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What should every new mama have on hand for postpartum recovery? Go ahead and give brand names if you've got 'em... I want to know which items are worth shelling out the $$ for (or posting on my registry, lol). I'm thinking bath products, sprays, lotions, etc... I've seen some specific stuff around but I'm leaving it open to your suggestions here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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BUMP! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes">:
 

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Cloth mama pads! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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nipple cream. wish I'd had some at the hospital. I think they are all the same - made with lanolin.<br>
nursing pads. I like the lansinoh brand. They are contoured and thin but hold a lot of moisture. You can also get cloth ones that you reuse.<br><br>
I am trying to remember all the things I send dh and sil to the store for afterwards. It was a lot. I still giggle thinking of dh trying to pick out nursing pads for me.<br><br>
I think they bought baby soap and shampoo and he had a list of things from the hospital that he bought and then we never used like cotton balls and q-tips. What are you supposed to do with cotton balls and q-tips?? I still don't know. I would wait on the shampoo and soap - newborns don't need soap, just water.<br><br>
chamomile tea. if you have a colicky baby you can drink it and they get it in your milk.<br><br>
A sling. Honestly, get one beforehand so you don't have to buy one while holding an infant. They are a fantastic investment.<br><br>
Really, you don't need much to keep you and baby happy. Just snuggle down, and stay connected.
 

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the only things we needed were related to my own comfort.<br>
a sitz bath<br>
stool softeners<br>
peri bottle<br>
a donut-shaped pillow to sit on<br>
lots and lots of giant pads<br>
breast pads (i preferred thick cloth ones, unsightly, yes, but who cares at home?)
 

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ITA with everything listed above.<br><br>
I also adore bendable straws postpartum. (I know, being disposable and all, not so earth friendly.) They make fluid intake easier while resting in bed or nursing.<br><br>
DH went overboard at Ikea, though, and now we have about five million-gazillion straws. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I give them to every pregnant woman I know...and it barely looks like I've made a dent in our stash!
 

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The hospital gave me a bottle of stuff called EpiFoam or something like that. It's a topical anesthetic for the vulva. It has a texture like hair mousse. I squirted it on Tucks pads and stuck it on. I also used those ice pack/maxi pad things. Both were wonderful for pain relief.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The hospital gave me a bottle of stuff called EpiFoam or something like that. It's a topical anesthetic for the vulva. It has a texture like hair mousse. I squirted it on Tucks pads and stuck it on. I also used those ice pack/maxi pad things. Both were wonderful for pain relief.</div>
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Where do you get ice pad maxi's? Those sound great. Did you make your own?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you use your boppy as the "doughnut pillow"? Will that distort the shape?</div>
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no, i used one of those inflatable pillows from the drugstore for hemmorhoids
 

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At my first childbirth prep class last night a local herbalist was showing us some of her pregnancy/post-partum products... and I totally want this one!<br><br><a href="http://www.howlingwolfnatural.com/pregnancy.html" target="_blank">http://www.howlingwolfnatural.com/pregnancy.html</a><br><br>
it's the last one on the page. You make the tea and then use it in the bottle to rinse after each trip to the bathroom, and my midwife suggests squirting it onto pads and freezing them - that way you get the swelling relief with the ice AND the healing stuff too! I definitely plan to pick this up before the babes are born!
 

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No, they were from the hospital. I've read on here that some moms do make their own. I'm not sure how, but I better figure it out since I plan to homebirth.
 

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Awesome tips-- definitely some items (stool softeners! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and straws) I hadn't thought of and good specific items too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Any more? Favorite sitz bath or other bottom products?<br><br>
I gotta make myself a good shopping list now... Thanks!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ITA with everything listed above.<br><br>
I also adore bendable straws postpartum. (I know, being disposable and all, not so earth friendly.) They make fluid intake easier while resting in bed or nursing.<br><br>
DH went overboard at Ikea, though, and now we have about five million-gazillion straws. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I give them to every pregnant woman I know...and it barely looks like I've made a dent in our stash!</div>
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My husband also went totally overboard on straws. Though I have really appreciated having them, I think one package would have been more than enough. He bought three packages because they were so darn cheap.
 

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MotherLove Herbal Company makes a sitz bath spray that's supposed to be great. They also have the herbs to actually put in the bath with you.<br><br>
Other than that:<br><br>
Peri Bottle (super important)<br>
Breast pads<br>
mama pads<br>
Moby Wrap (also super important, imo)<br><br>
Also, me and dd did an herb bath every night for the first two weeks post partum. The herbs came in the birthing kit and I'm not exactly sure which ones they are but dh had to clean the bath with iodine every night before the bath.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No, they were from the hospital. I've read on here that some moms do make their own. I'm not sure how, but I better figure it out since I plan to homebirth.</div>
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I make my own iced pads. I boil 32oz drinking water, 1oz comfrey leaf, 80 drops goldenseal tinture, and 20 drops lavender essential oil. Let seap for about an hour then strain. I put about 1/2 cup in each pad and it makes about 15-20 pads. THIS IS THE IMPORANT PART! Don't freeze them flat!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Lay them on their sides in a 9X13, and <b>curve them to your shape</b>. Then freeze...<br><br>
These pads feel great and are not so full of liquid that they melt everywhere. If I could only have one thing post-partum this would be it!
 
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