OK guys this post is for us girls (read: check out now). I wrote this when I was six weeks post-partum and I am so glad that I did because one year later I would have totally forgotten the details.
We do all sorts of reading about what to do for the big arrival and most of it covers off stuff we need for the baby, but we rarely read up on what we need for ourselves (the most important person!). Heck I didn’t even pack my bag for the hospital until my contractions were four minutes apart! So I’m sharing with you the stuff you’re going to really need those first few weeks. These things will make you a little more comfortable, a little less stressed and make life with your newborn a lot more manageable.
1. Lip balm. Giving birth and later breastfeeding sucks all of the liquid out of your body. Your lips will be chapped! So go get yourself a couple Lypsyl, ChapStick, whatever. I had my Vichy Aqualia Thermal Lip Balm strapped to my body. Trust me.
2. Antiperspirant. If you want your Hubs to continue sleeping in the same bed as you, get some extra strength antiperspirant. I don’t know what kind of hormones are released for the first few weeks post birth but you do a lot of sweating when you’re sleeping (even when it’s only a few hours). I bought Secret Clinical Strength and found it to be most effective.
3. Nursing pads. You need these! So be prepared. In the first few weeks, while your milk is coming in and your breasts are like WTF, they will be leaking like crazy, especially at night. You can buy the disposable ones, but I preferred the softness of the reusable Bamboobino ones. They are a little bit more high maintenance (you have to wash them daily), but the disposables irritated my skin and trust me your nips are already hurting, you don’t need something to exacerbate the pain.
4. Soft bras. If you’re nursing you’re going to need several bras because you’re wearing them around the clock and you need something to hold those nursing pads in place. I tried several bras but the winners for me were Elita Silk Magic and Medela Nursing Bras. They’re not sexy but honestly, who cares.
5. Nipple cream. I’m all for natural products, but when it comes to this stuff buy Lansinoh Lanolin Topical Treatment. I bought the olive oil nipple cream and it doesn’t work! Avoid sending your Hubs to Shopper’s in the middle of the night and put this in your kit now.
6. Reading material. You’re going to be feeding your babe at least six to eight times in a 24 hour period and since they feed for roughly 30 minutes that’s almost four hours of your day. So, set up a little feeding sanctuary in your baby’s room with a few good books, trashy mags, your iPhone, and a glass of water – the 30 minutes will fly by and you’ll actually enjoy it.
7. Take advantage of your husband. When your Hubs gets home from work don’t hoard the baby. Let him have some quality time and take this opportunity to do something for you. Have a bubble bath, go for a walk alone, whatever it is DO IT. Your Hubs is more than capable of taking care of junior and so what if he doesn’t do every little thing like you do. It doesn’t matter.
I hope you find my tips helpful. Please add more if you think I’ve missed anything. Remember it’s all about you.
Good luck mamas!
Alanna Banks is the author of the lifestyle blog http://fridaysoff.ca. Her posts are always honest, informative and share-worthy. When she's not blogging she's being mum to her toddler son and working 9-5 as a PR pro in Toronto.