Heading to the hospital to have your baby is an irreplaceable, exciting time! It’s honestly so special and sweet, but it can also be overwhelming to think of all the things you may want to bring. We asked our Insta followers to chime in with things they wish they had brought/ things that forgot when they took that life-changing drive to have their baby…here’s some of the things they listed:
-Boppy Pillow: This is such a great, versatile item to bring with you. Not only is it helpful for nursing and preventing you from hurting your back while leaning over baby, but it can also be used for you (mom) to lean up against or provide extra support after a c-section. Consider bringing extra covers in case of spit up or breastmilk spills.
-Fan and/or noise machine: A hospital or birth center can be louder than you might imagine…noises from machines, newborns, mamas, or staff walking up and down the hall can keep you up. With an already-limited sleep schedule, you’ll want to get all the Zzz’s that you can! A fan or noise machine is soothing and can help you get much needed rest.
-Cozy pillow and blanket: It is nice to feel like you are in your own “home” even when you’re in the hospital. If you are recovering or may have an extended stay for various reasons, we suggest bringing a cozy pillow and blanket that makes you feel relaxed and makes it feel less like a hospital room. Extra pillows are always nice, especially if you’re used to sleeping with a particularly type of neck or head support.
-Robe and slippers: A robe and slippers is such a wonderful idea. You will likely have a few visitors who want to see baby, so a robe allows you easy access to nurse baby and still easily be able to tie or close it if you want, when visitors arrive. It also allows staff access to check you when they need to. Slippers are also great, but we suggest that you spray the soles with lysol or clean them well when you arrive home from the hospital so you don’t track germs into your house afterward.
-Long phone chargers: This suggestion came in more than once! Sometimes outlets are placed pretty far away from your hospital bed, so being able to plug it in easily is a must-have…you don’t want to miss all those sweet newborn pics you’ll want to snap. You probably also want one for your partner or anyone staying with you so you don’t have to share! A ten foot charger is ideal.
What are your hospital must-haves? We would love to hear, so chime in on the comments or on our Facebook page!