Ergobaby Postpartum FB Chat and Giveaway

“Ergobaby follows a personal mission to keep children close and comforted, and parents strong and able.”
From Ergobaby’s About page

Born out of a desire to keep children close and comfortable as their parents go about their daily lives, Ergobaby is committed to supporting parents navigate those beautiful and challenging postpartum waters. Β A perfect example of this is the Live Chat that they are sponsoring on The Leaky Boob Facebook page today. Β Its focus is on the surprises and difficulties that a mother experiences postpartum. Β They are bringing Abigail Morgan, L.Ac, MTOM, to the discussion, and are offering some of their baby wearing products in support of new moms as well!
Ergo mom cuddle

Ergobaby is giving away:

– 3 Wraps
– 2 Swaddlers
– 1 Organic Baby Carrier

6 lucky winners for this generous giveaway!

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  1. Cassandra Julian says

    Always ALWAYS talk to your spouse or a close friend/family member about how you’re feeling. And remember there’s a learning curve! Neither you nor your baby know what to do at first.

  2. Heather Whitcomb says

    Ask for help and then let people actually help!

  3. Take people up on the offer to help!

  4. My favorite postpartum tips are:embrace the mesh panties (they are your best friend!), persevere with breastfeeding & seek help when you struggle, and allow your friends and family to serve you so you can rest!

  5. My favorite tip…definitely have someone with you to help with everything for the first 1-2 weeks!

  6. Lynsey Knisely says

    Yes please!! Any would be awesome πŸ™‚

  7. It’s been a little over two years since giving birth to my daughter. I was fortunate enough to deliver her vaginally with no tearing. I remember being so sore afterwards and at first I was afraid to move around much. I finally discovered that moving around, slowly if course, helped my soreness/stiff feeling. I felt better in a matter of days. I know it’s harder for some, but my tip would be to move around as much as you can without overdoing it. It worked for me! I’m now expecting again in July, with twins!

  8. Lisa Artino says

    Best PP tip is too sleep as much as possible and to keep a Pitcher of water at your bedside at all times. Breast feeding and healing made me constantly thirsty. Preparing freezer meals befor delivery helped a lot too.

  9. Best postpartum tip? Drink tons of water! Staying hydrated makes everything easier πŸ™‚

  10. My favorite advice is when you need help just ask for it an there will come a day where you just want to get out of the house (maybe even by yourself) I say go for it !

  11. Helen Harfield says

    My top post partum survival tip would be to remember to ask for help and support (or take people up on their offers) as and when you need it. There’s nothing wrong with a little help and it can make the world of difference when you have 5 minutes to take a shower! Also I would be lost without my Ergo it was my saving grace when my daughter was born and served us well into the toddler years! A much better imvesemt that a pushchair/buggy!

  12. Susan Eichberger says

    Everybaby is different. Thats why there is no handbook. Read babies cues and trust your instincts

  13. Jena Lemay says

    #1 Postpartum Survival Tip: Don’t over do it!
    I wish someone had told me this! I loathe asking for anyone’s help, and my husband used all of his vacation time while our son was in the hospital, so he was already back to work and out of leave time by the time our boy came home. So I thought I could just be superwoman and do everything! I just naturally birthed a child after all! Yeah, it’s not as easy as I thought. Breastfeeding is hard at first. Having a preemie that nursed every 45 or so minutes, around the clock, trying to maintain order in the household, trying to remember that I have to eat too, those are very hard to do when you haven’t sleep more than 20-30 minutes at a time and you’re a zombie. It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to get behind on the laundry a little. That first months seems to drag and drag, but when you look back it’ll seem like it flew by and you’ll laugh at how crazy it was. ❀️

  14. Just rest and take it all in. Also, things get hard, but those hard times are very short-lived so take a breath and push on through!

  15. I’ve been researching wraps all week and would love to try an ergo with my newborn!

  16. Alexiss N Marchand says

    Most important post partum advise I received is probably to sleep when they sleep! Also, many other moms gave me much needed reassurance and even links as to how to make bed sharing safe. My LO sleeps best with me, but I was terrified to let him sleep with me due to what everyone else “thinks”. We bed share, and he STTN at 3 months! Happy mama and happy baby!

  17. Stephanie Drost says

    My favorite tip is to accept help and it’s okay to ask for help if you need it

  18. Do what works for you and your family!

  19. Would love to win…

  20. Mary Katherine Jimenez says

    Tip. Let your self test or you will never recover. Have patience with your newborn baby.

  21. Co-sleeping while breastfeeding a newborn was a life saver for me… Once I finally accepted that it was what was best for our family and stopped listening to others, it made quite the difference!

  22. Erin Cline says

    Rest and have baby on you as much as possible! It is not only comforting to baby, but relaxing and comforting to mommy too! Nurse as often as you can as well! I find breastfeeding relaxing!

  23. I would love one for my 3 month old

  24. I would love an Ergo for baby #3 on the way! I discovered baby wearing with my 2nd daughter and hope to do it more often with our newest arrival! Anything that can make breast feeding easier and let me multitask while binding with my little one!

