Menu

10 Products Every Mom Needs Postpartum

These postpartum essentials will get you on the road to recovery.

10 Products Every Mom Needs Postpartum

Planning, planning, planning. Seems like once you get pregnant, it is all about a plan. Well, once you have your baby, that won't be any different. You'll probably want to plan for a smooth recovery so as to manage physical pain, emotional ups and downs, an opinionated family, and the pressures that come with wanting to care for your baby in the best way possible.

As you gear up for the big day and beyond, here's a list of 10 things that could help you ease into postpartum and motherhood.

1. Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins that can help reduce swelling and fight bacteria, which in turn decreases pain, could help stop or slow down bleeding, and prevent infection. So try dabbing your sensitive areas with a medicated witch hazel cooling pad, and see if it brings any relief. Note that this is something many hospitals have readily available for new moms.

2. The Momwasher from Frida baby is a peri bottle designed to make your post-delivery healing process cleaner and easier. It's way better than that hospital squirt bottle because of its design and convenience of use. Plus, the bottle is easy to assemble and easy to clean!

3. Earth mama angel baby nipple butter is rich in calendula, free of lanolin and not sticky. It's really the perfect plant-based blend to moisturize your nipples and relieve any soreness that you may have at the beginning of your breastfeeding journey. Plus, you don't need to wash it off before nursing.

4. Stool softener can help ease and relax your GI system to recovery. But before grabbing that prescription from your OBGYN, don't forget to relax yourself. Brands such as Colace have been recommended.

5. Postpartum belly wraps aren't about fashion; they're about abdominal support. Many women lose their core strength post labor and delivery. But instead of waiting for months or years to recover, using a belly wrap could help the recovery and healing process. Brands such as Belly Bandit could also help with Diastasis Recti.

6. Netflix, at 3am; when no one is awake. Yes, it helps. Yes, Netflix is your answer. An unlimited subscription to watch mindless television will help you zoom through the first 4-6 weeks postpartum. If you're feeling particularly emotional, their comedy selection is extensive.

7. Sitz baths, alongside the witch hazel and the Momwasher, have been effective in healing the sensitive pelvic area post delivery. A sitz bath is a warm, shallow bath that cleanses the perineum, which is the space between the rectum and the vulva or scrotum, and it could provide relief from pain or itching in the genital area.

8. Your village and army support (otherwise known as your friends and family) can really make a difference in your recovery. So get your scheduling going with immediate family and friends so that you've got things like older kid drop-off/playtime, a fridge full of cooked food, or even "me" time covered during those initial weeks so as to ensure a smooth transition for the entire family.

9. Bluetooth headphones are easy to wear, since they are cordless. They're perfect for a conversation on-the-go, listening to a podcast or your favorite tunes. or even syncing with your TV while your baby sleeps. Grab a pair and relax.

10. Reusable water bottle can really help you stay hydrated, which is important for nursing and for your personal energy. Keep one handy so all you have to do is refill at any time.

What about you mama? Have you found something that we haven't listed? Share your comments below!

In This Article

    14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

    They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

    With fall in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in outside-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

    From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

    Wooden doll stroller

    Janod wooden doll stroller

    Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

    $120

    Detective set

    Plan Toys detective set

    This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

    $40

    Sand play set

    Plan Toys sand set

    Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

    $30

    Water play set

    Plan Toys water play set

    Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

    $100

    Mini golf set

    Plan Toys mini golf set

    Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

    $40

    Vintage scooter balance bike

    Janod retro scooter balance bike

    Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

    $121

    Wooden rocking pegasus

    plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

    Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

    $100

    Croquet set

    Plan Toys croquet set

    The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

    $45

    Wooden digital camera

    fathers factory wooden digital camera

    Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

    $179

    Wooden bulldozer toy

    plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

    Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

    $100

    Pull-along hippo

    janod toys pull along hippo toy

    There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

    $33

    Baby forest fox ride-on

    janod toys baby fox ride on

    Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

    $88

    Balance board

    Plan Toys balance board

    Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

    $75

    Meadow ring toss game

    Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

    Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

    $30

    We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

    Shop

    Sorry, you can’t meet our baby yet

    Thank you for understanding. ❤️

    In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.

    Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

    Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.

    I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

    Keep reading Show less
    Life

    Cameron Diaz on having a baby at 47: 'You really have to work hard for it'

    "The only pressure for me now is I have to live to be, like, 107, you know? No pressure!"

    This is the decade that saw the face of first-time motherhood change. The number of first-time mamas under 30 is shrinking, while more and more women are becoming moms after 40.

    Cameron Diaz is one of them. The actress and businesswoman, now 48, became a mom in January at the age of 47. In a new episode of Naomi Campbell's YouTube series, No Filter, Diaz opens up about what it's like to become a mom in your fourth decade.

    "A lot of people do it the other way around ... they get married [and] have a family in their youth," says Diaz."I'm kind of doing it in the second half of my life."

    Keep reading Show less
    News