A couple of weeks ago I shared what I thought you would need when you pack your hospital bag to have a baby. Today, I’m sharing what supplies you should have stocked at home after having the baby so hopefully there will be less emergency runs to the store!
I found it was easiest to come up with different types of baskets to help keep things a bit more organized. Yes, I actually kept these items in the basket. Sometimes I had two baskets of the same thing (one for upstairs, one for downstairs).
A Recovery Basket is going to depend on what type of birth you had (whether it was vaginal or c-section). I am not sure what you would need for a c-section, but I found these items to be handy:
- sanitary pads
- ice/sanitary pads (recipe here). I made a bunch of them a couple of weeks before I thought when baby was due. They are magical the first week or so after giving birth.
- Dermoplast spray
- Tucks pads/hemorrhoid cream/cortisone cream/stool softener/witch hazel. If you had any issues with bowel movements or constipation, these items are your best friends for recovery.
Personal Baskets would contain things that might help make the recovery easier:
- iPad/Kindle/technology equivalent (great for those late evenings/early mornings), even better if you have a stand to hold it up
- a television series to watch or audio to listen to during feedings (Brian and I have been catching up and watching Fringe.)
- thank you cards/stamps
Baby Basket #1 if you are nursing:
- nursing pads
- pump supplies
- burp cloths
- nursing pillow
Baby Basket #1 if you are formula feeding:
- burp cloths
Baby Basket #2 would be for the care of baby:
- diaper cream
- baby or calendula lotion
- anti-itch cortisone cream (if s/he has baby acne)
Those were the essentials I felt like we needed to get through the first couple of weeks. What was on your list?