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The postpartum period is such a crazy time. It’s a time that many women find challenging and yet equally rewarding.
You’ve got this brand new baby that you’re in love with, but your body is overwhelmed by what it just went through and the sleep deprivation that has been thrown into the mix.
It can be difficult to think straight. That is why it is so important to prepare ahead of time so that life can be made just this bit easier.
If you’re new here, I have three children. My eldest is 3, then there’s my 20-month old, and I’m currently 21-weeks pregnant with our second daughter.
I’ve been through the postpartum period twice and I’ve learnt a few things along the way. What I’m sharing with you today are the tried and true, ‘make-life-so-much-easier’ tips.
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1) Get Yourself Some Adult Diapers
I didn’t do this with my first, but I did with my second. Honestly, I only used them for the first 2-3 days when the postpartum bleeding is at it’s heaviest.
They’re comfortable and you don’t have to worry about leaking. (p.s if you’re squeamish then this post isn’t for you)
A good way to use them is by treating them like normal underwear and putting a postpartum pad inside. That way if they’re clean you can just change the pad, but it gives you that extra security.
2) Invest In Good Sleepwear
With both kids, I experienced night sweats after giving birth. I think it was just my body’s way of getting rid of the excess hormones.
Regardless, I was hot!
It was super helpful to have 2-3 lightweight nightgowns that were breastfeeding friendly. Whether you choose to breastfeed or not (read my stories –> HERE) you’ll probably need easy access because of potential engorgement, etc.
You don’t necessarily have to invest in specific maternity nightgowns (I didn’t!) but look for ones with a v-neck or buttons.
3) Buy A Haakaa Pump
On the topic of breastfeeding…or not. I would highly, HIGHLY recommend investing in one of these pumps.
They are discreet, affordable, and SO easy to use. Seriously, the most passive way of collecting milk I’ve ever come across.
With my second, I only breastfed for a couple days, but this pump was super handy for taking the edge off of the engorgement as I weaned and I also built up a little freezer stash in the meantime.
It really is a genius product and I’m looking forward to using it again with this next baby.
4) Make Freezer Meals
The last thing you’ll feel like doing postpartum is cooking. On a good day everyone in our home is grumpy and tired by 4:30 pm, nevermind with the addition of a new baby. Cooking dinner is just challenging.
For that reason, I seriously recommend preparing 2 weeks of freezer meals. Not only will it take the stress away from getting meals on the table, but it’ll ensure that both yourself and the rest of your family are getting some good nutrition.
5) A Grocery Delivery Service
I know this isn’t available to everyone, but if you have the option then it is so very helpful! Treat yourself to having your groceries delivered for a couple of weeks.
We do ours monthly, so this is generally a one-off, but lately, I’ve been using the ‘click-and-collect’ service which doesn’t cost anything extra.
It was such a pleasure to not have to worry about dragging a toddler and newborn to the grocery store!
There are of course so many more things that can make life easier after having a baby, but these were my big five. For a full and comprehensive list of all the things you’ll need pre and post baby, check out my ultimate baby prep guide!
Until next time!
Hi! I’m Christine. I am a former registered nurse, turned stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom!
Motherhood has always been my passion and blogging has only added to that and given me a creative outlet to share about the things I love.
As my blog has grown, my desire to share the knowledge of what makes my life less stressful, simplified, and more fulfilled has become one of my driving forces.
I have a heart for mothers that feel as though they are just existing from day to day and are longing for more. You can find out more about me and my family over on my ‘About Me‘ page.
As well as the abundance of posts you’ll find on my blog, you can also find me over at Today Parenting.