15 Essentials For Your DIY Postpartum Kit

15 Essentials For Your DIY Postpartum Kit

Okay, mama-to-be, you have your hospital bag packed, your birth plan printed out, and your labor playlist set up. You have washed and folded all the baby clothes, set up the nursery, and installed the car seat. You are all set for baby to come home.

But, you can’t forget about the most important person…you! Are you ready for what is to come after the baby arrives? The postpartum period can be quite uncomfortable, but preparing ahead of time will make your birth recovery so much easier.

After you leave the hospital and come home, you will be sleep-deprived, sore, and a bit forgetful. So having everything set for your return home will make you one happy lady.

As a recovering Type-A person, I need to be organized and recommend putting together a postpartum kit before the baby arrives.

What is a postpartum kit?

It’s a central station for all your postpartum needs. The last thing you need to do is be searching through bathroom drawers, kitchen cabinets, and hospital bags looking for items at the last minute. Or, anxiously awaiting the arrival of your late-night Amazon purchase, days after your needs have passed. Or worse, sending your partner out at the last minute to find something at the local drugstore.

Make Your Own Postpartum Kit

First, find an extra basket or bin around the house, or pick up one like THIS at your local Target. Put it in the bathroom or bedroom you will frequent the most after your baby comes. Pack it with the items listed below, and you will be all set to take care of yourself after your baby’s arrival. This page does contain affiliate links but all opinions and ideas are my own.


Disposable Underwear

You are going to be uncomfortable below. You may have a lot of heavy bleeding. You probably won’t be fitting into your pre-pregnancy underwear. Mesh panties can come to the rescue to provide a disposable and stretchy alternative for underwear.

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Donut Cushion

Between hemorrhoids and perineal soreness, sitting can be pretty uncomfortable after giving birth. And you will be doing a lot of it between resting, rocking your baby, nursing your baby, and recovering. Use a donut cushion to make yourself more comfortable.

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Feminine Pads

Obviously, these are a must! You will get some from the hospital, but I recommend having a variety at home. Your postpartum bleeding will decrease each week, so it is nice to have thinner pads to wear for those days when you are bleeding less.

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Iced Maxi Pads

Pair together feminine pads with a pain control mechanism and these iced maxi pads come in handy. You can buy them at the store or you can make your own.

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Preparation H Cooling Gel

Hemorrhoids are almost inevitable with pregnancy and birth. Keep yourself comfortable by applying the gel a couple of times throughout the day. It will help with any burning or itching, related to the hemorrhoids.

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Witch Hazel Pads

These are great to put on hemorrhoids and keep on throughout the day. The coolness will provide some relief from the inflammation.

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Perineal Irrigation Bottle

Using toilet paper can be quite uncomfortable after birth. Squeeze your perineal area with an irrigation bottle like this to clean up after using the bathroom. If you are lucky, you may get an extra one from the hospital.

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Wet Wipes

Once you can comfortably wipe yourself clean, wet wipes will keep you comfortable. Dry toilet paper may be too uncomfortable. So try these wet wipes to stay clean and comfortable.

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Stool Softener

Bowel movements after birth are no joke. After my first child, I thought I was reliving birth again with my first bowel movement. I learned my lesson the second time around and even started taking a stool softener before delivery.

Keep yourself as comfortable as possible by staying hydrated, eating plenty of fiber, and taking a stool softener. Avoiding constipation is crucial to preventing hemorrhoids and maximizing your comfort.

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Prenatal Vitamins

Keep up with your regular prenatal vitamins, as long as you get the okay from your doctor. With sleepless nights and sporadic meals, you want to make sure you get the nutrition you need. A prenatal vitamin is a great way to do so.

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Pain Relief

Your choice of pain relief will be different than the next mom out there. Do you prefer ice to keep inflammation under control? Maybe it is an over the counter pain medication or something prescribed by your doctor. Keep on top of your pain to stay comfortable.

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Sunflower Lethicin

Planning on breastfeeding? Sometimes milk comes in super fast, and we can get uncomfortably engorged. Avoid clogs by taking sunflower lethicin regularly. With any medication or supplement, check with your doctor to make sure it is okay.

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Nipple Cream

Your nipples will be sore from breastfeeding. Perhaps they will feel raw and very uncomfortable. Keep them moisturized with a nipple cream to help with healing.

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Breast Pads

Your breasts will leak. Especially during the first few weeks. Use breast pads to absorb the leaking milk and avoid an embarrassing situation. I prefer reusable breast pads, but there are disposable ones out there also.

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Abdominal Binder

You have spent the last ten months stretching out your abdominals to provide space for the baby to grow. Be kind to your body, and use an abdominal binder to help support your core muscles after birth. The binder will also help with soreness related to delivery, especially if you had a c-section.

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Keep in mind, your comfort, your safety, and your healing are just as important as your baby. You can’t take care of your baby if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Take advantage of free shipping with products purchased from Amazon and Target. Can you think of anything else that has helped you during your postpartum phase of life?




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