Time to Pack Your Stuff! -part1

Friday, March 12, 2010


1.A list of people to call and their phone numbers, your cell phone and charger. After your baby's born, you'll want to call family and friends to let them know the good news. Make a list of everyone you'll want to contact ahead of time so you don't forget someone important when you're exhausted after delivery.

After many hours of labor, you're likely to be pretty hungry, and you won't want to rely solely on hospital food. So bring your own – crackers, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, or whatever you think you'll enjoy. A bottle of nonalcoholic champagne might be fun for celebrating, too.

3.Comfortable nursing bras or regular bras
Whether or not you choose to breastfeed, your breasts are likely to be tender and swollen when your milk comes in. This can happen anytime during the first several days after delivery. Once it does, breast pads can help absorb leaks.

4.Several pairs of maternity underpants
Some women love the mesh underwear usually provided by the hospital; others don't. You can't go wrong with your own roomy cotton underpants. The hospital will provide sanitary pads because you'll bleed after delivery. Make sure you have a supply of heavy-duty pads waiting at home!

5.A book on newborn care
The hospital will probably provide you with a book, but you may prefer your own. Of course, the postpartum nurses will be there to answer questions and show you how to change, hold, nurse, and bathe your newborn if you need guidance.

6.A notepad or journal and pen or pencil
Track your baby's feeding sessions, write down questions you have for the nurse, note what the pediatrician tells you, jot down memories of your baby's first day, and so on. Some people bring a baby book so they can record the birth details right away.

7.A going-home outfit
Bring something roomy and easy to get into (believe it or not, you'll probably still look 5 or 6 months pregnant) and a pair of flat, comfortable shoes.

For your baby

1.An installed infant car seat
You can't drive your baby home without one! Have the seat properly installed ahead of time and know how to buckle in your baby correctly.

2.A going-home outfit
Your baby will need an outfit to go home in, including socks or booties if the clothing doesn't have feet, and a soft cap if the air is likely to be cool. Make sure the legs on your baby's clothes are separate so the car seat strap can fit between them.

3.A receiving blanket
The hospital will provide blankets for swaddling your baby while you're there, but you may want to bring your own to tuck around your baby in the car seat for the ride home. Make it a heavy one if the weather's cold



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