It is important to take care of yourself as well as your baby. Here we have listed the first time mum essentials. Some fo these items helped me get through the first few months of being a new parent and I consider a must have for new mums.
If you choose to breastfeed you will leak milk. So choosing the correct breast pad is essential for your comfort.
There are two types of breast pads to choose from, disposable and reusable. The disposable pads are designed to be thrown away after a single-use. The reusable type can be washed and used over and over again.
When looking for a suitable pad find one that is absorbent and has a large amount of coverage. You will be able to find a selection of pads in a variety of different materials. Make sure you buy one that is most comfortable for you.
I would start off with 10 of your chosen type and buy more if needed. Personally, I love the Milk Maid Mumma brand of reusable nursing pads.
Breastfeeding can be a rewarding yet painful experience. One of the downfalls of breastfeeding is sore and cracked nipples. Therefore a nipple cream is high on my babylist essentials. Nipple cream is used to soothe the nipples during breastfeeding and speed up the healing process.
I found that the Lansinol brand worked well for me. However, my nipples became so sore and tender that I had laser treatment to relieve the pain. This was a game-changer and reduced the pain considerably.
The breast discs are another product that can help to cool and soothe sore nipples. They also help heal broken and inflamed skin.
As my nipple soreness was so bad I used the breast discs in conjunction with the nipple cream.
I found the Rite Aid brand to be the best. I would start out buying 1 packet to take with you to the hospital. Note these worked best for me when refrigerated.
You will find that you will be bleeding a lot after giving birth so stock up on some maternity pads. Make sure they are soft and absorbent. For the sizing, the longer and wider the better. Start with two packs and I would suggest sticking with the brand you usually use.
Nursing bras will be very helpful in those first few months after birth. Comfort and practicality should be your main selection criteria. The price ranges between $25 and $50.
Nursing or breastfeeding tops are an essential item for a mum. These shirts are designed to snap open the front buttons. These are a discrete and fast way to breastfeed without exposing your stomach or breast.
It is important to look after yourself after giving birth. Make sure you have everything you need and if at all concerned speak with your doctor. Parenting is hard work so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.
This post is the last part of a series of baby essentials articles that provide a comprehensive list of all the must have items for your baby. In this post, we have covered the products for new mums. We hope this has been helpful for you to choose the items you will purchase. Refresh your knowledge with any of the previous articles below;