Postpartum Favorites For Mama and Baby

Life with twin newborns can be overwhelming but it’s full of joy and sweet moments. These are the products that have helped in my postpartum journey with my twin baby boys and I hope they help other expecting and current mamas out there.

Postpartum Favorites For Mama and Baby

Hospital & Postpartum Recovery
  • Frida Mom Hospital Bag Essential Kit – okay, I don’t usually og for these “kits,” because I find that I only really use 1 or 2 items and I feel like it’s a waste of money, but this kit was truly essential – I used every single thing except for the ice packs, and that’s just because I didn’t have much tearing and didn’t have much swelling or terrible vaginal pain. The second I got to the hospital I wore the Hospital Gown and it felt like a luxurious robe compared to the scratchy gowns they give you in the hospital. I loved that it unbuttoned in the back so they could safely give me the epidural and it unbuttons on the front for easy post-birth skin-to-skin and nursing. I can’t brag enough about this kit – I LIVED in the mesh panties for the first two weeks (I went through 2 boxes!) and I alternated between the cooling liners and the perineal healing foam, depending on how much relief I needed – I used both! I also used the socks in the hospital and when I came home from the hospital, the grip was great! And finally, the Peribottle is a no-brainer, I used it up until my 3rd week postpartum and all during my hospital stay.
  • Binto Vitamins – I took these customized vitamins during pregnancy and I’m continuing to take them (adjusted for postpartum needs!) postpartum, since I’m nursing. I love that you can just chat with a nurse and they’ll adjust the vitamins based on your stage of life/womanhood. Use code INSPIRALIZED for 20% off any purchase at mybinto.com, or 20% off the first month when you sign up for a subscription.
Postpartum Style: The First Month
  • Rollover soft biker shorts – these were key during those first couple of weeks when my belly was still sore from my uterus shrinking down and I didn’t want anything restrictive around my belly. I was also hot all the time, so it was nice to be in shorts!
  • I’m currently living in this tank by Storq. It’s stretchy, and I just pull it down when nursing in the night. I like that it holds my tummy in, too – feels supportive.
  • Long sleeve GAP tunics: I’m obsessed with these tunics (short sleeve and long sleeve versions!) from GAP. They cover the butt (I ordered mine in Tall size, but I’m also 5’8″) and they’re so weightless. They’re great for layering under a hoodie or a zip-up. Just so soft and nice to wear with babies.
  • Lululemon Aligns – it took a couple weeks for me to feel comfortable in such restrictive leggings, but once my uterus shrunk down enough, I was so happy to have my aligns back! I even splurged and bought two more. I love the super high waisted ones for this phase of postpartum.
  • High rise soft sweatpants – I love that these have a little bit of style, a little flare at the leg, I feel chic(ish) when I run out the door. I pair it with a tucked-in tank top (like the Storq one) and a matching hoodie and some Birkenstock slides or sneakers.
 
