[Jerry Seinfeld voice]
What’s the deal with babies getting all the stuff?
I mean, let’s be real: when it comes to getting that baby out, mom does all the work.
She nurtures it inside of her for nine long months, and when the big day finally arrives, she endures the most painful hours of her life in the form of labour or severe abdominal surgery.
And don’t even get me started on the recovery process.
Guys – this baby thing is no joke. Mom deserves something for her efforts.
Fortunately, I’m not the only one who thinks so.
MOM FRIENDS POSTPARTUM KITS: THE HERO WE DESERVE
Look, I’m all about showering babies with clothes and toys and RESPs, and I am so incredibly grateful for everything that I have been given.
But like the Food Shower, sometimes it’s good to give mom a little extra something. Whether that something is in the form of food or adult diapers – there isn’t a new mom I know who wouldn’t welcome it with open arms.
Speaking of adult diapers, I was fortunate enough to receive the Above & Beyond the Bump Postpartum Care Kit courtesy of Mom Friends, a Canadian company that is working to bust postpartum stigma and increase women’s access to practical information, peer support and postpartum resources.
[Frank Costanza voice]
Finally, a Tucks for the rest of us! (And a bunch of other sweet PP swag, too, so keep reading).
ABOUT MOM FRIENDS
Mom Friends was founded by three Canadian women who know a thing or two about what moms really need after giving birth. They’re moms themselves, so they’re not afraid to tell it like it is: having a baby is serious business, and women need all the support they can get.
Adult diapers? Check.
Cooling pads for your nether regions? Check.
Delicious milk chocolate to snack on while in labour? HELLA CHECK.
They know what’s really going on during that joyous postpartum period, and their kits definitely reflect it.
Don’t believe me?
Currently, Mom Friends offers two postpartum care kits – Beyond the Bump ($65) and Above & Beyond the Bump ($93) – chock full of practical and essential items moms need after delivery. Click here to learn more about them from the official website, or continue reading to see what is in my very own personal kit.
ABOVE & BEYOND THE BUMP
I don’t know about you, but when I pack a suitcase, I fold everything poorly, cram as much as I possibly can into it, zip it up, and say a little prayer. These kits on the other hand, are clearly packaged with expert care. First impressions are everything, and Mom Friends impresses right off the bat.
Unlike me, it’s obvious that this company pays close attention to each and every detail, and that includes everything from the packaging to the products themselves. There is no cramming. There is no praying. Simply a flawless box polished with a delightful bow.
It’s basically a work of art. I almost didn’t want to open it.
There’s a reason I’m a writer and not an entrepreneur – but enough about my failed dreams: let’s get to the good stuff.
FOR THE LADYBITS
Mom Friends has mom covered from head to vagina – literally.
Let’s start with the latter.
We all know that for most women, labour means that their ladybits are about to have the worst day of their life.
But it doesn’t have to totally suck.
This kit has everything a woman could possibly want to ease postpartum discomfort “down there”, including:
- Adult diapers
- Feminine pads
- Granny panties
- Epsom salts
- Tucks personal cleansing pads
- Witch Hazel
- Perineal spray bottle
Why this is awesome: Thanks to Mom Friends, I don’t have to look the 17-year-old Shoppers Drug Mart cashier in the eye when they ring up a sale of bulky, overpriced adult diapers and mondo pads. Also, did you know that Witch Hazel can be applied to a cesarean section scar to reduce pain and swelling? I wish someone had told me that two-and-a-half years ago.
FOR THE BOOBIES
To help mom out on the upper deck, this kit also contains:
- Lanolin nipple cream
- Disposable and reusable nursing pads
Why this is awesome: For the breastfeeding mom, there’s no greater joy than not having your expensive nursing bras stained with over-eager breastmilk. I’ll also take no cracked nipples for $100, Alex.
FOR THE MOM
Keeping hydrated and fuelled for what could be a marathon labour is no small task.
And that’s just pre-baby challenges.
After baby comes, mom needs to be taken care of as well – both physically and otherwise. Fear not, Mom Friends once again has you covered. In the Above & Beyond kit, there is also:
- Lip balm
- Lactation tea
- A soap bar
- Chocolate and energy bars
- A water bottle
- Brochure on postpartum depression
Why this is awesome: While I’m tempted to list a thousand reasons why chocolate is bae, I have to give a shout-out to Mom Friends here for not shying away from the fact that postpartum mental health is important AF. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, as many as 20 per cent of new moms experience varying degrees of postpartum depression, so if you plan on bringing a new mom a savory treat when you visit her, don’t forget to also ask her how she’s doing. It may not be as delicious, but it’s a hell of a lot more sweet.
NOT AS UNFIT
As my due date looms, I’m feeling more and more prepared thanks to the incredible support system I have around me.
But many women aren’t as lucky.
If someone you know is expecting, be a friend. Don’t forget about baby, but I urge you to strongly consider a Mom Friends postpartum kit in lieu of a diaper cake and 20 pack of facecloths.
Trust me – a little extra mom love will go a long way.