  25. Stacy Villarreal Leon says

    Post partum tip: Make freezer meals ahead of time so you don’t have to cook as often. I used disposable baking pans. It helped minimize dishes also.

  26. Elizabeth Morris says

    Just had my second baby who is almost 3 months old. I would love to try out the new ergo baby wrap!

  27. Tiffany Bolton says

    I am still pregnant but following to learn more about pp. Thank you all for sharing!

  28. Accept HELP, but Do Not let others come in and expect you to play hostess during a visit. Set boundaries and think of your LO and yourself.

  29. Always keep a water bottle with you and keep a stock of easy to eat snacks where you nurse baby. It’s amazing how thirsty and hungry you get sometimes!

  30. my favorite postpartum tip i have always received is to just follow your heart! if your baby is crying and your heart says to pick him/her up, then you should. Follow your heart! you can never go wrong as a mother and you can never give enough love to your child! I know some people say to leave them to cry to sleep and it will be better in the long run; i believe you can teach your child anything at any age! And as ECE, I am very certain that is true

  31. Ooh, lovely!

  32. I agree– trust your instincts! You are your baby’s perfect mother.

  33. Christopher says

    My two tips are to remember to take care of yourself as well as your child (especially staying hydrated if you decide to breastfeed) and never compare yourself to what someone else was able to do at ‘x’ number of days.

  34. this is sort of my own mentality: If you do not feel like having guests when the baby has just arrived do not do it. You have too many things for you to be doing than worry about what everyone else needs. They will meet your baby when you’re ready.

  35. Don’t try to be a hero the first few weeks. Let people help you!

  36. Be prepared to sit a around A LOT. Newborn babies nurse more than you expect!

  37. Stock up on reading material if it’s your first child — you can read for hours a day while nursing.

  38. Tiffany Smith says

    Trust yourself. If something doesn’t seem right, get help. If you feel good, get up and do what you feel up to doing. And stay hydrated. πŸ™‚

  39. My best tip is to make sure you have quick, easy and healthy snacks like granola bars or fresh cut fruit readily available. You may not have a lot of time to sit down and eat whole meals, but your body has been through a lot and you need to take care of yourself to take care of your baby.

  40. Have meals in the freezer and ask people to wait to visit until you are ready.

  41. Patience is key

  42. Jennifer Beus says

    Don’t let anyone visit until you are ready and then insist your guests be helpful, in ways such as bringing meals and cleaning up your kitchen for you!

  43. Sleep when the baby sleeps. Eat when the baby eats. Clean when the baby cleans. (I read that somewhere and it made me laugh. πŸ™‚ )

  44. Take each moment one by one.

  45. Stay hydrated! Drink drink drink (water that is!)

  46. These are great carriers.

  47. Trust your instincts and know that what’s best for another family may not be best for yours. I had plenty of friends who were able to co sleep to make breastfeeding easier, but my little girl didn’t sleep well with us (still doesn’t. Hahaha), and that made it even more difficult for us to sleep, so we had her in a pack n play in our room for the first few months instead. Every baby is different.

  48. Let others cook you food and do the laundry and you just concern yourself with snuggling that little baby. πŸ™‚

  49. Nichole chamberlain says

    Sleep when baby sleeps! πŸ™‚

  50. christine k says

    bedshare…. you’ll get SO MUCH MORE SLEEP

  51. Postpartum, I was severely depressed and alone (my husband went to work immediately from the hospital) and when he got back, I went out. People shamed me for it, but I listened to my body and rested when I needed rest, but moved on when I felt I could. I don’t know how subsequent pregnancies will go, but I DEFINITELY won’t let anyone shame me for my choices. I know me better than anyone else.

  52. sarajean desrochers says

    My favorite postpartum tip was to constantly have water with you and drink drink drink! I really need reminding to get enough water into me so I wont get dehydrated.

  53. Those carriers look awesome! The wrap looks just like something my snugglebug would love. We used to have a basic circular sling when he was newborn, but it could only fit him up to 15lbs since he’s just so long. He loved it though and he prefers to be worn whenever possible. His favorite activity is riding in Grammaw’s carrier when we go shopping or running errands, but it’s uncomfortable for the wearer and the snaps tend to pinch.

  54. I had my placenta encapsulated (I know, it sounds weird!) and those pills seemed to really help keep my moods and energy levels more normalized. Lots of protein, rest, and snuggles. πŸ™‚ I loved the Mother’s Milk tea by Traditional Medicinals to help my milk supply get established and lanolin & vitamin E liquid caps helped soothe my cracked nipples early on.

    I think not being afraid to nicely put your foot down is good advice too. My large family came over and they weren’t much trouble and helped/brought food which I appreciated, but stayed later than I would have liked and I eventually got so upset I said something, but I should have told them sooner that it was time to go. I still regret that I didn’t handle the situation better, even though they were nice about it. I feel I could have done it better.

