THINGS NOBODY TELLS YOU
1) You will become a poop expert!
2) Your baby WILL have a blowout, most likely in public, so bring extra clothes or a blanket. You can torture your child with the story when they are a teenager.
I will add more as I remember them. Please feel free to add your own.
-How often should I pump to keep my supply steady?
-Can pumping confuse my supply? To make more or less.
-should I pump my right breast more? (it's always bigger and more full) or will that keep it bigger?
Any info/advice will be great.
â€¢ hospital forms and birth plan (if you have one)
2-3 pairs of warm, nonskid socks that can get ruined (for walking the halls before and after labor)
â€¢A warm robe
â€¢ 2 maternity bras â€” no underwire â€” and nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, you'll appreciate the support and leak-protection)
â€¢Lip balm (hospitals are very dry)
â€¢ Toiletries and personal items â€” hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup (as if), shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends) Eyeglasses Headband or ponytail holder (avoid clips)
â€¢Lots of change for the vending machines and non-perishable snacks (you'll probably be hungry after labor, and the hospital cafeteria could be closed)
â€¢Cell phone and charger, phone numbers of people to call after birth, prepaid calling card (if your hospital doesn't allow cell phones)
â€¢Camera, film or extra memory card, battery or charger A gym bag packed with a change of clothes and basic hygiene products for your partner Take it or leave it:
â€¢Extra pillow (with a case that can get ruined, in a pattern distinguishable from hospital white)
â€¢ Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity size and flat shoes (or, just wear the clothes you came in â€” sorry, but they'll probably still fit)
â€¢Bath towel (the hospital will likely supply a small, very thin one)
â€¢ Hairdryer Your favorite brand of soap, shampoo and heavy flow sanitary pads (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you're picky)
â€¢A few pairs of maternity underwear that can get ruined (the hospital will have disposable pairs, which some women find handy and others find gross) A ruin-able nightgown (you can use those lovely hospital gowns, but your own might help you feel more
â€¢laptop , iPad or iPod
â€¢ Adorable outfits for baby (the hospital provides the essentials, and infants are too tightly swaddled in blankets for a fashion show anyway)
â€¢ What to Bring For Baby: Approved car seat Warm blankets (for the ride home) Outdoor gear like a snowsuit and hat, as seasonally appropriate (remember, babies are extra sensitive to cold)
( Got this from a couple of other post and combined them)