my own pillow from home! it was so comforting and helped me to get good sleep for the 2hour periods that I was able. also i packed some fruit and granola/protien bars to munch on (i was induced) during the waiting period/easier part of labor because I know you weren’t allowed to eat bc of the risk of aspiration in case you needed an emergent c-section(I am a nurse and this is a very real risk) BUT i weighed the risks and benefits and i felt that if i didn’t have at least a little something in my stomach than i wouldn’t have enough energy to push for as long as I did!! i’ve only done this once so I don’t have tons of experience but that is what worked for me! as for baby- they literally provide you with everything so don’t even worry about it. just the going home weather appropriate outfit :)
I keep thinking of things....LESS IS MORE. visitors will bring you gifts and flowers and you do not want to be overwhelmed with packing the car up with so much stuff and your new baby. if you forgot someone or end up having a longer stay than you planned- someone can always stop by your house and grab the thing you need. as for speakers and essential oils and rollers and all that jazz- i didn’t even take it out of my bag!! there is so much going on and you are so distracted and just want to sleep. so save that stuff for @ home :)
and!! i forgot, clothing for me- literally loose sweats and loose boxer shorts.. a supportive cloth bralette and a few big t-shirt’s. and a hoodie. no one told me about the extreme hot and cold temperature variation that occurs in your body those few days after labor. it was so helpful to have layers of big comfy clothing that i could take on and off.
Pajamas, slippers, towels and wash clothes, body wash, robe, extra money for real good after you are able to eat, the baby bag (that is a whole other list 🤣), phone charger and battery packs, comfy clothes when you leave, portable speaker for music.
An extra long phone charger, and if your phone has a battery you can take out it would have been nice to have a back up for all the phone calls and pictures. A pillow or two, a light soft blanket for yourself, soap, shampoo, your own toothpaste, baby book.
Eye mask and slippers or comfy socks!! Cozy robe, a pillow bc hospital pillows suck you don’t know how long you’re going to be in labor. Shampoo, conditioner, face wash, moisturizer, hair ties, hair brush, refillable water bottle like a swell bottle or yeti, CHAPSTICK, omg didn’t realize how much I needed it! Phone charger and iPad/tablet. Breastfeeding pillow (if you plan on it) and a nursing bra.
Sorry so long!: The best thing we brought was the laptop, hdmi cable, and Bluetooth speaker. We hooked the laptop to the hospital tv & I just watch Netflix the whole time. I had a 47hr labor and we had to stay two days after. It was a god send! Also I second the chapstick.
I bought a gownies hospital gown from Baby be mine and loooved it. It was comfortable and still had easy access for the nurses. I also got a lot of compliments on it which is great when you can barely walk lol.
I also recommend bringing your own pillow for comfort reasons. Our hospital only allotted two pillows per person.
I also had two outfits one to go home in and one to wear in the hospital. I finally changed out of my gown after day 3 so it was nice to put some fresh clothes on. And I still had a different outfit for the next day! Also when ordering clothes plan on being a bit swollen. My legs were still pretty swollen on day 4 and I could barely fit into my sweats that I bought to go home in lol
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