  55. Don’t try to do everything at once! It’s ok if the dishes sit in the sink a little longer than usual. Spend the time with your new baby; He/she is only that tiny once!

  56. Jenny Travis says

    A little squirt bottle was my best friend. It was basically like a portable bidet. It kept my clean without having to touch that sensitive area, plus the warm water was incredibly soothing.

  57. Andrea Smith says

    Line up help for after the birth and stay in bed as muxmch as possible.

  58. Never be afraid to ask for help and to take someone up on their offer to help! I’m learning that even more my second time around. My mom and husband have been amazing as my first few weeks have been a little rough/exhausting with my job and our two year old.

  59. Drink lots of water, keep snacks on hand wherever you spend time (I was starving!!), and be patient with yourself.

  60. Nap nap nap!! Don’t try to entertain guests.

  61. Just remember that it will pass — and coffee is your friend!

  62. Michelle Suttles says

    Try to rest when you can, drink lots of water so you aren’t dehydrated when nursing, and don’t place a lot of expectations (clean house, etc) on yourself.

  63. Alexis Bertch says

    Sleep and make the hubby help with the other kids!!

  64. Ask for help, even if you’re not convinced you need it. Rest, and enjoy the snuggly newborn stage

  65. I learned with my fourth baby that pain drugs are not your friend. They allow you to push yourself too far, too fast without realizing. My recovery with no pain meds made me actually rest, sleep, and enjoy baby! We were all back to normal life so much faster, even though the first two weeks were hard to say yes to rest.

  66. Let people help and remember that the house, etc will wait…enjoy your rest and new baby!

  67. Sleep whenever the baby or kids give you the opportunity. The house, etc can wait

  68. Sleep when baby sleeps. Clean when baby cleans. Wear your baby every chance you get!

  69. Brenda Davis says


  70. Stash easy food and frozen meals in advance so you don’t have to worry about complicated grocery shopping or cooking for a while.

  71. Ask for and accept help, especially meals!

  72. Ask for or sign up for some type of meals delivery!

  73. Jasmine Sumpter says


  74. Elizabeth P. says

    Get a belly wrap!! πŸ™‚

  75. Well prayer first and foremost. But physically Earth Mama Angel Baby mama bottom butter — soothing and fast healing.

  76. I’m having my first baby in April, and I think my favorite tip (even if it is a little TMI) is around how hard the first poop is, and how to relieve that. It’s not something I would have thought of!

  77. Enjoy your baby as much as possible-they grow so fast!

  78. take it easy!

  79. Michelle Lee says

    Ask for help when you need it, and stock the freezer with meals before the birth if possible.

  80. I’m not there yet, but I love the idea of keeping witch hazel in a squeegee bottle!

  81. Claire Rheinheimer says

    If possible, take the time to just sit and hold your newborn. Soon that tiny baby will be wanting floor time and you’ll miss the cuddles!

  82. I dont know yet – my first is on the way soon!

  83. Britni Bradford says

    by poise pads and don’t be afraid to tell people what you need – even if what you need is some alone time.

  84. Heather O. says

    Let people help you!!

  85. Best PP tip, when someone offers anything say “yes” as soon as you say no, they stop asking. “Yes you can fold my laundry, yes you can take older siblings to the park, yes you can defuzz my sweaters…” say Yes!

  86. Cassandra Eastman says

    Don’t be afraid to ask for help and do research if you have any questions. Getting outside really helped me feel better after having my babies too!

  87. Sleep when baby sleeps and let people help you when they ask!

  88. Best postpartum tip: Laugh! if you don’t, you’ll go bonkers!

  89. Brittanie Holt says

    Take the help when people offer!

  90. Rest and snuggles with baby as much as possible- and give your older kids as much attention as possible too

  91. Florence Sieminski says

    Postpartum tip: The mess can wait, enjoy the bonding time with the baby and don’t stress over the little stuff πŸ˜‰

  92. ask for help! and breasfeeding will get easier, relax.

  93. Don’t stress about asking for help! It’s okay!

  94. I’m a FTM due in March…I’m an advice taker right now, not a giver. πŸ™‚

  95. Let the cleaning and cooking go. The baby is only little for too short a time. And so what if baby will only nap in your arms. I’ve chosen to cherish the snuggles and enjoy the rest.

  96. Let other people help you so you can rest and heal up.

  97. betty jackson says

    Its ok to do nothing for MONTHS except hold and nurse your baby. They are only small for so long. My youngest just turned 7months and I’m just now getting my house together. Enjoy them while you can!

  98. Drink lots of water and have a bag/basket with your essentials – book, remote, phone, etc., so you’re not getting up to find stuff.

  99. Taylor Schell says

    sleep when the baby sleeps! I did this and I’m glad because my baby stopped sleeping before 1 month!

  100. Just over ten weeks until my due date and I haven’t bought a sling or other carrier yet. Fingers crossed!

  101. Jenn McClearn says

    if you are nursing bring baby to bed, nappy and sleeping with baby is so much easier than try to get them to sleep in a bassinet or getting up multiple times are night

  102. I loved my Boba wrap for my colic baby. I’m huge into ring slings too though and make my own….which I used constantly. I also used the Boba Air carrier when he wasn’t an infant anymore. That one was great for back wearing!

