10 Hospital Must-Haves For New Moms
Packing for the hospital when you’re expecting can be a stressful thing. I started about 2 months before I was due, just in case! Once I was there, I remembered lots of things I wish I had brought! This is a list of things that I think you should definitely have:
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1.Breast Pads– Oh, new mommy milk. It’s great for the baby, but not for your clothes! I had zero, yes, ZERO, breast pads when I delivered. As a result, I have a drawer full of stained shirts that look liked they’ve been in an oil can. These pads are the best ones I have tried yet. They pull the milk into the pad, keeping you dry, and hold SO much!
2.Gel Soothies– This may not be a must-have for some, but let me tell ya, they are AMAZING! There is nothing quite like the burning pain when you are first nursing your child. These pads can be chilled in the fridge. They are sticky enough to stay put, and they feel like a little slice of heaven! Imagine you have a sunburn. These feel like the aloe vera you lather on!
3.Granny Panties– Yes, I said it. Unless you just love the way the mesh panties from the hospital feel, you are going to want these! I bought a 6-pack of them before I delivered and I was so glad! They keep everything in place, and are super comfy! Plus, you are going to want something you don’t care to throw away later. Trust me, you will ruin most of them.
4.Nursing Cover– Some may not think this is needed, but I do! I support breastfeeding wholeheartedly, but the only way I would do so in public is with a nursing cover! We had lots of family visiting, and with baby girl eating every 2 hours, I had to nurse with them in the room at times. This cover was a life-saver because honestly, I was tired of showing everything I had to everyone! Birth was enough!
5.Lanolin Nipple Cream– When you’re in-between feedings, this cream is a lifesaver! It’s so painful when you start breastfeeding. This creates a barrier between you and your bra, making life a tad more bearable. It is VERY thick, and a little goes a long way. Four months in and I still have half a bottle!
6.Boppy Nursing Pillow– Oh my goodness! This pillow is a lifesaver! Spare your poor arms the work and strap this pillow around you while feeding. You almost don’t even have to hold on! It was my best friend for a long time! Plus, it’s super cute. It can also be used to aid in tummy time, and later, help prop baby up to see the world!
7.Tucks Medicated Pads– I added this because I have heard lots of women say their hospital didn’t have these. Fortunately for me, these were provided! But, if they weren’t, I had them in my bag anyway! I used these on top of a maxi pad for over a month after birth. They are cool, medicated pads that help tremendously! Remember when I was talking about the feeling of aloe vera on a sunburn? Same concept, different area. Ouch!
8.Nursing Bras– In the beginning, you are going to be leaky! This goes hand in hand with the breast pads. You will need a nursing bra or tank to hold those pads on so your precious milk doesn’t end up all over you and the bed! Plus, it’s so much easier to nurse with these. I am still wearing them every day 4 months later. Stock up, because breastfeeding can get messy!
9. Snacks- I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like hospital food! Bringing snacks is one of the most important things you can do. Tired, new mommas need their energy!
10.Yoga Pants– I’m sure I’m not the first new mom who wasn’t thrilled with the look of a hospital gown. I look back at pictures and cringe. I had already gained 50 pounds in my pregnancy, and the hospital gown added 50 more. I couldn’t wear it anymore! Yoga pants are stretchy and comfy enough to wear around the room without showing your backside to everyone!
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What were some hospital must-haves when you delivered? I would love to know in the comments below!