Post # 1
Hi! I’m on bedrest around 18 weeks pregnant and on what is hopefully temporary bedrest. I’m thinking I could use this time to buy myself things for pregnancy and new mom-hood online (like amazon), as I’m guessing that people will buy for the baby but not for me so much.
I only want to buy things that are super important, not spend too much money you know?
Things like, finding the best price on breast pads, creams, clothes…
I’m open to what you’ve found important
Post # 2
Diapers.com is a great place if you are a first time user. Amazon is great also. I suggest get some great nursing bras if you plan to nurse and a electronic breat pump.
Post # 3
Nursing bras and sleep bras. Figure out if your insurance will cover a breast pump and order it/start the process. You’ll need the big maxi pads/depends for the pp bleeding. I’d also recommend tucks pads or making padsicles of your own.
Post # 4
If you plan to breastfeed maybe start thinking about which items in your wardrobe will acommodate it? If, like me you didn’t have heaps of tops and dresses conducive to bfing you could start buying up a few bargains on ebay etc.
Post # 5
I hated the disposable breast pads, I found them uncomfy. I got super cute reusable cotton ones on etsy and liked them so much better.
Post # 6
I lost all bladder control after giving birth, so disposable underwear (Always discreet) was a godsend. Also, I wore one on the way to the hospital, which was great since my water broke in the car.
Breast pads are a must. I prefer cotton ones vs disposable. And a good nipple cream. Very helpful, especially those first days before your nipples toughen up.
Have at least 2 or 3 basic nursing bras on hand and then once your milk comes in, you can get measured for more of you’d like. Comfy maternity pajamas with a nursing top are nice to have too.
Post # 7
Definitely some lanolin! The first 3 weeks of breastfeeding were very painful for me and lanolin helped big time!
Post # 8
I’ll be a different voice and tell you not to stock up on breast pads tooo much. I had very little leakage. I think I used one or two pairs and never used another one (baby is 6.5 mo now!). I have 3 full boxes sitting in my closet.
I would get some sleep nursing bras. I wore those at the hospital and the first week. Get a real nursing bra once your milk has come in and when you’re not too engorged. You won’t know what size you’ll need before then. Don’t waste money on those until after your baby is here!
I would look for some bargain nursing tops (I actually use my maternity tanks- they are long enough for me and I just pull them down because they are stretchy enough). I also found some short sleeve shirts that partially buttoned down and I used those. If you don’t have maternity leggings—get some now!!
Post # 9
Definitly get some nipple cream OMG… if you’re going to bf, you just might need this: it came in super handy for me. Also it’s good for bum rashes too so double useage (I never finished my tube of nipple cream so I have used it on the baby’s rash and it worked).
Get a nice body pillow (not necesarily a pregnancy one). Oh man was I huge and needed some support… I had to steal hubby’s body pillow sometimes.
Some comfy shoes (I live in a tropical climate so I lived in flip flops… hubby’s Havainna’). They were so comfortable and were the only things that fit my swollen feet.
Post # 10
FrenchNewlyWed: I’ll chime in. Here’s my list of must-haves:
Comfy nursing tank to sleep in, nursing bras
Good breast pump (so crucial for me to relieve pain during the engorgement period and to work out a clogged duct, and I built up a nice freezer stash of milk in the process) and breast milk storage bags for your freezer
Postpartum bath herbs (I made tea with them and sprayed it on my lower region with a little squeeze bottle, definitely get a squeeze bottle, even just warm water feels so nice and is much better than wiping with toilet paper)
any type of baby carrier- so nice for around the house if baby is fussy and just wants to be held
breastfeeding pillow like a My Breast Friend or Boppy (I had both and definitely prefered the My Breast Friend)
Post # 11
Here’s the herbs I used and totally recommend. They were so soothing (I had a second degree tear and a labial tear ouch! but the recovery wasn’t too bad at all)
Post # 12
MrsAKSkier: Thank you! I wouldn’t have thought of that. I’m also wondering about pads…do I need to get big overnight menstrual type ones? I don’t know exactly why I need them (I’m scared to ask haha) nor how many people stock up on before hand. I also don’t know if those disposable undies are useful?
Yesterday I went to a rummage sale and got an unopened pack of 60 breast pads! How many of these do people normally use a day-night?
I’ll be getting a prescription breast pump so I’m guessing it will be good…
Post # 13
FrenchNewlyWed: Haha, don’t be scared! My bleeding/discharge wasn’t bad at all after the third day or so. The bleeding isn’t from tearing since if you have one they will stitch it up, the bleeding is from the uterus and there is also lochia which is more clear discharge. I wore…um….basically a diaper for the first night and day after my baby was born (that’s what they gave me at the hospital) and then switched to a maxi pad since it wasn’t that heavy. After two weeks it was way, way less and I didn’t need a pad anymore. They also had these frozen pads at the hospital that were pretty awesome for pain relief and swelling and I’ve heard of some ladies making their own but I just used a reusable ice pack when I needed to.
I wasn’t a fan of disposable nursing pads (they made my boobs itch) so I can’t comment on that….
Post # 14
Get an ergo carrier, will save your back. Pricey but well worth it. A baby swing, a bouncy chair, and sleepers and onsies for the first 3 months. lots of receiving blankets and if I wereto do it again that would be my essentials list. Also I bought maxi pads without wings cause i wanted to be able to throw out as easy as possible and 2 packs of plain undies to throw out.