When I was a first time mom 17 years ago there were so many things I wish someone would have told me when I was packing for the hospital. I was there for two nights with pretty much nothing that I wanted or needed. Fast forward 14 years to when LA was born and once again, it was like being a new mom since it had been so long and I was at the hospital without some of my wants. When Addy was born, I had it down! I researched, asked lots of people suggestions and made sure I packed, even if it ended up being too much.
I found many of my must-have items were also those mentioned by other mamas who had previously given birth. Take a look at my list of top items I highly recommend you keep on hand!
- Lanolin – Breastfeeding can be hard for a new mom. It WILL hurt but you CAN make it through these challenging first days/possibly weeks. Lanolin will become your best friend and will help ease the pain. Make sure you get some for the hospital bag in case your hospital doesn’t have samples for some reason.
- Nursing Pads – Nursing can be unpredictable and some mamas have their milk in prior to giving birth. Most mamas don’t have it until after a few days, but you want to be prepared and when your milk comes in you may not feel like running to the store with a wet top! Keeping nursing pads in your new mom tool kit will ensure that you sty dry!
- Natural Baby Wash/Shampoo – chances are your hospital will not have this on hand and they will give you a brand that is NOT natural and healthy for baby. You can take your own and request that they not use anything other than what you’ve brought for your baby.
- Hair Ties and Chapstick – You’ll want these two items from the time you are in labor til many months after! Being a new mama can be exhausting and the last thing you’ll want to do is worry about styling your hair. It’s easy to just put your hair up and get it out of the way. Chapstick was something I wanted when in labor as my lips got very dry. Chances are you won’t be able to eat/drink while being in labor so you’ll want something to keep your lips moist.
- Stool Softeners – Yes, I said it. This is not something many people talk about, but you will need them after birth. You may not go for a while and it may be very difficult. You can use natural items like prunes, but you’ll also want to use something like DulcoEase Pink. Make sure you keep this in your hospital bag and keep some at home for when you get to bring baby home. Even pregnant mamas need these, so you can get them early on in your pregnancy and just make sure to keep them on hand with a few in your hospital bag!
More Info about Suggested Stool Softener
DulcoEase® Pink™: Product Information
- DulcoEase® Pink™ Stool Softener is a stimulant-free laxative containing the #1 OB/GYN recommended stool softener ingredient.
- It prevents and relieves constipation by softening dry, hard stools, making it easier and more comfortable to have a bowel movement. It works with your body by drawing water into the bowel, making the stool softer, and producing a bowel movement in 12 to 72 hours.
- Contains the active ingredient docusate sodium.
Please check with your doctor before trial/use of the product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Every new mother’s toolkit should include DulcoEase® Pink™, the #1 OB/GYN recommended ingredient* for going #2. So if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your doctor if you should think Pink. Find savings on DulcoEase® Pink™ at www.MomsTalkDulcoEase.com!
What items did you find you needed or wished you had after giving birth?
Every new mother’s toolkit should include DulcoEase® Pink™, the #1 OB/GYN recommended ingredient* for going #2. So if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your doctor if you should think Pink. Find savings on DulcoEase® Pink™ at at www.MomsTalkDulcoEase.com!
*Among stool softener ingredients
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of DulcoEase® Pink™. The opinions and text are all mine.