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Postpartum, Nursing, & Baby Survival Baskets
Here are some ideas for baskets to prepare you for your little one's arrival, or if you've been invited to a baby shower and need gift ideas. I actually received variations of all three when I was expecting my son, and they were such a great help and things I never thought of, or even knew to think of. I loved these baskets and the idea so much that I now gift these baskets to other expecting moms. If you feel comfortable asking friends and family for some of these more personal items (and opening them in front of said friends and family), by all means, add them to your registry! If not, these items aren't expensive, and some may be covered by FSA or HSA accounts, if you happen to have those resources available to you.
Postpartum Healing Basket
A large, plastic basket is the way to go as you'll want the majority of the items kept in your bathroom(s). The basket can then be re-purposed for bath toys.
Peri bottle for each bathroom
Postpartum Dermoplast pain relieving spray for each bathroom
Baby wipes or Water Wipes
Feminine maxi pads
Really good, insulated travel mugs (for hot coffee or tea drinkers; obviously these don't go into the bathroom. These will be life savers for when you need that pick-me-up but haven't been able to take a sip in the two hours since you poured your first cup)
Belly band (the hospital may provide you with one. If not, either ask the nurses or order one from Amazon for when you get home (be careful, only wear during the day and not while sleeping as the pressure can create a really painful build up of gas)
Small pillow(s) to keep in each bathroom for bowel movements (gently putting pressure on your incision will help you to feel more secure)
Tylenol and Ibuprofen to stay on top of pain
Cute fabric caddies are great for nursing baskets. Chances are, you'll want to set up a few nursing stations around your house. These caddies will keep things organized and I highly recommend one with pockets on the outside that are useful for holding a phone charger, a reading light, and books or e-readers.
Gift Certificate for a Lactation Counselor
Haakaa with cover (x2)
Haakaa Ladybugs (x2)
Manual breast pump (Note: your insurance company may cover or partially cover an electric pump, so be sure to check ahead of time)
Breastmilk freezer storage bags
Re-usable breast pads (disposables are fine too; the reusable pads are thicker, stay put, and gave me peace of mind against leaks)
8oz glass bottles and dry erase markers (for storing and labeling pumped breast milk, or milk you collected from the Haakaa, before transferring to a storage bag and freezing)
Baby Survival "Basket"
Instead of a traditional basket, a small three-drawer organizer works well to keep all these must-haves organized and easy to find.
Infant Tylenol (infants can't have Motrin until they are 6 months old)
Infant Motrin (for when your baby turns 6 months old)
Gripe Water (Mommy's Bliss or Little Remedies)
Gas Drops (Mommy's Bliss or Little Remedies)
Saline spray/drops (Mommy's Bliss or Little Remedies)
Vitamin D drops, for breastfed babies (Mommy's Bliss)
Electric baby nail file
Nasal aspirators (the hospital may send you home with a couple)