6 Must-Haves For a Summer Birthby Elizabeth MacDonald
The countdown to holding your baby has dwindled to just a few weeks from now. There may not be much left on the ‘To-Do’ list; your birth bag is almost ready, rocking chair is ready, and baby shower is over. It’s time to just wait, sit back and float around the pool… But have you prepared for the time immediately after your baby is born?
It’s getting hot and your 'new mom hormones' are going to be flowing strong when you bring your baby home. Take a few days now to get everything to make your summer birth and transition to motherhood easy.
6 Must-Haves For a Summer Birth
These frozen pads are a dream come true during any season you birth in, but especially the summer! Your labia and anus will be craving them for weeks after birth. They help with swelling and soreness – and they just feel good. Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, essential oils, and other goodies are mixed together on an overnight pad and frozen. Is your bottom excited yet?
Staying hydrated is tough in the heat, but it is a necessity to keep your milk supply up. Instead of carrying around a million water bottles, or relying on water fountains, ensure that you are getting filtered water by investing in a water bottle that filters out the bacteria, parasites, and chemicals often found in tap water.
Summer ‘In-Between’ Clothing
You may not feel good in your previous summer wardrobe right away, and that is perfectly okay! You should grab a few items that will tide you over in between the maternity clothes and the pre-baby clothes. You’ll want light-weight clothes that are easy to breastfeed in. Don't drop too much money on them because they’ll get poop, spit up, and breastmilk on them.
A Baby Carrier
You need a comfortable carrier. A personal favorite is a breathable ring sling. Wearing your baby helps regulate her body temperature and just keeps everyone happy! (Look into water slings if you plan to be in the pool at all after healing.)
Herbal Sitz Baths
When it’s hot outside, but you can’t jump in the pool yet, a lukewarm bath can do the trick. Filling the tub with herbs and salts can help the body heal after birth, not to mention the oils are incredibly relaxing. You can bring your baby in the tub with you, or you can enjoy 20 minutes to yourself.
You can have a virgin version if you’d like. You can have any summer-inspired drink that you’d like. But you deserve to celebrate motherhood with a cheers and a taste of something you haven’t had in about 9 months! CHEERS Mama!