Ahhh, the joy of having a baby – this is minutes after Teddy was delivered – look at me, happy, glowing, excited for this new life. The first moments are so precious and its amazing and all that – but here’s what they don’t tell you. You have to stay in the hospital for at least 24 hrs after you deliver. Here’s another thing they don’t tell you – hospitals are noisy, there are constantly people barging into your room, and there are always lights flashing somewhere in your room. I, personally, hated staying in the hospital post baby arrival. I know some people like it and appreciate all the support they get from nurses and stuff. I am not that person. I need sleep and I had a really hard time sleeping or napping in the hospital. But there are a few things you can bring with you to help your post baby hospital stay. So if you are a first time mom or heading back, here is what I packed in my second time hospital bag…
First, lip balm. Seriously, no matter what else you pack don’t forget this item. Hospitals are SO DRY. I drank so much water and felt like I was putting on lip conditioner every 3 minutes. My personal favorite for lip conditioner is Beautycounter’s Peppermint. It works so well, has just enough peppermint (which helps with nausea – did I mention that you can still get nauseated after your baby comes? super fun), and is safe for you and your brand spanking new baby. You don’t want to be kissing that perfect little head with questionable or harmful chemicals in your lip balm! Beautycounter is a great way to make sure all the products you use are safe for your new baby and for yourself. Amy’s Beautycounter link to order!
Then your iPod or make sure you bring ear buds for your phone. I listened to my iPod when I was trying to sleep; it helped block out some of the noise of the hospital. I love listening to audio books, so I made sure my iPod was loaded with books and fully charged. It was so relaxing to just listen to the book. I could focus on the story and block out the noise and stress of the hospital. Also MAKE SURE YOU PACK YOUR CHARGERS! this means phone, iPod, tablet, whatever else you bring to the hospital. There’s nothing worse than wanting to listen to your iPod and its dead.
Next – this kangaroo Care tank top from Milk and Baby. I loved having this with me for skin to skin time in the hospital. Skin to skin is hugely beneficial for both you and your baby. It helps your milk come in faster and also helps support your milk supply throughout your nursing days. Your baby will benefit from hearing your heartbeat, temperature control, and lower stress levels. In case you didn’t realize this, going from a warm, loud, very small, and dark environment to the hospital with lights, cold air blasting and your arms and legs flailing about is highly stressful for babies. Being cuddled up with you is so comforting for your little one. And this shirt allows you to have skin to skin without feeling like you are on display. You may have already felt this way throughout your delivery (I definitely did with my first) but after the baby comes its nice to feel like you can cover up and wear some sort of normal clothing. So this is a must in my books. Here’s the link to order: Kangaroo Kare Tank ** I would suggest ordering a size up, I thought it ran small.
Pack snacks for days. I wouldn’t necessarily pack a whole cart full, but definitely bring enough for your hospital stay which can be up to 96 hours if you have a C section. Fluctuating hormones and an irregular sleep schedule left me starving at the weirdest times. Also, when I get hungry and I am hungry NOW so I don’t want to wait on the hospital to bring me something. Snacks are simply a necessity in the hospital. Some maternity wards have a few snacks available, but since I am GF the only thing they had for me was fruit and let’s be honest, sometimes you need some salt and crunch in your life.
Nice Maternity pajamas. My mom bought me this three piece set off of Amazon from Bearsland Maternity (Link to Amazon here). These were great because they looked so nice – I got lots of compliments on how cute they were! – and because its a nursing tank it’s easy to strip down and nurse or cover up with your robe. Honestly, every time you are trying to nurse someone will be coming into your room to check on you so it’s nice to have options for covering up a little. Plus these jammies are super comfy. I wore them all throughout nursing Vincent and plan to keep wearing them with Teddy! They describe the fabric as “Rich cotton” and I would have to agree! The fabric is really nice. It breathes and has stretch to it. They get the thumbs up from me!
So these are the items that get pictures – but there are other items that I packed that you might want to consider:
- Granny panties – because you need someone to wear that will support the ginormous pads that they give you
- Sweatshirt – because your hospital room might be a balmy 75 or a freezing 20 degrees so you need layering options
- Slippers – you will want to walk around the halls because you need to escape your room and it’s good for recovery
- Toiletries – shampoo, face wash, lotion, toothbrush, DEODORANT (hormones made me super smelly) etc. I would also suggest bringing some make up, especially if you are going to have pictures done in the hospital. I think being able to put on some make up helps you feel like a human and less like a zombie who has no idea what is going on.
- One going home outfit for baby – the hospital will provide clothes for your baby while they are staying. Let them do the laundry and only put on your clothes when you are ready to take baby home.
I think that’s it! What else did you mammas pack in your hospital bags? What am I missing?