I have to admit the fourth trimester the second time around has been SO much easier. My doctor said it’s because of my relaxed vibe, but if that is the case, my relaxed vibe it is because I knew what to expect and prepared for the worst. The fourth trimester can be hard, period. There have been several items that have made this time a lot easier so I thought I would round up my postpartum essentials for the fourth trimester. Keep on scrolling for all the info!
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9 Postpartum Essentials for the 4th Trimester:
1. Water Bottle
Water is essential during the postpartum period especially for breastfeeding. I have two giant water bottles that Dan has been helping me keep constantly full. The Primo water dispenser helps a lot with that! Looking for something to do with a toddler check out this water bottle craft.
2. Home Chef
We invested in several weeks of Home Chef meals. This was totally worth the cost. We had really good meals and everything came to us ready to go, we just had to put them together and cook according to the recipes.
3. Paper plates, cups, and utensils
Cleaning is the last thing on my mind during the fourth trimester. Stocking up on paper plates, cups, and utensils is a great way to minimize cleaning.
I was very thankful for this corset after my c-section. It really helped my recovery by providing compression to my incision. The corset also provides 360-degree compression to my core to help everything move back into place. I wear it everyday and have noticed results in the twelve weeks I have been wearing it. You can save $30 off your minimum purchase of $67.50 with code BABYCASTAN if you want to try one for yourself.
5. Ring Sling
I have been using my ring sling non-stop. Especially when Nolan was smaller, I wasn’t comfortable putting him in the Ergo carrier so the ring sling has been my preferred carry method. It feels more secure to me than a baby wrap when we are out and about. It’s perfect for toddler moms because I can still take Aiden out and about without worrying about what we are going to do with the little guy. He just sleeps!
6. Nuroo Pocket
In the early days it is hard to put Nolan down so I found the Nuroo pocket shirt really helpful. I use it most often during meal times so I can be somewhat hands free to eat.
7. Comfy, loose clothes
Whether recovering from a c-section or a vaginal delivery, comfortable pants and looser fitting tops are the way to go. I stocked up on my my favorite post-partum pants and I love breastfeeding friendly tops like these and these.
8. Burp Cloths
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t get baby drool or spit up on me. I realized early on that I could not have enough burp cloths handy. These protect me, and our furniture. I really like these Cloud Island by Target burp cloths and these Burt’s Bees burp cloths. I will place one between me and him or under his head if he is laying on the floor, Dock A Tot, etc.
A fussy baby can really make a day seem long. With Aiden we became very familiar with the techniques found in this book and we have already pulled it out for use with Nolan.
These have been the most essential items by far as I make may way through the fourth trimester.
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