Every day over on Instagram, I get these questions. What do I need for my pregnancy & postpartum? Trish, what do you consider pregnancy essentials, and I gather a list of things from here and there.
I get it, you're pregnant and you're exhausted. You need a lot of stuff and you have no idea what or where to begin.
A couple of months ago, I got contacted and was asked to review Wumblekin's pregnancy essentials subscription boxes.
I was intrigued. And once I saw the boxes, I was blown away, and I knew I had to share them with you.
Read below and check out exactly why I fell head over heels in love with this incredible product created by 2 mamas (one is a labor nurse, like me!) with a mission to deliver just what you need! (They also gave me a discount code for my peeps to use, LNM15 (15% off your first box!)
Why I am here and who I am:
Hey mama, I am Trish— AKA Labor Nurse Mama. I am a labor and delivery nurse with over 15 years of high-risk OB experience. I am also a mama to 7 kids and have given birth to 6. This means I am quite familiar with the postpartum period and how to navigate it. I am the online birth class educator for Calm Labor Confident Birth and The VBAC Lab birth classes and the mama expert inside our Calm Mama Society, a pregnancy & postpartum membership community! I am passionate about your birth and motherhood journey! You can find me over on IG teaching over 230k mamas daily. I am passionate about your birth and motherhood journey!
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Why a subscription box?
If you are like the rest of my readers, then you are pregnant and exhausted. You find yourself in a new land with new needs and it is overwhelming.
This is where a stellar pregnancy subscription box is a major win.
Wumblekin (the company) was created by a labor and delivery nurse and a social worker. How appropraite is that? I tell you guys all the time, pregnancy is a mix of mental and physical components. Not only do these two dynamic women play a part, they also have a panel of experts assiting with each and every product they carefuly select for their boxes.
Pros of everything tucked into a box:
- no research required (their experts did it already)
- No need to leave your house
- It's fun and exciting to get a “gift”
- You can try items, you may never have discovered
- No need to fight indecisiveness
- You don't get to go pick things out…
- That's about it…..
How does this work?
Holy smokes, it is so streamlined and simple. You will be very impressed.
- Enter your due date and they will find your starting place. So if you are in the second trimester, they will figure out the best box for you!
- You then select the box you can't live without.
- Payment options: Pay now and all boxes are shipped or you can pay when the box ships throughout your pregnancy (I like the idea of this option!)
- Excitedly check for the box to arrive!
You can also choose to gift these boxes which I thought was super impressive (hint grandma).
What's Included in the Boxes?
This is the fun part! My team and I had a blast opening these pregnancy boxes. I was like a kid in a candy shop, seeing as the products are my thing.
To begin with, each box comes with a personalized note, which is a detail I love that Wumblekin included.
My favorite item in each of the boxes is the educational pamphlet. Each box has one that pertains to the box you are opening.
If you follow me as Labor Nurse Mama on instagram or you are one of my online self-paced birth class students, then you know my mantra.
Repeat after me: Knowledge is Power!
That's why I am extremely impressed by these little booklets in each box. The information included is based on evidence-based care and is easy to follow.
Let's spend some time and go over these boxes one by one.
First Trimester Pregnancy Essentials Box
Let's talk about what happens in the first trimester! You can't stay awake, you can't keep anything down, and your pants begin to get snug (or if you're like me, I could not stand anything touching my belly)! When your first-trimester box arrives, you will be pleasantly surprised that each of those symptoms is addressed.
Feeling sick? They added Organic Sweet BlackBerry Ginger TummyDrops to alleviate the morning sickness symptoms.
Worried about that growing belly and stretchmarks? No worries, you will have a tub of Mother Loving Potions All-Natural Belly Butter.
All that vomiting got ya worried about dehydration? Grab your water bottle and go!
Are you wondering if it's bloating or baby? Haha, it's ok, wear the included Ingrid and Isabel Bellaband Maternity Band (you choose your size!) and all's well in preggo land.
A couple of years ago, I polled some mamas and asked what they regretted most that they didn't do during their pregnancy. Guess what it was? Not keeping a better record. Wumblekin took care of that regret by adding a pregnancy journal!
The fantastic part of this box is that it is all usable during the rest of your pregnancy!
Items in this box:
- Organic Sweet BlackBerry Ginger TummyDrops
- Expecting You Keepsake Pregnancy Journal
- Ingrid and Isabel Bellaband Maternity Band (please select size)
- Mother Loving Potions All-Natural Belly Butter
- EcoVessel Water Bottle
Second Trimester Pregnancy Essentials Box
Ah, the blissful second trimester arrives and is welcomed with joy when it does! If you are like the rest of my students inside my birth course, and my readers on Instagram, then you are sighing a sigh of relief.
No more extreme tiredness! Hopefully no more vomit! Now you can smell your husband's deodorant without violence.
Now is also the time that you are getting the itch to buy baby products and Wumblkin's experts knew this, so they included The Snuggle is Real' Newborn Size Baby Onesie!
Inside the second trimester pregnancy essentials box is also a cool mist humidifier. You will be able to use it during pregnancy if your sinuses are congested or after baby comes, you can use it in the nursery!
