When you’re getting ready to welcome a new baby into the world, it’s easy to focus on what the newest member of your family will need. From the diapers to the bottles to the clothes to the cute nursery design — it can actually be pretty fun to nest. And I have been doing a lot of that (see here).
But, if there’s one thing I learned last time (besides this, of course), it’s that you don’t just want to be ready to bring that new person home; you also need to be as stocked up as you can be so that YOU can recover. Because no matter which way you have a baby, your body has gone through A LOT.
As I’m writing this post, obviously my twin babies are still cooking, but here are some of the products I’m stocking up on now for my recovery. While I hope to have them vaginally, I know a c-section is always a possibility — and we’ll just have to wait and see how it all works out and what’s best for all three of us! (Note: There are some affiliate links in this post — thanks for supporting the site!)
- Large overnight maxi pads
- Tuck’s Medicated Wipes
- MiraLAX (because that first poop … yeowsers)
- Extra pairs of large undies (will take a few home from the hospital, too)
- Coffee — all the coffee!
- Snacks (pre-portioned trail mix, dried fruit, protein bars, etc.)
Plus, here are the deets on some new products that I was recently sent that I’ll put to good use post-babies, too.
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a mom’s best friend — especially when you’ve got newborns at home. And this stuff is particularly great. At less than $5 for 7 ounces, it won’t break the bank, it absorbs excess oil without residue, it boosts volume, and it comes in unscented (in case you don’t want to declare to the world via smell that you just dry shampooed your hair), although if you’re looking for a little fresh scent, they’ve got that, too. It says its “Not Your Mother’s” … but don’t tell my daughter that. She’s already begging to spray some in her hair.
Lumene Nordic-C [Valo] Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist
Continuing on with the idea that it is hard to get a full shower — let alone a full beauty routine going — in those first few weeks home with baby, I’ve got this stuff on hand for quick and easy moisturizing and making me feel human. With an ultra-fine mist, you simply spray it on for a total refresh. With Wild Arctic Cloudberry extract, vitamin C, and pure Arctic spring water, it can be used throughout the day to hydrate — and has a subtle fragrance to it that smells great and luxurious.
Free Country Microtech Chill B Cool Cami Top and Free 2 Hangout Shorts
After giving birth to my daughter, I came home and was completely unprepared clothing-wise. Sure, I had all of my maternity clothes and pre-pregnancy clothes, but none of those fit right. And even though I was stocked with nursing tanks, I wanted more variety than the one style of those I had in four different colors. That’s why I am stoked to have these shorts and top in one size up already in my dresser. The shorts are made from a comfortable terry knit with an adjustable waist — and have pockets (a must!). And the top is super soft and breathable with a built-in bra, and a comfy and flowing fit. It’s going to be perfect!
I’ve already written about how much I love SmoothieBox, but that love has gone to a new level now that they have this amazing new berry flavor. And also, I know that in a couple weeks, I’ll need convenient, protein- and veggie-rich foods that are easy to make and easy to eat: and these smoothies fit the bill! Not to mention that my daughter loves them, too, so it’s a quick-and-easy and healthy breakfast or snack for both of us.
Cook Once Eat All Week by Cassy Joy Garcia
We’ve already been testing out the recipes in this cookbook — Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity by Cassy Joy Garcia — and while the meal prep concept isn’t exactly new, it is a very easy and simple way to approach family dinners for the week that really does save time and money. Basically, the book walks you through how to transform one protein and a couple of vegetables prepared in bulk each week (we have been doing so on Sundays) into three different, tasty meals during the week. All the recipes are gluten-free and there are easy ways to make them Paleo and dairy-free, too. From sheet pan dinners, to enchilada bakes, to chicken-stuffed avocados, we’ve found that the recipes are pretty basic, but can easily be spiced up and customized. It’s a really family-friendly way of cooking!
Gillette Venus Sensitive Extra Smooth
So, I’m too pregnant now to shave my legs, but I know eventually, once I am able to take a shower post-baby, it’s going to happen! (Even if it happens one leg or calf per shower, ha!) And when it does, this is the razor I’m going to use. Made specifically for sensitive skin, this razor promises not only a close shave, but also helps reduce irritation while shaving. With five extra-thin blades and a pivoting round head, it’s designed to glide over skin so that you feel less tug and pull — especially in sensitive areas. Sign. Me. Up.
Go Dash Dot Round Backpack Puffy
So, right now I’m using this backpack as a hospital bag, but after, I think it’ll make for a great diaper bag! Technically designed for work and the gym (with cool features like a separate spot for your yoga mat or sneakers), it’s got plenty of storage and compartments (like a designated holder for your water bottle) that I think will work really well for all things twin babies. Plus, it can be worn as a crossbody bag — although I imagine I’ll like it on my back. I have a feeling I’ll need all the hands I can get!
What else do I need? I do feel like I’m forgetting something … ack! –Jenn