Nothing soothes the fire down below following a vaginal birth quite like Dermoplast. Ask any mom who's had to use it, and she will sing it's praises for as long as she lives. Stock up and keep some in all the bathrooms of the house.
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For the moments when you can't drop your pants and spray your nethers, you need icicle pads. Most postpartum nurses will make them for you in the hospital, but it's a good idea to prepare some in advance and have them in your freezer. You can DIY some like these.
Here's the order of use: spray with Dermoplast, place icicle pad in your mesh panties, then layer the top with these bad boys. Instant relief. Definitely get the twin pack.
The Boppy is an all-around amazing product, and has so many different uses! It's marketed as a breastfeeding pillow, and it's awesome as one. It also makes a great newborn lounger, seating cushion for mom's sore bottom, and soft pillow for c-section mamas to squeeze into their bellies when they cough or sneeze.
For twin mamas, the Brest Friend twin pillow is sized for tandem nursing! But you don't have to have twins to love this pillow. The large surface makes for comfortable nursing sessions for any new mom. There's plenty of room to rest a book or iPad on the other side of the baby, and the handy pocket keeps wipes and water at the ready. Plus it clips around your back, so it won't slip off or shift.
Hospitals have the best giant water containers, but you should have one or two on-hand at home (especially if you forget to steal the hospital one). Couple of must-haves: it needs to hold a lot of water, it needs to have a straw, and it should have a handle. Bonus points if it has a built-in ice pack, like this one.
Mom needs it, dad needs it, siblings need it, grandparents need it. Basically anyone who so much as reaches out to touch the new baby needs to sanitize their hands first. You'll want a bottle in every room of the house, so maybe just Subscribe and Save.
Babies come out with all kinds of gunk in their throat and nasal passages. Most of it gets cleared out in the hospital, but no new mom needs the stress of hearing that gurgle or rattle when they bring their brand new baby home. the NoseFrida is gentle enough to use on brand new noses, and super effective.
Once your milk comes in, those suckers can spray and leak like a fire hose, so you're going to need some nursing pads. We recommend these for a few reasons: they're super soft and soothing on chafed nipples, they're really absorbent, and reusable pads will save you so much money in the long run.
The first days at home will likely be spent lounging around with the baby. If you're nursing, you'll need a comfy gown that makes it easy. These Savi Mom gowns are cute, comfortable, and make popping the baby on the boob a breeze.
No one wants chapped nipples. Nursing moms need nipple cream, it's just a fact. There are lots of products on the market, but we love Lansinoh.
If this is your first baby, you're going to want to be prepared for how many baby wipes you'll go through in a single day. These suckers are good for EVERYTHING. Just a heads up, those first newborn poops are sticky and stubborn as hell, so have lots of wipes on hand right from the start.
Most hospitals use the Philips AVENT Soothie, which newborns seem to do well with. You'll want to have plenty of spares at your disposal, because these things honestly grow legs and walk away when you need them the most. Lost pacifiers and unmatched socks have some sort of secret hideaway, we're convinced.
If you're not nursing, you'll want to have an army of bottles lined up and ready to go as soon as you walk in the door. And if you are nursing, having bottles available when you need a break or have to leave the house can be a life-saver. Just a fair warning though: it can be tough to find the one bottle your baby will take. We've heard great things about the Como Tomo, from nursing and non-nursing mamas alike.
Newborn are so sweet and soft and delicate. Until it comes to their fingernails. Some kids exit the womb with Freddy Krueger-like claws, and the last thing you want to try to do when they're still all squishy and wrinkly is cut them. Get some baby mittens to keep your precious bundle from scratching their (and your) eyes out.
Ok, so it's not technically a product, but it is a need. A very important need. If you're able to prep some meals ahead of time to stick in the freezer, we love these containers for storage and reheating. They have compartments, so you can portion full, balanced meals to grab and heat with ease. Or, if you're an Amazon Prime member, consider signing up for Amazon Pantry or Amazon Fresh before the baby comes. Not having to think about grocery shopping while you're hunkered down with baby is good for your sanity.
Unless you're OK with losing the use of your arms and hands for the next few months while you carry the baby around, you're going to need a carrier. Baby-wearing fans will tell you, there are SO MANY to choose from. But for ease of use and comfort when the baby is teeny tiny, we recommend the K'tan.
Again, at some point, you're going to want to be able to use both your hands or arms. And while a baby carrier is great for when you need to get stuff done and your new little one needs to be near mom or dad, there will come a time you need to put the baby down, for real. Like to shower! How nice would that be! A baby swing is a must, but it doesn't have to be bulky or fancy. This simple Graco swing does the trick.
For only eating breast milk or formula, the stuff that comes out of babies sure stains like crazy. From spit-up to diaper blow-outs, babies make a mess. Make sure you have plenty of stain remover to treat clothes and blankets before they go into the laundry (you will be doing SO MUCH LAUNDRY).
Listen, you're going to be spending a lot of time just sitting and nursing and burping and holding. After an hour of feeding and changing and rocking the baby, once it's asleep in your arms, you're stuck. Get a bunch of extra-long charging cables, like these for Samsung devices or these for Apple devices, and keep one plugged in near your bed and favorite couch spot. The last thing you need is for your phone to die right in the middle of a Netflix binge while the baby naps on your lap.
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