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So much emphasis in the family and probably as parents is put on baby!
But it’s good to also prepare some care for yourself!
Well it can help ease you in the postpartum period, plus…mommas got a lot going on down there!!
Read on to find out how to assemble your own postpartum care basket, and to make some padsicles!
how to make postpartum baskets
Every momma’s basket is going to look a little bit different. But the photo above shows what is in my basket!
I’ll give you the run-down of each item and why I included it!
Inside the blue box:
Earth Mama Organics Perineal Balm -- I’ve heard a lot of great things about this company and this product in general. I decided to purchase it to help with the perineal massages before brith, and the healing period after birth.
Earth Mama Organics Nipple Butter — For the breastfeeding period after birth! Again I’ve heard great things about this product! And it’s totally organic so no worries about little Alex injesting it :D.
Lavender Essential Oil — This has calming, healing, and anti-bacterial properties. Awesome for putting 1-2 drops in the peribottle, on a pad, or just smelling it! Always consult your doctor, but it’s a great product. And I LOVE this company because they use 100% pure essential oils, and they use fractionated coconut oil as the base which for me gives it an extra special feel. I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Oils.
Rituals Lotion — This is just because I got a free sample and liked the scent! You can include any hand lotion if you want as an extra little self care piece.
Toilet Paper & a Pack of Tissues — As I mention in the video, we’ve got 4 bathrooms in our house and it didn’t really make sense for me to make 4 baskets…so I decided to make just one with a little handle to carry around the house as needed! That was kind of my thinking behind including toilet paper, so I never find myself without. And god knows tissues always come in handy!
everything else in the postpartum care basket
The rest of the stuff in the basket is all about mommas care as well!
I bought the little ikea divider to kind of keep things from just falling into the middle and on the outsides I put some of the larger items.
A Peri Bottle — We do have bidets in our house but my thinking behind the peri bottle was to be able to put a specific mixture in there, have a gentler stream, and get a better angle!
Breast Pads — Some of these are going into the diaper bag, and most of them I will just store in this little basket to have after or before breastfeeding! I opted for the reusable ones because our intention with having this baby has always been to keep our monthly costs low, and do our best for the environment as well. That’s why I also opted for cloth diapers, and cloth wipes but that’s a story for another time! Let me know in the comments if you want to know more about that…
Reusable Pads — Love these things! They’re so much more comfortable for me than regular pads, plus I’m not having to purchase more pads every month! These are also what I’ll be using to make my padsicles (keep reading to find out more!).
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To create the padsicles I used three ingredients:
First I opened up the pads, then added about a teaspoon or so of the aloe vera gel directly onto the pad, spead out (if you’re wondering what this looks like watch the instructional video here: 5:40 Padsicles).
Then I just added 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil! Seriously you don’t need more than that because it can burn if you put too much. Most of it will be absorbed by the fabric so it will create a calming effect but don’t use too much. And of course talk with your doctor before applying anything to stitches.
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Tell us in the comments sections below…what was your biggest help for postpartum care?? or what will you put in your basket??