This post is a part of our baby essentials series by Monica Banks, founder of Gugu Guru – the ultimate baby registry discovery site for style-savvy moms.
Just a quick note for all you expectant and new mamas out there before we go into our product recommendations: Always remember that while feeling down and experiencing a bout of the “baby blues” is normal and to be expected in the initial postpartum phase, if you’re really finding it hard to get your spirits back up, talk to your OB-GYN, doula or physician as soon as possible.
First and foremost, WELCOME BABY SONNY! We are over the moon for Whitney and Tim. Directly after bringing baby home from the hospital is the time that we at Gugu Guru call Newborn Lockdown. Newborn Lockdown is the first six to eight weeks after having a baby that you don’t leave the house as much and the period of getting to know and bonding with your newest little one, while also starting to establish a routine. One of the most common pieces of advice that I give a new mom is to limit guests during those first initial weeks. Not just because your house may be more unkempt than usual; it’s because you just don’t need more bodies in the mix. Use this time to focus on baby and also don’t forget to focus on YOU.
It’s important to keep in mind that self-care isn’t selfish; it’s crucial to postpartum recovery, including taking steps to feeling good, staying hydrated, making sure you’re comfortable and dressing right. For this post on postpartum essentials, we sent Whitney our list of must-haves, she also did her own research and here are the products that rose to the top of her list.
As much as your focus will be on your newborn and taking care of baby you have to take care of your body.
Fridababy Fridet, The MomWasher – After a vaginal delivery, postpartum perineal care is imperative to feeling good. This one from Fridababy is easier and cleaner.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter – We find this is our favorite nipple cream to use…it can be used anywhere you have cracked skin and doesn’t need to be cleaned off before nursing.
Bella il Fiore Boo Boo Couture Ice Bags – Whether for breasts, perineal or a c-section scar these ice bags will ease the boo boos.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Postpartum Bath Herbs – Organic herbs to soothe and comfort.
BIRCHROSE + CO Dry Brushing Kit – A lightweight blend of organic essential oils that promote circulation & cell regeneration, paired with plant powered carrier oils to gently tighten, deeply nourish and soften the skin.
Rachel’s Remedy – Made with organic cloth and flaxseed, Rachel Remedy’s FDA-cleared moist heat or cooling packs slip right into your bra for instant relief while the reusable, washable and waterproof pouch keeps your clothes dry.
S’well – New mothers, especially those choosing to nurse need to stay hydrated. This water bottle will keep cold for 24 hours.
You’ll be spending a lot of time feeding your little one, regardless of how you choose to feed. Be sure to set up a comfy, relaxing space and arm yourself with the right accessories.
Bamboobies Nursing Pads – For mamas who choose to breastfeed, we are huge fans of these super soft and washable nursing pads.
Nook Niche Nursing Pillow – Organic and breathable so that both you and baby are comfortable, whether you are breast or bottle feeding.
Elliefunday Nuit Soy Candle – Super relaxing for new mommy, burns for 30 hours, made in partnership to empower refugee women.
Belly Bandit Original Belly Wrap – The medical grade compression will help accelerate healing, move fluids and support your core.
UpSpring Post Baby High Waisted Panty – Helps reduce swelling and it also looks good under your clothing with no bulk.
Nesting Days – This carrier was invented by a postpartum doula. Enjoy hours of skin to skin comfort, hands-free. No buckles, hard edges, straps or wrapping.
Belabumbum Nursing Pajamas – We love their nursing cami with under bust pull up. Super soft, 100% pima cotton.
Hatch to Hospital Box – Cashmere socks, super soft nightgown, robe and brief – need we say more?
Love Comma – The Nightie Night Shirt offers easy to use nursing vents with no buttons or snaps.