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Thats everything for baby, but what about ME?!

(72 Posts)
sprite25 Mon 16-Sep-13 14:58:59

Was just curious what I will need to get for after baby arrives for myself, we have pretty much everything we need for baby but all I can think of that I will need for me is breast pads, maternity pads, nursing bras/tops...is that all I will really need??

NoComet Mon 16-Sep-13 16:19:16

Nursing bras are easier at first, but I gave up on them and returned to just shoving ordinary non wired bras out the way, once DD2 got good at latching on.

In the end I returned to my old wired bras, DD2 used to moan they got in the way.

Thurlow Mon 16-Sep-13 16:30:20

Greggs, I remember lying in recovery after my emcs, probably doped to the max on morphine or whatever they give you afterwards, begging for two paracetemol for my throat because I hadn't drunk in so long and had been caning the G&A. I think they thought I was barking grin

SaucyJack Mon 16-Sep-13 16:44:48

Definitely lots of snacks and clothes that will be soft and comfy around the crotch.

Another thing that might come in useful depending on how your lounge is set up is a folding tv dinner table thingummy so you can have your plate/cup/craptop to hand when you're breastfeeding.

adagio Mon 16-Sep-13 16:56:47

If you want a nursing bra may I recommend Bravado Bodysilk? Comes in small, med, large - one size fits many cups and is very comfy. I used for first month or so until my milk and boobs settled.

I have no idea how you would feed in a sports bra, in terms of boob-access.

Other things I liked/used a lot: nice blanket/throw to have handy (not just baby sized, I mean grown up sized). Fluffy fleece dressing gown; cosy bed socks or slippers.

As others said, yoga pants. I didn't really get on with the 'nursing tops' many of which have a kind of slit which you are meant to poke your nipple through. I preferred cheap spaghetti strap vests which I stretched under my boob, or one M&P nursing top where the whole front clipped down. Cardigan or other warm open front layer (sweatshirts do not work very well!).

SilverSixpence Mon 16-Sep-13 19:41:39

I found the little
graze boxes really useful in the beginning, for snacking at night or in my room. After the first six weeks I changed to every 4 weeks instead of weekly.

sprite25 Mon 16-Sep-13 19:46:05

wow i thought i was fairly prepared, didnt realise I would end up needing so much stuff!

I found Arnica a godsend for helping reduce the bruising and soreness - I used tablets and they need to have Arnica as an active ingredient (sounds obvious but most homeopathic kind doesn't).

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 16-Sep-13 20:15:12

I was going to suggest some nice fibre rich (f you get what I mean) food.
I like prune yoghurts and granola for snackage myself.

HaveALittleFaith Mon 16-Sep-13 20:18:22

I recommend a Netflix account too. We found I never finished feeding around the time tv shows started. With Netflix we could just pick up shows when I finally put DD down.

Oh if you're doing a traditional delivery badedas bath stuff is wonderful!

Romily Mon 16-Sep-13 20:43:12

I am planning on breastfeeding and have made up a wee basket to leave near me on the couch which has lansinoh, breast pads, kindle with lots of free books, healthy snacks, tissues and cloths. We also have a lovefilm subscription for spending time on the couch.

What I will need to get is a whole heap of comfy clothes and some extra blankets so I can just build a wee snuggly nest and stay there wink

fuckwittery Mon 16-Sep-13 20:54:49

I'd say you definitely need a feeding bra which has the hooks on the shoulder straps to flop the boobs out if you intend to breastfeed. It would be a right faff to undo the back strap every time you wanted to feed, and you need to flop your whole boob out, sports bra would be too tight I imagine to get your boob out without virtually taking it off. I got away with only having two, wore breastpads and rotated when one was in the wash.

fuckwittery Mon 16-Sep-13 20:56:14

M and S feeding bras are what I have, v comfy

2Labradors Mon 16-Sep-13 20:58:42

I'm 30 weeks this week & I've been recording lots of films & programmes in preparation, both for my mat leave & for bf times. We did have Netflix recently but think I'm going to get lovefilm when the baby arrives.

I need to get my kindle sorted too.

I plan on preparing some healthy meals and freezing so that I can just heat up quickly when I'm home alone with the baby. I usually get the cooking bug in late pregnancy.

Oh and the lansinoh is a must, it's magic

happyyonisleepyyoni Mon 16-Sep-13 21:25:46

Lactulose! I started taking it in late pregnancy as I was getting bunged up and it helped keep me regular. I just carried on taking it after Dd was born until I'd had the dreaded first poo!

birdandbee Tue 17-Sep-13 12:25:16

Sorry.... Dare I ask.... what would you use the jug in the bathroom for?

Sounds like something that I'm not sure I want to know but will be glad of knowing...when the time comes...

Picklesauage Tue 17-Sep-13 12:44:35

The jug is for pouring water over 'yourself' when peeling. It really helps lessen the stinging searing pain from the stitches.

Although my midwife told me to pee in the shower for the first one and when possible for the first 2 days!!

birdandbee Tue 17-Sep-13 12:47:53

Ooohh... shock Ouch!

rallytog1 Tue 17-Sep-13 13:16:02

I recommend stocking up on all your usual toiletries - deodorant, hair product etc. Partly because it means you don't need to think about running to the shops if you run out but also because I found the first few weeks were full of little purchases for baby that we hadn't expected (mirror for the car seat, bottles, more muslins, extra changing mats to have around the house and so on...) So not having to spend a fortune on toiletries really helped to lessen the impact of the cost!

HaveALittleFaith Tue 17-Sep-13 13:40:44

Yes and stock up on other stuff like loo roll, toothpaste etc because you'll run out at inconvenient times!

nickelbabe Tue 17-Sep-13 13:42:32

brand new pair(s) of pyjamas.
if you're going to breastfeed, then get the ones that button up the front, otherwise you will be cursing every time you have to get your boobs ready/out/during the feed.

a nice big cup with a straw in a sealed lid.
you will find that you are more comfortable either leaning back onto pillows or lying down, and you will need a drink or two.

nickelbabe Tue 17-Sep-13 13:51:27

this is the best feeding bra

really comfy, more like a top, really stretchy but also tight-fitting, I've been wearing mine almost non-stop for 21 months, and it still washed like new.

and yes, you will need to wear one all the time (maybe not in bed), otherwise you'll never get your boobs out to feed!
ooh. loads of different colours!

I like Little Lambs breast pads, which are bamboo.

nickelbabe Tue 17-Sep-13 14:01:18

re: peeing with the jug.
It's really easy to do, but it's easier to pee in the shower.

Now, I found because I drank a lot (a lot ) of water and other drinks, I didn't burn at all (and that's not because I had hardly any problems - I had an episiotomy and a tear, so there was a lot of sore bits).
I did use the jug to wash myself over the toilet when I went, because of all the lochia. then dabbed with loo roll/soft flannel to dry before putting a clean pad on.

oh, and pads - the best ones are cheapy cheapy - don't think "ooh, i'll save money on maternity pads by using normal sanitary towels" - they will be horrible and itchy. Buy the cheap mattress-type sanitary towels - basics. I liked Wilko's home brand ones best.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 17-Sep-13 14:06:57

I'm sorry but why do YOU need to stock up on toilet rolls, snacks etc? That's what your partner is there for! Don't be a martyr to preparation - let someone else look after you. grin

nickelbabe Tue 17-Sep-13 14:09:02

yy Tonde

EmB1715 Tue 17-Sep-13 14:29:58

nickle... do you mean the wilko 14p for 10 pads?

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