Writing about postpartum tips probably doesn’t do much for my Google ranking. It might make you click away before you even get –here–. Nevertheless, it’s important to me to give it to you straight about what’s coming after baby arrives. When I was pregnant, this was the kind of down-low this first-time mama was eager to receive.
Besides these two quintessential postpartum items I mentioned here, there are a handful of helpful remedies and practices that made my life after both babies more comfortable and a whole lot easier.
Enjoy life with your snuggly little newborn with these helpful postpartum tips.
Prepare your comfy bed at home with clean bedsheets and a mattress cover before your due date. There’s nothing more calming than climbing into a fresh, clean bed.
Pack a cup with a straw in your hospital bag. A straw is useful when the last thing you want to do after pushing out your little wonder is to roll over and sit up, working those abs that haven’t done crunches in months. Juice boxes are great too!
Buy a nursing top or two. The investment is well worth it!
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Back at Home with Baby
Don’t be shy about turning off your cell or drawing your curtains. Make yourself unreachable. This is your time, your special once-in-a-lifetime time to breathe in your baby’s fresh newborn scent, to learn the ropes of nursing, and to relax alongside your family.
Once you’re keen to accept visitors, be upfront about how guests can help you out. If you’re on your last roll of toilet paper, send Uncle George to the supermarket and don’t think twice. If you’re suffering the pain of breast engorgement, ask your sister to pick up green cabbage and don’t feel guilty if you don’t explain.
Make a cozy space in your home for peaceful nursing sessions. Designate your comfiest chair the “nursing station” and keep a stash of burp rags, good reads, mama snacks, calming candles, or maybe even the remote control in a pretty basket beside it. Chances are, you’ll be spending a good deal of time in your nursing station, so go ahead, make yourself comfortable.
We’ve all heard it time and time again, but finding time for yourself is exceptionally important as a mom with a newborn. Young babies are draining and without time set aside to focus on your own hobbies, interests, or even just to nap, you’ll be worn out in no time. Enlist your husband for baby duty or find a trusted sitter, even if you’re staying home, and take an hour for yourself.
Jump in the shower. Okay, so we may not be jumping those first days postpartum, but a steamy hot shower is a luxury after baby arrives. The feeling of clean hair is invigorating, even if we might not even recognize the rest of our bodies in the mirror those first few months.
Relax. Enjoy your new baby, your healthy body, and your growing family. Every baby is a blessing, a miracle that we can appreciate best when we know what to expect and can plan accordingly.
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Tell me: What made your postpartum experience enjoyable? Please share in the comments.