Post # 1
My sister is due in October (!!!!).. I made her a wedding day survival kit, and she LOVED it.. So, I want to do another survival kit.. An after birth survival kit… I have no children myself, but hopefully we will be trying soon! I have NO CLUE what to put in this thing.. I have read things such as comfy, somewhat loose underwear, pads, and other things of the sort.. What should I put in this kit? What would YOU have liked to have for the first few weeks (?) after giving birth? (I have NO clue what board to put this on, please move it appropriately) Also.. Is this a good idea?
Post # 3
@MrsPaperFlowers: I would do pads,nipple cream if shes breast feeding,bra pads, maybe some chocolate or anything she likes when shes a little stressed,a parenting book,maybe some coupons for free babysitting so she can nap or whatever if you live close by. I would have loved this after my kids.
Post # 4
Food that she’s been craving but wasn’t able to eat when pregnant! All my sister asked for was a giant sub/hoagie when we came to meet the new baby in the hospital.
Post # 5
You can find a ton of ideas and suggestions on this thread (stickied at the top of the “Pregnancy” board).
Post # 6
This is such a cute idea, I love it!
Post # 7
– Nipple cream (I love the Lansinoh Lanolin)
– Breast pads (I love the Lansinoh brand ones and I’m only just over 2 weeks postpartum and I’ve almost gone through a box of 100.. my milk leaks like crazy!)
– If she hasn’t bought herself any then tucks pads with witch hazel to help with hemorrhoids/downstairs healing post delivery.
– A microwave heating pad (to help with aches & pains as well as engorged breast when her milk comes in.. even if she isn’t breastfeeding she will be really really sore for a few days)
– Chocolate or other little snack type items especially if she is breastfeeding she will be hungry and tied to the couch for the first couple of weeks when feedings are frequent.
– Favorite magazines, books or DVDs, again for when she’s stuck on the couch feeding (if BFing)
– “Vouchers” for help with things like cleaning her house and doing some laundry for her if you live near her.
Great gift idea, by the way!
Post # 8
This sounds really sweet, and I am sure she will love it! Maybe just make sure she knows ahead of time what you are doing as she may make one for herself too!
Post # 9
@MrsSmith13: Thanks for the ideas!!
@kate02121: I don’t know if she has been craving anything lol.. I’ll have to ask her hubby!
@KCKnd2: OOH! Thanks! Didn’t know that thread existed!!
@MrsSawyer: Thank you!! ^_^
Post # 10
Those giant pads, witchhazel, aloe (make sure it’s 100% aloe), and an essential oil (lavender, chamomile, jojoba), and a recipe for padsicles.
Post # 11
@Utopia4us: She doesn’t think like that.. She thinks big things… Cribs, carriers, bags, diapers etc.. She wouldn’t think of the small things, but I’ll check with her hubby, thanks!!!
Post # 13
So sweet! I’m sure she will love it. The ladies before me have had great ideas. I would add wine, ibuprofen and a home made meal to the list. Obviously you know her best, so add some fun things that make her happy! Having a baby can be a rollercoaster of emotions.
Post # 14
@MrsPaperFlowers: No problem I think its a great thing your doing for her.
Post # 15
@Britt_RN: Will do! Thank you!
@MrsSmith13: Thank you 🙂
Post # 16
@MrsPaperFlowers: I think this is a great idea! You’ve already gotten lots of great suggestions, I just have a few to add (as I sit here BFing my 3 week old baby!):
– A water bottle that can be operated with one hand (I have one with a little button you hold down to open it while you’re drinking). You have to drink a lot of water while breastfeeding, and a bottle is nicer to use than a glass since you can just toss it on the bed/couch instead of struggling to reach the table when you have a sleeping baby in your arms!
– Already mentioned, but definitely snacks! I’d go one further and say healthy snacks that are easy to eat / open. It’s hard to make sure you’re eating enough and well when you have a newborn! Ideas for snacks are nuts, dried fruit, muffins, whole wheat pretzels and crackers, peanut butter crackers, granola bars, etc.
– My dad brought us a basket of fresh fruits and veggies, along with milk, yogurt and eggs (which he hard-boiled for us for another quick snack option) when we got home from the hospital which was amazing too…you could give her a voucher for grocery delivery in the first weeks when she’ll be too busy (or it’ll be too hard for her) to do it herself.