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After birth must haves

It seems like everyone makes sure to prepare for the baby by making sure your bags for the hospital are packed, the car seat is installed, and the nursery is ready. It is rare that we think about what mom will need after delivery. This list I have put together is what helped me with my son and it is what I will be doing when I have my daughter. With my son I had to do a lot of research since I was a new mom and had no idea what I needed. This list is not a pretty one but it is definitely an essential one!

Numbing Spray- I used before and will use again Dermoplast. This is what the hospital gave me with my son and this time I bought an extra one so I wont run out.

Peri-Bottle- It will sting a bit when you use the bathroom after birth. This bottle was a life savor! You simply fill the bottle with warm water and spray while using the bathroom to help with the sting.

Nipple Cream– This is a huge necessity for breastfeeding moms. I chose to use Earth Mama’s Organic Nipple Butter (You can find it below in the link to my amazon storefront.) It is natural and safe for baby, meaning you don’t have to worry about wiping it off before nursing. It is amazing to help soothe, moisturize, and protect sore or cracked nipples.

Breast pads- I have decided to use reusable this time, I feel like it will be easier and help on having to buy them all the time. You can find the link below to my amazon storefront to find them.

Padsicles- If you put witch hazel and aloe on a pad and freeze it, it will help with relief.

Nursing tanks/bras- These are amazing if you plan on breastfeeding, it makes it a lot easier to snap and unsnap the straps. I also have these in my amazon storefront.

Water and Snacks- This is so important and so easy to forget at the same time! The baby is taking most of your nutrients, you need to make sure your not getting dehydrated. Keep taking your prenatal and have water by you at all times. While breastfeeding, your appetite will grow, so make sure you have snacks near at all times.

Haakaa- I wish I knew about this with my first. This goes on your boob that you are not nursing on and will catch the letdown so you do not waste any milk. I did end up purchasing one for this time around so there will not be any wasted milk!


I hope you found this helpful! Please share with your expecting mama friends or postpartum mamas! I hope everyone has a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery and a quick and smooth recovery!

What was/is on your postpartum must have list?


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Checklist for third trimester

You are now in the homestretch, this is the time to make sure you have all your i’s dotted and t’s crossed. A lot of people think the third trimester just drags by but I honestly have thought it has gone by really fast with this pregnancy. I am 37 weeks today and they consider that full term! My first came the week of 37 weeks so I am making sure everything is together and ready this week just in case. I would be lying if I said I was ready and not worried at all. Honestly I am very nervous and anxious. I just hope everything goes smooth and with no issues. I have put together a list for the third trimester, things I have done and still need to do.

Baby Shower

Even though this world is crazy right now, you still should throw a shower and celebrate your little one! It is a great way to get most of the things you will need for the baby.

Pack your hospital bag

This was a lot easier this time around. I was able to cut down a ton of items that I packed with my oldest and never needed. The hospital provides more than you would think for you and baby. I have a post where I talked about what items are essential and what ones were not if you want to go read that.

Purchase items you did not receive at shower

If there were any “must have” items that you have not purchased or received yet, you may want to finish purchasing them. If anything is not a “must have” then you can always wait until after the baby is here just in case someone buys it for you last minute or after your baby comes.

Pre-register with the hospital

If you did a tour at the hospital you are delivering, you may have already done this. With the pandemic going on, the hospitals are not doing them right now so you may have to do it online. If you don’t get it done before you go in, it’s no big deal you can still go through the process at the hospital.

Install car seat

You will need your car seat installed for the baby to be able to leave the hospital. Make sure you and your partner know how to get the car seat in and out of the car. When in doubt, you can always take it to your local fire station and see if they can show you how to do it.

Wash baby’s clothes and sheets

Once you have all of your baby’s clothes, sheets, blankets, etc. you will want to make sure they are all cleaned using baby detergent. I use either Dreft or Purex for baby.

Assemble baby gear

Go ahead and assemble any baby gear that you have. I have been doing this for the past couple weeks to make sure everything is put together by the time she makes her appearance so we don’t have to do it when she is here.

Make arrangements for other children/pets

Make sure you have talked to someone about watching your other children/pets while you are in the hospital.

