Headed to a baby shower and want to get something unique and well-needed for the mama-to-be? While she may be happy to receive a “diaper cake” or another frilly baby outfit, she will really appreciate a birth and postpartum care package.
Put together a birth and postpartum care package, and nestle it into a sitz bath complete with labels describing how/why to use each item and tie with a bow. Though not as darling as yet another pink or blue receiving blanket, the new mama will be forever grateful for these soothing gifts meant just for her.
And if you’re the one who’s expecting? Stock up on this stuff before baby arrives. You’ll be glad you did!
#1 – Homeopathic Remedies
- Nux Vomica – For nausea and vomiting during labor.
- Arnica – For pain and body aches during labor. Also take every 15 minutes post partum to speed recovery.
- Silicea – To heal sore nipples from breastfeeding.
#3 – Lansinoh HPA Lanolin – For preventing and healing sore, dry cracked nipples.
#4 – Calendula tincture and plastic bottle – Mix 1 squirt with warm water to flush your bottom clean every time you visit the potty after birth.
#5 – Electrolyte Drinks and Drinking Straws – Water kefir, coconut water, or simply filtered water with a pinch of sea salt and a squeeze of lemon for laboring and breastfeeding moms. Straws provide that extra comfort when she’s just too tired to lift her head.
#6 – Herbal Tea – Buy pre-packaged Nursing Mom’s Tea and Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, or for a special touch, mix up your own blend. Avoid mints which may reduce milk supply. Some good herbs to include are:
- Oat Straw – Soothes the nerves, promotes hydration.
- Red Raspberry Leaf – Helps to tone and heal the uterus. High in calcium and other minerals. Bitter, so use sparingly.
- Catnip – While this may get your cat stoned, it also has a wonderful soothing effect on mom’s nervous system without the disorientation.
- Fenugreek – Promotes lactation and increases milk supply.
- Hibiscus – Fruity, red, refreshing. High in Vitamin C.
- Chamomile – Calming.
Anything I’ve missed? Tell us what you’d add to a birth and postpartum care package in the comments!