Getting Ready: Hospital Bags and Postpartum Ideas
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|Sat, 09-15-2012 - 5:14pm|
There are so many BTDT moms around, I thought we could start a dialogue about what we are taking to the hospital and what we think we'll need around the house after baby comes home. I'm sure we'll have plenty of good ideas and we should all get some "a-ha" moments!
I'm a notorious over packer - but, I'm going to try to get myself together a little better this time. Last time, I went to the hospital on my own, unexpectedly. DH managed to bring his stuff and totally left mine at home. I was NOT a happy camper! However, I realized I could make it with almost nothing!
Nursing Bra - side note on this one: wear one to the hospital. I wore a sports bra and I was uncomfortable trying to nurse that baby until I could get it off the next day!
Pajamas - I hate having visitors in a hospital gown. Plus, I'll freeze!
Toiletries - I like to have my own shampoo/conditioner, lotion, etc...I also like to shower as soon as I feel up to it after birth!
Nursing Pads - My milk came in crazy fast last time. I'm going to be prepared this time!
Hair Ties/Headbands - Something I forgot last time. And regretted big time! I wanted my hair out of my face so badly!
Makeup - We're one of those families that always has a camera around. I don't want to hate all of the pictures. I will be touching my face up throughout this whole deal!
Yoga Pants/Sweatshirt - gotta have something to go home in!
Spanx - keeps your guts from feeling like they are going to fall out and is a nice support, honestly!
My own pillow/Boppy - I'm pillow-picky, mine has to go with me. I also love the added support of my Boppy.
The Cameras - He did remember the camera last time!
Snacks - He was starving after I delivered and they brought me food. But, none for him!
Water Bottle/Coffee Mug - Easier to deal with than having to run to the vending machines to refil tiny cups. This way he can focus!
A Sweatshirt - my DH is very thin and always freezes if the air is on very high like it is in hospitals. He'll need something.
Phone Charger - That battery might be full when we arrive, but it will be DOA as soon as the baby shows up!
Going Home Clothes - We'll probably use something simple or even the outfit her sister wore home.
Swaddling Blankets - I don't like hospital blankets! They smell funky and they are so stiff!
Socks - None of the hospitals we've ever used have had socks. Uh -cold feetsies!!
Burp Rags - These serve two purposes - the obvious and also as a barrier for visitors when they ask to hold baby. Shirts harbor a ton of germs. I want to protect my baby.
When we get home:
Pads - ugh. But we're going to need them! I am trying to decide if I will use disposeable, mama cloth or a combo!
Fruit and Veggies - To put this gently, it works better than a stool softener! I love a good smoothie with yogurt, berries and kale to get things moving!
Thank You Notes - As you recieve gifts or meals, you can just fill out a note and get it out quickly!
Snacks - We normally aren't huge snack people. However, the kids will need stuff they can grab by themselves. Plus, I'll be ravenous as soon as my milk comes in. I'm thinking string cheese, granola bars, muffins, nuts and dried fruit, etc.
All of the obvious - It's easy to over look stuff like laundry detergent or dish soap when you're obsessing over impending delivery of a baby. Oh, and there was this one time we came home with a baby and didn't have any diapers!
What are your ideas?