Welcome to the fourth trimester! Postpartum Recovery is different for every new mom. Here’s a postpartum recovery checklist that includes must-have essentials and what to wear postpartum to get you through those first few weeks with your new baby at home.
What Do I Really Need for Postpartum Recovery?
- Adult Diapers
- Loose Pants
- Sleepwear Set – Breastfeeding Friendly
- Nursing Nightgown – I wish I had one of these.
- Nursing Tanks
- Nursing Bras
- Nursing Pads
- Heat + Ice Packs – So helpful!
Postpartum Recovery Checklist For Mommy
what to wear Postpartum
Anything with Buttons – If you’re breastfeeding, button-down tops or dresses make life so much easier.
Loose Pants – Avoid anything tight-fitting. The key to comfort is loose, soft fabrics. While you may want to live in your robe the first few days, it’s nice to slip into comfy loungewear after giving birth.
Nursing Bras – When it comes to nursing bras, you may want to buy a larger size for the first few weeks. My favorites are the cotton cross-over styles because they’re just so easy and comfortable to wear. I also have a few with the clips for easy access.
Here are some of my favorites:
Read my Cake Maternity review here.
Postpartum Must-haves + Tips
We thought we would be coming home after two days but ended up staying in the hospital for six nights. After giving birth, I couldn’t sit down for a week and a half without feeling pain. I was exhausted, recovering from the delivery, learning how to breastfeed, running on no sleep, and waking up every 2-3 hours to feed my little one.
These are the items that helped me on my new motherhood journey.
Adult Diapers – Let’s just say you’ll be thankful you have these during postpartum care, especially during the first few days.
Pads – I can’t stress this enough – bring more than you think you’ll need. Since I was in the hospital for several days, I had to ask my partner to pick up a few more packs. I didn’t get to use the padsicles I made until I got home. I purchased Maternity pads but eventually ordered regular pads and had them shipped to my house. During those first few days, you may not want to leave the house, so stock up.
Underwear – If you don’t want to wear pads all day (because let’s get real, nobody does), let me introduce you to Modibodi. This sustainable brand makes period panties that you can wear without worrying about leaks or changing pads every time you go to the bathroom. The heavy-overnight absorbency panties work great during those first few days/weeks.
Breastfeeding is a journey, and it’s different for every new mom. My milk didn’t come until day two or three, and I remember trying to squeeze drops of colostrum into a small syringe to feed our baby. I also had to learn how to feed baby without sitting down because I was in so much pain.
Here are some of the must-have items that have helped me on my motherhood journey.
Breastfeeding Kit – I put together a small basket with a few essentials to keep nearby while breastfeeding. I put burp cloths, nursing pads, the Haakaa breast pump, snacks, lip balm, and hand sanitizer in a basket for easy access.
Heat + ice packs – Use heat packs before you nurse or pump. Ice packs provide instant relief when you’re all done.
Nipple Relief – When I first started breastfeeding, I was practically in tears because my nipples were so sore. I started googling nipple relief and came across Silverette. These eco-friendly cups are made with silver, which has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial benefits to prevent and repair breastfeeding nipples.
- They work on inverted nipples
- Help relieve nipple thrush or mastitis
- They protect the nipple from chafing against your bra or t-shirt while you’re trying to heal
- You can put them in the fridge for a cooling effect.
Support System – Here in Australia, the Australian Breastfeeding Association is a free resource with helpful tips and info on breastfeeding. They even have a free hotline you can call if you have any questions about nipple relief or breastfeeding in general.
Nice to Have
Baby Wrap – A baby wrap keeps your baby close to you and lets you snuggle your little one while freeing up your hands. They’re honestly amazing!
Belly wrap – I bought a belly wrap on Amazon after hearing about it from some of my mom friends. I started wearing it the day after giving birth and wore it for about an hour every day.
Meal Kits Delivered to your door – We ordered meal kits so we didn’t have to worry about what to make for lunch or dinner. Have you tried Hello Fresh? It tastes great and I love trying new recipes.
Meal Delivery Services in Brisbane, Australia
We’ve also tried these meal delivery services.
Conclusion: Postpartum Recovery Checklist Essentials
Every women’s postpartum recovery timeline is different. These are some of the essentials + postpartum recovery tips that helped me during my journey as a first-time mom.
- Remember to be kind to yourself.
- Rest whenever you can.
- Set boundaries (if you feel that you need to.)
- Find a routine that works for you.