What the Hospital Provides for Baby and Mom's Postpartum Care
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Jacob and I officially became a family of four! We recently welcomed our second baby boy and have enjoyed settling into our new normal. Even though this was our second time around, I found myself forgetting what the hospital provided for baby and what they provided for postpartum care. While it is still fresh in my mind, I thought I would do a post to inform new moms and remind moms who have been there before! All hospitals are different, but this will give you an idea on what to expect so that you can prepare supplies at home before the baby arrives.
What hospital provides for baby:
Diapers (size newborn)
Baby shampoo & body wash
Small bath basin
Bulb nasal aspirator
Petroleum jelly & gauze for circumcision care
What hospital provides for Mom’s postpartum care:
Soothies cooling gel pads
Disposable mesh underwear
Extra large pads
Peri-bottles (more than one to store in multiple bathrooms at home)
Baby shampoo & body wash (nurse had me put a drop into peri-bottle before use)
Dermoplast pain relieving spray
“TUCKS” witch hazel pads
Perineal cold packs
and Just for fun, what hospital provides for DaD:
A really comfortable bed (ha…ha), in other words, dads, bring your own pillow
As many ginger ales as you can carry from the community fridge
Leftovers from mom’s hospital meals
PRO MOM TIPS:
Bring an extra bag to the hospital to carry home extra supplies.
Take everything! They just throw away what you don’t use!
If you need more of something, just ask your nurse for it.
Let the nurses change the baby diapers. You’re going to be doing it for the next 2-3 years so take advantage of it while you can!
For some reason, I’m more likely to stay hydrated if I have easy access to ice cold water. When you’re home, take advantage of the cups they provide! (You might want to stock up on some straws.)
Want to learn how to prepare a perineal pad for postpartum care? Check out this blog post!
Here are the three items that I needed more of when I left the hospital:
What am I missing? Did your hospital provide something that I didn’t list?