What Moms Recommend You Pack for the Hospital

Written by: Sarah Cobb

When you are getting your hospital bag ready – the general lesson learned is don’t bring too much.  It gets messy in there and when you are scrambling to get home with your precious little bundle(s) – you don’t want to have to worry about a lot of stuff to pack and bring home:

MOM-RECOMMENDED HOSPITAL BAG ITEMS & TIPS

  • Paperwork & wallet – driver's license, insurance, ID, birth plan (if you have one), cash/credit card, hospital paperwork, etc.
  • Car seat properly installed in the car (if you plan to drive home from the hosptial)
  • Entertainment – iPad, Journal, Magazines, etc. – sometimes things can take a while!
  • Techy stuff - Phone, camera, and chargers
  • Favorite non-perishable snacks
  • Chapstick and lipgloss
  • Your own toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, facial cream, body lotion, etc.
  • For your feet - shower shoes/flip flops and extra socks
  • Bath towel or robe (skimpy hospital towels are not ideal)
  • Hair ties
  • Comfortable loose-fitting outfit to go home in (not just for the baby!)  
  • Extra change of clothes for you & your partner or support person
  • Stuff for the new baby – going home outfit, baby lotion, ointment for their little bum (e.g., A&D), baby mittens/socks for their hands (protect them from their own little sharp nails), newborn pacifier, and a pretty blanket for photos

UNEXPECTED TIPS FROM MOMS

  • Most moms do not change out of their hospital gown – things were messy and doctors/nurses to be able to check on certain areas anyway.
  • Baby book – get those foot prints in right away!
  • Honey sticks for nausea
  • Witchhazel and hydrogel pads – take care of all of the sore areas!
  • Always empty your bladder before nursing – it allows your uterus to contract more efficiently while nursing and encourages quicker healing
  • Stay hydrated! (of course when they say it is ok to drink/eat)
  • Granny underwear - good to fit those giant maxi pads
  • Face cleansing wipes – freshen up when you're too tired to wash your face
  • Create an area/stack in your home with extra nursing tanks/bras and comfy or maternity pants, so if you need to stay with your baby – someone can easily find the and bring them to you

Through all of it, make sure you take several moments to breath deeply and pat yourself on the back!  It is an amazing experience no matter how it unfolds – you are making a human being (or more than 1).  Good luck and please share your lessons learned with our NPN readers.

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Posted on December 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM