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Must-Read Tips for Your First Week with Baby

First Week Survival Package

You’ve got the essentials for baby (swaddling blankets, diapers, and layette), but what about you? Here are items you’ll want to have on hand.

Water Jug: Staying hydrated is key, but you probably won’t have the energy to go to the kitchen for a drink. Park your jug by your side.
Extra Pillows: Make yourself comfy with body pillows, doughnut pillows (which can ease pressure on a sore tailbone), or regular pillows to prop and cushion as needed.
Handy Snacks: You will need them to keep your energy up.
Sanitary Pads: After birth you can expect blood flow from the uterus for several weeks.

See the next slide for more essential items.

First Week Survival Package

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First Week Survival Package

Sitz Bath: Find this mini, shallow bath for your perineal area and rear at drugstores. Soaking for 15 minutes or so relieves the pain of stitches or hemorrhoids.
Witch Hazel: This astringent decreases swelling and pain in the perineum and alleviates hemorrhoids. Add it to your sitz bath or line your sanitary napkin with it. For cool relief, put witch-hazel-soaked pads in the fridge.
Peri-Bottle: If sitz baths don’t appeal to you, fill this handheld squirt bottle with water to gently clean the perineal area.
Nipple Cream: A must for sore and cracked nipples.
Cool Cups: To ease the pain of engorged breasts, fill two newborn diapers with water and freeze them. Then stick the cool, cup-sized diapers in your nursing bra between feedings for 20 minutes.

Rachel Rabkin Pechman, a mother of one, lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Originally published in the May 2009 issue of American Baby magazine.

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