Baby #2 is about to arrive, so I thought I'd share what I'm bringing this time around to the hospital. Last time, I had no clue on what I'd need, want, or be provided with. Hopefully this will help any first time moms!
This list is for a 48 hour stay, vaginal birth L/D and recovery. I'm assuming you would need different items for a c-section recovery. Also, make sure to ask in your birthing classes or hospital tour what all will be provided for you by the hospital!
Items not included in the picture would be our unmentionables, Boppy, and the random supplies to bring.
- Socks/underwear - ones you wouldn't mind if they got thrown away afterward!
- 2 loose fitting/nursing friendly tops
- 2 loose fitting shorts/skirts
- Flip flops - for the shower
- Towel - because hospital ones are tiny!
- Toiletry bag - my usual lineup from home (in travel size) because I have to have my same routine.
- Hair brush/ties
- Body wash/loofah
- Razor (if I'm feeling ambitious! haha)
- Makeup remover wipes
- Hair dryer
I'm going to be smart this time around and bring items for breastfeeding. I'm not sure what I was thinking last time, but I didn't have a nursing bra, tank or anything...my husband, God bless him, ran to Target when we got home and had to get me lanolin cream. For real. So, first time moms, be smart and buy it before!
The items I am bringing are:
- 2 Nursing tanks
- 2 Nursing Bras (love the Gilligan and O'Malley brand from Target, thanks hubby! ;)
- Lanolin/nipple cream - if you don't end up needing it, it can be used for diaper rash on baby!
- Boppy - I'll keep it in the car, and if I decide I want it, John can run down and get it.
For my husband:
- 2 shirts
- 2 pairs of pants/shorts
- Flip flops - for the shower
- Towel - again, they are small and he is super tall!
- Toiletry bag - he'll throw in his few items into my bag
- Going home outfit
- Burp cloths
I'm very low maintenance for the baby after birth. They really don't need much that isn't provided for them at the hospital. Our hospital provides diapers, wipes, creams, white onesies with the mittens, and a sleep sack that we get to bring home. I prefer using their items for a few reasons: 1) if baby makes a mess, no laundry for me. Just ask the nurse for a new onesie. 2) If they open a pack of diapers/wipes, you pay for it. Might as well use that whole pack - and take home the rest!
Random Items to Bring:
- My own pillow
- List of names/numbers of people to call
- Gum/mints (in case I don't have time to brush)
- Gift for big sister and nurses - be nice to the nurses and they will be nice to you!
- Money/checkbook - we got a discount for paying our bill before we left, so I'm glad we had that!
- Insurance paperwork
- Car seat/base - our hospitals make sure they aren't expired and are loaded in correctly.
Items I'm not bringing this time around:
- Movies, music, games, etc - didn't have time and not worth losing!
- Medicine (stool softener, witch hazel pads, maxi pads, Tums, etc) - all provided by the hospital
- Snacks - again, our hospital is awesome and has a room just for snacks/drinks for parents. We also get a celebratory meal after birth, and all of mom's meals are provided by hospital. The 'dad gift' where we deliver is a meal card for dad to stay and eat at the hospital cafeteria. We are lucky!
- Birth plan - Although I think it's nice to tell a new mom to have her goals/plan written out, it's not realistic. Be up for anything because every birth is different. Know the basics (if you are getting an epidural, want a water birth, etc), but don't be surprised if things happen to fast or emergencies come into play and your perfect plan goes out the window.
I think (hope) that I'm remembering everything! I also have to pack an overnight bag for Abby, so I have a bunch of lists going on right now. We have everything packed, and the suitcases have notes on top for last minute items to grab (pillows, Abby's doll to sleep with, etc). So now that it's packed, I guess he can come whenever! ;)
34 days and counting! :)