What to bring to the hospital when you’re having a baby

You see all kinds of silly things recommended to bring to the hospital when you’re ready to have a baby. I’m here to tell you, most of the crap you’re told to bring you won’t need. It’s a hospital. They have soap, and pads, and diapers, and blankets.  They also have regulations prohibiting various things from cell phones (thankfully this one is going away) to scented candles. You will be busy, and then exhausted, and then preoccupied with your baby. You are not likely to be bored.  Besides, the rooms have TVs and DVD players. You will not need a mix tape for labor or a focal point. Sorry about this to any midwives who may be reading, but an epidural is God’s gift to women and Lamaze is French for “misogynist”. 5000 screaming women can’t all be wusses. Oh, and if you have white carpet just go to the hospital as soon as your water breaks even if you aren’t in a lot of pain yet. You’ll thank me.

You won't need any of this. Really? Toys?

You won’t need any of this. Really? Toys?

You will still be swollen from being pregnant. You will be sick of your maternity clothes. So pack something loose and pretty you haven’t worn since the second trimester to wear home.  Pack a going home from the hospital outfit for the baby too.

You will be bleeding and messy.  Do not pack pajama bottoms. Do not pack nice undies. A nice robe for the shower and a pretty pajama top for visitors are a good idea.

This is nice pajama top. Easy access boobies for nursing too!

This is nice pajama top. Easy access boobies for nursing too!

This has easy access too, but no.

This has easy access too, but no.

Just wrong on so many levels.

Just wrong on so many levels. 

Good robe

Good robe

also a good robe, but..

also a good robe, but..

just because you're a mother now doesn't mean you have to dress like your mother now.

just because you’re a mother now doesn’t mean you have to dress like your mother now.

Flip flops you can also wear in the shower are a better idea than slippers. You can disinfect them when you get home. Hey, I am a doctor, okay? I think about stuff like that. DON’T sue me.  Unless you really can’t sleep without your pillow, leave yours at home along with your blankets.  You will have enough laundry to do without trying to get blood stains and other gross stuff off your nice bedding.  Well, you’ll still be doing that at home, but why add to the work?

Trust me, you won't even need your homemade menstrual pads

Trust me, you won’t even need your homemade menstrual pads

Pack your normal cosmetics. Pack a camera because once you have that baby and apply your cosmetics, you are going to be so good looking you will want your picture taken.  Plus, if you forget your toothbrush, the hospital will provide you with a crappy one and charge you $50 for it.  You WILL want shower gel.

Don’t worry about anything else. Whatever you forget, your spouse can bring for you when he brings you dinner.  You weren’t going to eat that hospital food were you?

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About womanmdsguide

My name is Dr. Kristen Cain and I'm an infertility doctor with a passion for women's wellness and having the time to live life to its fullest. I write about women's health issues and time management secrets for young professional women because a good life means having the health and time to enjoy it!
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2 Responses to What to bring to the hospital when you’re having a baby

  1. perryay says:

    I love this! Best advice ever.
    Seriously though, ‘home-made pads’?? Eww.

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