If you are beginning to feel the aches and pains of pregnancy in your legs, back, pelvis, or hips, then the Jill and Joey Maternity Belt for Back Support and the Skinergy Low Compression Socks will be perfect additions to your wardrobe. They may be your best friends at the end of this trimester and into the third!
Did you know that acne and skin issues plague many mamas while pregnant? Mother Loving Potions Charcoal Facial Soap with olive oil, coconut oil. palm oil, castor oil, neem oil, tea tree oil and activated charcoal will help you fight back.
Items in this box:
- The Snuggle is Real' Newborn Size Baby Onesie
- Crane Personal Travel Humidifier
- Mother Loving Potions Charcoal Facial Soap
- Jill and Joey Maternity Belt for Back Support
- Skinergy Low Compression Socks
Third Trimester Pregnancy Essentials Box
My friend's third trimester arrives with a bang. Your back might hurt, you can't get comfortable in bed no matter what you try, and frankly, you just hurt in weird ways.
When I opened this box, I loved the perfect combo of mom and baby items. You are suddenly obsessed with the baby; so you will love the included products for your new little one.
Here's a tip from me to you to help relieve your pesky back pain now and during labor (I learned this the hard way, when I was pregnant with my last baby.)
Get onto the floor into a tailor sit position, and lean forward onto your hands.
Have a partner sit behind you
They will use the balls to apply counter pressure to your lower back
Rolls the balls across your lower back in repetitive motion
Send Wumblekin and me a thank you note!
Inside this box, you will also find Earth Mama's third-trimester tea and a sweet mug. I was also happy to see Roll Model Massage Therapy Balls that will be a great addition to your labor bag when the time comes!
For the baby, they included a sleepsack, a bottle, and a pacifier! I don't know about you guys, but tiny little pacifiers get my heart beating faster.
Items in this box:
- Halo 100% Cotton SleepSack Swaddle
- Earth Mama Third Trimester Tea
- Custom Wumblekin Mug
- Dr. Brown's Natural Flow, Anti-Colic 5oz. Bottle
- Roll Model Massage Therapy Balls
- Dr. Brown's HappyPaci Silicone Pacifier
Labor & Delivery Essentials Box
First off they named this “The Ultimate Labor and Delivery Bag”, which seems fitting.
Inside this box is a pre-packed bag full of essential items for your labor experience. (If you want to grab my free hospital bag checklist grab it here)
Can you believe the time has come and now you can have that bag packed and ready for the dash to the hospital? The only thing left is for labor to start!
Again, Wumblekin has packed this box with mom and baby items in mind.
What I love most about this pregnancy essentials box, is that you can grab the labor bag out, and add the rest of your belongings in the already packed Bananafish diaper bag (this bag makes a great dad bag)!
For mama, you will be thankful for the postpartum herbal pads, witch hazel towelettes, and the boobie butter when you are in your first 48 hours after baby is born.
Items in this box:
- Bananafish Multi-Function Diaper Bag, Navy
- Mother Loving Potions All-Natural Boobie Butter
- Itzy Ritzy 4-in-1 Multi-Use Nursing Cover
- Gentlepak Perineal Ice Pack + Washable Sleeve
- Scunci 8pc Hair Ties
- The Honey Pot Postpartum Herbal Pads
- Kindred Bravely Labor and Delivery Grippy Socks
- A.E.R. Witch Hazel Towelettes, 40 Count
- Wumblekin Lip Balm!
Postpartum Essentials Box
Mama, I can not stress enough that the most important thing you can do for your postpartum journey is to prepare.
If you are prepared you will be less likely to be surprised by the many changes you will experience.
One of my most popular posts on Instagram included this quote:
The Moment a child is born, the mother is also born..”
You are about to embark on a life changing journey (no matter how many children you have already birthed).
I love that Wumblekin included a postpartum essentials box in their lineup of pregnancy essentials boxes.
One of my favorite items in this box is the Postpartum essential oil blend. It is known to lessen the effects of postpartum mood swings, and hot flashes (Yes, this is a thing). It also helps promote a positive outlook so this is a winner in my book.
My most favorite baby item in the postpartum box is the Moby Wrap. If you haven't heard, a wrap can make your life 100% easier when you have a baby. The benefits to both parents and their babies are tremendous. A wrap can help soothe your baby, get them to sleep, and free up your hands to do other things completed.
Items in this box:
- Moby Wrap Classic, Midnight Color
- Mother Loving Potions Lavender Soap for Mom
- Zutano Cozie Fleece 3 Month Baby Booties
- Simply Earth 100% Natural Pure Essential Oil, Custom Postpartum Blend
- ComfortGel Soothing Reusable Nipple Pads for Breastfeeding
Why choose Wumblekin's boxes?
If the contents haven't convinced you to go ahead and sign up, then the price certainly should. Each box cost significantly lower than the value of the items.
For instance, the second-trimester box is $49.99 with a $80 value. (this value does not add in the cost of the educational booklet, which in my opinion is priceless!)