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21 Things Every Expectant Mom Should Bring To The Hospital

Unless you hate comfort. Or don't like to carry a lot of stuff.

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1. Hair ties, clips, a headband, and (duh) dry shampoo.

We’re not saying you have to bring all of these things (except the dry shampoo — bring the dry shampoo), but you do need to bring what’s necessary to comfortably restrain your hair, because girl, if you have bangs, they will be sticking straight up in about 5 minutes.
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We’re not saying you have to bring all of these things (except the dry shampoo — bring the dry shampoo), but you do need to bring what’s necessary to comfortably restrain your hair, because girl, if you have bangs, they will be sticking straight up in about 5 minutes.

2. A sleep nursing bra.

This one from Medela is well-priced and comfy as hell.
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This one from Medela is well-priced and comfy as hell.

3. ...Or a comfy nursing tank.

You’ll be so glad to have an easy access item that’s not a hospital gown. (Find it HERE.)
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You’ll be so glad to have an easy access item that’s not a hospital gown. (Find it HERE.)

4. ...Or a comfy nursing gown.

Nursing gowns, or even loose-fitting jersey dresses, come in handy for feeling comfortable while leaving your war-torn nether regions easily accessible for hospital staff. (Oh, motherhood.)
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Nursing gowns, or even loose-fitting jersey dresses, come in handy for feeling comfortable while leaving your war-torn nether regions easily accessible for hospital staff. (Oh, motherhood.)

5. Mints. You're definitely going to want mints.

It's a small room and people will be getting real close to you. After a few hours your mouth starts to feel like a locker room.
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It's a small room and people will be getting real close to you. After a few hours your mouth starts to feel like a locker room.

6. Ibuprofen, or your OTC painkiller of choice for your partner.

Your spouse will thank you, after the dehydration and chair-bed get a hold of them.
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Your spouse will thank you, after the dehydration and chair-bed get a hold of them.

7. Lip balm.

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This is SO NECESSARY and weirdly not provided at many hospitals.

8. A really good pair of socks.

Hospital socks can be itchy and your own will be much more comfortable. Slipper socks are especially great.
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Hospital socks can be itchy and your own will be much more comfortable. Slipper socks are especially great.

9. Depends

Yes, the adult diaper kind. Screw the mesh panties and pads, it's time to bring out the big guns. (Alternately, buy yourself some cotton granny panties that can handle a super absorbency pad.)
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Yes, the adult diaper kind. Screw the mesh panties and pads, it's time to bring out the big guns. (Alternately, buy yourself some cotton granny panties that can handle a super absorbency pad.)

10. Your phone charger.

Seriously, don't forget it. An extra long cord and a backup battery pack aren't a bad idea either.
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Seriously, don't forget it. An extra long cord and a backup battery pack aren't a bad idea either.

11. Your own pillow.

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Trust.

12. Your own towel.

The ones at the hospital are basically hand-sized. (Also useful if you don't make it to the hospital!)
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The ones at the hospital are basically hand-sized. (Also useful if you don't make it to the hospital!)

13. Snacks, man.

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Don't count on the hospital to feed you in a timely fashion, or to feed your partner at all. You're gonna want those chocolate covered pretzels/apples/roast beef sandwich.

14. Slippers that you don't mind throwing away.

Y'know, because stuff leaks.
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Y'know, because stuff leaks.

15. Your usual travel cosmetic bag.

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Having your own toothpaste, toothbrush, and even a little makeup if you're feelin' it can make all the difference. And OMG you're gonna want your deodorant. Postpartum life is sweaty as hell.

16. A thin robe.

Both for walking around in your booty-bearing hospital gown, and for when visitors arrive, if you've got any modesty left by then.
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Both for walking around in your booty-bearing hospital gown, and for when visitors arrive, if you've got any modesty left by then.

17. A nursing pillow.

I know what you're thinking -- hospitals have pillows, but they're flat and they don't breathe, and you'll have 50 stacked on top of you before your baby reaches your breast.
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I know what you're thinking -- hospitals have pillows, but they're flat and they don't breathe, and you'll have 50 stacked on top of you before your baby reaches your breast.

18. Face wipes.

Let's be honest, you're probably not going to shower while you're there. But that doesn't mean you can't appear clean.
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Let's be honest, you're probably not going to shower while you're there. But that doesn't mean you can't appear clean.

19. Dermoplast.

Some hospitals provide it, but if yours doesn't, you'll be praising BuzzFeed from the bathroom. (You spray it on your sore va-jay-jay.) Also great for bikini waxing.
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Some hospitals provide it, but if yours doesn't, you'll be praising BuzzFeed from the bathroom. (You spray it on your sore va-jay-jay.) Also great for bikini waxing.

20. Your own water bottle.

Those cups they give you suck.

21. An extra bag for all the diapers and peri bottles and sitz baths and nasal extractors you're going to take when you leave. You're paying for it either way.

A lot of hospitals will provide you with promotional products as well. Ask your nurse about extra diapers, formula, diaper bags, bottles, and more.
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A lot of hospitals will provide you with promotional products as well. Ask your nurse about extra diapers, formula, diaper bags, bottles, and more.

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