- Chapstick- so many moms said this was a must!
- Socks and a robe since most hospital rooms get cold. I bought this robe from Target and bringing some fuzzy socks and slippers I have
- Powerstrip so you can plug in your phone and laptop/camera/ipad chargers
- I heard not to pack a lot for baby since the hospital will provide everything you need so we aren't packing diapers, rash cream, etc. The only things I am packing for baby are his going home outfit, a pretty blanket for pictures, hand mittens, 2 beanies/hats, his baby book (they do the footprints for you at the hospital), and a cute binky...my hospital is very pro breastfeeding so I am not sure if they supply pacis or not (and I have some cute ones!).
- Heard lots of different responses to this and I have actually started putting stuff in a bag in my closet.
- I have a document I am going to send out to my family members with info on the hospital, what to do when I go into labor, etc so if I happen to go into labor when I am not at home and my bag is, someone can grab it for me and bring it to the hospital. And I won't keep it in the car since it is so darn hot!
- We haven't really decided on this one. Some ladies said their hubbies didn't travel the last month, some said 35 weeks because that's when doctors won't stop your labor... so we aren't really sure. I go to the doctor on Friday then start weekly appointments with cervical checks and ultrasounds so hopefully we can get a better idea of how big he is and if he will come early. Jon will definitely not travel after 37 weeks though!
- Noodle based recipes, lasagnas, soups, Mexican meals
- I meal plan every week so next week I am going to start making double of certain recipes so we can have a few stocked in our freezer. I plan on looking on Pinterest
- I talked to someone who gave birth at the hospital I will give birth at so that was incredibly helpful to know what they will send us home with. I got a package of the largest pads I could find (with wings) and may make a few padcicles thanks to my girl Katie!
- I hear Tucks pads and Witch Hazel are life savers and my hospital sends you home with dermaplast
- I plan to pack two Target swim coverups to wear in the hospital after he is born because they will be easy to nurse in and still cute. As for going home, I will most likely pack a maternity maxi since I will still be fluffy (most women said you look 6 months pregnant), and if I do have to have a C section, it won't irritate the incision.
I have one pack of newborn Pamper's Swaddlers but curious to see your thoughts. I know it depends on how big the baby is but should I buy another few packs and keep the receipts to be safe? I have 2 packs of size 1 diapers too.
- Not knowing how big baby Hart will be, this one is a toss up. I purchased 2 more packs of newborn diapers and taped the receipts to the bottom in case he is a giant and doesn't go through all. My guess is we will have to purchase more which is fine because we will have lots of help from my family who can run out and grab them. I also have 2 packs of size 1 diapers inc ase he is bigger.
- We will be using Dr. Smith's rash cream for disposable diapers and I have a large and small container.
- I have a few packs of Honest wipes I want to use when he is a newborn but after that we will use Huggies Naturals (bought in bulk from Costco with a coupon).
We plan to start cloth diapering when he is sleeping a little bit more at night, when did you CD mamas start?
- This will totally depend on baby, how he is sleeping, and what his potty schedule looks like. We have 24 BumGenius 4.0 diapers that say you can start at 8lbs but I don't want to be overwhelmed with laundry when I am learning to be a mama. So we will take it one step at a time and most likely start around 2 months or so.
- After lots of research, we will use coconut oil (purchased in bulk at Costco) on his booty when we cloth diaper
What detergent do you use on your cloth diapers? We are using BumGenius 4.0 one size pocket diapers.
- We still have time since we won't start cloth diapering right away so I am not 100% sure but I have heard great things about Rockin Green. I feel like I have researched this to it's death and multiple websites/blogs say that Purex Free and Clear is an awesome mainstream detergent that is great for CDs and it is CHEAP! So we will see.
My insurance covers the Ameda Purely Yours double electric breast pump, has anyone ever used it? I've read great reviews but would love a personal experience.
- A few women commented that they have the Ameda pump and love it so I am excited! And thanks to Obama... it will be free for us which is a huge plus. Our new insurance coverage starts July 1st so all I have to do is have my doctor fax in a subscription to Cigna and I will have my pump in 2-5 business days. Score!
- Last week I purchased a bunch of breast feeding "supplies".... who knew that $100 could be spent so easily!! I bought disposable breast pads, reusable breast pads, Medela Lanolin, Lansinoh Lanolin, Earth Mama nipple butter, Lansinoh breast therapy cold packs, Lansinoh breast milk storage bags and I already have a boppy, nursing cover, bottles, etc.
Our goal is to exclusively breast feed but I do want to pump and bottle feed so Jon (and family/friends) can help out. When did you introduce a bottle to your EBF baby? I've read many reviews that suggest different ages.
- I think we are going to try a bottle at a month. We bought very low flow nipples that are very similar to the breast so hopefully he won't struggle with nipple confusion. Lots of moms said between 1-2 months and even 1 bottle a day was a huge help for getting extra sleep.
- We have our breast feeding class tomorrow night so hopefully I can get more insight.
- Another piece of advice I got from my sister was to get a bottle sterilizer so you aren't having to handwash all your bottles. They are less than $20 at Target (see here).
What is the best way to store bottles? We are using Dr. Browns that have 5 pieces so I want to make sure we have things organized.
- I may try plastic Tupperware for each of the parts but not sure yet. As of now, each bottle is washed and put together in the cabinet
- Reading the Moby manual is on my to do list and I hear it is super helpful.
- I've heard that the baby Bjorn isn't the best carrier for the baby's hips but we bought it for $3 from our neighborhood swap so we couldn't pass it up! I am guessing we will use the Moby and Ergo the most.
- Becky sent me this awesome post on baby wearing.
- We were also given a Kelty Kid carrier which is for hiking/etc. but we won't use that until he is older.
- We set up the pack and play that has a built in bassinet and changing table on top in our bedroom. We plan on using that to change him and for naps until he starts sleeping upstairs. At night, he will sleep in a real white bassinet next to my bed (or in the master bathroom).
- My sister told me some great advice she had heard from a friend with a 2 story house that once baby is on a good schedule (not needing a diaper change every hour), to always change their diaper upstairs so you essentially get in a little workout walking up the stairs. So hopefully we can do that once he is on a schedule but I'm not ruling out keeping a changing pad and supplies in a cabinet downstairs.