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Must have items for Postpartun & Recovery

Must have items for Postpartun &  Recovery

With this baby being our fourth little one I have had a chance to compile a list of things every mom needs for Postpartum and Recovery. Some of these items you actually want right away and to pack in your hospital Bag!


  • Nursing tanks – If you will be breastfeeding make sure to pack a nursing tank. You will probably be nursing quite often and need easy access to your breasts. Nursing tanks make it a lot easier to stay covered up and only have your breasts exposed. I personally like the long tanks by GlamourMom.
  • Nursing Bra or Sports Bra– if you are nursing then a good bra is so important. I personally like mine from Bravado Designs.
  • One size larger underwear – You will want the extra room for your pad and also so no elastic is tight around your waist or thighs.  Might as well buy a package of the boy short style and then after your lochia is gone you can just toss them all.
  • Yoga Pants/Lounge wear– Comfortable clothes are going to be your friend

Feminine Care:

  • Overnight Kotex pads – When I went to purchase the pads for after baby is born I went with the long overnight ones. They are super absorbent and  with them being really long you don’t have to worry about leaks.
  • Peri Bottle – If you are having a Hospital Birth then you will be able to get one while there. using the peri bottle with warm water feels great on your sore and swollen bottom.
  • Witch Hazel Pads- Also known as Tucks.
  • Stool Softener– Trust me, you want to take these as soon as you can postpartum, they truly helped make that first bowel movement so much easier.


  • Nursing Pads – I made my own nursing pads with Shelby but I also really like the Nuk Washable Nursing Pads.
  • Nipple Cream – I like Motherlove because all ingredients are safe for ingestion, so it does not need to be washed off prior to breastfeeding baby.

Other Must Haves:

  • A large water bottle with straw– My older sister gave me this awesome water bottle that had the ounces on the outside that allowed you to insert a straw. They were given to her in the hospital after she had both of her babies and since she had two she gave me one.
  • Chapstick – My lips got so dry after I gave birth I needed to have chap stick around
  • Hair ties– a pony tail will be your best friend!

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.


  1. If you wake up drenched in sweat a week or two after giving birth, get excited about it. You’re sweating off those extra baby fluid pounds!

  2. I had a lot of these items for after having the baby. So important to make sure to have breastfeeding items on hand. It makes me more comfortable. The other items are also a must to help with healing!

  3. That’s a gook list. The comfortable clothing is so important, no matter what reason you’re in the hospital.

  4. The yoga pants and lounge wear is a must have, I had tons of these on hand, I loved wearing loose clothing more. And the tucks pads where always on hand too.

  5. Oh another great list!! I think you have thought of about everything! The hairband…a must! You should make it a printable for new moms!

  6. great list !:) I remember the one thing I forgot was a nursing bra and I ordered my husband to go get me one! lol I was leaking.. so gross.

  7. You’ve got it covered. Definitely have comfortable clothes on hand. Yoga pant or sweats. Also for new Moms if they’re breastfeeding I might start out with old low cut shirts just until you get the hang of the leaking and squirting.

  8. Great list! Great comments with add-ons too!
    Extra pair of glasses & extra set of keys is VERY helpful too (for those that wear glasses), Also those key-finders where you clap or whistle & they beep are wonderful for new moms! Getting used to the little one, the car seat adjustments, the diaper bag & so on in so forth, it is SO nice to be able to clap hands or whistle & be able to find the keys with so many things on a new mom’s mind. Helps puttheir mind at ease when they can find the keys easily!

  9. The big panties are a must! Those hospital things they give you are horrible, and I’m a big girl so mine didn’t exactly fit right.

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