The 9 Best Postpartum Products of 2019

Find some comfort during your fourth trimester

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Our Top Picks

Best Peri Bottle: Fridababy MomWasher Peri Bottle at Amazon

"This vaginal wash bottle is necessary for a soft touch when wiping."

Best Post-Delivery Pad: Always Maxi Overnight Pads at Amazon

"You won’t regret having a package of these waiting at home."

Best Cooling Pads: Tucks Medicated Cooling Pads at Amazon

"Packed with soothing witch hazel to help ease discomfort."

Best Nipple Cream: Motherlove Nipple Cream at Amazon

"This cult-fave product feels amazing on chapped nips."

Best Stool Softener: Colase Stool Softener at Walgreens

"The best money you’ll spend post-delivery, no question."

Best Underwear: Mommy Matters Postpartum Underwear at Amazon

"Comes with a cold gel insert to help with pain relief."

Best Pajamas: PinkBlush Maternity Pajama Set at PinkBlush

"You’ll want to hang out in these during marathon feeding sessions."

Best Book: Cribsheet at Amazon

"The author covers what really matters in raising a healthy child."

Best Baby Wrap: Solly Baby Wrap at Nordstrom

"A hands-free way to snuggle baby."

Our Top Picks

Best Peri Bottle: Fridababy MomWasher Peri Bottle for PostPartum Care

What it says on the travel bag is everything: “Trust us, your vagina will thank you.” That’s all too true: after delivery, going pee stings—at best. At worst, the burn brings tears to your eyes. This vaginal wash bottle (you fill with just water) is necessary for a soft touch when wiping would otherwise hurt. The hospital will give you a bottle, but this one is ergonomically designed in such a way that it’s easy to aim where it needs to go.

Best Post-Delivery Pad: Always Maxi Extra Heavy Overnight Pads With Wings

You won’t believe just how big of a maxi pad you’ll need. The hospital may send you home with a bunch of these, but the ones they give are extra huge. As in: can’t move around in them, huge. You won’t regret having a package (or two) of these waiting for you when you come home from the hospital. These will still absorb a lot of blood, are long enough and have wings to protect your clothes from leakage (you never know when you’ll get caught under a sleeping newborn), and are unscented so they won’t irritate.

Take a look at our reviews of the best postpartum bleeding products.

Best Cooling Pads: Tucks Medicated Cooling Pads

These traditional hemorrhoid pads are packed with soothing witch hazel to help ease burning and discomfort. And as well as these work for hemorrhoids (which you may also have), they also will comfort your vagina during healing. A 100-pack sounds like a lot, but you just may need them all. (Truth.) Stash them in the fridge; the cool temps may also help reduce swelling.

Best Nipple Cream: Motherlove Nipple Cream

If you choose to breastfeed, let’s just say that your nipples will be hurting. They might be cracked, too, and even bleed. (Not to scare you—this stuff will go away as they toughen up!) This cult-fave product feels amazing on chapped nips. Moisturizing ingredients including extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, and shea butter combine with soothers marshmallow root and calendula flower. All ingredients are certified organic; you don’t have to remember to wash it off prior to feeding (you probably wouldn’t anyway—you have enough going on), and you can feel good about using it where baby feeds.

Need more ideas? Check out our guide to the best nipple creams you can buy today.

Best Stool Softener: Colase Stool Softener

Colace Docusate Sodium Stool Softener Regular Strength

 Courtesy of Walgreens

This will be the best money you’ll spend post-delivery, no question. Real talk: the nurses will likely give you a stool softener in the hospital, but you’ll want to continue to take them until you have your first post-baby bowel movement. For many moms, this is one of the scariest parts after delivery, but an OTC laxative can ease your fears. Stock up on this—you won’t regret it.

Best Underwear: Mommy Matters Postpartum Underwear

This OBGYN-developed pair of underwear from Mommy Matters is both soothing and comfortable without compromising on style. A cold gel insert helps relieve pain and prevent swelling, and the mesh construction is breathable. The crotch area is made of absorbent material that'll relieve your worries about postpartum bleeding.

An added bonus? Mommy Matters creates products that'll make you feel good on the inside and on the outside. Proceeds from all of their products go toward helping mothers in underserved areas around the world.

Best Pajamas: PinkBlush Charcoal Striped Pocket Front Maternity Pajama Set

Charcoal Striped Pocket Front Maternity Pajama Set

 Courtesy of Pinkblush

PinkBlush makes impossibly soft sleepwear that you’ll never want to take off. And guess what? You’ll want to hang out in these all day while surviving marathon feeding sessions. Another great perk: they have an elastic drawstring waistband, which is essential in the weeks after delivery.

There’s extra room to accommodate your belly, and later the shirt can be tucked in to create a super cute silhouette. Also, let’s acknowledge that their PJ’s hold up remarkably well, so don’t be surprised if you’re wearing these years after delivery. (Not that we have experience with that or anything…)

Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read through our best nursing bras article.

Best Book: Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

When you bring home your baby for the first time, guarantee you’ll look at her and say: okay, now what? It’s totally natural to feel completely unprepared to raise this little human that just came into your life like a tornado, but Emily Oster’s book will put so many of your fears to rest.

An economist, Oster covers what really matters in raising a healthy child—from breastfeeding to sleeping, working vs staying at home, milestones, and more—and she gives you the confidence to make the decisions that will be right for your family.

Best Baby Wrap: Solly Baby Wrap

Solly Baby Wrap

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

A baby wrap is so important for those first weeks and beyond because it gives you a hands-free way to safely snuggle your baby and keep them calm and happy. It’s not uncommon to find that your baby won’t settle unless they’re close to you. Unlike other wraps, which have a minimum weight requirement, the Solly can be used from “womb to wrap,” as the company says. They can be used up until 25 pounds, so you’re sure to get a lot of use out of it.

The super-soft knit is gentle on their skin and feels good against yours, and it’s slim, not bulky. You’ll get the hang of wrapping the second time you do it. All those accolades make it by far the best newborn carrier you can find—and it comes in a ton of prints and colors.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the best postpartum products on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered more than 40 different postpartum products overall, read over 250 reader reviews (both positive and negative), and tested of the postpartum products themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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