What to Buy for After Birth, the Newborn Phase, and Postpartum
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During my pregnancy, I was completely overwhelmed by the seemingly endless list of baby products available, and while I knew the basics, I found it challenging to discern what would truly be essential.
Beyond the obvious necessities, I yearned for guidance on the items that would make my journey into motherhood smoother. It was a time of excitement mixed with uncertainty, as I navigated through aisles and online stores, eager to be fully prepared for my baby's arrival.
Since I’ve been on this path with two children now, I decided to make an epic list of what to buy for postpartum containing items that made a significant impact during those precious moments. These are the tried-and-true products that stood the test of time, serving me well through thick and thin.
Some were smart, proactive purchases, while others became urgent necessities I wish I had from the start. I will guide you through a carefully chosen list of essentials in this article, providing cost-effective alternatives for some pricier items.
Focused entirely on you, the first section of this curated list emphasizes items that will be essential during your initial months of motherhood and postpartum care.
The second section transitions to all the must-haves for your newborn, stripped back to just the essentials.
*Note on Baby Clothes & Diapers: Baby clothes and diapers have been intentionally left off this list as they are a personal choice and are often given as gifts.
If you're still pregnant, you're probably thinking mainly about what you need to buy for your baby, but YOU are important, too! Postpartum, whilst being a magical time of bonding and cuteness, is also VERY uncomfortable.
Stocking up on these items that were my personal favorites and lasted me through TWO babies (and I'm still keeping them for the next one) will make your life easier.
These were the items that brought me joy as Marie Kondo would say.
After having a baby, the physical, mental, and emotional toll of postpartum makes you really just want to waddle around the house in anything comfortable.
If you're breastfeeding your baby, easy access to your boobs is of utmost importance, so make sure your lounge wear has a way to open at the chest to get those ta-tas out.
I survived those first few months wearing house dresses daily that were cute enough to also roll up at Trader Joe's or if a friend stopped by.
Don't forget a stack of disposable undies to handle all the mess that will be going on “down there”. Having plenty of them is nice to that you can dispose and refresh a few times a day.
Note: Remember to consider your personal preferences and needs when making your choices!
You've probably heard that you should meal prep, start a meal train, or get some nice frozen goodies so that during postpartum you need to worry less about meals and more about baby (and yourself).
This is true, but these 3 things were a life saver and I discovered them only after I was a couple of months in.
Note: Remember to prioritize your health and consult with healthcare professionals as needed!
Postpartum physical recovery is rough any way you cut it. These products saved me and made the recovery process easier. I did try quite a few brands and these were the ones I liked the best.
Tip: Having all the coochie-care in each bathroom will make your life a lot easier so you don't need to go to your bedroom during the day, or to your other bathroom at night.
Note: These are tailored for a natural birth, but can be used for C-section births as well.
Note: These products are specifically chosen to aid in your postpartum recovery, providing comfort and support during this tender time. Prioritize your well-being and do not hesitate to seek professional advice if needed.
If you do not plan on breastfeeding, that is A-OK! Please skip this section and move along.
These babies helped me SO much during those first few days of nipple trauma. When your baby is first born, your nipples still need to be broken in.. and by broken, I mean quite literally.
The nipple butter soothes but if there's leftover on there it's okay for baby to ingest. The gel pads felt like pure heaven and helped me heal faster. And the diaper caddy helped me keep aaallll my milking supplies together and easy to transport around the house.
Note: Remember, every mother's experience is unique, so choose the products that best suit your individual needs. Don't hesitate to reach out to a lactation consultant or healthcare provider for additional support.
Now let's get to the all the amazing stuff that will make your life easier while taking care of your precious little newborn - and beyond!
I went through so many brands of these items as I am quite the Amazon Return expert (my job at the time had a warehouse and every kind of mail pick-up daily).
These are my TOP items that I used many times and kept for TWO babies – and still have!
Diapers might feel like the worst part of having a new bundle of joy, but it's, in fact, the easiest part about having a baby. That being said, having some great diapering products will make the job even easier.
Don't forget to buy a stack of diapers from the grocery store or Costco, but don't stock up on too many of the same size because babies GROW FAST!
Each of these products has been selected to ensure that your diaper changing station is well-equipped and functional. Remember to choose items that best fit your lifestyle and preferences, ensuring a comfortable and convenient
experience for both you and your baby.
Nursing actually really doesn't take a lot of supplies. Main ingredients: your boob and your baby.
That being said, with spit-up and bottle-feeding being potentially around the corner, these are some essentials that worked many, many months in my house.
Okay, so maybe not restful sleep, but setting up a good sleep environment for your newborn is crucial to laying a good foundation for later. These are my top picks for baby sleep.
Side note: I only started using my crib when I felt like the bassinet was unsafe because it was too shallow. The noise machine I took with me everywhere and now I can't sleep without one myself.
And Lord, I STILL don't know how to swaddle so make velcro your friend.
Strollers are an entirely different ballgame and a very long article can be written about them entirely. There are SO many to choose from and it's a very personal thing.
BUT, some extra stroller accessories can make your life easier because no stroller has absolutely everything.
Other than baby toys which you will probably get a plethora of at your baby shower, these were my most-used items postpartum.
A bouncer is KEY because sometimes you just want to put baby down and you want to do it safely.
Also, I cannot overemphasize the convenience of plates you can throw away when you'd prefer to binge trash TV on Netflix.
Get this while pregnant so you can quickly take those little prints and keep them forever! Babies grow SO fast so don't be like me and only take them at 7 months.
Side Note: I did end up buying one of those baby books where you write out stuff about your baby. Having another thing to DO ended up not being in line with my goals…which was sleep.
These items I ended up buying when my baby got sick, and when you're worried about your baby the last thing you want to do is wait for something you need to make them feel better.
My last words of advice are - make sure to buy your baby items no more than 1 month ahead of time if you're getting them on Amazon and no more than 90 days if you're getting them from Target.
Read the return policies when you buy things because sometimes your preferences (and baby's preferences) are not what you'd expect and it's a relief being able to get your money back and exchange for something better.
If your item is on a baby registry, the return period may be longer.
Happy preparations mama! And don't forget to prepare for the MENTAL and EMOTIONAL aspects of motherhood as well!