Most new mothers will tell you it's difficult to take care of yourself while you are quite literally giving all of your attention + energy to your newborn baby. We've gathered up a few items we relied on in those blurry days. Some we found ourselves, and some were generous and thoughtful gifts from friends + family who knew exactly what we needed. Not shown here, but should not be underestimated: a walk with or a phone call to a friend or sister who, above all, will listen and offer cloud-like words of encouragement or to sit with your baby for an hour while you shower/nap/run to the grocery store.
We'd love to hear what you relied on for self-care after having a baby. Email us! firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Burp Cloths - used for everything: to wipe up the spit up, to use as quick + easy nursing coverage or mini blanket for under baby, to cry into when you can't control the waterworks!
Hand Soap + Hand Cream - You wash your hands 80 times a day, so it’s nice to have something that smells good. And then helpful to have a good (and nice-smelling too!) hand lotion that’s gentle enough for baby too.
Binge-worthy Entertainment - for the pockets of downtime when visitors are less frequent and you're not getting out of the house as much as you'd like. Our favorites right now:
TV: Parenthood, Ozark
Podcasts: Armchair Expert, Of a Kind
Nursing-friendly pajamas - Everything you wear after having a baby needs to be nursing friendly, but most importantly your pajamas. We love this Maternity Set from Lake.
Water bottle - Nursing makes you insanely thirsty, so it’s helpful to have a water with you at all times. We are in love with this pretty one. These straws will help deliver the water faster, which you’ll appreciate.
Healthy Meal Delivery Service - we both agree that not having to think or plan what to eat was such a gift as a new mom. We were lucky enough to have friends and family bring over homemade meals or send us gift cards to meal delivery services. Daily Harvest would be a great purchase with their delicious healthy smoothies that take one minute to make, and one hand to sip!
Nursing Tank - Essentially worn as a bra so that no matter where we were, or what we had on top of it, we didn’t have to expose our whole stomach to breastfeed.
A daily walk outside - It might not happen until 5pm, even when you start prepping for it at 9am, but it makes all the difference. We love these sneakers here.
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