What to take to the hospital
Hi! I hope this post doesn't seem know-it-all-ish, but someone asked what to bring on the "new moms" board and here's what I posted there. I REALLY wish someone would have shared this info with me, so I thought I would paste this information here. I hope this is helpful!
Check with the hospital to see what they provide. I brought WAY too much stuff, including a big bag of my own pads, only to find out they provided really nice, thin Always overnights (which, by the way, I HIGHLY recommend).
Here's what the hospital provided:
Pads (nice ones)
Topical pain relievers for the delivery region
samples of Lansinoh lanolin for sore nipples
diapers (sent us home with a few packs, too)
clothes (just little undershirts and onesies, not ours to keep, though)
blankets (not to keep)
I could have gotten away with bringing just clothes for myself, and a little makeup. I bought some larger size cotton lounge pants (non maternity) specifically to wear in the hospital and in the first weeks at home, and I'm so glad I did. I NEVER wanted to see another pair of full panel maternity pants again after delivery! I did wear maternity shirts for a while- bring a few maternity t shirts that are bright and that will look nice in pictures (I know it seems vain, but you'll want memories from the hospital and you may as well look your best).
Also, I brought a little makeup, just blush and mascara, and I'm so glad I did. My face was pale and so swollen, but I looked and felt better because I took 5 minutes to make myself up. Again, these are pictures you'll have forever. I was REALLY glad I had bought a pack of big ol' maternity BRIEFS, the kind that come high up on the stomach. Your stomach is so loose jiggly after that the support feels absolutely heavenly!
Oh- if you are planning on breastfeeding the absolute BEST thing in the world is these nursing tanks from Target. They look the same as the expensive fancy brands, but only cost $16.99. They are by the brand In Due Time, and sadly, only come in black or in white. They are awesome. I sleep in one every single night. During the day when I'm just at home, I wear one with jeans, and if I go out, I throw a v-neck t-shirt over it and it actually looks pretty cute. They are also great for nursing in public because it keeps your tummy covered. Anyway, buy MUCH bigger than you think you need. I was a size medium t-shirt pre-preg, and I have lost all but 3 pounds, but I wear a size XL in these tanks. They run REALLY tiny.
What I wish I didn't bring:
the baby books
The first night, when we realized how much extra junk we had, dh brought home two armloads of stuff, and we still had to make about 5 trips to the car the day we went home. The hospital gave us SO much stuff, including formula (they wanted me to supplement- yeah, right!), two diaper bags, a blanket from Jack's stay in the NICU, diapers, wipes, about 75 bottles and nipples (no kidding!), a sitz bath, pads, more disposible underpants... IT was so nice, but SO much stuff. So check with them.
What I wish I had known:
ASK THE NURSES FOR EXTRAS OF ALL THE TOPICAL PAIN STUFF THEY GIVE YOU FOR A VAGINAL DELIVERY. My hospital provided this wonderful epifoam that really helped numb the pain and I wish I would have asked for more before I left. It costs $50, even with insurance, for a teeny bottle about 1/3 the size of a bottle of travel hair mousse.
I hope this is helpful!
Identical boys, Max and Jack born 3/19/05!