20 Postpartum Must Haves for your Recovery Kit


To keep you from wandering the aisles of Target with stitches, perineal pain, and a new baby, we’ve compiled this ultimate checklist so you’ll have all the postpartum essentials you need to help aid on your own recovery.

Postpartum Must Haves for Your Physical Health

These postpartum essentials will make the after-birth experience so much easier. But don’t add these items to your hospital bag checklist, as most will be available at the hospital.

Perineal Ice Packs

More bluntly known as vaginal ice packs, I buy these in packets of 24. During postpartum recovery, I’ll use what I need (also bringing extras home from the hospital.)


The ultimate pain-relieving, antibacterial spray. It’s an absolute postpartum must have because it helps relieve pain and itching around cuts–meaning it works for vaginal stitches or c-section wounds!

Postpartum Essentials for Your Comfort

I’m going to be honest, I feel really weird calling these postpartum necessities comfort items. I just don’t know what else to call them. These are things that will make a huge difference in your physical recovery, but that look very different from buying straight up medicine.

Mesh Underwear

The hospital will give you mesh underwear, but they’ll barely hold the ice pack up without struggle. We like to make things a little more comfortable.

Postpartum Recovery Panties

Not mesh underwear, but reusable panties you can use after you’re finished with the mesh. For quite a few weeks, regular underwear still won’t work for many of us, but we don’t want to live in disposable mesh.

Postpartum Necessities for Breastfeeding

There are some needs that are specific to breastfeeding mamas that are still total necessities as part of your postpartum recovery kit.

Nipple Cream

Trust me, you want this, and lots of it. If your baby’s latch is good, nipple cream won’t be a big deal, but you’ll still need it. If your baby’s latch isn’t good, you’ll have sore nipples and run through this like water.

Breast Hot/Cold Packs

These help in so many ways, from nipple soreness to breast soreness for engorgement. I can’t tell you how often I wore these cooling breast pads.

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Daily Self Care Rituals

(3 quick and easy self care ideas for each day of the week with a calendar for tracking, developed to help moms de-stress in a pinch)