(I know I’ve been writing a lot about babies lately, but I thought I’d better write this post while it’s still fresh in my mind! Bare with me, all you non-preggers!)
As I was preparing for Xia’s birth, I scoured other blogs trying to find advice on things that might be good to know or have before baby was born, but I had a hard time finding anything helpful! Since it seems that many of you, my friends, are expecting I thought I’d share my opinion with you on what I found to be useful after delivering baby and the days that followed.
Here is a list of things that I’m glad I had, I wish I had, or I ended up going out and buying after giving birth:
Pain Relief & Herbs:
- Sitz bath– was really nice to soak in
- Afterbirth Sitz bath Herbs– a soothing tea soak to use with the Sitz bath
- Blue Cohosh & Shepherds Purse– herbs the midwife gave me to slow postpartum bleeding. I only had to take 1 dropperfull of each. *Just a warning, this stuff tastes horrible! It’s like drinking straight Vodka! But it works.
- Tylenol– make sure you have some on hand, just in case. Aspirin and Ibuprofen are not recommended.
- Peri Cold Packs– I used Feme Pads, but would not recommend them as they only stay cold for about 5 min., then you have to switch it out again. I’d recommend getting something like these Standard Cold Packs, what they use in the hospital. They stay cold much longer!
- Stool Softener– Try eating a lot of prunes first, but if you haven’t had a bowel movement by the end of the second day (after giving birth), you’d be wise to begin taking a stool softener! It’s a good idea to eat a few prunes every day throughout the pregnancy too, to help keep you regular.
- Tucks Pads– These are wonderful for postpartum relief! The cooling sensation eases the pain while healing. Line your menstrual pad with them after using the bathroom, it really helps!
- Some new undies in a bigger size (granny panties, no thongs ladies!); stretchy cotton is good.
- Overnight menstrual pads with wings; lots of them.
- Lanolin– One of the things I had to have hubby to run out and get for me! (CVS has a generic brand that’s probably cheaper.)
- Nursing Pads
- Soothies– I’ve used these with all three of my babies. I could not have survived the first few weeks of breastfeeding without them!! ( I think Walgreens may carry these as well as many online retailers.)
(*Bethany, hope this helps!)
If you don’t have a husband who cooks, or somebody who will be coming to stay with you and cook for you for at least the first week, then I would highly recommend freezing meals before baby arrives. If I hadn’t prepared, my kids would have had pizza every night for two weeks (if I know my husband)!
Here are the meals that I froze and what we thought of them:
Crispy Chicken & Rice Casserole– a regular in our home; we love this recipe, and it freezes very well!
Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells– another favorite of ours which also freezes very nicely.
Easy Cheesy Corn Bake– this one was good, and the kids ate it, but it wasn’t one of those meals that they would ask for. I cut it into squares and froze them in a Ziploc bag, and thawed them out as a side dish.
Sweet & Sour Pork– definitely a keeper in our home! We loved this recipe.
Easy Peezy Pizza Dough– I loved that this could be made in the bread machine. Easy to make and freeze, and it was good too! I sprinkled garlic powder around the crust before baking, then rubbed butter on it once it was done. Very good!
Mandarin Orange Chicken– Yuck!! We all hated it. A total waste of good oranges!
Turkey Meatloaf– Didn’t come out very good. Meatloaf’s freeze well, but mine wasn’t very tasty.
Mashed Potatoes– I love the idea of making a huge batch of mashed potatoes, then freezing them in individual serving sizes using a cupcake tin. The only problem is that sometimes when they are nuked in the microwave they turn out watery. Maybe if they thawed in the fridge first they’d be better.
Apple Bread– We LOVE this recipe. Just make sure that it’s cooked all the way through before freezing it!!
Banana Bread Muffins– As always the kids loved having these for breakfast and snacks.
Waffles– I made two huge batches and froze them for breakfasts.
2- Bean Chili– another staple in our home. This was the first time I’d frozen it; it did well. I poured it in a freezer bag once it had cooled off, and laid it flat on it’s side in the freezer to take up less room. Yummy!
Hamburger Casserole– this one we’ve made for years, but this was the first time I’d frozen it. It did really well and was just as good to eat. (I don’t have the recipe on my blog yet, but I happened to find the exact same recipe on another site, so I’ll link to it.)
Of course, there are tons more freezer recipes that you can find online! I really enjoyed having meals pre-made, and am planning on continuing to cook and freeze meals ahead of time just to make my life easier!
There’s a ton of stuff you’ll need, obviously, but here are two things that I’m especially glad I had in the first days…
- Leachco Nap ‘N Pack– I loved having this beside me in the master bed for the first week! (Now me and baby sleep in the nursery, with her in her crib or on my chest, and hubby gets the master bedroom to himself so he can sleep!)
- Papasan Seat– This is another thing I had to buy after baby was born. (I totally take back what I said in a previous post about not needing a bouncer!! I had forgotten how much Titus loved this when he was a baby.) I’d sold his, but I found another one on craigslist and bought it for Xia. She loves it! It’s been a lifesaver.
Well, I hope this has been helpful to some of you! If you have any other questions or want any advice, please feel free to ask away! I’ll be glad to give my humble opinion. And if you have anything to add to this list (something that might be overlooked by an expectant mother) please do share!