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.

Thoughts

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?

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Postpartum and Beyond

My Hospital Stay Regret

Around nine in the morning on August 29, 2019, my husband, brand new baby, and I were transferred into our hospital room. A short while later my parents arrived. My husband’s mother wasn’t able to visit (I delivered sooner than expected). I adore my mother-in-law, but it was nice not to seem put together for another person.

I’m relatively close with my parents and I’m thankful that they were able to meet their grandbaby pretty much immediately, but looking back at it now, I think I would actually skip out on having visitors at the hospital. I would’ve really liked to use that time to be with my husband and Little P.

Overall, the number of visitors we had was pretty low. My parents and there was a family friend that stopped by. My parents stopped by multiple times throughout the day. The family friend came unannounced with my dad, which I didn’t appreciate, but that’s beside the point.

Every time people came to visit it felt like everything stopped and the focus went to them. I was exhausted, my husband was exhausted, and everyone just wanted to see and hold the baby. At that point, your baby needs to eat every two hours and (if you’re like me) then whenever your changing diapers it’s frustrating and difficult. You’re learning your baby and figuring out how to be a mom. My point here is, you’re not getting a lot of sleep and having visitors takes away time that you could be trying to nap.

I had a natural birth, so we only stayed in the hospital for about 24 hours, not including the whole birth process. I would probably feel differently if we had the C-Section as planned. We would’ve been in the hospital for three to four days. That’s a much longer time to be there. There’s more time to recover (as there should be) and a few friendly faces would be a welcome sight after a surgery like that.

For my circumstances though, I would’ve like to take everything in with my brand new little family and dealt with the greetings and celebrating once we were at home and comfortable. So, for my next baby (if there is a next baby), I think I will ask visitors to please wait until we’ve left the hospital to say their hellos.

So, what do you think? Are you all for the hospital visitors after a birth or do you want your space as well? I’m also curious if you’d be upset at not being invited to come to visit in the hospital.