women also like to use overnight pads. These are something you might already have in your home, and they're easy to find at any local store. You can never have enough of these!
For mamas who choose to nurse, don't forget to help them adjust to these new changes to their bodies. Nursing is a beautiful thing, but it also brings a lot of changes, especially for first-time moms who might not know what to expect.
- Nursing shirt or tank top: Mama's body is changing rapidly during her postpartum period. What fit last week might not feel the same this week. Getting a few seamless tanks or shirts that are built for nursing moms helps make feeding a bit simpler.
- Milk-boosting scrub: Milk production suddenly is a huge part of your everyday life as a new mom. Using our Milk Jugs scrub with natural ingredients like thistle, fenugreek, coriander, and oats helps boost milk production naturally.
- Natural breast scrub: Your boobs work hard when you're nursing. Between pumps, babies, bras, and sizing changes, mama needs a bit of TLC to this sensitive skin. Our Boobie Smoothie breast scrub uses a mix of pineapple and coconut to heal your delicate skin.
Navigating this new time in your life is difficult. Having a few key personal care items helps new mamas treat themselves right and take a bit of time for self-care.
- Sitz salt bath: Mamas need some time to recover and heal their bodies. Having a baby is amazing, and it's one of the toughest things a body can do. A sitz bath (shallow bath) with witch hazel, rosemary, lavender is the best way to relax and heal your body.
- Water bottle: With breast milk being 90% water, you need to stay hydrated while nursing to boost your milk production process.
- Cozy sweats: This is the time to wear your coziest clothes imaginable! A pair of comfy sweats will become your new best friend.
Extras for New Moms
Like in a new mom survival kit, there are a lot of extras you should consider throwing into your postpartum care kit for mama. From lending a helping hand to taking care of whole mama health, these ideas will make her day.
- Meal delivery gift card: Fresh meals are hard to come by in the first few weeks after the arrival of the baby. Offering a meal delivery gift card is a great way to make sure she can get a warm meal without the stress.
- Healthy snacks: Finding time to eat isn't always easy. Giving a few nonperishable healthy snacks she can grab-and-go is a great way to make sure she never goes hungry.
- Sweater or cardigan: Finally, one thing to do for a new mom is get her a sweater or cardigan to keep her warm. As hormones rise and fall, she might find herself freezing one minute and warm the next. A sweater or cardigan is perfect for throwing on at home.
Ease into Postpartum
The few weeks after having a baby are some of the hardest, but they're also the most rewarding. Mama is getting to know her new bundle of joy, but this could also be a stressful period for new parents.
Whether you're gifting to yourself or a mama in your life, these essentials above make postpartum life a whole lot easier. Wrapping all of these up in a cute basket, diaper bag, or box is a great way to ease into postpartum life.