Your first few days as a new mother can be quite hectic. The last thing you need is a trip to the store to pick up essential equipment or clothing that your baby needs. On the other hand, you also don’t want to spend too much time or money buying things that are simply not necessary.
So, what should you—as a new mother—have on hand? Here’s a guide to get you going:
When it’s time to leave the hospital, you and your baby will need clothing. In your hospital bag, include a pair of loose-fitting pants with an elastic band or drawstring to ensure that they will fit properly. Remember, you probably won’t be able to fit into pre-pregnancy clothes immediately after giving birth.
You should also have comfortable, basic clothing for your newborn baby. Don’t bring an outfit that’s difficult to put on or that is inappropriate for the weather. Often, babies are overdressed when leaving the hospital.
Come prepared with a list of questions for the doctor and medical staff who take care of you and your baby. This is an overwhelming time, and it can be easy to forget to ask a particular question that you had in mind.
It’s against the law in every state to take your baby for a ride in the car without a proper safety seat. Mothers can choose from infant-only seats or convertible seats that can be adopted to fit a growing child’s needs. It’s imperative that new mothers have a car seat before leaving the hospital with their baby. If using a car seat from a previous child, check the manufacturer’s expiration date to ensure that it’s still up to code and safe.
As a new mom, you’re going to have a lot on your plate. Therefore, it helps to have the essentials stockpiled at home. Before you go to the hospital to deliver, you should have plenty of newborn diapers, wipes, swaddling blankets, and clothes ready for the baby as well as food and snacks for you.