Preparing for labor and delivery

Here is a running master list of all things you will need to bring with you to the hospital when its time for baby to arrive. This list has been refined by 4 rounds of mamma's. Pack your bags! 

The List

  • Blanket for you and for spouse. Our hospital was kind of cold
  • Pillow 
  • Large sweatshirt (don't have to but i liked having mine)
  • 1 nursing tank top (I stayed in my gown mostly since I wanted the baby on me and it was honestly easier)
  • 2 comfy robes (i brought a fuzzy long and a short light one)
  • 2 pair of fuzzy socks
  • Flip flops for walking to bathroom (hospital floors are nasty)
  • 1 pack of hanes very large black or dark colored granny panties
  • Black yoga pants or sweats (3 pairs) - all black is key...you will bleed a lot. If you decide to wear pants, black is best. I bought bigger sizes that I normally wear for comfort.
  • Shampoo, conditioner, face wash, soap, deodorant, body spray, hair pony tails, head band
  • Tooth brushes and toothpaste for mom and dad
  • Cleansing face wipes.... if you aren't able to shower right away these were nice to have
  • Pads - the hospital will give you some (they are huge) and huge, huge mesh underwear... if you bring your own pads (the heavy duty kind) then you have the option because these are a little more comfy
  • Boppy pillow - for breast feeding
  • 2-3 comfy baby outfits. It is really hard to put clothes on newborns haha. Bring some easy-looking one piece clothes. Bring a pair of socks and baby mittens since they can scratch their face on accident.
  • Big fluffly baby blanket
  • 2 receiving blankets->hospital will also give you as many as you want
  • The hospital will give you lots of post partum things to use as well as to take home. Take as much as you want/need. They will keep giving them to you.
  • Clothes for dad (remember enough haha)

Optional

Bluetooth speaker for listening to your own music
Air diffuser for good smells

After delivery

  • Make sure to take the stool softener they offer. You won't want that to be firm since it is tender down there
  • Accept the motrin they offer you as regularly as you are allowed. By the time you think to ask for it it takes a while to kick back in.
  • I recommend letting the baby have a soothie (paci) if they recommend it
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions and page the nurse. It is what they are there for

Things to remember

  • You will be there for 1 or 2 nights (at least) depending on your delivery and time the baby is born. Make sure your partner has enough clothes to hang out with you for that long. That is the main thing I forgot for my husband haha. 
  • Bring a snack for after you deliver. You will likely feel light headed since your body did some amazing things, and some calories help that. I recommend bland things. Labor made me a little nauseated, I had cheerios haha.
  • If you get induced - make sure you eat before, they won't let you during and you'll be hungry if you have a long labor.
  • Take a swaddling/receiving blanket that the hospital uses home with you. I like that I have one of the original blankets he is in and the nurses will let you.
  • You can do anything for 60 seconds - remember this. This is relating to contractions and pushes
  • I recommend using the medicine balls if they have it to move labor along, also the shower was great if you have access to one. Hot water on my back was A+.

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