After spending 12 hours in labor and 3 days in the hospital, I recommend the following items for any expectant mama.
You will be in the hospital for at least 2 days. The temperature in the hospital, well, it can fluctuate. A lot. Also, after you have spent hours…and hours, pushing a baby out you might be very warm. Then you might not have control of the temperature in the hospital room which can drop drastically overnight. Having a robe with you can be a life saver.
You are also going to have visitors and be getting up at all hours of the morning and night to feed the baby, go to the bathroom and get some food. It is easy to put on and easy to take off. If you want to wait to buy nursing tops, or you just don’t plan on buying any at all (although you probably should if you are going to nurse) then a robe is a fast easy way for nursing access or for a quick cover up of your postpartum body when visitors arrive.
And for those of you who are giving birth at home-The robe isn’t just for the hospital. When you are getting up every couple of hours with a newborn at home, you will be grateful to have a robe. Especially in the winter.
You will be spending a lot of time walking around the hospital. Whether it is during your labor or during your recovery (or just for a late night/early morning snack). Good slippers are important. I opted for the ballet slipper type because they stay on your feet. But there is a lot of getting in and out of bed/taking on and off of slippers so you might prefer slip-ons.
As my best friend said after she had her daughter, “I get why they call it labor now.” Enough said. If you follow a special diet make sure to bring something that meets your dietary needs. This Vegan Mama brought peanut butter and oatmeal. It hit the spot.
Do you have other labor and delivery must-haves? Comment below, I would love to hear them!
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