Essential Baby Items you will Need Immediately After Childbirth

after childbirth

For such small humans, babies sure need a lot of stuff. They basically arrive bearing an Amazon wish list packed full of essentials, from diapers and bottles and pacifiers to bibs and burp cloths and teethers. This is especially true right after birth, when they’re soaking through multiple outfits a day—with pee, poop, spit-up, you name it—and feeding endlessly on demand.

Here’s a guide to everything new moms should snag for living their best postpartum life, along with when you need it and how much to buy.

Large Pads

Baby Items

When you need it: In the hospital and at home

How much you need: The hospital will keep you stocked while you’re there, but you should have at least one or two packages to start with at home, too.

Why: The good news is you’re done with pregnancy! The bad news is you’re about to have the longest and heaviest period of your life as you experience postpartum bleeding. For six to eight weeks, you’ll pass something called lochia, which is a combination of blood, tissue, mucus, and fluid from your uterus. 

Mesh Underwear

Baby Items

When you need it: In the hospital and for several days at home

How much you need: You’ll get one or two cheap pairs in the hospital, but you may want to buy anywhere from three to five more to have waiting for you at home.

Why: Mesh underwear is a saving grace after birth, stretching impressively to reign in the aforementioned giant maxi pads and all your postpartum bits with ease. It’s disposable and it’s insanely comfortable, supporting you without digging into your skin or compressing, constricting, or squishing your tender abdomen and sensitive areas in any way. 

Your hospital will give you a few pairs while you’re there, but if you think you might want to extend your mesh underwear habit for more than the first couple days, it’s smart to buy a package for yourself, too.

OTC Pain Relievers

When you need it: In the hospital and at home

How much you need: As many doses as needed to get through the first five to seven days postpartum (the hospital will administer it while you’re there, but you should have your own supply).

Why: Most hospitals will put you on a regimen of extra-strength ibuprofen after you deliver, to offset the pain of a c-section or vaginal birth. You can continue with that at home, or switch to acetaminophen if you prefer. Pain relievers will also help ease the pain of postpartum cramps, which happen as your uterus begins shrinking back down to its usual size. 

Perineal Numbing Spray

When you need it: For the first five to seven days postpartum

How much you need: You may or may not get some from the hospital, so have at least one bottle in your delivery bag and one at home.

Why: If you have a c-section, you ignore this advice, but if you have a vaginal delivery you will need a topical anesthetic that can be sprayed directly onto your vagina for sweet, sweet postpartum relief. Your pelvic region just underwent something of a traumatic experience, to say the least—it will take some time to heal, but meanwhile, it will hurt. Numbing spray will help.

Perineal Squeeze Bottle

When you need it: For the first five to seven days postpartum

How much you need: You may get one to bring home from the hospital, but you only need one anyway.

Why: Don’t underestimate how useful a little plastic squeeze bottle can be after giving birth. When filled with warm water, it will make the whole process of peeing postpartum so much more comfortable. 

Your perineal area is not only sore after birth, it can get dried out and crusted over with lochia, too. This can make urinating… not fun. A perineal squeeze bottle, though, can help. Before and after urinating, squirt a little stream of water all over your perineal area to soften, hydrate, and cleanse it.So grab these items before you enter into your 9th month.

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