The one thing every new mom needs? Hint: It’s not just sleep. As any mother will tell you, the days and weeks post-baby can be as physically taxing, if not more so, than pregnancy itself. Coupled with the fact that you now have a newborn to take care of, self-care often falls by the wayside. Enter MOMBOX, a new company whose goal is to make post-partum care easier than ever.
“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself.” That’s one of the founding principles at recently-launched MOMBOX, where the priority is post-baby recovery. True to the name, the box contains a host of essential products to help new mamas through the healing process—think pads, a sitz bath, witch hazel pads, and a whole slew of other things you never knew you needed.
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Founder Kate Westervelt created the company based on her own experience and needs after having her son in March 2016. “As most moms do, I prepped the nursery and packed my hospital bag, but was completely unaware of the recovery items I myself would need after giving birth,” she explains. “No one really talks about postpartum care until after you have the baby. The nitty-gritty details are overlooked by friendlier topics, like cute onesies and car seats.” When she ended up in Target (less than 72 hours after giving birth, no less) “sleep deprived, overwhelmed with hormonal fluctuations, and in ice-packed panties” searching for what was safe to use on her healing body, Westervelt knew there had to be a better option.
After nearly two years of product research, discovery, and testing, Westervelt curated the 10 products currently in the box—all healthy, safe, high-quality options from female-led companies. With everything from a perineal washer (aka a squirt bottle designed specifically to cleanse the vaginal area postpartum) to organic belly oil to high protein marcobars, the $90 kit is a one-stop-shop that’s quickly and easily shipped directly to new moms.
Up next? Expanded offerings, a C-section recovery box, and a one-for-one model that will provide a life-saving birth kit to women in developing countries for each MOMBOX purchased in the US.
So, whether you’re looking for a gift for a new mom, or just birthed a tiny human yourself (in which case, congrats!), consider this one practical purchase that’s sure to please.