  103. Enjoy the tiny snuggles!

  104. Sleep whenever you can!

  105. Find someone to talk to!

  106. Rachel Marx says

    Put away the books , stop looking at web md and trust yourself! Your baby needs to be close to you…keep her there!!

  107. A freezer full of food made before little one arrives!

  108. Catherine B says

    Sleep when baby sleeps – tried and true

  109. Freeze some homemade postpartum pads –sweet relief! search pinterest for the recipe. I went through 20 very quickly & i think it sped the healing.

  110. Tracy Gordon says

    Accept help, if nursing always have water near by, limit visitors especially the first week, sleep when baby sleeps.

  111. Take any help that is offered.

  112. Emma eaton says

    Your house doesn’t need to be your priority. Repeat often. Don’t freak out over the desire to have a schedule. There won’t be one.

  113. liz covington says

    Wear your baby skin to skin!

  114. Carissa Joslyn says

    Sleep when you can & accept peoples help. you need to rest after your body just gave birth. I wouldn’t accept help (and I’m single with 2 kids) But in my family if you accept help your weak and cant take care of your kids. lol but rest!!

  115. Ask for help!

  116. Michelle M. says

    It’s okay if the house isn’t spotless!

  117. Nicole Maginnis says

    I guess my tip would be to get out and about as soon as you and baby are ready so you don’t feel like you’re trapped in the house. It helped for mom to take me out, even if it was just a car ride.

  118. Enjoy every single second of it!!!! πŸ™‚

  119. My best tip is to either have family/friends help you with any household chores (if they truly want to HELP you) or hire someone to do some temporary housekeeping and/or run errands for you. That way, you can focus on bonding w/your baby, breast feeding, and healing.

  120. Just know that no matter how rough it gets, it wil get better once you start sleeping again!

  121. Kayla Avery says

    Expecting my first little one so all these tips are great. It’d be great to win!

  122. Amanda Knisley says

    Talking with friends and family and even an outside source is always a good start.

  123. 34 WEEKS PREGGO i plan to wear my baby everywhere!

  124. Raina Hood says

    TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR!!!! Don’t try to ignore how you feel or push your feelings and anxieties and fears down.

  125. Ask for help!

  126. i would say co sleep cuz ull sleep better!

  127. One Southern Girl says

    No kids yet, but my mom always told us it was okay to ask for help after baby is born and having freezer meals helps a ton!

  128. Sarah Hayes says

    sleep when the baby sleeps was vital for me!

  129. Tricia Maze says

    Make a bunch of freezer meals so you don’t have to cook or grocery shop for a week or two!

  130. Jen Tucker says

    I took a special blend (tincture) for postpartum that helped with cramping and drank red raspberry tea (started months before he was born with the tea). It helps the uterus. I swear they both worked great for me.

  131. Having extra help for a few weeks! And not making any plans, but going with the flow.

  132. Jessica Hughes says

    Let people help you!

  133. Dacia Meckle says

    Expecting my first in may so no advice yet, but love reading all the advice!

  134. I am not there yet! I will let you know in a week or two!

  135. jessica fletcher says

    get lots of help!!

  136. It’s okay to cry!

  137. My favorite post-partum tip to give out, is to literally crawl into bed if you had a vaginal delivery. Trust me. The lady bits will be thanking you. Also, have cookies available.

  138. Accept the help (food, cleaning, etc) that people offer!!

  139. Samantha L. says

    Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for backup!

  140. Have plenty of easy meals on hand. Double what you think you need! You WILL use them! Even if it’s just frozen pizza. And do it well in advance of your due date!! Mine arrived 3 weeks early! My water broke the morning I planned to do my “big” stock up shopping trip! πŸ™‚

  141. ADULT DIAPERS are a lifesaver!!!!!!!!!!!

  142. Always, ALWAYS keep water at your bedside while nursing!

  143. Rest and rest some more. If people offer to help… Let them!

  144. I haven’t yet had my baby so I don’t know! I am definitely reading up on it as much as I can. My mom tells me breastfeeding helps with post-partum.

  145. My tip is to freeze several days worth of healthy meals before your baby is born so you can just focus on baby and not have to cook for that first week of adjustment. Cooking is one of those things that requires time and two hands- both of which you will be lacking that first week home.

  146. Krissy Nalesnik says

    Ask people to cook for you and keep granola bars on hand. I never thought I’d forget to eat!

  147. ShawnaMommy says

    Freeze meals! Baby 2 is due in August and I’m already compiling recipes for freezing. Eating was harder than I expected with the first one. I didn’t realize how much I wouldn’t want to put him down!

  148. Learn to let things go and ask for help if you need it. Nothing else NEEDS to be done except taking care of yourself and your sweet little baby πŸ™‚ Take the time to just enjoy him/her.

