Ok… it’s not stealing if you’re paying for it… and trust me… you’re paying for it. Here’s a list of things that are so worth lugging home:
- Barf buckets – we seriously use them for everything. As newborns, we fixed up baby bottles of water and put themin our “night bucket” and a can of formula and took it to our bedroom which saved us from having to go to the kitchen 4 times each night. We use them for water play activities, packing supplies into our camper, washing bottles, storing things in the bathroom…. the possibilities are endless.
- Peri bottles – you’re going to want that refreshing splash of water for at least 2 weeks postpartum… and ask for extras if you have multiple bathrooms because you will want one in every bathroom you use. (I was also thinking the other day that they might be fun bath toys for the babies. HA!)
- Baby toiletries – the travel sized soaps and lotions are great for weekend trips.
- Stay dry pads for the bed – these can be used for so many things… that may not be baby or mom related. Lay one on the driveway when the husband is changing the oil in your vehicle… then throw it away.
- Disposable underwear, pads, ice packs and tucks (or the like) – and ask for extra. I wore disposable underwear for at least a week. They were comfortable and wearing them saved my everyday underwear. You will go through pads and tucks like crazy (at least I did).
- Diapers, wipes, diaper cream – I wish I would’ve packed a little of these away each of my 4 days in the hospital so they would replenish them like they replenish toiletries at hotels. But honestly, my nurses were great and brought extras for me to take home (I think they pity the twin moms).
- Nipple shields, nipple cream – again, ask the lactation consultant for extra. And ask for multiple sized nipple shields. You may find that in a matter of days you need a different size.
- Breast pump parts – even if you don’t plan on using the same brand of pump that the hospital uses take them home. The hospital I went to used the Medela Symphony and I used the Spectra S2, but you can buy conversion parts that allow use on different pumps and it is so nice to have multiple sets of parts so you don’t have to wash them every 3 hours.
- Insulated hospital cups – I ended up with two and I tried to keep them filled at all times. One next to my recliner and one next to my bed. Drink tons of water, ladies!
- Receiving blankets – the hospital blankets were a bit heavier than the other receiving blankets we had and since our kiddos were born in November it was nice to have something a bit heavier.
- Baby thermometer – We didn’t have one at the time our babies came home from the hospital so I’m glad they sent one home with us.
- Bulb syringes and pacifiers – again, ask for extras if you can. The bulb syringes should be thrown out fairly regularly so it’s good to have extras. And the pacifier fairy swoops in and does her thing more often and not so it’s best to have extras on hand.
- Premixed formula bottles – ask for enough to get you through the next 48 hours at home (even if breastfeeding is the main goal, it’s always good to have on hand). I didn’t produce enough milk for both babies to have 100% breast milk, so having these were great for throwing in diaper bags. Plus it took about 6 days for my milk to come in, so we had to help supplement with formula to keep our preemie babies growing.
- Belly band (abdominal binder) – generally the hospital will send you home with a belly band when you have a c-section. Even if you deliver vaginally the belly bands are nice to have. My belly was so stretched out that my skin physically hurt after delivery so wearing the band helped me keep my skin from hanging which reduced the discomfort.
- Compression socks – I was hospitalized for 19 days prior to delivery, so I was lucky enough to get a couple pairs. It took a couple weeks for my swelling to subside so I’m glad I took them home.
What did I miss from the list? Anything you would add?