Baby 101: Post Partum Care Supply List

You’ve made it through one of the most life changing experiences ever and now you are home with your little bundle of joy, little baloney loaf, little froggie, or little princess.  The next week is going to blow your mind. 

You will likely never have been as tired, stressed, anxious, sore, and happy all at once.  Your milk will come in and your bra will be stuffed with hot footballs for about 3 days.  It will hurt to sit for a week if you have episiotomy stitches and longer if you’ve had a c-section.  You will have been to the pediatrician at least once, maybe twice and in our case, with both babies, 3 times.  You are going be obsessing over poop for the first time in your life – the quantity, quality, smell, and frequency.  You will become a poop gourmet and by the third blowout it won’t even phase you to wipe poop off the walls. 

Then there’s the small matter of feeding yourself, staying hydrated, showering every few days, brushing your teeth, changing your clothes, and sleeping.  Forget doing housework or going out!  Check out my post about how my first week went when we got home from the hospital.

The last thing you need to do is run out to Wal-Mart for some last minute item.  From my experience with 2 kids, here’s a list of what became essentials for my post-partum care.  You can save money by stocking up with the hospital supplies before you come home.  I’m sure people could recommend other things, but this was our bare minimum frugal list.  Check back for my breast-feeding list, baby care list, and baby gear list.

For Mommy – Post-partum Care Essential Items List:

Maxi-pads – Stock up on the overnight pads.  You will go through 78+ in your first week alone.

Spray bottle – For cleaning the undercarriage.  You should get one at your hospital.

Witch Hazel – Liberally squirt this onto your maxi-pad to soothe the stitches.  Works like a charm.

Benzocane Spray – You should get this from the hospital.

Flushable Wipes – You should get this from the hospital.

Ibuprofen – My doc said to take 4 pills to equal the 800mg that they were giving me at the hospital.  I did this for a couple of days and then cut it down to 2 and then zero shortly thereafter.  When your milk comes in you will want the Ibuprofen to help with the swelling and pain.

Stool Softener or Fiber supplement – You might not need this, but it does help immensely if you do.  Putting any sort of pressure “down there” is scary the first week.  What if you push your uterus out accidentally?  Not saying it could happen by any means, but I’m sure that’s what you will be thinking when you are straining in the loo.

Preparation-H – if you get hemorrhoids from labor and delivery.  No one ever admits it, but most people get the grapes back there.

Donut – this is helpful if you have stitches or hemorrhoids.  What worked even better was using my Boppy to sit on with the opening towards the back of the chair.  I still use it now at 6 weeks just because it is so comfortable.  (for feeding I use My Brestfriend – LOVE IT)

Frozen meals – Whether you have made them in advance or buy frozen lasagna, have a stock of meals in your freezer.  This is especially handy if you won’t have any help in the house and need to feed your family.

Thank You cards and stamps – Trust me, you don’t want to haul a newborn to the post office when you get home from the hospital!  It took me 4 weeks before I ventured out by myself with Evelyn and the little thing screamed her head off the entire time.

Here are a few links that go into detail on recovering from delivery, including what to look for and any warning signs that you need to see a doctor.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy_center/childbirth/recovering_delivery.html#

http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/postpartum-care

And if you want all natural recovery solutions check out this blog for some interesting articles.

http://www.mypostpartumwellness.com/natural-pregnancy-blog/

Tell me, what items were your must haves for post-partum care the first 6 weeks?

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3 Responses to Baby 101: Post Partum Care Supply List

  1. Jessica Assaf says:

    You are too funny!!! I soooo wish somebody had told me before I had Leylah that I would need the stool softener. I was soooo scared to poo for the first week I was home and then when I finally did, it hurt soooo bad I thought I was going to need to go to the doctor. If my memory serves me right, it took me almost an hour to go the first time. I was home alone with Leylah and she was crying her eyes out because she wanted me to hold her and I couldn’t. I can laugh about it now, but at the time I didn’t know what to do.
    The mall was actually my savior while on maternity leave. Just knowing I had some place I could go to get out of the house and walk around a little.

    • Salee says:

      Yeah, that was a lesson learned from the first go round.

      When you went to the mall did you take the baby too? I haven’t been able to take her out much. She screams her little head off whenever she is in the carseat.

  2. Jessica Assaf says:

    I did just to get out of the house since Raja works all the time. It was actually nice to get out – and having a new baby, almost everyone wants to talk and tell you a story. lol…
    I was lucky – Leylah was a VERY easy baby so I didn’t have to worry about her screaming when I went out.
    If you feel the need to get out, let me know…I can come by when I’m not at work. 😉

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