What Do You Wish You'd Had Before Baby Arrived

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Post # 46
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

FutureMrsGrabs :  oh!!! I also bought adult diapers for myself 😂….. I had this feeling that my water was going to break before I went to the hospital (even tho the actual chances are supposedly low) and it totally did. Thing is once it breaks your continue to gush liquid… for like EVER and it’s a lot so I’m glad I had the diapers so I didn’t ruin our vehicle haha. 

They also came in handy for pp bleeding. I bled for 7.5 weeks after (yes that wasn’t a typo) and my vag started to get really chafed from the pads after 3…. so having the depends gave me some relief every once in a while.

Post # 47
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

FutureMrsGrabs :  ya I just did similar stuff like granola bars, popcorn, anything really. 

The one thing I did make for food prep was breakfast burritos and just wrapped them individually and froze them for a quick easy one handed meal anytime. Lifesaver, just pop in the microwave for like 2 min and your ready to go. 

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Silicon nipple shields!

i couldn’t have got through the first week without them. Kamillosan cream for my poor nipples was also a godsend. 

Post # 49
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I suggest cooking all of the freezer meals like YESTERDAY, haha! Do you have a slow cooker? If not, you can make slow cooker meals in a Dutch oven type covered pot and put it in the oven at 250 degrees. 

I made a bunch of baked macaroni and cheese with broccoli florets, rice au gratin with chicken, peas and pearl onions, beef stew, ham and bean soup/split pea soup, chicken corn chowder, lamb shanks in tomato sauce over rice, egg and lentil curry with rice, basically enough hearty one-pot meals to get me through the first three months. It’ll save you enough money for…

THIS. 

TOTO Washlet C200 Elongated Bidet Toilet Seat with PreMist, Cotton White – SW2044#01 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UCIOX2Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_5veoAbXFEX6Y8

Seriously, worth every penny. No fiddling with a peri bottle or a jug of water. I still love using mine, long after healing. (DD is 15 months old on Christmas Eve).

 I didn’t bother with special maternity PJs and robes. I just wore DH’s clothes and some really nice nursing sleep bras.  

Post # 51
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

FutureMrsGrabs :  Glad to help! 

I just remembered that one of my new mom friends made loads of shepherds pies and pasties. Another of my friends made dips and cut raw veggies into perfect dipping size… I thought that was very clever and stole that idea after I ran out of my freezer meals. 

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

FutureMrsGrabs :  Not to freak you out (or gross you out!) but I recommend a Boppy because there will be moments when you want the baby to keep nursing but be temporarily hands-free. Like, ahem, when your Colace kicks in while you’re feeding the baby in the middle of the night and you have to take the baby with you to the toilet. Yeah…the glamor of motherhood. Also, if you live in a multi-story home, I recommend an “upstairs Boppy” and a “downstairs Boppy.” Total PITA to try and drag that thing around with you but I always needed some sort of prop for the baby because it’ll kill your back to hunch over.

Re: PJ’s, I also wore a soft nursing bra (with pads because you’ll leak), a nursing tank, and shorts. I lived in Bun Maternity nursing tanks. They’re pricey, but check out Amazon or Zulily for sales. I had mammoth nursing boobs and needed to wear a bra so those little nursing tanks with built in shelf bras were worthless. These have thick enough shoulders that you can wear a bra under. And they’re comfy! Ex: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00JAXI4X8/ref=mp_s_a_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1513734820&sr=1-12&pi=SL180_SX140_CR0,0,140,180_QL70

ETA: on the endless discussion of nipples that postpartum motherhood becomes, I also recommend buying bra inserts. Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/TopBine-Pairs-Pads-Inserts-Beige/dp/B01ERB557A/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1513735384&sr=8-3&keywords=bra+pad. I would put a nursing pad inside the insert, and then put that in the bra cup; for the duration of nursing my nipples were ALWAYS hard, which is not really a look I enjoy, so this way I still had some coverage without chaffing or having to wear a non-nursing bra.

Post # 54
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

FutureMrsGrabs :   I hated my boppy (just FYI) but I definitely have taken both of my kids to the toilet while nursing lol.  Sometimes you get all settled and suddenly you have to pee.  I just kind of one-armed holding them.  I feel I am too tall for a boppy to work.  The baby was like face to face with my stomach and was definitely nowhere near my boobs.

Nipple shields are helpful for some people.  If you don’t get any and need some, I believe the LC at the hospital would give you some right away if they look and you need them.  So for that reason I never bought any.  I never used them through 2 kids, as my nipples are constantly hard or sticking out  (like permanently stuck out while I’m nursing and pumping lol). https://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/articles/flat-or-inverted-nipples 

My hospital also always provided the sqeeze bottles to use and take home.

Those haakaa pumps are great for capturing excess leakage and getting some extra ozs.  I opted to use my electric pump because I wanted to get out most of it though. So hit or miss as I didn’t get rid of my oversupply for 5-6mo and instead had about 1300oz in the freezer with my second. I only wanted 200-300oz but I went way way over.  Haakaa is probably better for getting some extra ozs out but still not encouraging supply toooo much.  If you have to go back to work a freezer stash takes off a lot of pressure!!  As I said in my first post- definitely a pump of some sort.

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