Whether you have a Cesarean section birth or a vaginal birth, you are most likely to stay in the hospital for at least a few days. Preparing in advance for your stay at the hospital is what I highly recommend to avoid last-minute hassles and discomfort. Moreover who knows your needs better than you do?
Here are some tips to prepare for your stay at the hospital after delivery..
When should I pack?
It is advisable to have everything ready by the eighth month of your pregnancy. You could go into labor anytime weeks before your due date. So go shopping, follow the checklist and be well equipped at least a few weeks before your estimated due date.
How to pack?
Choose a small bag to accommodate, all your things. Big bulky bags could look like unwanted mess in the small Hospital rooms. You could also have two small bags – one for you and the other for all the baby stuff.
The person who plans to stay back with you can pack a separate bag.
Here is what goes into your bag:
Nursing gowns and nursing bras: most hospitals provide gowns, but most women prefer having their own comfortable and loose nursing gowns. Visit the local lingerie store and buy some comfortable night gowns and feeding bras.
These would be useful not just at the hospital but also after you return home. I recommend not buying too many feeding bras at this time. Invest in a couple of them and buy later as per your comfort.
- A towel
- Few napkins
- Hairband and scrunchies
- Slippers and socks
- Some healthy snacks like fresh fruits, nuts dried fruits etc.
- Lip balm
- Sanitary pads
- Disposable panties – one of the best things that could make life simpler then would be disposable underpants. You can put your panty liner or pad onto it and dispose it off after a few hours.
- Scarf or nursing cover – to be able to nurse your baby with visitors around.
- Home coming dress – carry a pair of clothes for you to wear when you bring your baby home.
- Baby book or journal – to record your newborn’s foot and handprints
- Anything that makes you relax
For the baby –
Most hospitals provide clothes and diapers for the baby. In case you want her to have everything of her own here is what you can pack
- Few swaddle cloths
- Few burp cloths
- Cotton nappies
- Diaper rash cream
Consider buying traveling or miniature bottles of shampoo, lotion, baby powder etc to make your bags light and less bulky.
Carry anything that you need for yourself to be comfortable. Like the pillow you cannot sleep without or a special blanket.
Carry a picture of your older child if you have one. So when he visits you and his younger sibling, he is reminded he occupies a special place in your heart too.
These few days could be a little overwhelming, this mommy says being well prepared helps.
Do not hesitate to ask for as much help as you need. Cherish each moment of being a new mom:)