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Best Postpartum Recovery Products of 2024
January 4, 2024

Best Postpartum Recovery Products of 2024

By Babylist Team
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Best Postpartum Recovery Products of 2024

There’s a lot to love about the postpartum period: tiny baby snuggles, that unmistakable new baby smell and the chance to drown out the world around you and bond with your newest little family member.

Buuuut we’re also here to keep it real. For many new parents, there’s a less-than-delightful side to those first few weeks right after giving birth, whether you delivered vaginally or via C-section. Discomfort down under, sore boobs, a sensitive incision and, everyone’s favorite, hemorrhoids are all pretty common—and pretty uncomfortable—things new parents need to deal with during postpartum recovery.

The good news? There are lots of smart, well-designed and even beautiful products that can help. (Pro tip: you can even register for these help-and-favors cards if you could also use a helping hand, like babysitting or a home-cooked meal.) These parent-tested picks are here to make postpartum recovery a little bit easier and help get you back on your feet.

Babylist’s Top Picks for Postpartum Recovery Products

Read full reviews of the best products for postpartum recovery.

How We Chose Our Best Postpartum Recovery Products

  • We utilized insight from the Babylist editorial team, including Gear Editor Jen LaBracio, an expert in the baby space for over six years and a mom of two who has written hundreds of baby gear guides and personally researched and tested hundreds of baby products, including many different postpartum products.
  • We reviewed customer reviews from hundreds of real Babylist parents.

Babylist’s Best Postpartum Recovery Products

Complete Care

Looking for a one-stop shop for postpartum recovery? Look no further than the Bodily Care for Birth Box. Each item has been thoughtfully (and beautifully) designed for the first few weeks of the postpartum period. The postpartum recovery kit includes things like cozy socks, mesh undies, a peri wash bottle, breast pads and nipple shields and so much more. Also included are two guidebooks to help support you through postpartum recovery.

C-Section Must-Haves

Recovering from a cesarean delivery requires a bit more intention and care. From the disposable underwear and peri bottle to postpartum abdominal support binder and silicone scar patches, this kit has soothing and convenient essentials to help make your recovery easier, all wrapped up in a cute bathroom essentials bag.

Seamless and Supportive

A good maternity bra should take you through pregnancy, postpartum and beyond, and this one from Kindred Bravely is a great pick. It’s the perfect combination of comfy + supportive. Its soft material won’t irritate any already sensitive areas, and there’s no underwire or itchy tags. The dual-clip, two layer functionality allows for hands-free pumping, easy nursing access or tandem nursing and pumping. It also comes in an inclusive size range.

All-Natural Relief

All of the Earth Mama favorites in one exclusive Babylist bundle. There are a lot of nipple creams on the market, but Earth Mama Organics consistently ranks as one of our top choices. Unlike many that are super sticky and tough to apply, this nipple butter goes on like, well, butter. The soothing formula is great for treating dry, cracked or sore nipples, a common issue for many breastfeeding or pumping parents during the postpartum period. It’s 100% organic, non-GMO and safe to apply before or after feeding or pumping. This giftable kit also includes other top picks like their soothing perineal spray, sitz bath and more.

For Hydration

Staying hydrated after giving birth is so important, especially if you are breastfeeding. We love this Owala water bottle for keeping water close. It’s insulated so it’ll keep water cold for up to 24 hours and has a unique FreeSip spout that allows you to drink through the built-in straw or through the open spout. It also comes in a ton of bright, fun colors and the best part? It’s completely leak-proof.

Soft and Smart

Rocking your favorite jeans likely isn’t going to be too high on your priority list postpartum. Instead, you’ll need something soft and comfortable to wear while you recover. This robe from Goumi Kids is all of the above, plus it allows for easy skin-to-skin access and it’s nursing-friendly if you plan on breastfeeding or pumping. It’s made from buttery organic cotton and features pockets and a sewn-in tie so you’ll never lose it.

Not Your Granny’s Panties

Whether you have a vaginal delivery or via C-section, maximum comfort is the name of the game when it comes to underwear during the postpartum period. When you’re finally ready to ditch the glorious hospital mesh underwear (no judgments here…we loved them too!) and give “real” undies a go, grab a pair or two of these high-waisted ones from Kindred Bravely. They’re cut to cover your belly and sit above your C-section line, so they won’t irritate your incision if you have one. They’re also soft, smoothing and full-coverage enough to hold postpartum pads in place.

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A Comfy Seat

If you gave birth vaginally, things will be pretty sore down there for a few days. This double-sided cushion will help you sit in comfort. One side features a donut shape to relieve pressure, while the other has an insert for the included ice pack to relieve pain and swelling. It’s discreet enough that you can take it on the go and it even auto-inflates in about 30 seconds, no pumps or blowing up required.

For A Relaxing Bath

Sitz baths are great for soothing sore parts after a vaginal delivery. Lansinoh’s sitz bath is made with a blend of calming minerals and herbal ingredients. To use, simply add to warm water for a comforting bath soak.

Targeted Support

Abdominal compression has been used for centuries during the postpartum period to strengthen core muscles, ease back pain, promote mobility and even provide comfort post C-section. The Belly Bandit fits snugly around your core without impeding your breathing or circulation. It’s made from latex-free Spandex and has six inches of adjustability so you can tighten the wrap as you size down. And be sure to check with your insurance company—many belly bands are now eligible for reimbursement.

Leakproof Essentials

Postpartum recovery can be…messy. If you’re nursing, it’s not uncommon to experience leaking, especially during the first few months of breastfeeding as your supply is still adjusting to your baby’s needs. There’s also postpartum bleeding to deal with, which can last for weeks. Belabumbum’s Leakproof Essentials Bundle has you covered. It includes a set of thin, moisture-wicking and super absorbent leakproof nursing pads and two different styles of leakproof underwear. (Think period panties, but for pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.) It’s the perfect postpartum bundle.

Instant Relief

Hemorrhoids: we’re going there. Though awkward to talk about, they’re a (very uncomfortable) reality for many post-birth. Tucks to the rescue! These medicated cooling pads, made with witch hazel, provide immediate relief from common hemorrhoid symptoms like burning and itching. They’re perfect for tossing in your hospital bag and keeping on hand at home as you heal.

Eco-Friendly Protection

You’ll want some nursing pads on hand postpartum whether or not you decide to breastfeed your little one. Bamboobies are our favorite reusable pick. They’re soft and comfortable, eco-friendly and easy to toss right into the washing machine for a quick clean. This pack comes with a thinner set for daytime wear and a thicker, more absorbent pair for overnight.

Portable Relief

And speaking of breastfeeding, clogged ducts can be a painful issue for nursing parents and even for those who don’t decide to breastfeed and need to let their milk dry up. This handheld massager helps you attack the clog head-on. It improves flow, relieves engorgement and can even help with a faster letdown. It’s waterproof, rechargeable and features a few different vibration modes.

Hot and Cold Comfort

Dealing with breast discomfort is pretty common during postpartum recovery, regardless of if you decide to breastfeed or not. These pads provide two types of relief—cool and warm—for any trouble that comes your way, from engorgement and plugged ducts to mastitis or even a stalled let-down. They’re freezer and fridge-safe for cool relief, and microwavable for warm, and they even fit into a breast pump.

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