Having a baby soon? You’ve probably added everything your baby will need to your Amazon baby registry. But what about YOU? Here are some of the best postpartum products to add to your baby registry.
When I was pregnant with my first, I remember aimlessly wandering the aisles of Target, scanner gun in hand, trying to figure out what exactly I was supposed to put on my baby registry. Some stuff I knew- Onesies, bottles, blankets. A car seat, stroller, and crib.
But what about all that OTHER stuff? This baby was going to have to get out of my body somehow, and I was pretty sure I would need some items to get me through the aftermath.
After my baby was born, I remember sending my husband to the store on multiple occasions, looking for postpartum products I had read about in desperate late night Google searches. Some were good, some were great, and some were absolutely essential.
When it came time for baby #2 (and in Christine’s case, baby #3 and #4), we handled out baby registries very differently. We added a lot of the postpartum essentials to our baby registry, and to our surprise (and delight!) we found that people were eager to buy these items just for us, too.
We’ve also added in a few fun items that, though not strictly necessary, are really nice ways for baby shower guests to help celebrate YOU along with your little one.
So if you’re making a baby registry for the first time (or the second or third), might we suggest you add these postpartum products to your baby registry, too.
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`Postpartum Products for Your Hospital Stay
A Pretty Hospital Gown
So here’s our advice on this front- labor in the hospital’s gown. I pretty much instantly threw up as soon as they got me in the gown, and I was SO happy I had saved my pretty hospital gown for after labor.
Once you and your little are cleaned up, you’re still going to have a lot of checks, nursing, and tubes to deal with. You might be in your hospital gown for longer than you’d think, and it’s nice to have one that makes you feel pretty and comfortable to change in to once labor is done.
Add a pair of cozy pajamas to your baby registry! Not only are they soft, cozy, and comfy, but they make welcoming guests at the hospital or at home SO easier.
No worrying about nip slips, and no messy hospital gowns? This one is a no-brainer.
Even if you don’t sleep in bras now, you might find that this changes after you give birth. Breasts can change size quickly, and it doesn’t always feel comfortable to go unsupported, even at night.
Grab a pack of these sleeping bras to help keep you comfortable at night. They’ll give you the support you need, and give you the easy access you’ll need if you decide to breastfeed.
Cute Nursing Tank
You can also use our Amazon baby registry hacks to get yourself a new wardrobe! If you’re planning to breastfeed, you’re going to need the goods to be readily available pretty much all of the time.
We love these super-cute nursing tanks (note the fun racer back and flowy bottoms!) to wear around the house. Pair them with a cardigan (this is seriously the best cardigan ever, in case you were wondering), and you are ready to head out in style.
We recommend getting at least 4-5 nursing tanks or tops, since you might need frequent changes, and you’re not going to want to do any more laundry than you absolutely have to.
Pretty Teething Necklaces
I felt put-together but also practical, and got tons of compliments on them from all the other mothers. They’re nearly impossible to break, and feel good on itchy little gums.
And let’s face it, they take the mommy uniform of leggings and slouchy tees up a notch. It makes for an amazing, unique baby shower gift for the mom that celebrates not only baby, but the BabyMama, too.
A Balboa Baby Nursing Cover
We are firm supporters of a mother’s right to feed their baby in any way that works for them. But in our experience, we always felt a little more comfortable nursing in public using a cover.
This Balboa Baby Nursing Cover is pretty, spacious, and comes with a curved wire opening at the neck so you can peek down at your little one to make sure they’re latching correctly. The bottom is also curved, which means it tends to hug your body instead of flipping up, minimizing the amount of nip-slips you might encounter.
As a bonus, it comes with a little pocket on front, which is perfect for discreetly housing a nipple shield, should you need one (which, clearly, we did).
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Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads
If you do attempt nursing, odds are that there might be some discomfort in the beginning. We hope it doesn’t happen that way for you, but in case it does, we got a LOT of relief from these Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads.
You can store them in the fridge, and apply them to sore nipples after feeding sessions. It might sound weird, but trust us on this- these things WORK.
(As a bonus, adding them to your Amazon Baby Registry means you can reorder them whenever you need to, without having to send your husband to the store to ask where to find those “cold nipple thingies.” Not that that’s ever happened to us, of course.)
Fun Postpartum Essentials to Add to Your Baby Registry
A Baby Book You’ll Actually Use
When Cole was a baby, Christine loved a Line a Day Baby Book like this one. It was a simple way to record the day-to-day without facing the pressure of completing an entire book (and let’s face it, you can back-log a few dates if you need to).
Jaymi used these Baby Memory calendars with both of her kids. About once a week she’d bring it out and record the week’s happenings. It was a low maintenance way to record all of the kids’ firsts without having to do anything in paragraph form (or that required any illustrating. Because NO.)
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A No-Spill Tumbler
We are obsessed with Contigo’s Autoseal Travel Mug. We have used it, we have loved it, and we can promise that it does NOT in fact spill.
You will be spending a lot of time navigating the world one-handed (as the other hand will be nestling a small baby. Eeek!), and this cup will help ensure that your hot (or even cold) liquids won’t make it onto your baby’s sweet, soft skin. As a bonus, you don’t have to waste a drop of your precious coffee.
I once attended a wedding that had craft beer on their registry, as well as the Avengers DVD. Guess what my husband INSISTED that we buy them for a wedding gift?
Pick your drink of choice, and stick it on your Amazon baby registry. You never know who will be in the mood to treat you to a beverage, and who might get a laugh out of the fact that you put it out into the universe.
A Yeti Coffee Mug
You’ve heard the chorus of complaints from moms everywhere- “I just want to drink my coffee while it’s still hot!” Yeti has heard our cries of distress, and has answered with this coffee mug. It promises to keep your coffee warm for hours, and is even dishwasher safe.
So do yourself a favor, and just pour your coffee straight into this mug. You’ll be glad you did.
One of my favorite things about creating an Amazon Baby Registry is that you can register for things that aren’t even on Amazon. So if you’ve been debating this fabulous Milkology breastfeeding class or a super cute robe from Motherhood Maternity, you can register for those items, too.
If you takeaway one thing from this post, it’s this: when making your Amazon baby registry, don’t just register for the BABY. There are tons of amazing postpartum products to add to your baby registry (and sprinkle it with a few fun things just for you). You will be undergoing physical and lifestyle changes, and it won’t hurt to request some things that will make your life a little easier, too.
Plus, if you open an Amazon Baby Registry, you’ll get a completion discount of 15%- so even if no one else wants to get you a case of Diet Coke and a Yeti Tumbler, you’ll get the chance to treat yo’self. Trust us- you deserve it!
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