NEED: Do your bosoms a favor and bring a nipple cream or balm of your choosing. Breastfeeding is likely happening around the clock, so make sure you have something baby-safe on hand for relief.
NICE TO HAVE: A nursing bra that pulls aside or clips down can be easy when you’re learning the ropes, milk can take a couple of days to come in so if you’re comfortable going bra-free that could be an option as well.
LEAVE IT BEHIND: A nursing pillow (controversy!!). File under something that someone can bring you if you find you cannot live without it or leave it in the car if you drove. You can always stack up regular pillows (gasp!). Nursing-specific wardrobe. Something with good access will do just fine. Nursing pads. You can ask your nurse for some if you have any leakage.
4. ODDS & ENDS
NEED: Bring your insurance card, ID and any inpatient forms from your hospital or birthing center.
The phone does pretty much everything else you would need in the way of photos and communication with friends and family via WhatsApp or other group messaging apps. Don’t forget chargers.
Have your partner bring whatever they need to feel comfortable like an extra set of clothes.
NICE TO HAVE: A laptop is not totally imperative but very useful for reasons including but not limited to, entertaining your partner and binge watching TV on Netflix. Yes, they have TV but regular TV is for suckers.
A Jambox can be nice if you want some non-hospital flavor in your ear.
A small treat for your nurses if you want to maximize the potential of this short-lived, yet powerful relationship.
A sleep mask and earplugs, because not everyone gets a private room and not everyone who shares a room gets an awesome roommate. Feel us?
Snacks! There’s a cafeteria but it feels like a minor miracle to have your favorite stuff on hand pre-epidural or right up to giving birth if you go drug-free.
DON'T NEED: White noise machine, because of course there’s an app for that. Same with a notebook.
//WONDERING WHERE TO STASH ALL THIS STUFF FOR THE BIG DAY? WE HAVE A SUGGESTION //