I just had my baby girl last Thursday and wanted to share what I needed in case it helps. Obviously a lot of it comes down to personal preference. We ended up scheduling a c-section 2 days before so there may be different things you'll need for a vaginal birth like a birthing ball. massager, aromatherapy, bathing suit or anything else to help during labor
1 nursing nightgown/robe set (I got a very cheap but pretty one at walmart for like $15 ...which worked great at the hospital and ripped after the 1st wash, I guess it did it's job) 1 buttoned up PJ set Flip flops for the shower, slippers and 2 pairs of non slip socks (they did have socks so not totally necessary) Sleeping nursing bra from target which I loved Granny panties. I only used them to go home, the rest of the time I used the mesh underwear they gave me. Comfy going home outfit 2 pillows with colored pillowcases, 1 for me 1 for DH. Before I thought this was unnecessary but the hospital pillows were awful, like a thin block of plastic Toiletries (body wash, face wash, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturizer), basic makeup, dry shampoo. Hair elastics Chapstick Sleeping mask: this was a lifesaver for me to take quick naps when I had the chance. Breastfeeding pillow, another lifesaver Snacks Dollar bills for vending machines Long phone charger Driver's license/insurance card
For DH: 3 changes of clothes. He brought buttoned up shirts to be able to do skin to skin too. You'll likely need less if having a vaginal birth. Sleeping clothes Toiletries Charger flip flops Sweater. I was having hot flashes but the room was very cold.
For baby: Car seat Blanket Long sleeved footed onesies. Not really a necessity, she mostly wore the kimono tees and swaddle sack which were provided by the hospital Baby book, if you want to get the hand and footprints Hair brush Nail file, her nails were super long and they said no clippers for 2 weeks
What I didn't need: Nipple cream (they gave me several samples) Breast pads Sanitary pads. The diaper like ones they provided were great Stool softener, they gave it to me. Towel. Yes the ones they had were super thin and rough but I didn't mind, better than getting blood on mine and having to do laundry, It depends on how much you care about your towel. Diapers, wipes.
Good luck to all of you!
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