People talk about what to bring to the hospital, but what about all the extra stuff you should come home with?
When I was 7 months pregnant, I met a mom of a 1 year old who told me, Take everything in your hospital room. Seriously, take it all, they can’t reuse it if it’s open.
And that was some awesome advice.
Obviously, she didn’t mean literally take everything you see– monitors, towels, blankets, etc. However, I did get some pretty great stuff that I actually used, and I’d encourage you to be on the lookout during your own labor to see what you can take home too!
- Diaper pack and wipes. They’ll open some newborn ones for you! Take the rest of the pack!
- Huge, reusable water cups with lids. I found these really great to have around during the first few weeks postpartum. I think I took two.
- Mesh undies + lots of pads. Load ‘em up. You’ll use them, and I was personally grateful not to have to go out to the store for pads once I finally got home with the babe.
- Formula (if applicable). Unsure if my baby was getting enough milk, we syringed some formula to him after each feeding in the hospital. The wonderful staff gave me several bottles of premixed Similac for him when we left.
- Extra pump parts. I was given pump pieces to try out their hospital grade Medela pump. They sent me home with the pieces because apparently it’s not all that uncommon to run into that pump at businesses (what!?) and other settings. Truth be told, I never did encounter a situation where there was a Medela pump again, but I felt pretty good about taking those pump attachments home!
- Plastic tray. Okay, this one is weird, but stick with me. With the pump pieces, they gave me a gray plastic, 4 inch deep tray-ish container. The lactation consultant I saw recommended I use it to wash all my pump pieces. My gosh, that gray bucket has been used so much in my house when I soak bottles or pump attachments.
- Plastic vomit bags. Again, the lactation consultant told me to throw them in my glove box. She said she still keeps them in her car for her older kids.
- Any baby gear they give you. We walked out with two hats and a plain onesie.
- Creams, gels, squirt bottles, etc.
Basically, if they open it for you to use and leave it with you in the room, take it if you want it! Think of it as your party favor for one of the most wonderful and probably expensive parties you’ve ever been to!