Delivery Day Essentials!
As my delivery day approached I started obsessing over what to bring with me for my two day hospital stay. I have never ever had to be hospitalized (thank heavens) and really had no idea what to expect. I’ve never been a big fan of hospitals, who is really, and the thought of being stuck in one of those tiny, hard beds in a tiny, airless room was completely stressing me out. My obsession with what to pack was my way of calming my nerves and controlling the only things I could control. Making sure I had everything I’d need to be as comfortable as possible.Those two days post delivery ended up being more like a mini spa weekend then a hospital stay. Not only did I have a room with a view; but, the nurses and staff went above and beyond to make sure this mama was comfortable and secure. There was even a masseuse who stopped in for a ten minute neck and shoulder massage! So everything I had feared about my delivery and consequent hospital stay ended up being dispelled that very first night. I realize that not all hospitals are as nice as the one I had the good fortune of delivering in ( if you’re in or around the Park City, Utah area and about to pop out a baby I highly recommend Park City Hospital!) which is why I strongly suggest making sure you pack a few creature comforts, regardless of how frivolous they seem. I promise they will help take the edge off of being stuck in that tiny, hard bed, in a tiny airless room! So here’s my list of delivery day must haves! I hope it’s useful to anyone heading for a stay at the hospital, whether it’s to delivery a baby or otherwise.
The first thing I had ready and packed was a dopp kit. My makeup artist very graciously and thoughtfully purchased one for me and filled it up with the makeup she knew would not only look best on me but would also hold up throughout the delivery. Yes, yes I realize how that sounds; but I was absolutely determined to have some frameable post delivery photos so making sure I had on just enough makeup to not look like a total zombie was key! Sadly I still look a bit like the walking dead, but I suppose that’s to be expected after being sliced open and having a human being pulled out of you. I added the rest of my toiletries so I would have everything I’d need to take a nice long hot shower after the delivery. I had several friends warn me that a shower would be my first order of business as soon as I was up on my feet and able to take one. They also told me to make sure to bring my own towel because the ones provided by the hospital are small, stiff and not as absorbent as one would like. I hit that shower first thing the following morning and good God never has a shower felt so amazing!
My Favorite Face Products
- Mario Badescu enzyme cleansing gel
- Mario Badescu special cucumber lotion
- Rosewater facial spray
- Eminence rosehip triple C&E firming oil
- Lancome advanced multi correction eye balm
- Lisa Ashley multi functioning moisture mist
My Favorite Body Products
- Dove soap for sensitive skin
- Schick Intuition razors coconut milk and almond oil
- Jergens wet skin moisturizer
- Body scrub gloves
My Favorite Makeup Products
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation
- It Cosmetics Loose Powder
- Colorscience Mineral Corrector Palette
- Stilla Cream Blush
- Laura Mercier Cream Eye Color
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Concealer
- Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Treatment
- Channel eye lash curler
- Glow Me Selfie Light
Next I packed some comfort essentials. Those lackluster, drafty, bum exposing hospital gowns are not for me so I made sure to bring comfortable clothing I could lounge in. My mother gave me a beautiful nightgown of hers that she had never worn and a cozy robe. I loved having things that were special to people I love. It’s kind of like the old something borrowed idea from weddings. There’s a bit of magic in a loved one’s passed on belongings and I figured I could use all of the loving magic I could get to bolster my courage! I also made sure to wear a comfy, stretchy outfit to the hospital that I could also wear home post delivery. Right before my due date I popped into a maternity store and bought several nursing tops that looked and felt great. Jessica Simpson has a line that I love! I also had a pair of super comfortable and extremely flattering Spanx high waisted leggings. Since I wasn’t sure how warm or cold the hospital might be I also brought a pair of cozy socks purchased from Bath and Body Works and a bright cozy hand knit shawl to not only keep my shoulders warm but to maintain my privacy while I nursed. Speaking of nursing, I also packed a couple of the most comfortable nighttime nursing bras from Rosie Pope. I’ll use these long after I’m done nursing because they’re so incredibly comfortable and pretty too! I made sure to bring my bedside table must haves like my lip balm, ear plugs, hand lotion, essential oil and healing crystals. The last thing I packed for myself was a postpartum compression belt. I had several friends recommend one for post surgery comfort. It really did make the incision site less achy and sore, so I too highly recommend this for any gal having a c-section!
For baby boy Kelley, who I was waiting to name until I met him, I packed two outfits, a swaddle, a receiving and knit blanket my mother made and a sweet crochet stuffty my sister made! I also had diapers, wipes, pacifiers and burp cloths, though I really didn’t need them since the hospital provided all that.
I know that I didn’t really pack light and that I was only in the hospital for two days, but I’m so glad I had some things with me that provided comfort and made my stay more pleasant. Delivering a baby is no small feat and can make one understandably nervous, so if bringing along a few extra things helps to ease the stress and worry I say bring em’! But ask your partner to carry the bag!