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Every Mom deserves to be comfy...and fashionable

Sure, your new baby has enough clothes to dress an entire playgroup, but now it's time to focus on your own postpartum wardrobe.
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Queen for a month

After all your hard labor, you deserve to be queen for a month, and every queen needs a royal robe. Wear a bathrobe when you have company to remind visitors of your royal status. It can also hide potential wet spots on your shirt.

Buy an attractive new top as a morale booster. Prints and light colors hide milk stains and spit-up.

Cruise the stores for a silky new lotion for back rubs during labor and after. Heavy perfume can bother some babies, so pick a fragrance-free or light scent.

Bosom buddies

You should get professionally fitted for two or three nursing bras during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Pass up synthetic fabrics and underwires. Cotton is cooler and underwire styles can press on tender milk-producing ducts.

Ultrapure modified lanolin is a great nipple cream to use even before your baby comes. Moisturized skin is more flexible and less likely to crack. If you do get sore, a dab can heal skin quickly.

Cushion your new nest with plenty of pillows. Prop up your arms, back and legs and make yourself comfortable while you take care of your baby. Tuck a pillow in front of your C-section incision, if you have one, in case your baby is a budding soccer star.

The well-padded look

Every new mom must have three kinds of pads: nursing, maxi and hemorrhoid (witch hazel).

Nursing pads can be either washable or disposable but should be soft and breathable. Look for soft flannel or comfortable paper, but avoid any pads with plastic backing. Even if you do not plan to breastfeed, you'll need pads to catch any leaks.

Buy several packs of super-jumbo overnight maxi pads. Some brands are more complicated to apply, so try them out before your baby comes.

Hemorrhoid pads, soaked in witch-hazel solution, are very soothing to a sore bottom. Use them on top of a maxi as a cool compress. You can also use hemorrhoid pads instead of toilet paper, but check to make sure they are flushable.

The write stuff

Get a spiral notebook and pen for all those things you'll forget when you're awake for 25 hours straight. Before your baby comes, write important phone numbers on the inside cover. Some to include are phone numbers for your obstetrician, baby's pediatrician, pharmacist, lactation consultant and breastfeeding support group.

After your baby comes, you may want to list how often the baby feeds, wets and poops to make sure baby is getting enough to eat. (Breastfeeding newborns should have six to eight wet diapers and at least two bowel movements a day after the first two days.)

Keep in touch

Use your handy spiral notebook to keep track of baby gifts and checks. You'll eventually want to send out thank-you notes and baby pictures.

Your family members expect baby pictures, so make sure you have plenty of batteries. You never know when your new baby will do something amazing. Give your older kids their own mini camera so they can be part of the photo fun.

In case your hospital has spotty cell phone coverage.

Let them eat cake

If you've got that nesting urge during the last few weeks, lay in some snacks for you and your guests. Make them help themselves when they come to see your new baby. Whatever you do, do not wait on visitors while they sit on your couch and hold your baby. Remember, you're queen for a month.

Finally, the most important supply for any new mom is someone else to do housework while you get to know your sweet baby. Save your energy to take care of your little one, not your house. Anyone can do dishes, but your baby needs you most of all.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by I just have no idea where I can get good nursing head in my size, 40 G! I'm lost without a place to go, help anyone? April 4, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by For all you new moms. dont forget to sleep when baby sleeps....you need all the rest you can get.. if you have company over make sure u have a realiable person there u trust to entertain others as u nap... this way you have no worries and people can still visit.. after all newborns only sleep for 2-3 hrs.. and who knows u might just need and or so....also if have other children try to plan napps at same time...best advice is you will know how you feel and what u want to do and dont let anyone or anything discourage you... if older kids ask family or friends for help dont be afraid to ask as it will wear you down more if you dont askl for the help.... trust me i know have raised 3 boys and now raising my 19 month old grandson since he was 8 months plus have my 3 yr old granddaughter all the time and this has been since she was 3months old... October 14, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This article has great advice.FYI: witch hazel is not only great on the hemorrhoids but is wonderful for the complexion, use a cotton pad to administer to the face and blemishes will be a thing of the past. This is due to witch hazels natural healing/bacteria fighting ability. May 29, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I like the idea of be the queen for a month, YES I will try to do it!!! November 30, 2011
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