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My “what I’ll need at the hospital to have a baby” list

I’m a list maker.  I have post-it notes, pads of paper, and scribbles all over my house.  I can’t imagine getting by a week without writing down what I need at the grocery store, to pack for a trip, or things to do before a certain event.  Here is my list of what I take to the hospital for having a baby.

*The below paragraph is what I started writing weeks ago, but the night I started this post I actually had my son by c-section a couple weeks early!

“I’m due to have a baby in two weeks and have been putting my hospital packing list together for a couple weeks now;  adding things as I remember and feeling very prepared while doing so.  This will be my second go at having a planned c-section (after having a vaginal birth as well).  My list might be helpful to share for some of you who have yet to experience the joy of labor or a cesarean. ”

For you to easily nurse the baby:

  • super stretchy comfortable nursing sleeper bras (1 or 2 should do it).  I hate wearing hospital gowns, so I just wear these sleeper nursing bras and underwear while in the hospital (except when guests visit, of course)
  • 1 or 2 sleep shirts or nightgowns that unbutton down the front or unclasp at the strap
  • a Boppy style of pillow
  • a box of ‘Mothers Milk’ tea.  I hate tea, however I swear this helps bring your milk in fast and full.  I make it, let it get cool, and then just slam it down… does not taste good!  Start drinking it right away after you have the baby and continue drinking it until your milk is in.
  • nipple cream or hydro gel pads for sore nipples.  I LOVE using gel pads instead of cream and recommend ‘Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads’

For your comfort:

  • a box of ‘smooth move’ tea.  This is another tea I dislike, but force myself to drink after having babies.  It helps keep your digestive system on track as various pain medicines and lack of physical movement will slow down your bowels.  You don’t want to have to work hard to go to the bathroom or have any added discomfort!
  • an eye mask and ear plugs to block all the lights and sounds
  • your own menstrual pads (going without your period for 9 months is completely ruined by the 4-6 weeks of straight bleeding after the baby comes).  The huge diaper sized uncomfortable pads that the hospital supplies are terrible and I recommend bringing your own to use.  I like ‘Always Ultra Thin Long Pads with Wings’.

For the baby:

  • a couple outfits.  The hospital has basic clothing and blankets, so if you want to dress your baby in cuter clothes and comfortable sleepers you should pack a few items.
  • a birthday present.  I like to get my kids a birthday present for the day they’re born.  After all, the day they are born is the most authentic birthday they are going to have.  For my daughter I got her a silver necklace with an ‘L’ pendant (for Lauren).  I haven’t decided on what to get my son yet.

For everything else:

  • camera, camcorder, phone, and all the chargers
  • ID and insurance information
  • an outfit for yourself to leave the hospital in
  • toiletries, hair dryer, make-up, lotion, etc