Must Have Postpartum Products

Updated: May 12, 2021

SOOOO let’s talk about postpartum. Let’s be honest most of the information you research while being pregnant is how to prepare for labor, must-haves on your registry, and tips/tricks for the first week home with your new babe. What we often overlook and forget about is focusing on what we need for ourselves after labor. After having your babe, you will be going through the postpartum recovery phase. I am here to tell you about my postpartum recovery and what products were 100% worth it to me and made this transition easier.


My Postpartum Recovery


I thought before diving into the must-have products for your postpartum recovery and breastfeeding journey I would talk a little about the why? Why are these items SO important to have. What does it feel like after you have your child? Here is my personal story.


As you read in the labor process story I pushed for two hours before my baby boy made his arrival. Some women push for more, some push for less and some don’t push at all because they have c-sections. Every woman's story is different but essentially the one thing all women have in common is recovering after labor.


I had a 2nd degree tear from my labor process. There are 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th degree tears that you can get from labor. A 2nd degree tear is where the skin and muscle of the perineum are torn and it requires stitches to heal. I will be honest when the midwife was stitching me up after I just had my son I did not feel a thing! So don’t be nervous about that part. I was told it would take a few weeks for my tear to heal and the stitches would dissolve/fall out on their own. Every tear is different so listen to your doctor about how long it will take for healing.


I will be honest the first few days my vagina felt like it was HUGE. The most painful parts for me were getting in/out of bed, and standing up out of bed or a chair. It felt like there was SOOO much pressure down there every single time. Once I was up and moving it would feel better. I think the anxiety of thinking about the pain of going to the bathroom was worse than the actual pain of going to the bathroom to be honest. Peeing and pooping for the first time (which we will be writing a story about all our firsts in the near future) isn’t as bad as you hype yourself up for it to be. I used a peri bottle every time and numbing spray and with both of those peeing/pooping really wasn’t THAT bad. Honestly for me, the prep for peeing and pooping for before/after was more annoying than actually doing the deed.


After about 7 days my pain was mostly completely gone, and I was able to switch over to panty liners instead of using the long pads because my bleeding was very minimal. I had to wear panty liners for a few weeks. But, every person’s recovery time will be different, especially depending on what degree tear they have. I was pretty fortunate with my recovery and my tear but my recovery would not have been as easy if I did not have the products I will be talking about below!


General Tips/My Postpartum Station at Home


Before I went into labor I made sure I created a “station” in my master bathroom with all of my postpartum items. This was very helpful as I put a tall storage bin right next to my toilet with everything in it. This made it really easy especially during those half-sleep late night trips you have to make to the toilet. You don’t want to be scrambling around looking for your peri bottle, tucks pads, etc. So, the first tip I have is to create a station in your bathroom right next to the toilet if you can.


I would also create “mini-stations” in other bathrooms you have in your house that you use throughout the day. I did a mini-station where I had a basket of items inside my half-bath vanity downstairs. This was nice otherwise I would have to go upstairs every-time I needed to use the bathroom. While the exercise would be good, when you are in pain, the last thing you want to do is walk stairs just saying!


Hospital Postpartum Products


Let me start off by saying take EVERYTHING you can from the hospital that they offer. Ask for more before you leave and take advantage of this! You are paying a good dime for your stay so don’t feel bad about asking for more items before you leave. Most hospitals will give you the following items to use during your stay: tucks medicated pads, a peri bottle, disposable underwear, pads, peri ice packs, and slipper socks. I used all of these items during my stay and when I got home. The peri bottle, ice packs and tucks are AMAZING and help SOOOO much with your recovery.


MUST HAVE POSTPARTUM PRODUCTS


Below is my generated list of must have items for your postpartum recovery and breastfeeding journey. If you continue to scroll you will find reviews on each of the products as well as pictures, brands, and links to the stores where you can find these items.


