Feb 25 12
by cara
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Postpartum Favorite Things

Since my life for the last 7 weeks has pretty much consisted of feeding, changing diapers, and sleeping in the spare moments, I thought I’d share a few things that have been helping me through these early days with a newborn.  And a special shout out to my good friends who are bringing home their new baby girl today!  Congrats!!
My Favorite Things: The Postpartum and Breastfeeding Edition
1.  Glamourmom nursing camis: I tried several different brands of nursing camis after The Little Apple was born, but I was never all that happy with any of them.  After reading glowing reviews a few months ago of Glamourmom camis, I ordered the Nursing Bra Full Bust Long Top in black.  I loved it so much my first week home that I ordered two more (white and heather gray).  I’ve been wearing one of these every single day for the last 7 weeks.  I love the coverage they provide while I’m nursing.  They are thick enough that I could wear them alone, but I typically wear them under another shirt for a layered look.  I love the length of these camis as well as the support they provide up top- these camis have an actual (wireless) bra built in to them, with an adjustable band in the back.
I’d also like to give their customer service a big thumbs up.  When I placed my order recently, there was some kind of glitch and I thought my order didn’t go through. So I redid the order.  The next day I got a call from the company saying that they had 2 orders for the same thing, and were going to hold the orders until they talked to me about whether or not it was a mistake.  I love that they were on the ball with that!
2.  Nursing night gown: I’m a nightgown girl.  I don’t wear pajamas, so a nursing nightgown is a must have.  I have 2 old ones from when The Littlest Apple was born, and since I loved my Glamourmom nursing cami so much, I ordered a Glamourmom Nursing Bra Nightgown too.
3.  iBaby Feed App: I use this app for keeping track of how long I’ve been nursing Slingshot, which side I last nursed on, and when his next feeding should be (especially useful for the early days when I needed to wake him up to feed him.  Now I just nurse on demand).  You can also use this to keep track of pumping.  Very user friendly!
4.  www.kellymom.com: My go-to website for all questions about breastfeeding.
5.  The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: My go-to BOOK about breastfeeding.
6.  Thermos Water Bottle (18 oz): The great thing about this water bottle is that it keeps your cold water cold.  If you put ice in it, the ice will still be there hours later.  I carry this with me at all times.  The Little Apple has 2 water bottles like this as well (his have Batman and Starwars, not flowers!).
7.  Moby Wrap: Wearing Slingshot in this Moby Wrap has been a lifesaver for mornings when I need to take The Little Apple to preschool.  This allows me to have my hands free to hold The Little Apple’s school bags (and his hand) to get him to and from his preschool classroom.  No lugging the car seat, no fussing with a stroller.  One tip: Since it does take a minute to get the wrap on properly, I put it on before I leave the house, then just pop Slingshot in it when we get out of the car.
8.  Trail Mix: This was my go-to snack in those first few weeks.  I’m super addicted to this stuff, so in recent weeks I’ve stopped making it as frequently.  I will eat WAY too much of it one sitting.  I would advise dividing it in to serving size baggies and keeping a few baggies on your nightstand or in the nursery.
What did you find useful in your first few weeks with a baby?
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  1. I enjoyed reading your list.  I did a similar one last year!  http://infantbibliophile.blogspot.com/2010/12/were-still-alive-and-10-baby-2-must.html.  

  2. Ada-Marie permalink

    I love this post! I’m really enjoying the Bravado nursing bras and the Gillian & O’Malley nursing camis from Target. I can’t live without Medela breast pads. I also bought a Gownie (maternity hospital gown) for delivery and love wearing it to bed because it is soft and has nursing snaps for easy access. I’m enjoying my Baby Hawk carrier, especially during the witching hour! Oh, and the miracle blanket is a must around here at night. One more – Hanna Andersson organic cotton sleepers, I love that they are warm but breathable. Xxoo and best wishes for lotsa sleep!

  3. Jessica Rozga permalink

    I think I wore my Target nursing bras every single day for an entire year until they were either falling apart or I could get away with not wearing them as often because my dtr. nursing schedule had decreased so very much.  What I couldn’t do without?  Getting outside.  Vital.  Life-giving.  I would have been a mess if I couldn’t get outside post baby and already I’m looking forward to spending many a afternoons outside as we look forward to welcoming a new one into our family this April.  Thanks for the great list!

  4. Noelle permalink

    This list mimics my own for the most part (but I have Bravado nursing tanks 
     (LOVE!) – no built in bra  – for night time). I know how important it is to have free hands with an older child. My baby is almost 6 mos now and the Moby was great when he was little but at some point he got too heavy so I went looking for other options. What I found were these amazing woven wraps and ring slings. Check out paxbaby.com or sleeping baby productions. (I promise I’m not affiliated with either of these companies. They are great resources though.) The wraps are more comfortable than a soft structured carrier (i.e. Ergo or Boba) for around the house or even out. I LOVE my Ergo and Boba but my woven ring sling is my go-to for quick trips to the store or when he’s sick of being carried so close to me. I don’t know why I’m sharing this – maybe it’s just a mom of two littles trying to help another out but I thought I’d pass along one of my new favorite and most handy parenting tool.  :) 

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