Nursing Favorites
  • Bravado Nursing Bra – my go-to nursing bra, it’s just easy to wear, comfortable, and offers decent support.
  • Kindred Bravely Nursing Bra – I find these offer a bit more coverage! I like the quality and colors as well.
  • Gel Soothies Cooling Pads – I put these on my nipples after nursing for a therapeutic soothing sensation. I love them for those early nursing days when your nips are raw!
  • My Brest Friend Twin Nursing Pillow – I love this nursing pillow brand for the newborn stage – it’s firm, and I find the other types of pillows are too soft and the baby’s sag and it’s cumbersome. This one is great and has a little pocket I put my remote or phone in for daytime nursing sessions!
  • Signe tank top
Newborn Baby Gear
  • Ollie Swaddles – these JUST came back in stock! I’m not sure how long they’ll last, but I snagged another 4!! The absolute best swaddle, it’s so quick and easy to use and makes those middle of the night feedings so much more seamless.
  • Bassinet with rocking stand – these are what we have the twins nap in during the day. They’re adorable and so cozy with the inserts. We only let them sleep in here during the day because they’re always supervised. I love that the stands rock for easy soothing and they’re beautifully made and nice to look at
  • Rohm white noise machine – we put these in the bassinets for white noise for the babies and also use them on-the-go in the strollers.
  • Dock-a-Tot – we use these as a safe space to put the babies down in the living room, always supervised. They’re also what I use when I tandem feed during the day. I place one on either side of me and it’s an easy, safe way to get both babies ready to eat!
  • 4moms mamaroo – when I need to be hands free and get the babies soothed, they both love these. It helps with that time when the big kids need to eat dinner and the twins are fussing (5:30-6:30 usually – so convenient!)
  • Lovevery playmat – we started tummy time when their umbilical cord stumps fell off and their belly buttons healed. We try to do it for 5-7 minutes total a day! I love this mat and can’t wait to use it more as they grow.
  • House of Noa playmats – these are key for us! We have them all throughout our house. I put these under the Lovevery playmat to cushion it on the hardwood floor. Love these mats – my discount code is INSPIRALIZED10 for 10% off!
  • Dagne Dover diaper bag – I needed a mega large diaper bag this time around, so I went with the Large backpack, and I love it. It definitely is trendy looking, is gender neutral, and comfy even though it’s jam packed with stuff for the twins.
  • Solly Baby wrap – so far, I’ve been wearing the twins individually (when they need it) in the Solly Baby, because I’m comfortable with this wrap and it’s the best for that newborn stage. I have a couple duo carriers that I’ve been testing out, so I’ll let you know once I commit to one, haha.
  • Twin Bassinet – this is what we use in the nursery right now. Either myself or the night nurse sleeps in the daybed next to the bassinet. I love this bassinet, it makes a cozy safe space for the babies, it’s sturdy, and it allows me to soothe both babies without having to get up and go to cribs.
  • Twin Z Pillow: If I want to leave the babies propped up after a feeding but need to be hands free, this is a MUST. I also use it if I finish nursing one baby sooner than the other and want to leave them upright, I can put them here next to me in this pillow while I finish nursing the other. Overall, it’s just such a great, safe multi-use pillow for twins and a total must have.
Strollers
You know my obsession with strollers! If you’ve followed me on Instagram, you’ll know my issue is that I have a very small entryway into our apartment’s stoop area, so although I love my Bugaboo Donkey Duo, it isn’t practical with twins – I’d have to load and unload them every time, and I just didn’t want to deal with that. Thus, I have multiple solutions, depending on where I need to go and what I’m doing and which of my 4 children I’m with.
  • Uppababy Vista – I had this stroller with Luca, and I absolutely loved it then and I love it now, as my main stroller for the twins. I use two bassinets right now, so they’re stacked vertically. So far, I’ve loved it – I love that the baby on the bottom is nice and cozy and shielded. I also use the Piggyback kickboard, BUT when you have that top bassinet and bottom bassinet configuration, it’s a little difficult to have a child on the Piggyback. Once the twins can be in the Rumble seats, it’ll be easier. We’re still doing it (Luca and Roma fight over the kickboard!) and it’s a great option to carry 3 kids.
  • Babyzen Yoyo – we can’t fit the Uppababy into our car, because the trunk is too small for much. We have 2 Babyzen Yoyos which we use as our car stroller – it stays in the car and we use it when we have to go somewhere in the car (which we’ve only done once and it worked.) We have the car seat adapters and the newborn pack, so we can either use the Yoyos with our car seats or use the bassinet feature of the newborn pack. I love these strollers – to connect them, I got some velcro straps, but haven’t tried it yet.
And those are my postpartum and newborn essentials! Let me know if I missed anything that you’ve seen on Instagram or you have questions about. Drop a note, and I’ll get back to you!
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Would the disadvantage of the Uppa baby stroller be that you can not click in an infant car seat right into the stroller? You would need to transfer them to the bassinet that the stroller comes with instead?
Meaghan says:
Hi Amber! From Ali: you can click a car seat into the Uppababy, you just need the proper car seat adapters!

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potato and brussels sprouts white bean soup w/ or w/o chicken sausage⁣ 👇🏼
serves 4-6

ingredients⁣
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil⁣
1/2 red onion, diced⁣
2 garlic cloves, minced⁣
2 carrots, diced⁣
1 large celery rib, diced⁣
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed⁣
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary⁣
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme⁣
4 cups vegetable broth (I'm using @bonafideprovisions and it's honestly a game-changer! code INSPIRALIZED for 15% off!)⁣
salt and pepper⁣
1 1/2 pound bag creamer potatoes, halved⁣
1 pound chicken sausage, sliced⁣
12 ounces shredded brussels sprouts⁣
shredded Parmesan cheese (I'm loving @foragerproject's vegan Parmesan shreds)⁣
red pepper flakes to garnish⁣

directions⁣
heat half the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery and cook for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. add the cannellini beans, rosemary, thyme, and stir. add the broth, 2 cups water, and season generously with salt and pepper. bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. use an immersion blender to blend the soup. add the potatoes, bring back to a boil, and reduce heat to a medium-simmer and let cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.⁣

while potatoes cook, heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium heat. add the chicken sausage and cook until browned. add the brussels sprouts, season with salt and pepper, and cook until sprouts are tender and chicken is cooked through. keep aside. if you're vegetarian, just simply omit chicken sausage.⁣

once potatoes are done, add the chicken and sprouts to the soup, stir, and serve. top with cheese and red pepper flakes.
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