So, the time has come to head over to the hospital. Whether you scheduled a C-section, went into natural labor at home or like me, you had to be induced (more on that in my post ‘Induction’.) One of the things any mom-to-be asks is “What do I pack in my hospital bag?” When you should be asking, “What are the necessities for the hospital?”
Like many other moms-to-be, I over planned for the hospital. Like three bags, a birthing ball, a fan and baby bag over planned. Below are a list of must-haves in my opinion:
One of my friends, who was a huge support during my pregnancy gave me the best piece of advice. She said, “After the birth, skip the pads and wear Depends.” Yup, the old lady diapers. They are comfortable and a life saver. You see, after you have a baby you may or may not know that you bleed (Niagara Falls) for days after. The nine-months of not having a period you make up for in the days after the birth of your baby. The last thing you want to deal with after pushing for hours and adjusting to having a new born is changing flimsy pads every two minutes. Put your pride aside and strut around in your granny panties.
2. Toilet Paper
Even though my hospital post-natal room was like a 5 star hotel the toilet paper might have well of come from the nearest gas station’s restroom. Believe me, after giving birth to 6 plus pounds of baby you want some cushion for your tush. So go ahead and splurge on the good stuff!
3. Flip Flops
The first thing I wanted to do after giving birth was take a shower. Which by the way, they don’t let you do for hours after. Bring some cheap flip flops to not only wear around your room but in the shower too. I don’t care how well they clean the showers, my feet are not touching the floor. I got mine at Target for $5. Also, bring your own shampoo, body wash and loofah they are not provided.
So like any other trip away from home, you are going to miss sleeping in your own bed. I was lucky enough to land a suite at my hospital (given on a first come first serve basis) equipped with a queen bed, flat screen TV, fridge and pull out couch in a separate room (refereed to as the man cave). You can’t bring your bed from home but you can bring your pillow. The ones at the hospital flatten like pancakes the minute you lay on them.
5. Document folder
One thing I wish I had while I was in hospital was a sturdy folder to keep all the important documents that were handed to me in. You are literally handed books worth of papers for yourself and the baby. I spent a good couple hours going through it all once I was home.
6. Phone and Charger
You have a lot of down time while in hospital and use the battery on your phone pretty quickly. Also, make sure you have lots of storage to take photos because you WILL take a lot of photos.
7. Going home outfits
You are provided with everything you need for baby in the hospital (diapers, wipes, shampoo, onesies, brush). Use their stuff so you don’t have to worry about laundry when you get home. Believe me you won’t want to do any chores the first few days you are home. However, bring a few cute going home outfits for your new baby. I brought one preemie size, one newborn and one 0-3 month. The newborn one fit and she still only fits newborn at 6 weeks old.
I bought three cute pajamas/nighties for the hospital stay and didn’t wear any of them. I stayed in the provided gowns the whole three days. One reason is that you stain the gowns (heavy bleeding remember) and the other is no laundry when you get home. You will however need a cute and comfy outfit for leaving the hospital. Loose fitting of course as you will still be swollen.
Leave a comment of anything else you may have found helpful while in the hospital.