since i am now over 10 weeks into this mom thing, i thought i would share some items that have been super helpful post-partum! some of these things were great for right after the hospital and others we use every day. here are my top 10 mom essentials!
if you are a nursing mom, this thing is a game changer! if you haven’t heard of this product let me introduce you. basically it is a silicone pump that you attach to your opposite side to catch any let down while your little one is nursing. it is amazing to me how much let down you would lose if you didn’t use the haakaa. save the let down to start building up your freezer stash, or use a bottle to give your babe a “dessert” after their feeding. [our pediatrician recommended we do this to help with weight gain]
2// MADELA SHIELD
i am so grateful for the nurse we had our first night in the hospital that saw that i needed to use a shield. there are many reasons you may want to use a shield and i definitely recommend attempting without to start. however, because of my anatomy it was necessary for me in order to be successful. breastfeeding has been one of the hardest things i have ever done. you live your life in 2-3 hour chunks and are so needed by your little one. it can also be stressful to know if they are getting what they need since you can’t measure the ounces. if you are struggling, seek out a lactation consultant! they are experts and can help you so much. hang in there mama!
3// BOPPY PILLOW
save your arms and get a boppy pillow! it is amazing how heavy your little one gets after a while of holding or nursing. i asked my friend who is a few months ahead of me what was a “must have” product for her and this was it! now that our babe is a little older he likes to lounge in this after feedings.
between feeding your baby and the “postpartum sweats” you will want a water bottle handy! camelbak has always been my go to. remember that you need to replenish the fluids your are giving away!
5// DRY SHAMPOO
when did i wash my hair last? you have way too many things to keep track of so keep this handy in case a shower wasn’t on the priority list today. this living proof dry shampoo is my favorite!
we were so blessed to be handed down this carrier from a co-worker of mine! they aren’t cheap but we simply cannot do without it. we have used it at home, on walks, in stores etc. and you can continue to use it as your baby grows! we purchased an infant insert for ours since the original is only recommended for babies over 12 pounds. if you’re looking for a budget friendly carrier, moms have been raving about this one by infantino. under $30!
this is hands down our favorite product. whenever our babe is fussy this swing does the trick! he has been loving the mobile now as well! this is the exact one we have.
8// BELLA BAND
i shared this product in my bumpdate posts but trust me you will want it postpartum as well! when you leave the hospital you will likely look about 6 months pregnant. don’t worry about immediately fitting back into your pre-pregnancy clothes. give yourself grace mama!
i purchased these leggings after seeing them all over instagram! they are said to rival lululemon align leggings [which are 4x the price] and come in so many colors. they are super comfortable and high waisted! this pair of joggers are what i brought to the hospital and i highly recommend them as well.
10// PAJAMA SET
i love love love these pajamas. they are especially great if you’re a nursing mom because they button down to make for easy feedings when you’re still half asleep. plus they are super soft and comfortable!
hope this list was helpful!