I’ve mentioned a few times that there are quite a few things the hospital will provide you. Honestly, it’s been my experience that you could walk into a hospital and give birth and be completely taken care of for your entire stay as long as you have a car seat and the clothes on your back for when you leave. But I digress, here are things that most hospitals will provide for you:
- Nursing pads and lanolin
- Sanitizer, and tons of it
- If you need a pump a lactation consultant can help you with that. If you use an electric pump while in the hospital they’ll give you the pump kit to go with it, or they’ll give you a manual pump.
- Postpartum recovery items for the war zone that was once your vagina (if you have a c-section they’ll definitely provide you with all of the items necessary for the car of your incisions)
- Hospital gown
- Formula if you need or want it
- Diapers and wipes for baby
- Those cute little button tees (they’re great for squirmy newborns and new parents), hats and blankets for baby
- Baby toiletries like diaper cream and lotion
- Bulb aspirator (toss it when you leave, those things don’t ventilate well and get very gross very quick)
- Pacifier if you want one
So there you have it, all of my wisdom from three births. I hope this is helpful and you can learn from my (silly) mistakes! What other things would you suggest people bring/leave behind when headed to the hospital?