It’s no secret that the “fourth trimester” is just as much of a transition as the first three. I’ve put together a list of things I loved from baby 1-baby 3. I’m definitely a minimalist. The truth is, you don’t actually need as much as you think you do, especially if you’re breastfeeding. So here are my postpartum must-haves if you’re a minimalist like me!
- Belly Bandit. I used my Belly Bandit for a few months with Riley and Titus, I only felt like I needed it for the first week this time around. But it feels amazing especially as you’re noticing the ab gap coming together. I felt like mine came together quickly this time around for some reason. Not saying I’m strong yet, but I definitely felt “knit” back together this time. If the Belly Bandit is out of our price range, this belly binder has a ton of great reviews.
- Comfortable and supportive Nursing Bra. With Riley I bought a couple nursing bras (that actually weren’t cheap) but I found they were embarrassingly unsupportive. The only ones that I found that supported me were underwires. So I literally wore underwires from start to finish with breastfeeding my first two. THIS TIME I found the most amazing comfortable AND supportive bra. I’ve linked it here. If you’re right in between the sizes, I suggest sizing down. I got a medium based on their sizing suggestions but probably should have gotten a small.
- Reusable Nursing Pads. I love these because they are no waste solutions to disposable nursing pads. They’re super easy to wash and work really well. I bought the the thick size and they’re still actually very thin and comfortable.
- Nipple Shield. This is so helpful if you’re having a lot of pain while nursing. It helped me get through the first month or so of breastfeeding my first. I eventually was able to stop using it once the pain wore off.
- Pads. I usually overestimated the amount of bleeding I would have, regular pads were enough for me and much more comfortable than the dual ultra extra large kind. You may want to buy bigger ones if you anticipate needing them. You can also make your own padsicles if you you think you may tear. There are tons of recipes on Pinterest.
- Food. I think this is more and more important the more kids you have. With Riley I had almost no trouble getting enough to eat (probably why it was hard to lose the weight). Titus it was harder, but this time it’s like near impossible to eat enough. I suggest making and freezing foods, having home made granola bars refrigerated or frozen. Or have a plan for someone to bring you meals the first few weeks.
- Cleaning Service. I would seriously consider hiring a cleaning service like the second week or so postpartum. We had Michael and family around enough where we didn’t need it (although it would still be nice so he could spend time with baby too). If you are at all in a position to purchase this or you have family who would be happy to help, see if they’ll do this for you!
And that’s it! You don’t need as much as you think. Shocking I know. Stay tuned for newborn essentials!