Download a contractions app

You want to make sure you keep track of this so you don’t go to the hospital too soon and get sent home. The app will make it easy for you to keep track of the 5-1-1 or 4-1-1 rule. Most second time parents follow the 5-1-1 rule. If you are having contractions every 5 minutes (or 4) apart, lasting for 1 minute each, for an hour, start heading to the hospital.

Choose your pediatrician

If you have not chosen one yet, you should start looking hard now.

Prep for your postpartum needs

You will want to be comfortable at the hospital. Postpartum is crazy and a huge adjustment that will require some things that you may have never had stocked in your house before. If you can stay away from having to run errands with a newborn the first few weeks, this is what you would need.

  1. Nursing pads
  2. Giant pads
  3. Depends
  4. Peri-bottle
  5. Dermaplast
  6. Epsom salt
  7. Witch hazel pads
  8. Aloe

Stock the house with food/Essential items

Like I said before, it will make your life easier if you stock up on things you need before baby comes so you don’t have to run anywhere with your newborn as soon as you get home. Make sure you have dinners thought out, snacks, drinks, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.

Walk or workout

As long as your doctor says it is okay, keep working out and going for walks. Especially in this trimester, the more active you are the easier labor will be. It also helps in the end to help move baby down the birth canal faster. Giving birth is very exhausting mentally and physically so the more active you are during pregnancy the better the big day will be for you and baby!


That’s my list! I am sure there are a thousand more things that I could put on the list but at this point I am just making sure to check off the essentials since your little one will be here so soon!

What all did you do in your third trimester?


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Old wives tales and my pregnancies

Now that you found out that you are expecting, I know one of the first things women think about is wondering what the gender will be. I know with both of my pregnancies I liked to look at different old wives tales just for fun to see what they said about what the gender might be. There are so many and a lot of them are just silly, but it is fun to just try them out and be curious. I have decided to gather up five old wives tales and put them side by side with both of my pregnancies.

1. If you are carrying high, it’s a girl!

Now I know there is no scientific reason that this is true, but with both of my pregnancies this is the case.

With my first, who was a boy, I carried him low and with this pregnancy I am having a girl and she is definitely high.

She is always playing on my ribs, haha.

2. Lots of morning sickness? It’s a girl!

I think this is true with me, this pregnancy I did have morning sickness the whole first trimester, to the point that I lost weight.

With my son, I never had any kind of morning sickness and never had an issue with weight gain or eating.

3. Craving salty foods? It’s a boy! Craving sweet foods? It’s a girl!

This one is silly in my opinion.

With my son I craved just about anything sweet or salty. With this pregnancy, I am five days away from my third trimester and I have not had any cravings at all.

4. Low fetal heartrate? boy. High fetal heartrate? girl.

Some people believe that if the heartrate is above 140 bpm then it is a girl, and if it’s under 140 bpm then it’s a boy.

With my oldest his was between 140-160 bpm and with my daughters, hers has been between 160-170 bpm.

The heartrate can change from one movement to the next, no matter what the gender is.

5. Partners weight gain

This old wives tale says, if your partner gains weight with you then that could be a sign that you are having a girl.

This was not true for me.

With my oldest, who is a boy, my husband and I gained a ton of weight. With this pregnancy, who is a girl, neither one of us have gained a lot of weight.


I am curious if anyone else had the same or different outcomes with these, and what other ones have you checked out?

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Baby registry essentials checklist

I know that once you figure out your pregnant, there are a million things that are going through your head of what you need to get done. I cannot tell you how long I spent on trying to figure out items I needed with my first pregnancy and I had no idea what I was doing and ended up with things I really did not need and not things I really did need. I have decided to put a list together for you first time mommies that have no idea what you really need and what you don’t. I know you cannot control what people buy but it is still nice to know what is essential and what really is not just to give people an idea when looking at your registry. If you do end up with things you do not like or need you can always return them after the shower and replace it with something you need.

There will be some links in the list of items that I have personally used or going to use this time around.


Make sure if you get this you use it. Learn from my mistakes, I was a first time mom and when my son would cry I would just pick him up from his bassinet and lay him in bed with me. Four years later we are still fighting with him to stay in his room all night.

We used a Bouncer and Rock’n’Play and my son loved both, he would fall asleep all the time in them. Some babies don’t like them and some do.

