I have compiled a list of best products for mom that I love from different blog posts so they could all reside in one place.
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- 1 1. Depends
- 2 2. Witch Hazel or Tucks Pads
- 3 3. Colace
- 4 4. Perineal Squeeze Bottle
- 5 5. Motrin IB
- 6 6. Perineal Cold Packs
- 7 7. Dry shampoo
- 8 8. Nipple Shields
- 9 9. Nipple Cream
- 10 10. Nursing Pads
- 11 11. Nursing Bras
- 12 12. Reduce Thermos
- 13 13. White Noise Machine
- 14 14. Night Light
- 15 15. Exercise ball
- 16 16. Breast Therapy Pack
If you have a perineal tear, I highly recommend Depends. I started out using overnight pads that I put in the freezer, and… holy ouch! They were so bulky that they irritated my tear. Then I tried Depends, and they were SO MUCH BETTER. They were thinner, absorbent, and didn’t irritate my tear when sitting.
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2. Witch Hazel or Tucks Pads
Postpartum hemorrhoids is a real thing, and it sucks. A LOT. I used Colace, which is a stool softener, and it really helped.
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4. Perineal Squeeze Bottle
You are really going to want these in order to stay clean down under! Use one of these perineal squeeze bottles to squirt warm water down there every time after you go to the bathroom.
5. Motrin IB
I took Motrin IB every day to help with pain relief and swelling.
6. Perineal Cold Packs
The hospital will probably give you some perineal cold packs, but they may not give you as many as you would like or you may end up using them all while you’re there. These will really help with pain relief.
7. Dry shampoo
This is a mom and postpartum hack for me. I had a second-degree tear, and it hurt like hell to stand, so it was easier to take quick showers without washing my hair.
I used dry shampoo to keep the greasiness at bay, and help me to feel fresher. I use Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo and Drybar dry shampoo. Love both equally. The Drybar shampoo leaves more of a white residue that you have to work a little harder to make disappear.
8. Nipple Shields
Nipple shields are great if you have cracked and bleeding nipples. When your baby latches, it reduces the pain and allows your nipples to heal. They worked well for me, but there are pros and cons to using nipple shields. If you have concerns or questions about using them, you should contact your health care provider.
9. Nipple Cream
If you are going to breastfeed, you are going to want lansinoh nipple cream. I always applied it to my nipples after breastfeeding, which helped to heal, soothe, and protect my sore nipples.
10. Nursing Pads
Again, if you are planning on breastfeeding, you may want to invest in some nursing pads. It is common for milk to leak out of your breasts, which can be messy and uncomfortable! I mostly used reusable nursing pads, but I also had some disposable nursing pads as back up in case I went through them really quickly.
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11. Nursing Bras
You will definitely want nursing bras if you are going to breastfeed. They are designed so you can easily breastfeed without having to take your bra off. Underwire bras can be very uncomfortable and can also potentially cause clogged ducts.
12. Reduce Thermos
When breastfeeding, I always felt like I could drink enough water to fill a swimming pool. I have to give my husband credit for this purchase. He was constantly getting up to get me another glass of water, so he decided to make life easier for himself. He bought me a 40 oz Reduce tumbler, which kept my water cold and was narrow enough at the base to fit in a cup holder.
The lid is configured so you can use the straw or drink from the lid. Reduce tumblers also have a limited lifetime guarantee. This is still one of my favorite things, and I haven’t used a cup to drink water since I got it.
13. White Noise Machine
A white noise machine was essential for our bedtime routine and also for naps, now that she takes naps in her crib.
14. Night Light
A manual night light was another essential item that I always used when putting my baby to bed for the night. It allowed me to keep the room dark, but see well enough during our bedtime routine and while I was nursing.
15. Exercise ball
This exercise ball was a LIFESAVER when it came to calming my crying baby. I would hold her while gently bouncing up and down, and it worked almost every time. If you want help figuring out what size you should get, this website can help you.
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16. Breast Therapy Pack
I used a breast therapy pack while pumping to help relieve engorgement or help with let down.