Now that we're almost a month in (wha?!) I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of this whole 'we have a newborn' thing. It definitely has not been easy, but I'll save that for another post. In the meantime, I did want to share a few things that have helped me get through these first few weeks following Walker's arrival or in other words, my postpartum must-haves.
Silverette Cups / These are my absolute, number one must-have. Molly swears by them so I decided to try them myself because I figure anything to help me avoid the painful side-effects of breastfeeding would be worth a try. Let me tell ya--these things are MAGIC. You simply wear them over your nipples in between feeds with a couple drops of your breastmilk inside and they have 100% prevented any sort of soreness/cracks/pain. I definitely recommend using these if you plan on breastfeeding!
Dry Shampoo / Everyday showers are few and far between in the beginning and so dry shampoo has been a total savior for the days we actually make it out of the house and I need to be somewhat presentable and not a greasy mop.
Water Bottle / Just like during pregnancy, staying hydrated is just as important postpartum, especially when it comes to keeping up your milk supply for breastfeeding. I opted for this one because it comes equipped with an infuser on the bottom so I can add fresh cucumber, lemon, etc. to add a little flavor.
Nursing Tanks / As someone who has yet to really master the art of public breastfeeding without flashing the entire world, I practically live in these nursing tanks. They're super long, soft and comfy which are basically my top three requirements for any sort of top. Win!
Tucks Witch Hazel Pads / These little guys come in super handy when even toilet paper feels like sandpaper after pushing a baby out. Coupled with the instant ice pads, peri bottle + Dermaplast my hospital sent me home with, I was able to feel as comfortable (as one can) when I got home.
White Noise / Molly struck gold again with this rec. I play the blow dryer sound and Walker is calm + asleep within minutes and then I set it on the edge of his DockAtot while he sleeps. Bonus points for it being a free app! I am thinking about investing in an actual white noise machine though so that I don't have to relinquish my phone for hours at a time.
Breastfeeding Pillow / Ergobaby sent us a care package with a few things to try and this pillow was included. I like how soft yet sturdy it is. It also doubles as an assist for holding baby when people who are afraid of babies come over to visit :)
Mom / Last but not least, I really don't think I could have done these first few weeks (especially the first one) without the help of my own mom. Between her and Joel I was able to get an extra hour of sleep here and there plus she would grocery shop and cook for us. I asked her to move in but she said no ;) I know not everyone has the luxury of having family close by so I am really grateful to have mine living near us. Thanks mom, you da real MVP!