  1. Medicated cooling hemorrhoidal relief pads

  2. Peri bottle

  3. Ice Pack Liners

  4. Perineal spray

  5. Disposable Underwear

  6. Pads/Adult Diapers (your preference)

  7. Stool Softener

  8. Motrin/Tylenol


MUST HAVE BREASTFEEDING/NURSING PRODUCTS

  1. Nipple cream

  2. Nipple cooling pads

  3. Breast ice/heat packs

  4. Nursing pads

  5. Nursing pillow


Reviews, Pictures & Website Links for Postpartum Items

  1. Tucks Medicated Pads

These are AMAZING!! I think every mom would agree these are an absolute MUST have when you are recovering. You put these on top of your pad/adult diaper after every time you go to the bathroom and they provide instant relief! Once you pull your underwear up and the tucks hit your vagina, your vagina literally screams with excitement because it provides so much relief! The hospital gives you a tub while you are there, ask for another tub before you leave but also have an extra tub at home as you will go through them quickly! You can get the name brand Tucks or you can also find off brands like the Target brand. Both work the same!



Where you can buy it:

Target (off brand)-https://www.target.com/p/medicated-hemorrhoidal-pads-100ct-up-38-up-8482/-/A-14356486#lnk=sametab


Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Tucks-Cool-Hemorrhoid-Pad-Count/dp/B06ZYLFV8L/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=tucks+medicated+pads&qid=1620569358&sr=8-2





2. Frida Upside Down Peri Bottle

OK so this is AMAZING!! Yes they give you a standard peri bottle in the hospital but I loved this one. It was made so it is “upside down” which makes it a lot easier to spray and hold while peeing/pooping. I brought the peri-bottle home from the hospital but after trying the Frida kind one time I threw the hospital one out and never looked back. The hospital peri bottle does the trick so if you don’t want to spend the extra money I totally get it. But if you want a bottle that is easier to hold and spray get this peri bottle!


Where you can buy it:

Frida-https://frida.com/products/upside-down-peri-bottle

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Postpartum-Original-Fridababy-MomWasher-Cleansing/dp/B07TXLZ8MR/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=frida+upside+down&qid=1620569190&rdc=1&sr=8-2

Target-https://www.target.com/p/frida-mom-upside-down-peri-bottle/-/A-76199073#lnk=sametab





3. Frida instant maxi ice packs

Oh my the cooling sensation and the instant relief these ice packs provide is AMAZING! The hospital also gives out ice packs which work just as well! Try to get as many from the hospital as you can because these are pricey but I used the ice packs so often that I ordered 2 boxes of these as well! There are some cheaper options on amazon, or you could make your “own”. Personally I did not want to try to make my own or get cheaper options. These are SOOO nice because they have a sticky side to stick right inside your underwear. These were one of the items that I used most throughout recovery because it provided such relief for me. These are one of my top favorite items!



Where you can buy it:

Frida website-https://frida.com/products/instant-ice-maxi-pads

Target-https://www.target.com/p/frida-mom-instant-ice-maxi-pad/-/A-76199077#lnk=sametab

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Postpartum-Absorbent-Perineal-Maternity-Padsicle/dp/B07THDP4KZ/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=frida+mom+instant+ice+packs&qid=1620569476&rdc=1&sr=8-5



Kyleigh used reusable ice packs which also provided the same relief for her. You can ice or heat these packs!


Where you can buy it:

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/GentlePack-Postpartum-Hemorrhoid-Pregnancy-Discomfort/dp/B076L4ZWC3/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=25ZH5S52GFQ2I&dchild=1&keywords=gentlepack+reusable+perineal+ice+%26+heat+packs&qid=1620658257&sprefix=gentlepack+r%2Caps%2C203&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzQzlDU0VQR1U1MDlDJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDU2NTI1MVQ1UFYwUVVYNzRUUSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTA1NTc2M1ROQ1I5Q1YyT1gwTiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=


4. Frida Postpartum Disposable Underwear

Some women prefer to wear “adult diapers” where others prefer to wear underwear (regular or disposable) with pads. It’s completely up to what is most comfortable for you. Personally, I chose to do the disposable underwear with ultra-thin overnight pads for my first few days home. I switched over to regular pads and continued to wear disposable underwear until I ran out. Once I ran out I then wore my “high rise granny pantie” style underwear which is also a must-have! I loved having disposable underwear because they were comfortable and easy. The hospital will provide you with disposable mesh underwear (again ask for more before you leave). But, I also bought a box of the frida kind too which I also highly recommend. You don’t have to worry about ruining your underwear and it is super easy to just take them off and throw them away when you're all done!