  149. Amanda Fuentes says

    My postpartum survival tip is to take care of yourself as well as that precious baby. Leave the laundry or dishes for someone else or for another time. Talk to the people around you especially if you feel incredibly sad and dont be shy or feel bad for accepting help from those who are offering it! You have just done a wonderful and miraculous thing mama! You rock!

  150. I’m still in the thIck of the postpartum days and I’m learning more and more each day. Take time to rest so you fully heal and be patient with yourself. Every one keeps saying reach out for help And I won’t lie…I’m having a hard time doing this. Listen to your body and instincts and be patient.

  151. To never turn down help. You can do it on your own but it makes it so much easier when others help.

  152. dont be afraid to accept help! sleep when baby sleeps, and sometimes you have to prioritize what gets done so if the house doesn’t get cleaned thats ok!

  153. Not yet a mother (expecting) but I hope for support from family and friends

  154. Let people help you! Even if you don’t normally like to accept help, it’s so important to realize that you need care and support, and if you have people that love you and are willing to help in various ways, let them.

  155. Get as much sleep as possible!

  156. Sleep. Sleep and more Sleep

  157. To sleep when you can, and help your wife as much as possible.

  158. Never turn down help, and make sure you celebrate the little wins, it wont always be like you dreamed.

  159. There seems like so much pressure to do so many things after baby is born, we’ll it to me anyway. Lose weight, get baby onto some kind of schedule, introduce little one to family and friends, get back to work, cook, clean etc. but I think the thing no one really reminds women of – is how we never get those first moments back. They pass so quickly. Enjoy them. Soak them up. Be with your baby and get to know them- they’ll teach you everything you need to know about being a mama, a woman and life.

  160. I’m expecting my first in a couple of months, so I don’t have any postpartum tips yet, but I am soaking up all these tips from experienced moms =)

  161. Having a natural birth helped me with the post-partum period a lot! My first birth was with an epidural and I regretted getting it the second it was put in. My second birth went much more smoothly and I was up walking around minutes after the birth of my son! I was so much less tired!

  162. laura fulks says

    make meals ahead of time and freeze them so you don’t have to cook after the baby is born!

  163. Wendy Mastin says

    Try different ways to relax; walking with your baby; yoga.

  164. Thanks for having a forum for post partum advice. Being days away from my due date this very much appreciated!

  165. Make meals ahead for after baby, and don’t forget to make breakfast and snack foods too! I always make single serve portions for lunch time. And another big one is enjoy the time you have to sit and nurse!

  166. SLEEP! Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

  167. Rachelle Wind says

    Meals, homemade pads that are sprayed with lavender, pure aloe, and witch hazel and the frozen, and lots of baths with Epsom salt! Oh and sweet snuggles with new baby of course!

  168. When asked what you will need/ need, answer food! The days go by so quickly that even if you have prepared items, they will be gone before you know it. Spend more time with your new wee one by having others prepare meals and snacks for you. And this way when people ask what you need, you are giving them an option that is reasonably priced for everyone!

  169. Tiffani Paloney says

    Probably dr newmans nipple ointment and food support people for those first days

  170. Don’t worry about the house. Follow your baby’s lead, don’t schedule. And make sure to shower. You may feel horrible but showering was honestly a little taste of sanity πŸ™‚

  171. savannah logan says

    The best tip I could give someone is to know your limits. Don’t try to do everything all at one. Take it nice and slow.

  172. It’s ok to feel like you can’t do anything but care for yourself and baby. The dishes will wait!

  173. Accept all and any meals from friends & family!! Mammas got to eat!

  174. Diana Keeton says

    Ask for help when you need it! I don’t know how I would have gotten through those first few months without family and friends there to help!

  175. Samantha Clark says

    Advice is great but trust your instincts!

  176. Ashley Norman says

    Don’t be afraid to ask to help or ask for some time to spend alone as a new family πŸ™‚

  177. Best help was my husband changing the diapers in the night. Big help. I’m a 3rd time mom but 1st time baby wear. Ergo sounds awesome!

  178. Casey Norris says

    Relax and accept help!

  179. Trust your instincts

  180. Accept help! My husband took my older kids to the bus stop so I could sleep late with the baby. And babywearing for afternoon pickups continued our snuggle time.

  181. Corinne Boyer says

    Drink water water And more water

  182. Make sure to remember how blessed you are and why you wanted a family on the first place it puts all the minor slip ups into perspective πŸ™‚

  183. Baby wearing and co-sleeping. Just keeping that baby close for easy access. I struggled with my first because everyone told me I should be putting him down on his own. Didn’t work. Never even bothered to try to put the next two down or in their own beds!

  184. Stay hydrated and sleep when you can!

  185. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Make sure to take a little time for yourself. Sometimes a hot shower/bath can completely rejuvenate you and get you ready for the rest of your day/night! πŸ™‚ Also, let go of the idea of “being perfect.” Luckily, your baby is as new at this as you are, so you’ll be figuring it all out together! πŸ™‚ And lastly, it’s okay to have bad days. Every day won’t be full of smiles and laughter. There might be a bit of hair pulling (your own) and crying in there… and that’s okay! πŸ™‚

  186. Stephanie Thomas says

    My best tip is trust your gut when it comes to you and your baby! A mothers instinct works very well but ask questions if you need to!

