Hi there Positively Oakes babes! Its Ali from Dream Crafter again. I thought I would share this little post with you in hopes to shed some light on the area for all those first time moms. (Or second or third.)
I’m sure you have all read those posts on what you should put in your hospital bag when its go-time for baby to come but I have been there and done that. Three times. And I can tell you, I am STILL bringing stuff that doesn’t matter and just takes up space. But hopefully this will help you not pack up your entire house.
I want to start off by saying that this list is definitely not going to fit EVERYONE. Everyone is different and has different needs when it comes to having a baby but here are the things I think you seriously do NOT need to bring.
1. Diapers and wipes
My first time having a baby, I didn’t know what the hospital provided, so I brought everything I thought I would need for baby! Turns out, not only do they provide you with these things, but you can steal as many as you want when you go home. Do that. Take them ALL home.
2. A Nursing Cover
Lets get real. Nursing in the hospital is not a private thing. You can be all private about it and hide under your nursing cover, but all the doctors, nurses, family members and cafeteria workers have seen far worse than a momma nursing her baby. You just exposed your lady parts to the world, I think nursing a baby won’t be too traumatizing for you. And in the end, if you DO want to cover up, just use one of the trillion baby blankets laying around.
3. Feminine Supplies
My first time at the hospital, I brought pads. My thought process was that I would be bleeding for a while and I would need them! Turns out, they give you giant diapers to sit (and sleep on) plus you get to wear those mesh underwear that look like your grandma might have purchased for her bladder control problems. Oh, and steal as many of those as you can too.
4. Your entire “get ready for the day” routine
I love to bring a little make up and a brush with me to the hospital. After I have the baby I love a good shower and to feel a little bit put together. But lets get real. You aren’t going to be spending a half hour curling your hair to perfection while in the hospital. Be comfy! Take time to re-coup!
5. Magazines, novels, board games, and your entire collection of sudoku puzzles
Every now and again I will have a little down time to read a magazine or play a game on my phone, or check FB. But to be honest, most of the time you aren’t taking care of baby, or yourself, you should be sleeping. Trust me. Just do it. When you get home, there won’t be a staff of nurses bringing you meals when your hungry, or placing pain pills in your hand or fluffing your pillows. Sleep. Relax. Enjoy your baby!
6. Water bottle/food
Unless you are bringing food for the hubby (or special foods for yourself that are on your “new diet”) I would suggest not bringing anything. You get to eat as much food as you want at the hospital for free. And my hubby just usually runs to grab a burger or down to get something at the cafeteria if he’s hungry. As far as water goes, MOST hospitals give you a nice 64 oz water bottle with a straw to drink from that you can take home. My last one didn’t (and I was pretty upset since that is the only reason I have a baby…jk) but they did have lots of cups with straws for me to drink from. So, unless you have some very specific requests on what you are drinking from, they aren’t going to let you go thirsty at the hospital.
7. Body pillows, Boppy, or pillows from home
A lot of people would disagree with me on this one. They HAVE to have their special pillow. Which is fine! If that is you, then bring it! But at the hospital they have four hundred pillows at your disposal. If you want to sleep with ten pillows around you, just ask for more pillows! And nursing is easy when you have 10 pillows around you all the time. When I brought my Boppy pillow the first time, I didn’t even use it. I had so many pillows on my bed, it just ended up being one more thing to carry out when it was time to leave.
9. Your size 2 jeans
Even if you are one of those freakish people that have a baby and then walk out of there the exact same weight, shape and size they were back in college, don’t bring your jeans. You just had a baby. You are going to be wearing a giant diaper and mesh underwear. Even if you CAN squeeze into your jeans. Just don’t. Be comfortable. Bring leggings or yoga pants. You want something that will hold your lady parts up. Pajama pants, Sweat pants. Its all good! No one expects you to walk out of the hospital looking like Kate Middleton. I’m just saying.
10. Leave room in your bag
When you leave the hospital, you will be going home with a TON more stuff than you came with. Especially paperwork (that you don’t want to get smashed.) Just be sure that you have a way to carry home all those extra diapers, wipes, pads and don’t forget that baby!