I always say I wish I could go back and relive the days with my newborn babies all over again — so precious and sweet and tiny, that time period so short! — but I want to relive all that MINUS the giving birth part. Someone else can take care of that in my relived fantasy. LOL.
Along with my husband and the support of family, friends, and the pizza delivery guy, I do remember three specific items that I could *NOT* have lived without in my first week postpartum.
My Three Must-Have Postpartum Supplies:
- Ice diapers: Did those of you who had vaginal births at the hospital get those amazing ice packs for your undies right after delivery? After the birth of my first child, I was dealing with a pretty bad tear, so crotch-fitting ice packs, for me, were like gifts from God in heaven. Once they moved me to recovery, however, they made the shift to ice diapers (cheaper, I guess), but they were heavenly just the same. To make them at home, just add water to the crotch of a diaper and stick them in the freezer. These are very nice soothers for around the house, and they won't leak all over the place.
- Foam anesthetic spray: Oh, the cooling, numbing, harps-playing relief of this spray! If you have a hospital birth, they'll probably send you home with some of this stuff. With my first, they gave me a foam version to spray on a maxi pad, as needed. Holy blessed miracle in a spray can! After the arrival of my second child, they sent me home with Dermoplast, which did the trick but was slightly less miraculous than the foam stuff.
- Lansinoh Topical Cream with Lanolin: Smiling angels up above, I love this cream. Breastfeeding can sure make your breasts hurt! Like really badly! Cracked, sore nipples...ouch! So hallelujah to the mom friend who told me about Lansinoh topical treatment. You just slather it on for instant relief and it's safe for baby too, so no need to remove it before the next feeding (the time for which always arrives, uh, five minutes ago). Please note, this stuff will stain your bras or clothing. I didn't care though. I just bought black nursing bras because this stuff felt so darn good.
Amen to postpartum lifesavers like these!
What products or items made your postpartum experience a little better? What did you feel you couldn't live without (aside from sleep, I mean)?