  187. Brandy Luangrath says

    Rest! Don’t worry about everyone wanting to visit and hold the baby, wait until you are ready for company. Take a million photos even if you don’t feel so great, you will cherish them later and regret it if you don’t take any. Let your partner help you with whatever they can.

  188. Ask for/accept any and all help, even from your 3 year old!

  189. Christine Bell says

    Best tip: Find a really good lactation consultant sooner than later if your having any issues. As a new mom I found this out the hard way. After 5 weeks of painful nursing I finally made a appointment with an amazing consultant. Within 10 minutes she solved all our problems. Thanks the her we are still nursing at 6 months with no signs of stopping anytime soon.

  190. My postpartum tip… sleep when baby sleeps! Ignore the dishes, ignore the laundry, get the rest you need!

  191. Bring mesh panties home with you… and the pads with the ice in them!!

  192. Melissa Litvak says

    My most important piece of advice is actually about breast feeding. The reason is because it was a big learning experience for me as a FTM. It can be excruciating, frustrating, and an enigma that never seems to end. It does not always come easy. So, with the right IBCLC, education and research and support system from either family, friends, or strangers with the same experience, you can overcome breast feeding challenges and dispell many bf myths to then have a positive, beautiful bf relationship with your baby. The first month was so hard for me and so many other women, and I’ve learned so much and really enjoy bf (baby boy is 4 mos). Oh and related to this—if you are having latch issues, Get your baby checked for tongue and lip tie!!!! By an IBCLC.

  193. Stay in bed with your newbie!

  194. Sleep when baby sleeps. Get out of the house even if its only for a walk around the block or to the grocery store! Let the little things go (few dishes in the sink, clean floors, linen closet organized etc) Take the time to truly enjoy your baby, you’ll blink and they will be toddlers

  195. Aubrey McCauley says

    Trust your instincts and do what works best for you and your family.

  196. Shower Hagen you can. Hand the baby off to your spouse and take a mental break. Get the baby puke off & Wash your hair. You will feel refreshed & like new;)

  197. Relax as often as you can. Let daddy watch the baby and take your time in the shower. Stock up on plenty of crockpot recipes as you can!

  198. Kristin S. says

    Don’t be afraid to say no to friends or family when needed. Also don’t be afraid to say “Yes!” when someone offers help/food/housekeeping services!

  199. Joanne Livingston says

    Support, rest, and placenta encapsulation are my postpartum tips. Having a support group of other moms, family, friends, whoever, can help when ever you need it. Rest to recuperate after having a baby. It’s been 9 long months of caring for a baby in utero and then labor and delivery can take a toll on you; getting as much rest as you can early can help you bounce back quicker. Placenta encapsulation to me is one of the best things I’ve done for myself after birthing. I tend to have more energy, get milk in sooner, and feel better so much faster than I ever thought possible.

  200. Drink LOTS of water…I had water bottles in all rooms, ones that could tip over and not spill and sleep whenever the babe sleeps or at least lay down and rest πŸ™‚

  201. Sleep when baby sleeps, wear or hold baby as much as possible and give yourself time. Time to grow into a mother, time to love baby, time to love your husband.

  202. Let people wait on you. It can be hard in toed sleep-deprived dad to even know what to ask for so just accept all offers of help!

  203. My favorite postpartum survival tip is have somebody around who can help you with breastfeeding if you need it! My husband was indispensable with our firstborn with latch difficulties and quite helpful with the toddler when our second was born. Support makes all the difference!

  204. The ergo wrap looks great! My post partum tip is just to take it slow and enjoy!

  205. Take help when it is offered!! So hard but so worth it.

  206. Remember that you don’t have to go it alone. If you are feeling or experiencing it, someone else probably has too!

  207. Ashley Smith says

    Trust your instincts, you know more than you think. Ask for a few pairs of the mesh panties before you leave the hospital, they will become your best friend for a few days. Take people up on their offers for help, food, whatever. Do what works for you, just because something worked for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you.

  208. Leigh Anne Brady says

    Two weeks in the bed 2weeks near the bed

  209. Be gentle to your self and accept all help offered. Let your community help you and be open to expressing what that help would look like.

  210. Accept help!!! Don’t try to be super mom, take naps.

  211. Ask for help if you need it! Your newborn is only little for so long

  212. Drink a glass of water before you sit down to nurse and then again after! Makes drinking and staying hydrated habitual so that you don’t forget in the craziness of everything!!

  213. Brandi Irwin says

    Join a mommy group, helped me sooo much with my first and those ladies are invaluable now with my 2nd on the way!

  214. Kangaroo care- lots of skin-to-skin for all of those feel good hormones! I’m convinced that this helped me emotionally recover from my unexpected c-section.
    Also, don’t worry about housework… Let it go for a while.

