There are plenty of lists that aim to run down every possible item you might want to have with you after labor and delivery. But what’s really worth hauling to the hospital, and what will you actually use? We’ve compiled a few quick picks to get you started, so you can get back to more important things, like resting up for the big day.
Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, hairbrush, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, lotion … and whatever else you need to feel refreshed after pushing a tiny human out of your lady parts.
Cellphone and charger—plus, a wireless charger may be helpful if the outlet is located in an inconvenient spot, or you and your partner both need one at the same time. (You have texts to send, social media posts to publish and so many baby pictures to take!)
Everyday clothing: Pajamas, warm socks, underwear and comfy loungewear are all hospital friendly. We also suggest bringing a quality pair of postpartum leggings to jumpstart the recovery process. It’s never too early to start caring for your body after it’s gone through so much change.
The SRC Health recovery leggings are recommended by health care professionals for their ability to improve mobility and pelvic muscle function after birth. This small-yet-mighty garment assists with healing perineal trauma/stitches, C-section wounds and abdominal muscle separation through the use of unique Anatomical Support Panels. Breathable wicking fabric for mom’s comfort is combined with gentle compression that offers 24 hour wearability and pain relief. You will often be reaching for leggings anyway, so having a pair that combines comfort and recovery benefits is definitely worth it!
Nursing goods: A nursing bra (go up a cup size, so the girls—likely swollen and tender when your milk comes in—can get some relief), nursing tanks and nursing pads (your milk will come in whether you plan to breastfeed or not, and you’ll appreciate the leak protection either way) will all prove helpful as your breasts adjust.
Odds and ends: We suggest throwing a few yummy snacks in the bag, too. You can’t rely on whatever is in the hallway vending machines, and the cafeteria hours most likely will not sync up with your birth schedule. Another thing to include is a notepad and a few pens to jot down questions, tips from the nurses, memories for the baby book or even baby’s feeding times.