Going into a third trimester has made us giddy. Giddy, Stressed, overwhelmed... oh yea and excited.
This past weekend I was making a hospital bag list & a list of things I still need to purchase. A combined three pages later I had to stop and ask myself.. REALLY?!!
So I went through pinterest to look up lists of what to bring in the hospital bag(s). Between the four that I found that I actually agreed with - I made my own list of what I really needed to bring. I have to ask though.. why does the Mom-to-be need five outfits?? Seriously every list requested that I bring 3-4 nightgowns & a going home outfit. Since I have never done this before I say ... WHY? Don't they give you a hospital gown? Aren't you basically naked giving birth? Don't they ask that you do skin to skin for a min of an hour before showering and stuff ?? Aren't you there for a max of 24 hours, lord willing, anyway? I'm just at a loss of why you need that many outfits to give birth.
I'm also at a loss of what I really need once we get home. I have been reading a lot of different breastfeeding articles on pinterest and all of them have a list of different things you'll need.
Some of them are great ideas.. stuff I wouldn't have thought twice about.. like flushable wipes!
I'm just a little lost on stuff like:
*do you buy disposable nursing pads or reusable?
*gel pads (lansinoh), thermal pads (avent), therapearl (lansinoh), oh my! They all do basically the same thing so what's better?
*oh and the nipple cream.. every post has a different brand they recommend. I think I have leaned towards using "earth mama".
Basically I'm lost because I don't know a whole bunch about breast feeding. I don't know what to really expect and I feel it's a 'everyone is different' kind of thing too. I, thankfully, have a amazon prime account and I can order things pretty quickly if need be.. it's just getting what you really need before hand so that you aren't constantly buying stuff. Oh and the hubby will be home for the first couple of months too.. i'm sure he'd love running to the store.
It's just so much stuff on top of all the gear you think you'll need. I'll reserve my 'panic' for what's left on our registry after our baby shower. I have convinced myself that what is left is what we will need.. but I'm pretty sure I can live without a pack n play & a high chair for a good six months or so. I'm also pretty sure that I don't need 20 bottles right out of the gun either.
As my husband so nicely stated yesterday.. welcome to the beginning of the nesting stage... lol
So I ask.
What was in your hospital bag?
If you did breastfeed what were your "must have" items?
What were coming home items you just had to have that poeple wouldn't think about?