Postpartum and Beyond

What to take from the Hospital

All right, soon to be mommas. You should be happy to know that there are a bunch of goodies that you can take from the hospital. They understand how difficult it can be having a baby and they are there to help you! So, let’s just jump right into it today and see what the hospital provides for you when you check out.

1. Diapers

Of course. We got a small pack of newborn size diapers, plus we took whatever we had scattered about the room. I assume they have different sizes just in case your baby doesn’t fit into the smaller sizes.

This was the most helpful for us. After all the reading and research I did, I had assumed that we would never even use those newborn diapers, of course, Little One was small enough for them though. So thank goodness the hospital provided these for us!

2. Premade Formula

If you’re bottle feeding, then you’re in luck! They provide some of those cool bottles of formula that are already made. No need to wake up in the middle of the night and prepare a bottle in those first nights. My hospital provided either Similac or Enfamil. We personally chose Similac, but the choice is yours. You could always choose to take neither. We had already known we were going to be using Earth’s Best Formula, but I have to say those premade formulas were too tempting. Besides we didn’t mind the ingredients that were in the Similac formula.

3. Formula

Yes, on top of those premade formulas, the hospital will also give you a sample size of formula. Once again the options were between Similac and Enfamil. Once again, we took some Similac. Yes, yes, we still knew we were using Earth’s Best and, yes, we did have some already at the house. It was free and we did end up using it when we realized that we ran out of formula. The point is, you can probably use it one day even if it wasn’t your plan to use that brand.

4. Wipes

Not a lot of wipes. I think we ended up getting a regular size pack. We had been using them while we were there and got to take them once we left.

5. Those hospital undies

So, I had a pretty easy labor. No tears or anything like that. I probably could have switched into undies that I had brought, but those hospital undies are kinda comfortable. They’re not cute or anything, but at that point who’s going for cute anyway? Anyway, they give you a pack of them and you might as well take them. They are really, really comfortable. Besides if anything happens, you ruin a pair of mesh undies and not your actual undies.

6. Witch hazel/Peri Bottle/Ice pack

Take them. If you bought your own peri bottle, then I suppose you could skip the hospital one. If you’re on the fence on buying a peri bottle, then let me save you the trouble. Don’t. It’s a waste of money, unless you plan on reusing it for something else. The hospital one works just fine. They also give you a couple of sprays that help with the numbing. A couple of ice packs too. You’ll probably end up using the ice packs in the hospital (and that’s good), but the other things take with you. They’re so helpful during the healing process.

7. Lotion/Shampoo

Okay, okay. It’s not a necessity to take the toiletries they leave in the bathroom for you. I did though. I don’t know what happened to me. As we were getting everything together a weird “make sure you get everything you can” feeling came over me. The lotion was very good though, it ended up being a staple in my diaper bag. The shampoo (surprise) I haven’t used yet. In the future, if I take a trip I have a nice travel size thing of shampoo and body wash though.


Overall, the most important things to make sure you have for baby are those diapers and formula (if formula feeding). The witch hazel and peri bottle for mom are also extremely important. The hospital should go over what is okay and not okay for you to take before you get discharged though. For example, they prefer you don’t take baby with the hospital provided clothes. Although if you didn’t have clothes I’m sure they’d make an exception.

As always, let me know what you think. Were you able to take more from the hospital?


Hydration Station

So, last week I wanted to set a challenge for myself. It’s something I think I want to do for the remainder of the year. I want to do something for a whole week and then from there hopefully I’ll continue it or discover that thing isn’t really for me.

This past week I challenged myself to drink the proper amount of water every day or at least a much higher amount than I was currently drinking. I set a goal for myself to drink at least 60 oz of water every day, but I was hoping to get to 80 oz.

I was actually very successful! I do think it is because I gave myself a range. 80 oz of water when I was really only drinking about 40 oz to begin with was a big jump. Getting an additional 20 oz in a day was tough, but doable.

