As the due date for your little one nears, having the things on this list at home is going to be really helpful, because the last thing you’re going to feel like doing when you come home from the hospital with your newborn is going to the store for something you need. Here are our top 10 things to buy before your baby is born!
1. Stain Remover
Even the most absorbent and often-changed diapers are prone to leak, and the sooner you treat the stain, the easier it will be to get out, so it’s good to have some around. Otherwise, some of your favorite baby outfits could be ruined!
2. Diaper Ointment
Extra diaper rash cream is always good to have around. You’ll definitely need A+D ointment if you have a boy and are planning on circumcising him.
3. Cotton Balls
Using a warm, wet cotton ball (one for each eye, move from inside to outside) when you’re cleaning the baby in the bath is a very simple, easy, and hygienic approach. Babies get a lot of crusts on their eyes, and this is one way to clean them without doing damage to their delicate skin.
4. Extra Maxi Pads
You’ll get some of these from the hospital, but they aren’t going to last as long as you’ll need them to. We recommend buying some extra thick maxi pads with wings to prevent leaking during the day and some that are specifically for wearing overnight because there’s a lot of bleeding after giving birth.
5. Disposable, Stretchy Cotton Underwear
Get some underwear you can throw away, for the same reasons as above. Postpartum bleeding is many times heavier than a regular period. Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t know this, even soon-to-be-mothers. The maxi pads are going to leak no matter how often you change them, so you’ll need some comfy cotton underwear you can throw away.
6. Soothies Gel Pads
These are put in the fridge because they need to be cool when applied on your sore, sensitive, painful breasts as your nipples adjust to breastfeeding.
7. Breast Pads
You will need breast pads to keep your breasts from leaking as your mother’s milk dries out even if you end up not being able to breastfeed or don’t intend to. And if you do breastfeed, you won’t survive it without breast pads anyway.
We love Bamboobies to keep you protected from leaks!
8. Nipple Cream
As noted, your nipples will get sore. You’re going to need nipple cream to keep them from getting dry as well. If you’re breastfeeding, it’s going to take you a while to adjust, and the cream will help prevent unpleasant sensations. This is our favorite Nipple Balm!
9. Baby Nail File
Babies grow sharp little nails, which can hurt your sensitive breasts. Babies can also scratch themselves. A lot of people don’t know about this until after their kids are born. Filing your baby’s nails is the best way to prevent pesky injuries.
10. Stool Softener
It can be a real pain, literally, to get constipated after having a baby – it happens to plenty of women. After giving birth, you can’t use force to go to the bathroom for 10 or more days without experiencing horrid pain. It’s a very good idea to have stool softener at home (and it’s pretty bad even then, but not as bad as it would be otherwise.) Don’t forget that little bottle before you have your baby.
Hopefully, you learned something new from this article, which will help make the postpartum experience with your bundle of joy a lot easier and more comfortable for all involved.
One last tip – get some witch hazel pads and put them over your maxi pads for a cool and fresh sensation.