Where you can buy it:

Frida-https://frida.com/products/disposable-boy-short-brief-underwear

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Disposable-Postpartum-Underwear-Breathable-Latex-Free/dp/B07THFQS6Y/ref=sr_1_5?crid=SMBHJVYCV2GS&dchild=1&keywords=frida+mom+disposable+underwear&qid=1620569661&rdc=1&sprefix=frida+mom+disposa%2Caps%2C175&sr=8-5

Target-https://www.target.com/p/frida-mom-disposable-underwear-boy-short-brief-petite-8ct/-/A-77295088#lnk=sametab








5. Always Ultra Thin Overnight Pads & Always Ultra Thin Regular Pads

Like I stated above I preferred to wear disposable underwear with pads however, I hate having thick pads so I found ALWAYS ultra-thin overnight pads. They are super thin but they did the job for my first few days home when the bleeding was the heaviest they never bled through. They are as comfortable as pads are going to be in my opinion! After the bleeding let up, I switched over to the same brand but the regular absorbency because they aren’t as long. Eventually I switched to just the always panty liners after about 10 days postpartum.



Amazon

Overnight-https://www.amazon.com/Always-Ultra-Overnight-Wings-Unscented/dp/B08RDPL244/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=always+thin+overnight+pads&qid=1620570278&sr=8-8

Regular-https://www.amazon.com/Always-Ultra-Regular-Flexi-Wings-count/dp/B00G8DDBOU/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=always+thin+regular+size&qid=1620570306&sr=8-3


Target

Overnight-https://www.target.com/p/always-ultra-thin-overnight-pads/-/A-15064055?preselect=14746090#lnk=sametab

Regular-https://www.target.com/p/always-ultra-thin-pads-regular-absorbency-size-1/-/A-15063910?preselect=16748334#lnk=sametab


6. Perineal Cooling Spray

The hospital will give you a spray called dermoplast. This spray is meant to help numb your vagina after you pee/poop. Personally Kyleigh and I agreed we did not love the dermoplast spray. Instead we used Earth mama's perineal spray!


Where you can buy it:

Target-https://www.target.com/p/earth-mama-organics-herbal-perineal-spray-4-fl-oz/-/A-15110031#lnk=sametab

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Mama-Perineal-Pregnancy-Postpartum/dp/B0065ZTKWS/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=earth+mama+perineal+spray&qid=1620666467&rdc=1&sr=8-2








7. Stool Softener

Stool softener is a must have for that first poop after labor! You can use the name brand Colace or an off brand. I used the target off brand called "Stool Softener". Believe me when I say this will help you with your first poop. It will make it much less painful and much more manageable!



Where you can buy it:

Target-https://www.target.com/p/stool-softener-softgels-160ct-up-38-up-8482/-/A-14791455#lnk=sametab

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Basic-Care-Softener-Docusate-Sodium/dp/B07BHYGRV8/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=stool+softener&qid=1620666152&rdc=1&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyRDZBNk5GV0lVU0QzJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwODgzMDQwTzZENEMzNU4wNVgmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDE5MDUzOTFVUE4zTlBNS05GNzMmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl



Reviews, Pictures & Website Links for Breastfeeding Items


  1. Lanolin Nipple Cream

I cannot say enough about nipple cream-specifically the Medela brand! This is an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE. I could not have made it through my breastfeeding journey without this nipple cream. If you read my breastfeeding journey story you will know that I developed cracked nipples very early on making it extremely painful to breastfeed for a few days. Also, as a first time mom my nipples just were in agony from the constant pulling sensation of breastfeeding. Your nipples literally “toughen up” as you continue to breastfeed. I used this cream like there was no tomorrow! Before, after, pretty much all day/all night. It is safe for baby so you can put it on and they can still breastfeed even with it on. My favorite brand is the Medela brand and I tried LOTS! The Medela brand is super soft.



Where you can buy it:

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Medela-Tender-Care-Lanolin-ounce/dp/B017O88VZ6/ref=sr_1_5?crid=196NOI1LAXXDB&dchild=1&keywords=medela+lanolin+nipple+cream&qid=1620658620&sprefix=medala+lan%2Caps%2C734&sr=8-5

Target-https://www.target.com/p/medela-purelan-lanolin-nipple-cream/-/A-80126439#lnk=sametab




2. Nursing Pads

Nursing pads are also a must have as they protect your nipples from rubbing against your shirts. They also are essential due to your breasts leaking. There are disposable kinds and there are also reusable breast pads. Kyleigh uses reusable at home that are environmentally friendly and disposable in public. Personally I just use disposable ones!



