Postpartum items to buy ahead of time?

Do you have a list of tips and things to purchase ahead of time that are necessary to buy for when you come home after birth (i.e. pads, breast pads, etc.).


I didnt want to put any of those items on my registry :)

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 8:01 am
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Mar, I looked a lot at lists and posts here on PW (Ex: milkgal's post from a couple months ago re: what she learned/wished she knew before her LO arrived. Sorry I'm on my phone and can't link to it!)

I also remember Kristin or someone mentioning something about buying anything ahead of time that you wouldn't want to send your DH out to get (like pads, stool softener, makeup, etc.)

In general, I have tried to focus on what life might be like with a newborn. First, my labor recovery. Also a lot of BFing, spending most of my time in the house and very little time for anything other than the baby, including cooking or cleaning. If there is anything that could make my life easier in any of those areas, I have tried to buy it in advance! That has included everything from pads to nursing/lounging clothes to a baby carrier to extra groceries!

I will hopefully have more thoughts on this in a few weeks! :-)
Posted on June 27, 2013 at 8:42 am
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Stool Softner. Gross to think about but much needed!


Don't buy too many pads - I still have a ton left over. I must have thought I was going to bleed for a year!


 


Here is the post I made that Debbie is taling about. . . It's crazy how much things have changed since that post!


 


 http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/why-didnt-anyone-tell-me

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 8:49 am
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This isn't exactly a "postpartum" thing but I do want to make sure I have my house completely stocked of everything (2 or 3 months worth) before baby gets here so I won't have to make random trips to the store. This will include anything from toilet paper and dish soap to cereal, peanut butter, diapers and wipes, etc. That way the only trips we need to take will be for fresh fruits and veggies, milk, etc.
Posted on June 27, 2013 at 9:40 am
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2 or 3 sets of extra parts for your breast pump (or you will be washing constantly)...maxipads and pantiliners (my heavy bleeding was done after a week)...breast pads...lanolin...and def stool softeners, but be careful of ingredients...no peri-colace...ibuprofen...maybe oatmeal and/or fenugreek or mothers milk tea...just in case you need extra help producing...I'm just trying to think of things we had to run out for...
Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:54 am
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I knew there was a post somewhere on this board! I LOVE that thread! We should get it going again, because like you said @milkgal, so much has changed! Its so crazy!! @jackieg - I wouldnt even think to get extra parts for the breast pump! GOOD TIP!

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 6:33 am
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Toilet paper (stock up)


Lots of snack foods or "bars" (Oat bars, fiber bars, etc. for those midnight snacks)...keep in a basket by your bed.  Also, stock up on healthy fruits that last in the fridge (apples, clementines etc.)  I snack a lot.


Def. yes on the stool softener...especially if they have you taking iron PP


Several giant water bottles with a straw (think Camelback) to keep by your nursing areas and bed...you will drink a ton esp. if you breastfeed and there is nothing worse than not having water near where you are sitting...esp. in the middle of the night.


A baby book or some sort of keepsake journal to write down memories in...you forget so fast.


Love the extra breast pump parts tip.


Mlik storage bags


Extra pillows...my back is so sore from nursing and the way I sit to do it (I wish I had big boobs, haha!)  I use lots of pillow for propping up my back in my nursing chair or in bed.  Super helpful.  Maybe not be necessary for everyone, though


Make sure you have all important numbers (ped, ob, hospital) already programmed in your phone.  Nothing worse than needing a number or info in the middle of the night and having to get up to look it up. 


STEAL FROM THE HOSPITAL!  Not in a bad way, but take everything they give you.  That little bottle to spray "down there" (take 2 if you can) and those suction bulb things for the babies nose/mouth.  They are great and they don't make them like that in stores.  I also "stole" some bed liners for bleeding to protect my mattress and I was really glad I did.  Unlike some are saying, I bled a LOT for quite a while, and I still use thick pads to collect all the discharge (no longer blood but still there). 


Also, take the ice packs they give you in the hospital...they do wonders esp. if you've torn.  Have them restock your room before they discharge you.


Gross underwear.  Granny panties.  Walmart.  Boom.  You'll be glad you did.


ROBES!  I live in them. And you'll want to wash them often. 


At least 5 good, sports-bra type nursing bras.  They will be spit up on, leaked on, etc. and should be washed every day...plus it is very common to have night sweats (I did for the first two weeks).  Your hormones are changing and your body is getting rid of extra water, so yet again a reason to change bras! 


 

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 6:47 am
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This is what I have written down suggested to me by other BTDT moms and friends:


Colace, stool softener, dermoplast (sp?), breast pads (our doula birth class instructer recommended the lansinoh soothies), undies that are one size bigger (room for those pads), stuff to make padiscles (link below) and gripe water for babe in case they get colic.


Padsicles - http://intheknowmom.net/diy-padsicles-musthave-postpartum-item/

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 9:25 am
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Agree on the baby book! Write everything down as soon as you can! It's amazing how fast time goes by and you'll start forgetting stuff!

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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I found this idea on Pinterest and I think I may try it--it sounds like it could work:


http://intheknowmom.net/diy-padsicles-musthave-postpartum-item/

Posted on June 29, 2013 at 1:22 am
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My hospital gave me a giant bag full of those ice packs for your panties...and a container of witch hazel pads too...I actually just threw out the ice packs when we moved...so just ask your nurses. You can pretty much take anything in your room...the nurses told us take it all!
Posted on June 29, 2013 at 2:31 am

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