Like many parents, my love for Frida products began with a snot sucker, the NoseFrida. I was skeptical at first, but now it is one of my favorite must-haves for new babes and their parents. If you’ve used it, you probably already know why parents love it—but you may not know that Frida also specializes in other products to support new parents.
For example, their new line, Frida Mom, focuses on supporting new parents during labor, delivery, and recovery from childbirth. And now that I’m pregnant with my fourth, I’m excited to know one of my favorite companies is stepping in to make sure moms are comfortable during some of the most challenging days of their parenting journey.
The truth is, postpartum recovery is no joke. Completely healing from childbirth typically takes between 6 and 8 weeks. I know first-hand just how important self-care is during this time. I’ve pushed myself too hard. I’ve missed my daily medications, pushed through days without enough sleep, and ran out of time for a sitz bath because I was putting everyone else’s needs first. I’ve experienced the consequences of being stretched too thin, including battling depression and setbacks in my physical recovery from pregnancy and childbirth.
This time around, I’m taking my need for rest and self-care seriously. I’m a big fan of any products that make it simpler for parents to care for their bodies, and the products from Frida Mom are created for that reason.
FridaMom: No-Frills Self-Care During Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum Recovery
I fully support self-care in the form of a massage or fancy chocolate, but Frida Mom’s line of products is about no-frills self-care. Each item in this collection was made to address a specific need parents face, both during labor and delivery, and throughout their postpartum recovery.
The Gown for When it Goes Down
Made from soft jersey fabric, the Gown for When it Goes Down is Frida’s answer to the less-than-awesome gown laboring moms change into after their check-in at the hospital. It buttons all the way down the back, so no unwelcome breezes are headed your way, but your care providers can still get access for placing monitors easily during your labor. It also snaps open at both shoulders, which will make it easy for your brand new baby to settle on your chest for skin-to-skin time and simplify that first nursing session if you’re planning on breastfeeding.
Right now, Frida Mom’s dark gray hospital gown is available in one-size, fitting those who wear XS to XL sized clothes. A single gown costs around $30 and the 4.8 star review tells me it’s worth every penny.
Boyshort Disposable Underwear
Just say no to mesh underwear—Frida Mom has upgraded the signature after-labor panties. These disposable, boyshort underwear are sold in a pack of 8 for $15.99. They strike a perfect balance with a ton of stretch so they’ll comfortably fit you in the hours and days that follow your child’s birth while still holding pads in place.
They’re full coverage and they aren’t see-through. It’s about time, right? Choose from two sizes —the regular size fits waists 28 to 42 inches and the petite size for waists as small as 23 inches. With 107 reviews and 4.8 stars, these underwear just became an essential part of my postpartum recovery plan.
Upside Down Peri-Bottle
Why upside down? If you’ve ever used the hospital’s peri bottle to clean up down there, you already know it takes a little too much dexterity to get the aim just right. So, Frida Mom created a peri-bottle with an ergonomic design.
You can either fill it with water for a quick clean at home or on-the-go, or add a little witch hazel (trust me on this one—you won’t be sorry!) for a little extra relief for your sore nether-regions. This 10-ounce bottle comes in a waterproof travel case and carries an impressive 4.9 star rating after 93 parent reviews.
Sitz Bath Tablets
If you have an episiotomy or find yourself dealing with hemorrhoids, your care provider might recommend regular sitz baths as a way to manage pain, encourage healing, and protect against infection. These baths aren’t a new idea, but Frida Mom has made them more convenient and soothing by combining natural ingredients like lavender, witch hazel, and chamomile to create dissolving, sitz bath tablets.
To use, fill the sitz bath your provider sends home with you with water and add a tablet. Take a seat and get as comfortable as you can so your tush gets the soothing break it deserves. You’ll get a total of 7 tablets in this package, which is ideal for the first week of recovery.
Instant Ice Maxi Pads
What’s a padsicle, exactly? It’s the cute little nickname Frida Mom has assigned to their Instance Ice Maxi Pads. These babies are going to be your best friend after labor. In addition to the absorbent pad you need for postpartum bleeding, these pads provide 20 minutes of cooling relief for everything going on down there.
To use, simply give the pad a quick crack to activate before placing it in your underwear. Since it’s a full coverage pad, you don’t need to worry about leaks while you enjoy the cool pain relief.
Witch Hazel Perineal Cooling Pad Liners
Outside of using it as the occasional facial toner, I wasn’t familiar with witch hazel’s uses until I became a new mom. My nurse sent me home with wipes soaked in witch hazel and I was instantly sold by its ability to soothe and relieve pain.
The Witch Hazel Perineal Cool Pad Liners from Frida Mom are meant to be placed over your pad and will fit the entire surface of most full-coverage pads. You’ll experience instant relief, especially if you keep them in the fridge. The pack comes with 24 pad liners, and you’ll probably use them faster than you think, so we recommend buying two.
Perineal Healing Foam
If you’re 100% sold on the amazing, soothing effect witch hazel has on your lady parts, the Perineal Healing Foam might be something you want in your hospital bag. This foam is made with witch hazel and is meant to be placed on your pad to relieve pain in the perineal area. Unlike witch hazel pads you can buy in the store, the foam will stay in place and is convenient to apply.
If, like me, you’re working on packing your hospital bag, a few of these Frida Mom products could fill in a few gaps on your list. And if you’re ready to make your life even easier, you don’t have to choose which Frida postpartum product you want the most—instead you can pick up their complete Frida’s Labor and Delivery + Postpartum Recovery Kit for $99. Done!