This is the kind of set we received with our son, we have gotten a different set with our daughter this time around that we will use when she is here. I would recommend getting these in a set because it will save you money in the end. I know a lot of people will say that they will not use a stroller but I said the same thing and boy was I wrong! You don’t realize how handy they are especially if you have more than one child.

I used this so many times! My son was very needy and still is, haha. It came in handy when I would cook or clean and he was upset. Also, when he was a couple months old he got really sick with roseola and would only stop crying if we were holding him, so this carrier really got a ton of use during that time.

This is just for the pillow, there are many different covers you can get for these. This really came in handy with my son and I will be using it again for my daughter. They really help when your feeding your baby and I also used it to sit him up, lay him down, and with tummy time.

  • Breastfeeding Cover
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Car Seat Cover
  • Wipes and Diapers

With the wipes and diaper you cannot have too many! I would never turn down anyone who wanted to give me diapers or wipes. Even if you get the brand you do not want to use or the wrong size, there are some stores that will allow you to swap them out. For your baby shower I would do a diaper raffle where people put their names into a drawing for how many packs of diapers they bring and they can win a prize.

With my son we used the Drop in bottles because he had terrible reflux so on top of breastfeeding I had to mix formula with breastmilk in bottles to help. This time we are preparing with Dr. Brown and Tommee Tippee anti colic bottles. You really do not need a whole stack of bottles, around 6-10 would be perfect. If you are breastfeeding and planning on doing it exclusively, it is still nice to have some around just in case.

These are really nice to have especially during feeding if your baby is a messy eater. Also, if your baby spits up after eating or drools a lot it is nice to put a bib on them so they don’t get it all over them.

Okay, so these really are not essential but my goodness are they cute! Regular towels will work just fine for you baby and would probably be warmer, but if you have the budget it doesn’t hurt to have a couple cute towels around.

This is the one that we used with our son and I currently have the same one but in pink on my registry for this baby. I liked how it is comfortable for the baby and the water can reach them from the tub. I also like how you can adjust how high and low the baby lays on it.

I received a bunch of blankets that I really did not use for my son. We had so many that we just stuffed up in his closet and forgot about but receiving blankets really do come in handy especially to swaddle them.

  •  Baby Hangers

Yes you heard me right. Hangers are a necessity, you will want to hang up those cute little onesies and outfits and you cannot use the big ones you use for your clothes. Good thing is they are not very expensive at all.

I love the backpack style diaper bags! This is the one I plan on using this time around, Back pack style is becoming very popular and they are very easy and convenient. With my son I used the over the shoulder one and I was not really a fan with having to carry him, other things going on and carrying the diaper bag was just difficult. This one has many pockets for storage and I am so excited to have the space for two kids, haha.

  •  Extra bassinet sheets

It is nice to have extra sheets where your baby sleeps for those nights they pee through their diapers and it makes a huge mess.

  •  Pacifiers

Now, I only put this on here because some babies want them and some do not. So it may be something you will need or it may not be. I would hold off on buying a ton of them or any at all because the hospital will have some they can give you. My son used the hospital ones and we never had to buy any because he only used them for a couple months and then had no interest anymore.

If you plan on Pumping and nursing

  •  Breast pump

This is definitely a must have if you plan on nursing and pumping. I know they can be very expensive but you can get pumps for free or discounted through your insurance. Give them a call and see what you are approved for.

I loved my nursing bras! They were very comfortable and very convenient when your baby is ready to eat. Honestly I would save your money on nursing clothes other than the bras because you really can make due with the clothes you have. Just regular Cami’s will work with your nursing bra. Plus nursing clothes can get really pricy.

  •  Nursing pads

You will need these to keep your milk from leaking through your clothes. With my oldest I used the ones that are not reusable and it ended up getting pricy, so this time we are going to try out reusable ones.

If you plan on pumping outside of the home, it is nice to have this to store you milk in until you make it back home.

Having Soothing Cream for your nipples is a life savor! I have not used this brand yet but have heard amazing things about them and plan on using them this time around.


Thank you for taking the time to read this post! I hope I can help some new mommies-to-be that are freaking out right now. Just breathe momma everything will work out and you will be well prepared for your little one to be here!

I am curious, what items do you think are unnecessary or necessary? What items could you not go without?


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