Not sure what a new mom really needs?
(Hint: It’s more than a peri bottle and a pair of mesh granny panties.)
With wisdom from doulas, midwives and many, many moms nestled into Tenth Moon new mom care packages, you’ll never have to say: “I wish someone had told me…” Enough tiptoeing around postpartum taboos – “Yes, my vagina is on fire!” Shout it from the mountain top, Mama.
Sillies aside, becoming a mother is a physical and emotional journey like no other: creating a new life; discovering a new identity.
There’s nothing willy-nilly about what’s in the Kit + Caboodle package: Just everything a new mom needs for her own wellness. Every item is thoughtfully chosen to ease the discomforts of childbirth, soften the transition from pregnancy to motherhood and celebrate this remarkable accomplishment.
Tenth Moon Yummy Mama Organic Granola: New moms are hungry. (Growing and birthing a tiny human works up an appetite.) Our granola is tasty any time of the day – perfect for new parents who find themselves awake at all hours. (Think 8 a.m., 4 p.m., 2 a.m.) Our salty-sweet recipe is hearty enough to nibble like trail mix for marathon nursing sessions, cosy in bed. Yummy Mama is made with oats and pecans, both of which promote healthy lactation, plus nutrient-dense pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and coconut. Tenth Moon Mamas describe it best: Addictive.
Tenth Moon Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea: Sit back, relax and enjoy a cuppa. Mums-to-be drink raspberry leaf tea in their final weeks of pregnancy to help increase oxytocin, “the love hormone,” in the body. (Women naturally produce oxytocin labour, which can help to make contractions more efficient. Yes, please!) Postpartum, women drink it to help tone the uterus and balance hormones.
The Honest Leaf FLOW Nursing Tea: New moms spend A LOT of time breastfeeding. (Pretty much all day. And night.) This organic blend of fennel seed, fenugreek, blessed thistle and other herbs supports nursing mothers and their babes, and encourages a healthy FLOW of breastmilk.
Organic Prunes: We know from (ahem) experience that you need as much help as you can get for those first few bowel movements, whether you’ve delivered vaginally or by cesarean. Our Tenth Moon Mamas tell us that eating prunes and drinking plenty of water does the trick, usually without the use of a stool softener.
Date Bars: One-handed snacks are a new mama’s best friend. Always have some at the ready. Dried fruit is an easy, nutritious snack and another excellent source of fibre to boost your prune power.
Coconut Water: Ever watched someone down a large bottle of mineral water in one go? New moms are VERY thirsty, and nursing mothers in particular feel all the more parched. Ultra-hydrating coconut water is a natural way to quench that thirst and replenish fluids lost in labour.
Tenth Moon Herbal Sitz Bath: Swelling. Soreness. Tearing. Stitches. Having a baby leaves mama with seriously tender bits, however we give birth. Our blend of calendula flowers, comfrey leaf, witch hazel bark and other soothing herbs promotes gentle and natural perineum recovery, and can also be used to soothe a c-section incision.
Tenth Moon Lavender Mineral Soak: Looking for a full-body workout? Labour and birth should do the trick! Giving birth and caring for a newborn is hard, physical work. Draw a hot bath and relax, Mama. You need this time. Tenth Moon mineral soak is made with pure magnesium sulphate to soothe aching muscles, plus lavender essential oil and lavender buds for a calming, refreshing soak.
Tenth Moon Organic Coconut Oil: This sweet-smelling oil is perfect for massage before and after baby arrives, including during labour. Pure and natural, this soothing oil can moisturize Mama’s tummy and nipples, as well as baby’s dry hands and feet.
Organic Lip Balm: You’ll lose count of how many times you’ve kissed your baby within the first hour. (And plant a million smooches on that sweet head within the first few days.) Keep those lips soft and kissable.
Pure Witch Hazel Distillate: A witch named Hazel? No, though she would probably be helpful to have around! This natural astringent helps with perineum or c-section recovery –swelling, bruising, tears – when used as a spritz or applied to a pad, and also helps to ease varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Earthwise Witch Hazel Distillate is alcohol-free and contains no fillers.
Shoosha Rescue Nipple Balm: Sore nipples are a common reason why mothers stop breastfeeding – ouch! (Expect to spend 8 to 10 hours a day nursing your newborn.) Shoosha’s USDA organic, food-grade salve is packed with chamomile, calendula, sea buckthorn berry oil and cocoa butter to help care for tender nipples. Tenth Moon supports new mothers however they feed their babies. If you can and want to breastfeed, have your nipple balm handy.
Organic Cotton Maternity Pads: Aunt Flow is back and she’s sticking around for a while. New moms can expect to bleed for two to six weeks after giving birth, so you’ll definitely need more than one box of pads. These pillowy-soft organic cotton pads are perfect for those extra-tender first days postpartum and can also be used to make soothing “padsicles” by applying witch hazel and/or the herbal infusion from our Sitz Bath.
Nursing Pads: It’s going to happen: Those two big wet circles on the front of your shirt. But having nursing pads handy will help to keep you dry between feedings, once your milk begins to flow.
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I discovered Tenth Moon care packages when one of my close friends, who I don’t live very close to, had her baby. I wanted to send her the care and attention that I couldn’t provide to her in person, and Tenth Moon perfectly fit the bill! I love the warmth and attention to detail in the packages, and also how the products are generally natural and ethically-made. So often after a new baby is born, all the attention goes to the infant; however, the mother needs so much nurturing and support too. Now that I’ve had my own daughter as well, I can personally attest to how useful all of these products are for that essential recovery period. I have purchased Tenth Moon packages for all my expectant mommy friends!
– Sarah, mom of one
The Kit + Caboodle package was amazing!! You thought of everything – many things I would never have thought of as a first-time mum. It was a real treat to have and helped us out hugely in those first crazy days! The info card you included explaining the uses of each item was super helpful, too. Thank you so much for creating this wonderful package.
– Sarah, first-time mama
I sent a Tenth Moon care package to a good friend after she had her baby. She told me that everything was amazing! Having a baby is the start of a life-long journey of selflessness and I wanted something that would spoil the mom and make her feel special. I also love that this is a local, small business – the TLC definitely shines through and the customer service is exceptional.