Where you can buy reusable pads:

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Bamboo-Nursing-Breast-Pads/dp/B07GPJ9V4Y/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=organic+reusable+bamboo+nursing+pads&qid=1620658807&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExNTVPNE5FUTRDTUU0JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTk0OTU3M05JWjJBWVlaSVBZWSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNDg4OTQyMTZERE1SOUI0TVJESiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=




Where you can buy disposable pads:

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Nanob%C3%A9b%C3%A9-Disposable-Nursing-Pads-Individually/dp/B07NCL1QXK/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=disposable+nursing+pads&qid=1620658837&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&smid=A2U1SGXBJ41APT&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyVDZUVEtFRkkxTUYyJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDM4NDIxMTlYQ0tHVEJIOTRUTyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTIxMDE2NTVXUk1GT1JOOFBQJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Target-https://www.target.com/p/disposable-breast-pads-100ct-up-38-up-8482/-/A-14956861#lnk=sametab



3. Breast Ice/Heat Packs

These are nice to have when you are in-between breast feeding sessions and your breasts are sore. They say to heat before you pump/feed, and to put ice on after. I did whatever felt the best at the time and generally heat felt the best for me! I bought these packs below that can be heated or placed in the freezer!






Where you can buy it:

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-TheraPearl-Therapy-Breastfeeding-Essentials/dp/B01J61VL9W/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=breast+ice%2Fheat+pack&qid=1620659413&sr=8-5

Target-https://www.target.com/p/lansinoh-therapearl-3-in-1-breast-therapy/-/A-14386190#lnk=sametab




4. Nipple Cooling Pads

OMG! I loveddddd the nipple cooling pads. When I was going through my intense pain episodes on my nipples I would put these soft cooling gels on my boobs after breastfeeding and they HELPED so much! They are medicated with lanolin to help cracked/sore nipples. The downside is they are expensive and only come with 2 packs in a box and they get fuzzies and things on them easily. However, I couldn’t live without them the first week of breastfeeding. After the first week I did not use them anymore. I bought 2 boxes of 2 packs and these lasted me through that first week!





Where you can buy it:

Target-https://www.target.com/p/lansinoh-soothies-gel-pads-2ct/-/A-12729475#lnk=sametab

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Soothies-Breastfeeding-Soothing-Cracked/dp/B002KGHUL4/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=nipple+cooling+pads&qid=1620659071&rdc=1&sr=8-5




5. Nursing Pillow

Having a nursing pillow is one of the key things to being successful with breastfeeding. It allows you and your baby to be comfortable which in the end helps your baby develop the correct latch. There are many breastfeeding/nursing pillows out there but my favorite is the Breast Friend Pillow. This is also Kyleigh’s favorite pillow as well. We both have the boppy pillow but both feel this is too bulky making it harder to get ourselves and the baby positioned well during breast feeding. The Breast Friend pillow literally goes around your waist and clips on the side and it provides a little “landing” for your baby to lay on. It is amazing and super easy to navigate especially since it will never fall off since it clips!





Where you can buy it:

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/My-Brest-Friend-Original-Bluebells/dp/B003ODZPI2/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=B2JS156BPA8M&dchild=1&keywords=my+breast+friend+nursing+pillow&qid=1620659289&rdc=1&sprefix=my+breast%2Caps%2C194&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyU0cwT1lKTkhBSEUwJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjQ2MDk0MjZSRDlYN0VVR0FRUSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjUyODMyS0VCMjY0Uk5OWVEwJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Target-https://www.target.com/p/my-brest-friend-original-pillow-bluebells/-/A-12717548#lnk=sametab



I hope you found this post helpful in deciding what you need/do not need to help you with your postpartum recovery and breastfeeding journey. Stay tuned as I will be creating another story with what clothing items are the best to have for nursing (nursing bras, nursing tanks, nursing shirts and nursing sweatshirts)!


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