If you’re expecting or someone you know is expecting, take it from someone who expected and delivered, twice—one a C-section, one a VBAC. No matter how that baby comes into the world, I promise you there are certain postpartum essentials every new mom will appreciate.
Here’s a top 5 list, put together by the all-female Uwila Warrior team, to get you started.
1. The best postpartum underwear
2. The best postpartum cardigan
3. The best postpartum camisole
4. The best postpartum slippers
5. Bonus gift
The best postpartum underwear
As your body recovers from labor—and for you C-section gals, as your scar heals—you’ll want something soft and natural. In other words, nothing itchy. Out of all our lines, we’d strongly recommend starting with the No Brainer. It’s our stretchy, high-waisted (perfect if you end up with a bandage), no-frills option that feels like a cloud. After the first few days, move on to our tagless Soft Silks briefs. Unfailingly comfortable, our Soft Silks are made with 100% natural fiber silk and are super fast-drying. (Postpartum sweats, especially throughout the night, are not uncommon.) Also? The seams are down the side—not the back (which you’ll come to understand is another huge plus).
The best postpartum cardigan
Here’s a postpartum truth not many people talk about: after the baby arrives, you’ll legit want to just walk around naked. Putting on clothes is tiring. Undressing is tiring. It doesn’t matter if you’re formula-feeding, breastfeeding, or a mix of both, you’ll want to be comfortable 24/7. So the next best thing to your birthday suit is this: put on those undies we mentioned in #1, sometimes the cami we’ll mention in #3, and this Free People Hangout Cardi. It’s super long, super soft, lightweight and has large side pockets to carry around an extra pacifier.
So on those days when you want to look more covered up and put together than others, Uwila’s Soft Silks cami is your go-to. Just like our Soft Silk undies, it’s moisture-wicking and incredibly cozy, and you can wear it alone or under said Free People cardi. It’s not a nursing cami, but that’s what we love about it. Yes, you can definitely nurse while wearing it, but the luxurious look and feel of something you’d wear anytime in your life are what makes it fabulous.
When you’re carrying a newborn around and not fully yourself yet, it’s important to pick a pair of slippers that promise comfort, a good grip, and safety. What we mean is, avoid anything with a tie that could come loose and also flip flop-style slippers that could easily pop off and trip you. Our fave? These UGG Hailey Shearing Slippers. They have a rubber driving sole and are easy to slip on. Wear them around the house, down to the mailbox, heck, even to the spa because you’re going to want/need a break and these are adorable with leggings anyways.
The first outing for a new mom, sans baby, can be daunting. Sometimes, it takes women awhile to even work up the courage or desire to go out solo. (Of course, for other women, they count down the minutes until they can peace out and get a mani and that is COMPLETELY FINE!). Either way, a Spafinder gift card translates to sweet, sweet relief and a much-needed gift. If you’re buying it for yourself, do it now before baby comes, so you’re ready to go. If you’re buying it as a gift, perfect—it can be used at multiple locations for all kinds of services.
Congratulations to you, your friend, daughter, niece, or cousin—there’s nothing like being a new mom. These little gifts are simply icing on the cake.