POSTPARTUM SUPPLIES AND CHECKLISTS

Have these ready by your 34th week(ish) home visit

Some Health Savings Accounts will cover the cost of many of these items

To Purchase or Gather

  • Humidifier (super important)
  • 5 onesies
  • 10 cloth diapers or 2 packages of newborn disposables or diaper service 
  • 3 baby blankets
  • Sling/baby carrier 
  • calendula baby salve or ointment 
  • Baby cloths or wipes 
  • Wipe warmer 
  • 2 nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • Black tea bags (if needed for breasts)
  • Head of cabbage (If needed for breasts)
  • The book “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding”
  • Breast pump if going back to work (your ins should cover this)
  • Nipple shields, if you have flat nipples 
  • Have extra laundry and household cleaning supplies on hand

To Do:

  • Arrange for birth control if you do not want to become pregnant in the next year
  • Birth and postpartum childcare for any other children in the household
  • Make childcare arrangements if you will be returning to work
  • Arrange a changing area: Dressing and diaper changing area (a padded surface to lay the baby on):  Have clothing, diapers, waterproof covers, moistened wipes, diaper rash ointment, and a diaper pail within arm’s reach.            
  • Arrange a sleeping area: a basket, baby carriage, crib,‘side bed’ or cradle where the baby can be safely placed for sleeping. If baby will be in your bed it is important that the bed not be a pillow top or that baby has his/her own sleeping surface in your bed. It is also important that baby has his/her own blanket and does not share yours.
  • Launder ALL of baby’s cloths in UNSCENTED SOAP. Do not put unlaundered clothes on baby
  • Clean your house- sweep, mop, polish bathroom, clean out laundry room, clean up after pets, remove unneeded and accumulating piles of papers, magazine, clothes and other items. If you need help getting your house together please let us know. If it appears that your home is not readied for birth by the time of your home visit, a house cleaning team will be assigned to you. 
  • Plan two weeks’ worth of meals and make up two related grocery lists:1) Non-perishable items needed for those meals; and 2) Perishable items for each meal.  Shop for list number 1 before the baby is born and have list number 2 ready to helpers to consult when the time comes.  Make sure the meals you plan are very easy to prepare.
  • Prepare some meals in advance and freeze them.  The capacity of your freezer will limit how many dishes you can make.
  • Line up postpartum help:  your mother, mother-in-law, relatives, friends, or hired help. We offer postpartum care packages if you would like, or need. If you were planning on hiring a birth doula, we HIGHLY suggest hiring postpartum help instead. or,
  • Take the 7 Sisters course to help you prepare and to organize your postpartum time. Call Michelle 928-202-8944. Classes are available online and in person.