  215. Accept help! Even if that just means having someone hold the baby while you shower or they help you move laundry from the washer to the dryer. It really does take a village and you will still be a good mom at the end of the day.

  216. Know that breastfeeding may be hard so reach out and get help even if you don’t think you need it.

  217. Every time you nurse, it’s your partner’s job to bring you a glass of water and a snack if you need it, and it’s your job to drink/eat it! πŸ™‚

  218. Accept help and tell the truth about how you are coping/feeling. Enjoy the snuggles and forget housekeeping!

  219. Get plenty of rest when baby is sleeping and ask for help when needed!! Take advantage of the cuudle time while you can.

  220. Give offense. Not for the fun of it, but if what’s best for you and baby is going to put someone’s nose out of joint, don’t give it another thought. They’ll forgive you (or they won’t and you’ll successfully have rid yourself of a meanie-pants!). This is you-and-baby time, everything and everyone else is secondary.

    Also, smell baby’s head, that baby smell makes everything wonderful πŸ™‚

  221. Let people help you when they offer. Sleep when baby sleeps. Enjoy all the cuddling.

  222. Amanda O'Connell says

    Don’t be scared to talk. Open up to loved ones.

  223. Don’t try to be supermom. Rest… the house can wait! Also let your partner help as much as possible. Lots of water and baby snuggles.

  224. I depended on my mom for almost everything! Having a great support system is a great postpartum tip!

  225. Priscilla Fabela says

    Lots of fruit after delivery. First baby I didn’t know that! Ouch. Looking forward to buying a new carrier for baby #4!

  226. Every mom and every baby is different – there is no perfect way of going about it all. But ask for help when needed and take advice that you find will be most helpful for you. Most of all- believe in yourself! No one is a bigger advocate for you than yourself.

  227. Get out and walk daily as soon as you can! Not only will the gentle activity do you good, so will the fresh air and sunshine.

  228. alicia forkner says

    Let people help! And don’t over do it enjoy your baby!

  229. remember to smile!

  230. Heather Moore says

    When people offer to help, take it!

  231. Follow your own instincts, no one is an expert on all things – not your doctor, not your family members, not your friends. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you are “doing it wrong”. If you ask for help or advice, use what makes sense for you and leave the rest by the wayside.

  232. Have at least a week’s worth of food frozen in individual servings for easy reheating for post-partum. A total lifesaver.

  233. I would love to try this out. I love that it could work with newborns and toddlers!

  234. Freeze a bunch of meals while pregnant so you can relax and focus only on baby. Don’t stress about the state of your home either.

  235. Julie Higgins says

    My best post partum tip is that it’s ok if the baby cries for a minute if you’re in the middle of something you don’t need to immediately rush to your baby’s aide despite what your hormones may tell you

  236. asking for help.

  237. This too shall pass (everything is just a phase)

  238. Margarita V says

    always remember to breathe.. especially when things are not going right: breastfeeding problems, colicky baby, mess in the house, tantrums from the older one.. don’t hold your breath.. breathe, tell yourself to, think about how you do it.. and remember all problems are temporary, they’ll pass.. just breathe! calm mama, calm baby!

  239. Jenny Lewis says

    Bananas easy to eat one handed when nursing. Full of goodness to help produce milk and give you an energy boost. Bottles of water everywhere to help stop dehydration.

  240. Magz madden says

    Hi didn’t babywear my first but thinking it maybe a good idea for my second πŸ™‚ we use the ergo all the time with our toddler and really wouldn’t be without it πŸ™‚

  241. “Stay in bed with Baby for the first 2 to 3 days and let someone else do everything else” part of my midwifes post partum care instructions.

  242. Follow baby’s cues and stop worrying about scheduled feeding times as soon as you can! And learn side lying nursing!

  243. Accept help and babywear!

  244. Christine Ireland says

    Seek the company of philosophically like-minded moms. Don’t feel pressured to do everything a certain way. Every baby and every parent is different. If you are like me you will change your mind and approach almost daily. Do what feels right for you and try not to sweat the judgement of others.

  245. Kristina Garrett says

    Sleep when the baby sleeps. Don’t worry about the house work and keeping it tidy, the dishes can wait until tomorrow! Better yet, have your spouse or significant other do them!

  246. Let people help, even if you think you don’t need it. Whenever anyone asked me if they could do anything, I’d ask them to bring some food with them. And relax about the housework for the first few weeks at least. Just focus on your new baby. πŸ™‚

  247. Do what works for your family. & babywear !!

  248. For me, baby wearing was essential to survival. I had so much on my plate when my youngest was born that I would have failed miserably had I not been able to wear her and get it all done.

  249. Baby wearing can make the difference, it helped me even just get a cup of tea and some lunch, especially on those clingy days when baby won’t let you move. Also makes going the toilet easier, shopping etc. I have even given my 14 month old a breast feed whilst out shopping and she fell asleep. Saved a lot of tears making her wait and finding somewhere to stop etc.

