New mom Elyse Myers is offering her (noncomprehensive) list of must-have postpartum products, and everyone with a newborn needs to see this
If you don’t already follow Elyse Myers on social media, why not? She’s absolutely hilarious and will make you smile every day. But she’s also one of the realest moms on social platforms. She just gave birth to her second baby, and in a now-viral video, she’s sharing some of her postpartum essentials that are saving her during round two (because even when it’s your second time, you still barely know what you’re doing).
“I’m nine days postpartum. Here is a non-comprehensive list of things that are very helpful for me postpartum—and also with newborn life—that I didn’t buy the first time around but I wish that I would have now that I’m using the second time around,” she says in her video.
hope this helps someone! #postpartumessentials♬ original sound – Elyse Myers
The first is adult diapers, which, if you know, you know.
“Don’t even waste your time with the pads,” Myers says, which, if you know, you know.
The second thing she lists is a Peri bottle.
“The hospital is going to send you home with a peri bottle to help clean yourself when you go to the bathroom. If you can, just get one that’s upside down,” she says, with a picture onscreen of a bottle with an upward-facing nozzle. “Buy a separate one. Because then it squirts up at you so you’re not doing gymnastics when you’re going to the bathroom.”
Myers notes, as products #3 and #4, that the hospital will also send you home with pain and itch relief spray and witch hazel pads, but that it’s a good idea to stock up on both at home because you will run out.
The fifth item she mentions is a “quick-clean” sanitizing bag from Medela.
“You can reuse these 20 times,” Myers explains. “I exclusively pump and bottle feed, so I am constantly needing to wash my pump and wash bottles and I don’t want to wait for the dishwasher.” Instead, she says, she uses the sanitizing bags, which she can use in the microwave like a “mini dishwasher.”
Some of her other recommendations include a donut pillow for sitting on, a hospital-grade breast pump, and the Haakaa Ladybug, which she notes is shorter than the original Haakaa and more convenient because it doesn’t hang down while she uses it to collect breast milk. The last thing she recommends is a mini fridge to keep in the bedroom for storing milk for middle-of-the-night feedings, which saves her and her husband trips up and down the stairs and helps them get back to sleep faster (a game-changer when you have a newborn, of course).
As Myers notes, there are tons of other things she could share, because the list of things new moms could recommend to others is endless. But these do all sound like top-tier recs, and if they’ve helped her, they’re sure to help other moms.