The first thing I noticed was my lips were no longer chapped or peeling. Go figure, one of my least favorite things could be so easily solved by drinking enough water. It’s not like I didn’t know either. Obviously, you hear about the benefits of drinking water, but I think doing it makes you realize how good it does your body.

I also felt more calm and was less prone to headaches. Hear me out on this next one, I was less thirsty. I know it sounds dumb, it is a little dumb. You know when you get a soda or even a sports drink how you can still feel like you need to drink? Well, once again, surprise, surprise, drink some water and your mouth feels less dry and you don’t feel as thirsty. Wild what water does.

The only real annoying thing with this water drinking challenge was the amount of times I had to go to the bathroom. I was going constantly. There were a couple of times where I thought I was pregnant because I was going so much. I’m not, I was just hydrated. I’m hoping if I keep drinking this way that my body will stop needing to go to the bathroom as much, but I’m not sure. Either way, I can handle going to the bathroom a little bit more if it means I keep feeling this great.

If you are looking to make a positive change in your life, I honestly suggest with starting on drinking enough water daily. It makes a world of difference. In my experience it was pretty much immediately. The next day I honestly felt so much better. My lips have felt so smooth and looked much nicer! I’m so excited about that. Please, do yourself a favor, get a reusable water bottle and drink that water!

Stay Tuned

My next challenge for myself is daily meditation! It’s something I’ve been really interested in and I want to see if I can fit it into my daily schedule. I’m hoping I can take at least five minutes a day to set aside for myself. My husband is out of town for the month, so I’m the only one with our 6 month old. A little bit of an extra challenge on scheduling our meditation. Tune in next week for that.

Until then, let me know what you think!
What challenges would you like to see in the future ?


The only person

The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.

C. JoyBell C.
Postpartum and Beyond

My Diaper Bag Essentials

Ah, the diaper bag. It becomes one of the most important things once you have a baby. If you’re going out with your baby then you want to make sure you have everything you could possibly need.

1. Diapers/Wipes

Personally, I keep six diapers in our bag. We used to have a travel size package of wipes in the bag, but we ran out, and I never seemed to replace them, so we keep a regular size package. Is six diapers a bit much for a diaper bag? Perhaps, but I would rather have a few too many than one too little.

2. Extra Clothes

I have two different onesies, two pairs of pants, and a set of socks. Any time I didn’t have extra clothes we would have diaper leakage. So, I’m done tempting fate and just bringing extra clothes. They really don’t take up much space. I have them rolled up in one of the inside pockets.

3. Pacifier Wipes

My husband insists that we can just pick the pacifier up from the floor and clean it ourselves. I get that. I’m not worried about sharing our germs. On that note, if we’re sick, would she just be out of a pacifier? Also, I don’t necessarily want to use a pacifier that fell on the floor either. Plus does that actually clean it? I like having the pacifier wipes just to make sure that it is clean just in case we happen to drop it (and we manage to find it again).

4. Toys

I have two different toys that are guaranteed to make my daughter happy. This wasn’t as big of a deal when she was first born, but now she can get bored and need something to do. These are especially handy if we’re going to be waiting in line for things.

5. Bottles/Formula

I keep the bottles filled with water and have formula in a separate container. I usually keep one small bottle and one large bottle. I’ll take another large bottle if I think we’re going to be out for a really long time.

6. Chap-stick/Hand Sanitizer/Wallet/Baby Lotion

This is all in one number because it’s mainly stuff for me. I have a big diaper bag, it’s cute, and I don’t want to keep track of another bag, so I put my stuff in there too. Baby lotion I keep for both me and baby. It’s a little travel size one so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.


There you have it. I try to keep it as simple as I can. I want to be prepared, but not stuck digging through my bag to find what I need. Other things do have a habit of making their way in and out of the bag as well. I definitely couldn’t survive without these items on the list though!

Let me know what you think! What items do you need to have in your diaper bag?