What to Pack For The Hospital?
For first time mommies, packing for the hospital can be nerve racking… what will I need? What will the hospital supply me with? How many outfits do I need to pack for baby? Am I packing too muck, to little?
I have had three children, and by number three packing for the hospital was a “breeze”. It’s those “little things” like lip balm and breath mints that I finally realized were an absolute necessity! For me, packing for the hospital was my favorite part of my whole pregnancy! I loved picking out the “going home outfit”, folding up those tiny little clothes; staring at those miniature socks. I would just sit there looking at those tiny socks thinking that soon they will be on those precious little feet with those perfect little toes… the feet that were inside of me, constantly reminding me with the kicks I will remember forever! I have designed this list so you can “check your items off” as you pack them.Happy packing!
What To Pack for Mommy
ÿ Birth plan!
ÿ Insurance card
ÿ Address book (I recommend making a typed list if who you want to call after delivery)
ÿCell phone or phone card (you can only make local calls from your room)
ÿ Lip balm
ÿYour toiletries (Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hair brush, makeup, hair band)
ÿTennis ball, massager (for back Labor)
ÿ Focus object: If you plan on using focusing as a labor technique, a photo of your animal, other children, or favorite place makes great focus objects
ÿYour favorite lightweight blanket (if you have one)
ÿ Breast feeding gown/pajamas: while you are in labor I recommend wearing the hospital gown due to the “mess”
ÿ 3 pairs of socks
ÿ3 pairs of underwear: for the most part, you will be wearing disposable “mesh panties” that are supplied by the hospital, they are not the most attractive undies, but they sure are comfortable, and you can expect to “leak out of your pad” for the first day or so and you don’t want to wear you best Victoria Secret’s underwear!
ÿ Outfit to wear home (most of us do not fit right back into our pre-pregnancy jeans, so choose something that is loose fitting and comfortable
ÿ2 nursing bras
ÿNipple crème (the hospital usually gives you some small samples of Lansinoh)
ÿ Pads (I would only pack a few; the hospital supplies you with all of these)
ÿ Breast pump: Most hospitals will supply you with a pump, but if you have your own this is a great way to get help on how to use it. There are several reasons that you may need to pump: If your baby has to stay in the nursery for observation, if you have Flat nipples you may be encouraged to pump for a couple of minutes prior to trying to latch baby to “bring out the nipple”. If you are not producing enough colostrom, you may be encouraged to pump to stimulate colostrom production. If baby is having a hard time latching, you may need to pump your colostrom and finger feed it to the baby until you get the latching process down.
ÿCamera/video camera (don’t forget extra batteries)
ÿMusic: if your are planning on playing relaxation music
ÿAromatherapy: Unfortunately, hospitals do not allow candles, but you can bring in any other kind of aromatherapy. Lavender is a good relaxing scent for labor. You can bring lavender lotion, and if your room has a bath, you can get lavender oil. You can also put a “dab” of oil on your pillow
ÿBirth Ball: If you are planning on using a birth ball, you can bring your own, or check to see if your hospital supplies these.
ÿMovies, cards, magazines (especially if you are being induced, and expecting a long labor
What The Hospital Usually Supplies You:
ÿDermoplast spray: This is a spray that helps with vaginal pain due to tears/episiotomies
Peri Bottle: This is a small bottle that you fill with warm water to spray over the vaginal area when you are urinating. If you have torn or had an episiotomy, your urine can burn and this helps dilute the urine so it does not burn. This also helps with “cleaning up”, and also aids in the healing process
Ice packs: After delivery you will have an ice pack placed over the vaginal area to help with swelling and pain
ÿTucks: Most hospitals supply these, which are applied to the vaginal area to help with pain. These are especially helpful for those lucky moms who may develop a hemorrhoid while pushing.
* You may want to buy an extra “tub” ofTucks, you can store them in the refrigerator; this makes them cold, and more soothing.
*You can also purchase an extra can ofDermoplast Spray at any drug store
ÿPads: When you first deliver, you can expect a large flow of blood. For the first 12 hours or so, you will be given a “jumbo pad” that almost looks like a diaper! You will also be supplied with large absorbent pads.
ÿWater jug: Almost all hospitals supply you with a large water container.
What to Pack For Baby:
ÿ3 Pairs of socks
ÿ2 pairs of pajamas: I recommend the “sacs”, as they make changing baby much easier. The hospital will supply you with a shirt for the baby that ties on the side so you can do frequent skin-to-skin. Most of our mommies have baby in just a diaper until they go home so they can be skin-to-skin while in the hospital
ÿ2 “going home outfits”: You want a back-up outfit just in case baby had a “poopy blow-out”
ÿ2 receiving blankets: The hospital will also supply you with these; for the first few hours after birth the baby will be covered with a receiving blanket from the “blanket warmer” if skin-to-skin. If not skin-to-skin, then baby will be “swaddled” and have a hat on to prevent heat loss.
ÿ2 warm blankets
ÿ1 nail file: If your baby is born with long nails, they will end up scratching their face. It is recommended to file baby’s nails, or “bite; then off with your teeth rather then using a clipper
ÿ5 Diapers: The hospital usually supplies you with all of the diapers you need, but I would bring some for back-up
ÿWipes: These are also provided by the hospital, but in limited amounts I recommend bring some with you (I would just pack the travel size)
ÿA&D ointment or Desitin
ÿPacifier (if you are planning on bringing one)
ÿBottle (if you are planning on bottle feeding your baby)
* Most hospitals supply you with bottles and formula while you are in the hospitals, but the bottles are not the “good” bottles like TheAdvent bottle, and the formula brand may not be the brand you have chosen to use. One of the best formulas on the market is the Enfamil. You may want to bring a bottle with you.
ÿFormula (you only need to bring small amount)