Recently, I’ve been planning for my little one’s first birthday. I know! Everyone says it goes so fast, but it doesn’t hit you until it happens to you. I started thinking about delivery and the time we spent in the hospital welcoming our new little girl, which gave me the idea for this post. I’m going to tell you about everything I brought to the hospital and which things I actually used! Yes, there is difference.
I was able to plan a little bit more than most since I checked into the hospital to be induced. Good news. I didn’t have to be induced. My water broke at the hospital and then 18 hours of labor. All worth it of course.
First thing, I knew that this was going to be a tough experience and wanted to treat myself with a few new things to help me feel comfortable. Sounds materialistic, but whatever works for you, mama. I bought a nice new weekender bag, which I absolutely adore! I still use it on trips. It has so many great pockets and was a great deal! I’ll link it below!
I also bought a toiletry bag and a new makeup bag. My old toiletry bag was from when I was in college. It had to go! I found this matching set on Amazon and they sure came in handy. I would definitely recommend finding a toiletry bag with a hook to hang on the back of the bathroom door. There’s not a lot of space in the bathroom.
I know some of you may be thinking makeup? Why? It was one of the only things that made me feel like a normal human after birth. If you’re someone that has a skincare routine, I would also recommend bringing a few things to make you feel at home. Taking two minutes for yourself is a big deal these days.
I brought way too many clothes. I would guess most new moms do. You just don’t really understand how your body is going to change after birth and what you’ll feel comfortable in. A good rule of thumb is to expect to be the size you were 6-7 months pregnant. Also, I don’t know if this is everyone, but I had extreme hot flashes and the room needs to be warm for the baby.
Best things I brought:
Nursing tanks. I’ll link my favorites below. I bought even more when I got home. It’s all I wore the majority of maternity leave. Especially if you have a Fall/Winter baby. You just throw a sweater on top and you’re good to go.
Pajamas. I normally wear a night gown to sleep in, so I should have known that’s what I would prefer when packing. I bought a black night gown that was a little longer. I also bought pajama pants in case I got cold (jokes on me). Find what you like and get it in a darker color to avoid obvious stains.
Robe. I know I know. I said I was hot. However, when you have family/friends coming in and out, it helps you feel a little more covered up.
Slippers. You need something to help you keep your balance when you walk to and from the restroom if you plan on having pain medicine or an epidural. Generally, you’re tired and delirious anyways, so you’re going to need some assistance. The hospital will give you slip resistant socks, but I opted for slippers that I could take on and off. Thankfully, some lovely coworkers gave me a really nice pair.
Things to consider bringing:
Your own pillow. I was 100% more comfortable having my pillow from home. Make sure your pillowcase is a color other than white, so it doesn’t get confused with the others.
Heating pad. It was a Godsend during labor. I had back labor and if I didn’t have this I would have been in trouble. Even with the epidural, I was generally uncomfortable from all the pressure.
The hospital will have everything you need. I’ll say it again. The hospital will have everything you need. Leave the diapers, wipes, wash cloths, pacifiers (if you want the baby to have one), and just about everything else.
Things I’m glad I brought:
A sleeping gown and hat set that matched my robe. Sometimes you just have to be that mom.
A going home outfit.
Hand mittens. These aren’t necessary, especially since I kept her swaddled more often than not. I just have a scar on my face from my days in the hospital. Baby nails are basically large bird talons if you didn’t know. Very sharp and come out of nowhere.
Car seat. Something you’ll need to take the baby home in of course.
- Phone chargers
- Driver’s license/insurance card
- A folder/flexible file for all the baby’s paperwork!!!
- Hair ties
- Birth plan (my doctor had mine prior)
Things you don’t need:
Dermaplast, Tuck’s soothing pads, Pads, Adult diapers, Nipple Cream. The hospital will have plenty of things to keep you comfortable. You’ll even get to take it all home!
All in addition to what I said about for the baby. Most checklists you’ll see on Pinterest will say 2-3 onesies, 2-3 swaddles, 2 hats, etc. Trust me. You don’t need it.
Things I didn’t use:
Nursing bra. I know some people will swear by these, but in the beginning the nursing tank was plenty of support for me.
Post-partum belly wrap. Again, your only goal is comfort. I did use one during maternity leave and definitely thought it helped.
Let’s wrap it up.
Mama-to-be you’re going to pack and repack that bag over and over. You’ll want to add just one more thing “just in case.” You won’t need it, but I know you want to be prepared. Like I said before, I also packed too much. And you will too. I hope I put your mind at ease about what you need.
Mamas, what was your first meal after delivery? Leave it in the comments below!
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