Our New Mom Self-Care Must Haves

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! liz@lewisishome.com, lizzy@lewisishome.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!

A little pick me up - An unexpected gift from a friend who said this is an “It’s all going to be okay” spray. We adore this facial spray from Brooklyn-based all natural beauty company Palermo.

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.

Something to record baby’s feeding schedule. Liz used the old-school method of writing down her feeding schedule: Lewis x Appointed Workbook. Lizzy is considering this app.  


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