Your hospital bag. The closest thing to your home that you will have while stuck in a hospital for four days. You can read more about that here.
I, like most mothers, went immediately to Pinterest to get the ultimate check list. I didn’t know what to pack or what some people found unnecessary so I just packed it all. Below is a list of what I packed,how I felt about most of the items, and my recommendations for each!
1. A Robe that Opens in the Front
I was pretty excited about this. My best friend gave us bridesmaids robes at her wedding that were super cute and I was going to wear it when I gave birth. Once the time came, the last thing I wanted to do was get blood and other fluids all over this gorgeous WHITE robe. I never wore it.
Recommendation: If you are going to bring a robe, I suggest this one. It opens in the front so nursing is made easier, comes in many colors, and is relatively in expensive. Just makes sure to get darker colors instead of white!
At the beginning of my stay, it was so much better to have the hospital underwear because you could just throw it away when you got blood on it. However, by day three, having my own underwear made me feel normal again. I stopped feeling like I was stuck in the hospital forever and more like there was an end near!
Recommendation: I highly recommend these. I got some ten dollar ones from Target that were my original size, turns out that I had gotten a lot bigger and my stomach didn’t just shrink back down after birth. These go around the still existing bump and are super comfortable; even with the maternity pads.
Even if you aren’t planning at pumping in the hospital, I still recommend bringing it. We had a lactation specialist at our hospital and she was willing to teach me how to use it. She showed me which size to use, how to know if it parts need to be replaced, and even how to clean up at a workplace that wasn’t very “mother friendly.”
I cannot stress this one enough. The most important thing in my bag was my phone charger. I didn’t even give birth until 19 hours after getting induced. Although those 19 hours went by fast, my phone died multiple times as I was telling people that I was at the hospital. It died even faster once we announced on Facebook that our daughter was born. Not to mention all the photos that were taken. I would have been lost without my phone.
Recommendation: There aren’t many plugs close by the hospital bags since they usually get in the way. I recommend this charger as it has a long cord. Keep in mind this is an IPhone charge, so you’ll have to get one on your own if you don’t have an IPhone.
5. Nursing Bras/Pads
If you are only going to be in the hospital for the first 24 to 48 hours, you might be lucky and not need the nursing pads. I; however, was not that lucky. I was in the hospital for four days and my milk came in by day three. I was leaking EVERYWHERE. I didn’t need a bra the first couple of days because my milk hadn’t come in, but as soon as it came in, I needed protection. Not to mention, having the nursing bras made me feel a little more concealed in a world where people saw everything of yours even if you didn’t want them too.
Knowing me, I had everything set and ready. My checklist included little things like nipple cream, extra pads, diapers, wipes, and even sports bras for comfort. Most of these items I didn’t even use. All baby products were provided by the hospital (and we even got to take some home) and pads were also provided with all the creams and sprays to numb down there. I recommend asking your hospital what they provide before you prepare a bag that has random nonessential items and less of the essential things. Oh, and don’t forget an outfit to wear when you leave with your little bundle of joy!
-Trying Not to Go Crazy,