In the whirlwind of preparing for baby, it’s easy to get caught up in shopping for teeny-weeny booties and totes adorable cuddly toys.
There are so many things you’re going to need for your new arrival, but there’s another person you’ll need to keep in mind when preparing for parenthood.
None of these items are cute, fluffy or adorable, but add them to your shopping list, because you’re gonna need ‘em.
Here's what to add to your new mum shopping list:
Yes, these look like a shower cap for your nether regions, but let’s not beat around the (stretched out) bush. After you deliver a child, it’s basically a crime scene down there.
Spare your good Elle McPherson panties the indignity and grab a packet of throw away knickers to take with you to the hospital. They’re not the fashion must-have you’ll see on a Victoria’s Secret catwalk but are a practical option for those first few days after you give birth.
Now that you’re a mother, nipple cream is your new lip balm.
Grab a tube that is safe for baby and use it from the get-go as a preventative measure to ward off the pain of sore, cracked nipples. Speak to your chemist or midwife about their recommended brand to keep on hand.
Not everyone finds they need nipple cream but not having it when you want it is about a thousand times more uncomfortable than chapped lips.
In the beginning, your boobs will be leakier than the taps in that share house you lived in when you were at university.
Nothing says “new mum” like saucer sized wet patches on your chest so be prepared with nipple pads - they’re like super-absorbent Chux for your boobs.