If you’re expecting a child soon, or even later but just totally like to be prepared, chances are you’ve got a bag by the front door packed with all the essentials. Correction — what you think are essentials. You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice and checked it seven more times, you’re all ready. But we’re betting there are a number of things stuffed in that duffel that are never going to see the light of
day a hospital room.
Giving birth is a monumental event. Once you’re in the hospital, you might forget where you are, much less what you brought along with you. We understand if you over-pack; it’s the whole “better to be safe than sorry” frame of mind. But there are some things you just won’t need. Heck, you might not even remember to open it when it’s all said and done.
THAT PERFECTLY PLANNED PLAYLIST
Music seems like a great idea but you’ll hear nothing but the sound of your heart beating, your heavy breathing, your partner’s annoying breathing and then, eventually, your baby crying. Oh, the crying.
Please. If there’s time to read, there’s time to sleep.
You have every intention of looking presentable when loved ones drop in to visit, but you won’t even be bothered to brush it, much less flat-iron or blow-dry it.
Like with the flat-iron, blow dryer or curling iron, you simply won’t care. By the time family and friends stop in, your boob might be hanging out and you won’t even notice.
MORE THAN ONE BABY OUTFIT
Unless you’re expecting multiples, one will do. Maaaybe two. Either way, you’re not going to see it under the nurse’s bad-ass swaddle that you’ll never get the hang of.
Chances are, your milk supply won’t be cow-like right off the bat. For now, it’s time to focus on getting the hang of nursing your new little one. Save the pumping for later, once you and baby have had time to bond.
Save what you scored at your shower or a diaper kegger and use whatever the hospital hooks you up with. Who wants to miss out on free diapers?
Like diapers, the hospital will provide these for you, so no need to break into your own stash.
Your baby just entered the world; adjusting to light is already stimulating enough. Baby doesn’t care. He/she just wants your boobs or a bottle.
Wait until you get home and are, for the most part, settled to fill out your newborn’s time of birth, weight, length and all that other fun stuff. It’s the last thing you’ll want to do from your hospital bed.
From baby’s spit-up or poop to you bleeding a LOT (um, spoiler alert?), things are going to be messy, so white wardrobe picks simply aren’t your friend.
The diapers you’ll have to wear out of there simply won’t fit. Just get the most worn-out, stretched-out grannies from the back of your drawer.
ANY PRE-PREGS CLOTHES
It’ll only depress you. But then, all you have to do is look at your new baby and all is right with the world once again.