  250. Mallory Ann says

    Find ones that offer support!

  251. Laura Martin says

    Do what FEELS right… The books don’t have all the answers. Trust your gut!

  252. I used an ergo to breastfeed in public and carry my daughter around. Although she did hate the infant carrier. It was too hot for us both and she didn’t like her legs all confined. I think a wrap would have been better as a little thing but I love my ergo and use it for cleaning up the house when she wants to be held. I think wraps are a great way for a baby to feel secure when going out to big scarry places.

  253. Let others help.

  254. Rest, rest, rest

  255. follow your babies lead. accept help from others!

  256. Emma Kitson says

    Post partum tips:

    – Sleep when baby sleeps

    – Pop them in the sling when you need to cook or do housework

    – Always, always trust your instincts

    – keep a nappy/diaper bag packed and in your car so you have one less thing to think about when trying to get out of the house. Restock it when you get home.

    – get out and meet people for coffee/walks a few times a week. If you have no friends or family nearby join a parent and baby group or breast feeding support group to make friends. Loneliness breeds depression!

  257. Beth Klenk says

    Take a shower every day. No matter what. You will feel much more human!

  258. Go easy on yourself and remind yourself it’s gonna get easier. It’s not always gonna be the way it is in the early days whether you struggle with breastfeeding or sleep or a crying baby. Just try to enjoy those first few months and know that things will get easier.

  259. Kristina S says

    Sleep when they sleep!

  260. Do what feels right for you and your baby, listen to your baby not everyone else.

  261. Accept help, and baby wear!

  262. monique edwards says

    2 tips
    Remember your baby is unique and will not be and do exactly what your books or family expect it to do. 2. Ask for help and do your best and be proud of that.

  263. Make decisions that are comfortable for you and baby. Lots of people will have lots of advice, but in the end, you’re the momma, and you will make the best choices for you and your child:)

  264. Take the time you need to bond with your baby. Don’t let family and friends flood your room right away. Take time to cuddle an breastfeed first.

  265. To win this giveaway would mean the world to me. I have just come out of six months of a colicky and reflux ing baby. I have four children so baby wearing is a must in my life. Funny enough, I had just posted about wanting an ergo on my fb feed yesterday.

  266. Best postpartum tip? REST!! You sit there and snuggle, nurse, and love on that new baby, and let others help with cooking, cleaning, and laundry. πŸ™‚ There’s no shame in asking for help!

  267. Ask for and accept help, and do what feels right regardless of well meaning advice.

  268. Drink drink and drink some more! Water helps your milk and with the tiredness too! X

  269. Drinks lots of water, SLEEP, graze on convenient/healthy snacks, and enjoy – you’ve entered the craziest roller coaster imaginable!

  270. Take help when it is offered!! So hard but so worth it.

  271. Lower your exceptions for yourself. If the house is not swept for a few weeks, or months, no one is going to die.

  272. Baby wraps make functioning possible if your baby doesn’t like to be out down. We would have starved to death without one with my first born!

  273. Rest and spend time with your baby.. Visitors can wait to come over. Let people help you.

  274. Loved my organic ergo when ds was smaller. It was my gateway carrier into babywearing

  275. Keep baby close to you at night, whether cosleeping or in a cosleeper or side carred crib. The closer baby is to you, the easier to nurse/feed when he wakes and the more sleep you get.

  276. Lindsay Hamilton says

    Take every little bit of help that is offered to you!

  277. Jessica Long says

    Dont forget to eat

  278. When people offer help ask them to bring you and your husband a meal. Cooking was difficult because it was hard to find time to shop for food and then prepare it.

  279. Bekah Kuczenski says

    Let people help you and sleep when your baby sleeps!

  280. Elizabeth Crabtree says

    Honestly, the best postpartum advice I can give is to breastfeed. It helped me get down my weight to get back into my pre-baby jeans in a week. I could also feel my hormones stabilizing, my mind was clear for the first time in months. I felt so close to my child and for the first time in my life I truly appreciated my body. Lastly, it drove me crazy to have all the visitors, well-wishers, coming over to hold the baby and take pictures. (I’m an introvert and really like my alone time) Being able to say, “Excuse us, he needs to nurse.” Was such a relief to be alone with my baby, even if it was just for 20 minutes.

  281. Huri Kouzouyan says

    Prep meals in advance and freeze them, you will not want to cook nor have time!

  282. ashley bargas says

    Rest lots of rest and ask for help πŸ™‚

  283. Have frozen food!!!

  284. Melissa M. says

    Let people help you whenever possible! Sleep anytime you can…everything else can wait.

  285. Amanda Temple says

    Let things wait and sleep/relax when baby naps!

  286. Jen Wilson says

    Prepare meals before hand, or make sure people can help you with food and house cleaning!

  287. Angelica k says

    Rest and cosleeping

  288. Stephanie O'Day says

    Trust your instincts! Every baby is different and every parent is different. There is no black/white answer to everything!

  289. Placenta encapsulation!

  290. Ask for help!

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