10 Post-Baby Must-Haves Nobody Talks About

There are only a few days left before “D” day.  You have your bags packed, the nursery ready, and birth plan in hand.  Your mom, friends, and grandma have given you the cute outfits, swaddles, and burp cloths.  However, do you have the most important things that you will need post baby ready to go?  Some of the most important things are those things that most people just don’t want to talk about.  Well today is your lucky day because I am spilling the beans.  These are the true 10 post-baby must haves nobody talks about!

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1.  Pads Yes, think about what your body has just been through.  These are an absolute MUST HAVE!  Generally the hospital will give you some while you are there but you will need a stockpile at home!  I preferred the thin pads with super protection.  That way, at least by the time you get home from the hospital you don’t feel like you are wearing a diaper!

2. Hemorrhoidal Pads–  Like I just said, think about what your body has just been through.  You will appreciate these!

3. Lanolin– Chances are nursing or pumping is going to hurt at first.  I personally don’t know a single person that said it was a breeze.  Lanolin can provide you with some relief!

4. Nursing Pads– You don’t want to be that girl in public with the big wet spot on her chest.  Not saying that it won’t happen, but these just make it a little less likely.

5.  Oatmeal Balls– No one told me how seriously hungry I would be those first few weeks of nursing.  I was under the impression that the weight was just going to melt off…if only someone had mentioned the extreme hunger.  Have a bunch of these in your freezer for when you get home or have someone bring them to the hospital!  They are also a great gift idea for a new mom!

6. Epsom Salt– They strongly encourage that you sit in baths with soaking salts post baby.   It helps with the healing process down there.  You’ll want some on hand when you get home to follow the soaking instructions your hospital/doctor give you.

7.Stool Softeners– I somehow got lucky in this area.  Apparently the first time you have to poo isn’t such a walk in the park for most people.  These may help you along.  Again, remember what your body just went through!

8.  Ice Packs – You’ll want one that is thin enough to fit down there nicely.  It will help relieve some of the ouch you may experience post-baby!

9. Comfortable Yoga Pants – You will most likely be done with the pregnancy clothes, but chances are very strong that you aren’t going to fit into your pre-pregnancy wardrobe.

10. Comfortable Bra – Nursing or not your breasts will be large when your milk comes in.  You’ll want to have that nice supportive bra to control those girls until they level off!

Yes, it’s true the aftermath of having a baby isn’t always pretty.  That sweet sweet baby may do a number on your body but it’s all worth it in the end.  These must-haves will hopefully make those first few days post-baby a little more manageable!

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35 thoughts on “10 Post-Baby Must-Haves Nobody Talks About”

  1. I don’t think anyone really prepares new moms for knowing what recovery will be like. It was so much harder than I expected!
    And those first few weeks, I couldn’t eat enough! I was so much hungrier nursing a newborn than I was while pregnant!

    1. I know and each person has such a different recovery. My recovery was actually quite “easy” compared to most, but I still needed almost everything on the list!

  2. A great list! Speaking of hunger, I’m going to try out your oatmeal ball recipe. This whole breastfeeding thing is making me hungry and I lately have serious oatmeal cravings 🙂 good thing it’s supposed to be healthy and helps milk production!

    1. I’m still addicted to them even though my hunger has subsided (sort of I’m always hungry) I use them now as my treat! Let me know what you think!

  3. This is a great list! The only thing I would add is a waterbottle with a straw and have it ready before you nurse (especially at night). In addition to extreme hunger, I was also always thirsty.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing! Congrats on nursing twins I thought of how hard it was at first with one. Very impressive!

  4. Oh, may I add one more? The item I couldn’t live without after my babes were born was a squeeze bottle filled with water to ease the burning when you pee! The hospital gave me one to use after they stitched up the small tears I had from having my first naturally. I didn’t actually tear with my second but I had “skid marks” as they called it (think carpet burn!) and it was a huge relief to be able to squirt clean water “down there” to ease the burning sensation.

  5. Great list! If you’re planning to nurse, I would add a few nursing tanks or nursing tops (or at least some button down shirts) and some nursing bras. That’s basically all I’ve worn since having a baby 6 wks ago because he’s eating every 2 to 3 hours (and sometimes even more frequently than that) so I always need to be ready. I was not prepared and my mom had to quickly order 4 nursing tanks from Target to help me out. (Also note: between milk, spit up, and baby pee, you’ll be washing these things constantly.)

  6. Stopping by from SITS – I love your list. I had all of the above ready except for oatmeal balls (nobody told me about hunger) and nursing pads (nobody told me about possible leakage either!) So I have had an embarrassing moment right in the middle of -ironically- Dairy Queen while my daughter just woke up at home from her nap and wanted to eat! It was the first time I went out after getting home from hospital at my mother’s in laws insistence saying fresh air will do me some good.

  7. {Kathy} This list is great! I’ve had 4 kids and I couldn’t have lived without all of the items mentioned. I would probably add breast pump to the list because you just never know what kind of nurser you’re going to get.

  8. Terrific Post! We write about child health & safety, but a post like this reminds me we need to include a little more on our site for the mommy-to-be.
    Thanks for the reminder…and a terrific read 🙂
    Ps. If you’d ever like to guest post, we’d love to have you

  9. I must have gotten lucky with my first two pregnancies because I didn’t have any pain or discomfort “down there”. Now I’m freaked about what this pregnancy (#3) is going to do to me! Hopefully if my bod can handle delivering twins, this one baby won’t do too much damage. Thanks for the Epsom salt and Oatmeal Bars tip-I’m going to use both!

  10. OMG those large pads. I was so grateful for the biggest I could get. But by the end of the bleeding I had DIAPER RASH! I couldn’t believe it!

  11. Oh. My. GOD. Yes, to #1…yes to #2…yes to #3…heck, yes to ALL of these.
    I was nodding my head so much all the way through this post that I’m sure I looked like a bobble head…

    As a mother of two — who are are 2 years and 17 days apart — I was wise enough to have everything on hand — in droves — when I delivered our second 9 months ago..

    Great post.

    Stopping by from SITS!

  12. Yep! I’ve had 4 and these are all spot-on. One thing I might suggest…a TBSP of coconut oil can be a good, natural laxative, as well. I take mine mixed in with warm coffee. Happy SITS day!

  13. Wow! Your site is awesome! I just had to read this post because I brought home baby #4 a few months ago. Thank goodness babies are so cute because our bodies go through so much to bring them here!

    Looking forward to meeting you in Vegas!

  14. I got a shower head that is on a hose so you can bring the shower head to you. I found it helpful for cleaning myself down there afterwards as I had a lot of stitches. The peri-bottle was useful too for cleaning yourself when using the toilet.

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