Our founder Danielle recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy! Read her list of hospital essentials and tips on how she prepared below:
What's In My Hospital Bag? With an 18 month old, I knew what I was getting into this time around! So, I was *much* more on top of prepping hospital bag for round 2. Our hospital was recently renovated so I knew we had a fridge which was an added bonus! I was also armed and ready for nursing a new babe which can super uncomfortable at first with latching problems, etc. I grabbed most things below expecting them to get stained or to toss after the hospital. Those first few days of breast milk stains are super hard to get out!
- Nursing Bras
- these are affordable and super soft. Especially on sore nipples!
- Socks with traction - love me some give-back Bombas
. The nurses make you walk around the maternity floor and these are great and won’t let you slip
- Hair Ties that give-back (and hold everything back as well!) - Teleties
- Maternity T-Shirts
from ASOS- shirts are pretty unnecessary since you’re in bed nursing but with a slew of visitors I try to make everyone feel comfortable even with a babe attached to my chest.
- Belly Band
- I’ll take all the belly support I can get! A c-section has a pretty brutal recovery
- Fluffy Towel from home - totally beats the hospital's small, scratchy one!
- Toothbrush & toothpaste, MABLE
's brushes are made of bamboo and they're 100% biodegradable!
- Face Wipes
- It’s really asking a lot to wash my face on day 1 and 2 so wipes do the trick.
- Coconut Oil Wipes - wink wink
Arm pits, under eyes, baby’s tush - you name it, a coconut oil wipe has got you covered.
- Tube of CoCo
is a must for nipple balm, face & body for me. And a tablespoon in tea to get my digestive system moving again.
- Shampoo & Conditioner - love Rahua
- your digestive system needs the support! It’s also a great boost in your breast milk for baby’s digestive system
- Coming Home Outfit by Spearmint Love
- Pillow - sleep is rare but you may as well enjoy your thirty minutes here and there.
- Blanket - it’s pretty nice to have your own blanket. But don’t bring a nice one! It will definitely get ruined.
- Portable Speaker - love some acoustic guitar to mask the beeping sounds of the IV.
- Boppy for Nursing
- I didn’t have this for Eva but it was so amazing to have this time around.
- Epic Bone Broth
- you’re on liquids only the first few days so swap out hospital broth for the good stuff! Bone broth is brimming with vitamins and minerals that will help start healing right away.
- Bottles of Electrolyte Water & Coconut Water
- I must have drank 4 bottles a day! My milk came in right away so I was nursing every hour or so which leaves you parched. There wasn’t enough water around me to take down. But hey! My OB let me leave a day early because he thought I was recovering really well and he said it could’ve been from all my liquids. Win!
- Go Macro Bars
for energy - you need strength to nurse! It’s physically exhausting so I love these bars for a healthy boost.