I’m two weeks into this postpartum period with Rory and I thought I’d round up some of the must-have products I’ve been relying on. Postpartum is a super personal experience though, so take my recommendations with a grain of salt. These are just the postpartum must haves have worked for me in my journey! I’ve kept a running list of what I’ve used/liked the most. P.S. This is what I’ve been wearing!


carly riordan postpartum must haves including stanley tumblers, sony wireless bluetooth headphones, ritual vitamins, and apple airpods


Gap Sweatpants // I bought these as an option to wear home from the hospital and while I didn’t end up packing them, they have been my most worn item and a definite postpartum must have. I slip into them almost every morning/evening when I want to be comfortable, but don’t want to wear pajamas. They are SO comfy– I love them so much (and feel like a sportier/cooler version of myself while wearing them) that I am tempted to buy a second pair in a smaller size as my bump has started to retract.

Quince Sweatpants // These were a bit of a splurge– I wanted something cozy and soft for the winter months and these are everything I dreamed of and more. What is more luxurious than a pair of (washable!) cashmere sweatpants? They’re a postpartum must have for sure, and a must have in general.

Button Down PJs // These pajamas were my go-to when I had Jack and they remain a go-to this time around! I actually love them so much that I have multiple sizes for various stages of postpartum life.

LAKE Maternity PJs // When I was pregnant with Jack, these were sold out so I didn’t get the chance to try them out. Let me just say, they’re the BEST maternity pajamas. I’m loving them especially now that I’ve recovered quite a bit, they’re a beautiful option that I feel good in. They were great at the end of my pregnancy when nothing else fit and they’ve been great to nurse in. I even have the matching robe, which I’ve been layering with in the mornings as it’s a bit colder.


Always Pads // Not glamorous, but an obvious postpartum must have! I got quite lucky this time around and have had a pretty easy breezy recovery. It’s still a recovery process though, even when it’s relatively easy. I haven’t used pads since I was a teen and I was blown away after my first delivery just how far the technology has come 🤣

Maternity Underwear // I bought these when I was pregnant and I loved them for postpartum too. So comfortable and great for recovery.

Seamless Underwear // After a week or so, I switched back to these (a favorite pre-pregnancy). They’re totally seamless and thin, so I don’t have to worry about VPL, even while wearing leggings.

Larken Bras // Trust me, these are the best nursing bras and absolute postpartum must haves. They’re so, so comfortable. I wore one every night for 14 months while I nursed Jack and I have still loved them this round. I don’t find them supportive enough for wearing with regular outfits (sweatshirts are fine though, especially layered under a tank top), but they’re my go-to for lounging around the house and sleeping… aka perfect for this newborn nesting stage.


Hand Cream // Between struggling to stay on top of hydration and frequent handwashing (plus I guess winter dryness in general), my hands have been SO DRY. I love this hand cream and have gone through even more of it than usual to try to keep up with dryness!

Lip Mask // Similar to my hands, my lips have been so dry too. This sleeping mask is just incredible and a little luxury every night.

Teleties Hair Clip // My hair has grown so freaking much and honestly it’s getting in the way. I need to get a haircut on the calendar at some point and in the meantime…. this large hair clip has been one of my postpartum must haves. Perfect for clipping my hair out of the way while I do everything I need to do throughout the day.


Headphones // Can’t get enough of these headphones. Highly recommend if you’re looking for an over the ear headphone without needing a lot of bells and whistles. I’ve been loving listening to my audiobooks and podcasts while the baby sleeps. And nice for walks too!

Loop Earbuds // I’ve been in sensory OVERLOAD lately and it’s been extra bad while postpartum. (Not sure if this is normal or not, but woof it’s been a struggle.) I started getting targeted ads for these ear plugs that “take the edge off.” I immediately ordered and, wow, they’ve been great. They feel good in my ears (really don’t feel them at all) and they have been great for reducing my sensory overload without fully checking out.

Baby Carrier // This is a newborn baby carrier and it’s been so nice to have. I haven’t used it a ton, but I know it’s something I’m going to be using more and more as we start to expand out of our newborn bubble. It’s super easy to put on and it’s nice and cozy for baby. GREAT for small infants.

Stanley // My Stanley cups have been a go-to for a while and they were critical for my hydration during pregnancy and even more so now that I’m breastfeeding. I’m just so thirsty ALL the time. Honestly, I’ve been keeping two on my nightstand so I don’t have to refill as often. Definitely a postpartum must have.


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First time mom to a two month old and that baby carrier is the best. When he fights his naps I put him in and go for a walk until he falls asleep.


The maternity underwear and bra are both linking to other items. Thank you so much for the recommendations! I’m 35 weeks so I’ll be stocking up on some of these items for sure!


I got the Loop earplugs too and they totally saved me yesterday! Popped them in for a few min to change a crying baby when I was already overstimulated and as you said they took the edge off

Leigh Ross

The flat teleties are great. They are comfortable for driving and great for a catnap😉. So glad your recovery is going so well💕