As a newly minted momma those first weeks are wonderful as you get to know your little one. Endless snuggles, new baby smell, and sweet baby expressions fill your days; however, they are also filled with your personal recovery and long nights filled with feeding and diaper changes. It is such an exciting time, but it can often be difficult enjoy it when you are worried about meeting your babes needs and trying to function on very little sleep.
I found having baskets prepared before I brought baby home helped in my getting accustomed to being a mom and made my life a tad bit easier/stress free. Having all your needs in one place keeps you from running around trying to find something while baby is crying inconsolably or stubbing your toe on your bed or coffee table as you search for that item you need. Plus, having a basket makes transporting what you need from one area of the house to another a breeze.
Here are the three baskets I prepped ahead of time: This post may contain affiliate links. I may receive commissions for purchases made through those links.
Pads: These are an absolute necessity whether you have given birth vaginally or via c-section. You will be experiencing postpartum bleeding for several weeks. For every person it’s different, but thankfully for me I only needed the heavy duty pads for the first 4-5 days and then from then on I could get by with thinner pads and liners.
(Pro-tip for the first week: take a few of those heavy duty pads and make some homemade “padsicles”. Heavy pad + aloe vera gel + witch hazel + freezer = sweet relief!)
Extra Undies: pretty sure this doesn’t need explanation…there for “just in case”!
Tucks Pads: Witch hazel is known for its soothing properties. Be sure to have these on hand just in case of hemorrhoids. Even if you are a fortunate soul who does not incur these while pushing during labor they still offer relief to any vaginal burning or itching. Place them on top of your pad for instant cooling.
Numbing spray: Because, well, you just had a baby! And as you can imagine down there will be a bit sore. I used Dermoplast after each trip to the restroom to help take a way some of that soreness.
Peri-bottle: As you can imagine peeing can sting a bit after giving birth, especially if you ended up needing stitches. Filling one of these bottles with warm water will help alleviate any any stinging.
Stool Softener: Needing to go number to can seem quite scary after pushing out a baby and could possibly be painful if you don’t take this step. Ease your mind and your bathroom experience by taking these for at least the first week.
Nursing Pads: I didn’t experience a tremendous amount of leaking as my supply was quite low, but for others when their milk comes in it can be quite intense. Save your clothes and invest in some of these to keep you dry. Having these in the bathroom allowed me to pop them in my nursing bra when I got out of the shower.
Tylenol/Ibuprofen: Once again this doesn’t need too much explanation. Have these on hand to make sure your pain level doesn’t rise.
Nursing Pads: I know I said to have these in the bathroom, but keeping them in your nursing stash is a must, as well, especially if you have an over supply.
Nipple Cream: Even with a correct latch the girls still have to get used to providing nourishment to an always ravenous babe. Use this before and after nursing to help provide relief to any discomfort.
Burp Cloth: Keeping a burp cloth, or one or two in your basket is a must. From spit up to leaking you’ll be needing quite a few of these!
Tablet/Phone and Charger: Feeding usually can take quite a while…not to mention at first you are feeding around every two hours. While one of the best things to do while nursing is lovingly gaze at your little one, eventually you will realize you need something to do. Having a phone or tablet is an awesome way to pass time. You could watch a movie, browse Pinterest, read a book, or log your nursing session on an app. Of course, since so much time will be spent here be sure to have a charger on hand!
Water Bottle: Breastfeeding makes you thiiiirsty!!! Avoid feeling like you are parched and dying during the middle of the feed by having a water bottle on hand.
Snacks: Just like thirst you will most likely be extremely hungry when breastfeeding…making milk makes you hungry! Keep easy to eat snacks on hand to avoid a hangry moment!
Boppy Pillow: This probably won’t fit in your basket, but I have found the Boppy to be an extremely helpful nursing aid. It helps to raise baby to the right level and gives your arms a breather.
Diapers: Hopefully you’ll be blessed like me and be able to stock your basket with diapers gifted you from your shower. I still haven’t had to buy diapers, which is such a blessing. If someone asks you what you need if you can’t think of what is on your registry…just say diapers, you’ll be glad you did!
Wipes: These are a necessary evil. If you wonder why I say evil…you’ll find out why when you wipe your newborns bottom with a wet wipe in the early morning hours when they are sleepy! They do have wipe warmers, I just haven’t decided if I should invest in one or not…if you have one, let me know if it was a good investment!
Diaper Cream: Diaper rash can lead to a very unhappy baby and mom. Be sure to have some cream in stock to keep that rash at bay.
Extra Baby Outfits: No matter how much you will it away, it will eventually happen…the dreaded diaper blow out. Save yourself a trip to the closet and keep a few extra onesies in your diaper basket.
Hand Sanitizer: As moms we are continually picking up, cooking, doing dishes, etc. Make sure to keep baby safe and use sanitizer before changing…and of course, some sanitizing after a poopy diaper won’t hurt either!
These items have truly made my life easier, especially having them all in one place, ready to go! If you try it out, let me know! What are some of your “mom basket” essentials?