The arrival of your baby is a time of excitement! It’s often a hectic time as well, so it can be difficult to remember to pack everything that you need AND want to bring to the hospital….Remember to pack early. Some babies arrive early and some fashionably late!
The hospital will give you gowns, disposable underwear, and basic toiletries but the first few days postpartum are a notoriously messy time so you may not want to bring your brand-new lingerie. That’s why I’ve composed… Tanya’s list of
What you really need for the hospital
- Nightgown(s) and robe- I say robe because it’s easy to throw on if you’ve got to go the the rest room and a visitor stops by.
- Bra/ nursing bra
- Breast pads
- Socks (fuzzy warm ones) I froze!
- Underwear (several pair and not expensive ones)
- Hair clips, bands, etc
- Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, lip balm, lotion, deodorant, bath gel, shampoo and conditioner (unless you enjoy using the same liquid soap for all of these things)and a small make up bag
- Comfortable and loose fitting clothing to wear home
Items for Baby
The hospital supplies most of the items you need for the baby. They will have diapers, wipes, and toiletries in your room. Don’t forget to take the nasal bulb home with you-it is the best and you can’t buy one like it anywhere!
Small diaper bag stocked with….
- Outfit for pictures/matching blanket for background
- Going home outfit for baby
- Receiving blankets
- Baby car seat. (Call the Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT for more information on the safety rating of a particular model.) A car seat is required by law and MUST be properly installed in your car before you go to the hospital.
- Warm clothing to wear home/heavy bunting or blanket (if cold weather)
- Baby socks/Baby hat (especially for cold weather climates)
- Burp cloths
Items for Partner/Labor Coach
- Cell phone or email list of people to contact
- Cash in case snack machines do not take credit/debit cards
- Snacks/drinks if you have time to pack them
- Sleep t shirt/pants if you plan on staying all night
- Massage rollers, massage oils to relieve back pain due to labor, pillow or anything else you request to get comfortable
- The object you’ve chosen to use to focus your attention during labor (the “focal point”)
- Camera/video camera with charged battery and new or empty video card!
Items for Hospital Staff
- Hospital admissions papers – Please pre-register! You may go online to www.centralbap.com to save you some time
- Insurance Card(s)
When I was in labor with my first child, everything was going smoothly, we were pushing and I remember Dr. Fuson asked me if I wanted to take my socks off. I said yes. She sweetly looked at me and said who did your pedicure, dear? I naively said, Donnie did I can’t reach my toes anymore…she said, well you might want to leave your socks on. Everyone in the L & D room cracked up and I thought I’m going to kill him. He had pretty much painted my entire toes. A 2 year old could have done a better job. I knew I should have taken the time to go to the salon I just didn’t!
I know this sounds corny but I wanted my husband, my Doctor and my Momma there. Those 3 things meant I could deal with anything (well, that and the epidural!) And I knew that with those people I would have everything I needed. Establish a good support team-It really does make a difference. Even if they do a bad job on your pedicure they always come through when it really counts.
I’ll see you next time in the Chat Womb.