Extended Stay Hospital Essentials!

Extended Stay Hospital Essentials!

When I went into the hospital to our have our little one, I knew we were going to be there longer than the 48 hours or so one is usually there, depending on how long labor is. I was admitted with high blood pressure, putting me in the “high risk” category, meaning an extended stay to monitor my blood pressure and to make sure everything was going smoothly. We were admitted Monday morning and left Thursday evening. Here are some essentials you’re going to want/need for momma & dad.

Moms:

  • Comfy pants

I brought my own soft, jersey knit PJ pants because they were loose fitting. I got mine from Target. My friend did the opposite and immediately put on her belly tightening band and maternity yoga pants to keep everything in. In my opinion, having the looser pants when your uterus is still shrinking was most comfortable, but definitely understand the reasoning behind the other.

  • Comfortable shirts and tank tops

I loved my maternity tank tops from Motherhood, that came in plus size as well. Even though I am not breastfeeding, these are the most comfortable tank tops. They’re supportive, comfortable, easily accessible for breastfeeding and are LONG, which I absolutely love. I also wore the nursing sports bras, also from Motherhood which we also super comfortable and I just wore a large T-shirt over it. I wore these at the end of my pregnancy and also still wear them because they are supportive and comfortable.

  • A comfy robe

Of course I bought my comfy robe from Target. I love it because it’s jersey knit, lightweight, and most importantly COMFY! (Can you sense a theme?) It’s not a maternity robe, but I still wear it because it’s hot in the summer and perfect for chillier mornings or waking up in the middle of the night to feed.

  • Shower stuff

Just bring the basics. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash. Nothing fancy. Putting them in travel size containers is also very helpful. These are my favorite! You can also find similar ones at Target.

  • Toothbrush/ toothpaste

  • Hair brush/Hair ties

  • Books

  • Laptop (to watch Netflix/Hulu or DVD’s)

  • Slippers

  • Your own pillow(s)

  • Your own blanket

  • Going home clothes

Dads:

  • Your own pillow(s)

  • Your own blanket

  • Comfy clothes (shorts, sweats, loose T’s)

  • Slippers

  • Shower essentials

  • Toothbrush/ toothpaste

  • Entertainment

  • Tablet

  • Laptop

  • Books

  • Headphones

  • Snacks

Usually if you are only staying for the day after you give birth, one change of clothes and a going home outfit will suffice. Everything else is recommended because you never know how long it’s going to take for the baby to actually arrive. While waiting, I was put into a gown, which I took advantage of. Some people prefer to wear their own clothes, so if that’s you, make sure you’re packing extra so that you have clothes for after, too.

Having our own pillow and blanket made a huge difference. The pillows at the hospital are very soft and flat. We used our tempurpedic pillows, which allowed for the extra support we needed, especially for my hubby, who had to sleep on the uncomfortable couch.

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