Let’s reallllly think about this together:
Celebrities make millions of dollars, show up at an event all glitzy and glammy and pampered and looking fabulous, and they get swag bags just for showing up.
Pretty sure you just delivered a human…from your body. And you deserve some swag, dammit! Although you won’t be going home with Waterford Crystal and full size Chanel Eau De Parfum, you do deserve some complimentary mesh granny panties. (Yes, I just said that. And yes, the mesh undies really are so glorious that you are going to want some for home.)
To start this process, connect with your nurses. I absolutely loved all the labor, delivery and post partum staff that helped me during my four days at the hospital. These men and women have a hard job – up all night with hormonal women who are merely hours into the scary world of parenthood. Show them appreciation and they will pamper you. One of my nurses, Kathy, was an absolute doll and I was lucky enough to have her twice during our stay. She took her time with Wyatt, answered all my questions, made small talk about dogs with Everett, and made sure I was as comfortable as possible all things considered.
I had an idea of what I wanted to bring home, but Kathy took things a step further and added extras I had not thought of but couldn’t have survived comfortably without. Here is my list of what I took home for myself and why:
- PERI BOTTLES (Yes bottles with an “s.”) A peri bottle is a squirt bottle that you will use to clean and calm your lady bits after a vaginal delivery. TMI moment (there will be a lot of these, sorry not sorry) – the first time you pee after delivery will scare the bejesus out of you and I was so glad a nurse was there with me. And it will burn a
littlelot. USE THE BOTTLE. Kathy suggested I take one for a bathroom on each floor of our house. I was so glad I followed this advice since the convenience made healing at home that much easier.
- DERMOPLAST SPRAY While on the topic of calming your lady bits, this spray is a Godsend I first heard about from my best friend who delivered earlier this year. The spray takes the edge off after a bathroom trip (it will burn now and again depending on the state of what’s going on down there in the weeks after delivery.) I used the spray prior walks around the neighborhood to prevent any stitch discomfort from the friction of walking. I had purchased a can for after delivery and left the hospital with an additional can. Again, having one for each bathroom was fantastic. I went through about a full can at the hospital so I asked Kathy for an extra.
- MESH UNDIES Oh, the mesh undies. I laughed at all who honestly thought I was going to spend 4 days in the hospital wearing these. I brought my own boy shorts because I thought I knew better. USE THE MESH UNDIES! You can throw them out. They hold everything else in place. I loved them so much I took them home to use the first few days. Save the boy shorts for home.
- JUMBO PADS Stock up. The hospital pads are much larger than anything you can find yourself.
- COOL PERI PADS These are the most important things you can ransack from the hospital. It is essentially a jumbo pad/ice pack combo that will save your sanity ten times over. Use them layered in your mesh undies on top of the aforementioned jumbo pads, after spraying your Dermoplast. You’re welcome.
- ANY & ALL REMAINING PAIN RELIEVING MEDICATION I may have delivered without an epidural but I am no hero. At the hospital, I used the medications I was given minimally but the discomfort hadn’t really kicked in until I was home. During our initial hospital tour, the guide informed us that your insurance will be billed whether you use it all or not so definitely bring it all home.
- ANY UNUSED STOOL SOFTENERS Because, obviously. Everybody poops, and it is scary post partum regardless of where and if you tear down below. If you delivered vaginally, you still have fresh in your mind that you pushed a human out. If you delivered via C Section, you may fear the slightest push will tear you to bits. Use the stool softeners without shame.
- SITZ BATH To be honest I wound up not needing this, but I have friends who swore by it. I probably could have benefited from a few tushy soaks during those few days where stitches drove me crazy, but walking outside worked better for me.
- DONUT PILLOW This is traditionally given to women who have hemorrhoids from delivery. Thankfully I came away from delivery without any, but my tailbone area was sore after delivery and perching my hiney on the donut pillow helped relieve pressure in my lower back.
I made a bin for each bathroom with these items ready to go. I have never been one to take forever during bathroom trips but the reality is you have to go slow and take your time when caring for YOU. When you are clean, comfortable and cared for, you can much better care for your baby. Make a basket of all your items and have everything at your disposal. Don’t forget to use these hospital items in conjunction with my DIY POST PARTUM PADSICLES. You will thank me later.
Here is what I brought home for baby:
- ALL THE PAMPERS THEY WOULD GIVE ME And remember, there are Pampers Rewards Points in all packages so enter them on your account!
- WIPES Our hospital used dry wipes that we have to wet, but these are great at home for cleaning spit up.
- VASELINE It is always nice to have extra.
- BOOGER SUCKERS Kathy sent us home with two.
Make sure you have a blanket and hat for a keepsake! If you have a dog at home, ask for an additional linen item with baby’s scent on it to send home with whoever is watching your pet (in our case, my in laws had Cabo and brought home Wyatt’s first hat for her to sniff and cuddle with before we got home with baby.)
Do you have any other suggestions? Share them in the comments.