Chances are, your registry is perfectly curated with baby products for those first days, weeks, and months after you bring your cutie pie home…but what about stuff for you? Whether you add these finds to your registry, or treat yourself, these are the must-haves that been-there-done-that moms say make the first weeks so much easier.
Planning to breastfeed? Then wire-free bras that are designed for easy access is crucial! (Buy ones that can withstand a bit of leakage.) It may take you a hot second to learn how to unhook each side with the flick of a finger in the dark, but you’ll wonder how you wore bras with underwire for so long. Buy at least three: one to wear, one to wash, and one to spare.
A well-stocked nightstand
As you heal from delivery and get much-needed rest in your own bed, you’ll want to have essentials within easy reach. These include: a large, full water bottle (making milk is dehydrating); breast pads, to absorb any leakage; nipple balm (if you plan to nurse); and any supplements that can help you bounce back after giving birth. Two top picks: Mommy’s Bliss Postnatal Support Well-Being, which offers immune support and helps with recovery by balancing your postpartum body with the traditional properties of apple cider vinegar, and Mommy’s Bliss Lactation Support + Probiotics, which is made with fenugreek and thistle to support milk supply, as well as probiotics to support immune and digestive health.
Your shape will be changing for a long while—and the last thing you need is to be taunted by a pair of too-tight jeans or a shirt bursting at the buttons. Make sure you have a few comfortable pieces that can easily fit you after the birth—a pair of stretchy joggers or lounge pants with a drawstring, ideally—and tops that you don’t have to lift over your head to nurse or pump.
Caring for a tiny, helpless (and don’t forget, super-cute!) newborn is exhausting. The last thing you need to worry about is What’s for dinner? Pro tip: Consider signing up for a few weeks of a meal delivery service, one that will send tasty, healthy options directly to your (oven/microwave) door. Similarly, take supermarket trips off the table for a few weeks by setting up an account with one of the many grocery-delivery services. To balance out your diet and to ensure that you’re not skimping on vital nutrients, consider adding a supplement like Mommy’s Bliss Postnatal Support Energy + Recovery. It’s carefully crafted with key vitamins to support immunity and fight fatigue, plus biotin and collagen to help you rebuild and recharge after childbirth.
Even though it’s all about baby in the days after delivery—they are pretty adorable, after all—you can’t forget about yourself, and that’s why having a few comforts can feel so special. Whether it’s a snuggly throw blanket, a linen spray or diffuser, or even a brand-spanking new tablet so you can read one-handed while you feed the baby at 3 a.m.—these are things you can feel great about gifting yourself. (That is, if not-so-subtle hints to others don’t do the trick!)