Guys I used to blow dry and flat iron my hair every day and I haven't done it at all since the day DD was born. I have to get up at 5am to make it to the office on time as it is, and that was the easiest way to cut 15 minutes out of my routine! I'm pretty sure I brought but didn't use makeup too. I basically stayed in my bed in the hospital gown for the first day (DD was born at 11:55pm so my first "night" at the hospital barely counted) and I showered the morning that they were going to release me (I got out of there around 4pm). I just put on sweats and threw DD in a onesie...nothing special.
Good things I did have with me were: nipple cream, nursing pads, my boppy pillow, extra pillows for DH to sleep on (the hospital pillows given to the husbands to sleep on are terrible), two potential going home outfits for me (one was sweatpants the other a t-shirt dress, in case I needed a CS and waistbands were unacceptable), a swaddle blanket and onesies for DD to go home in (one in NB size and one in preemie - DH was a really small full term baby and I was average size, so we had no idea what to expect), change of clothes for DH (we realized about 12 hours after DD was born that he had cord blood on his shirt...it's in a lot of pictures haha), shower toiletries (because they have soap and shampoo at the hospital but it sucks). I had about 100 other things in my bag that I never touched, like the Kindle that I figured "I could read while I'm in labor between contractions" hahahahahahaha what a joke. Maybe if I'd been induced and knew I'd be there a while that would have been nice? A water bottle may have also been nice, since continually filling up a 10oz plastic cup PP was pretty annoying. OH and stool softeners...I started taking those right after delivery. Max dose of OTC stuff.
Wino0920 said:A bottle of champagne
devow27 said:*snip*I had everything with me since I was living in the hospital so I'm kind of feeling like a FTM when it comes to packing my hospital bag. A few things I did use right after DS was born are:Nursing tanks Comfy robe Lotion Chapstick Nipple Cream Cozy socksToothbrush/paste Shampoo/Conditioner/body wash Brush Make up (I wore light powder and mascara) Blow dryer I personally wouldn't bring beloved clothes, undies or really anything cloth that you love a lot. You have no idea the level of bodily fluids coming out of you, so leave that to the hospital's extra large pads and mesh undies.
Just remembered...because I was continuing to go to work every day until I went into labor with DD, there was a chance I'd be going directly to the hospital from the office. So don't forget to throw a pair of flip flops in your bag or something. I wound up going into labor on a Sunday so it wasn't a big deal, but if I'd rolled up in there in my heels and dress and then had to wear the heels home with my sweatpants I would have felt like an idiot. :-)
Yes to Chapstick. And I couldn't get my wedding ring back on until about 3w PP. Sooo much swelling.
Also, if you do a hospital tour, ask what their policy is with supplies...I have friends that said they had a "limit" on the amount of mesh panties, giant pads, ice packs, etc that could be provided during their stay. At my hospital it's unlimited, they just restock as needed. So I just put the mesh panties they had left me in my bag once a day and asked for more so I could have them at home. They're awesome. I hated the giant pads though, they were super bulky - I preferred getting thin overnight pads with wings instead once I was home. I mean what is the point of a pad without wings, honestly. I may bring some of those along this time.
Me: 34 DH: 35Married: July 2009BFP: November 2012 after 2 years of TTC DS born August 2013Diagnosed with PCOS April 20163 months of trigger shot with timed intercourse BFN x3First IUI: 9/17/16 BFP: 9/30/16 EDD: 6/11/17
I'm packing snacks this time.
I'm packing snacks this time.
^^snacks are a great idea. We were in the hospital a lot longer than I expected. Plus hospital snacks were expensive. Hand soap is in my list. I absolutely hate the smell of the hospital soap.My hospital gave me name brand nipple cream, stool softeners and AD ointment. I would recommend taking that stuff just in case but always ask to see what they have and save yours for home.Also not all hospitals give out wipes. Ours doesn't, they gave us precut cloths to dip into water. They worked okay in the hospital but make sure you have wipes for going home.
I hope my hospital is that good! But with no prior experience I don't know what to expect! So I guess I will pack my bag full of everything!