- Extra long pads with wings. In the hospital you're sitting on huge pads, it feels like you're sitting on a phone book...yeah remember those things? They will send you home with some pads but eventually you'll need your own and you won't want to go to the store to get them.
- Stool Softener. Well, pushing out a baby makes you want to NOT push anything out again. These will be your friend. Don't forget to take them, you'll be sorry. Trust me.
- Witch Hazel pads- if they don't give you any when you leave the hospital you'll want to get some of these. Just have them on hand because they are good for the itching that will occur.
- Nursing tanks. I had 2, each a different style because I wasn't sure what I was going to like. This made sense and I'm glad I did it that way because I ended up preferring the one I didn't think I was going to like. So, I went out and bought 3 more of that style. When I'm home I've been wearing zip up sweatshirts with just the nursing tank under. It makes feeding so much easier!
- Water bottles. I have a ton of these and thank goodness. I have one in several parts of the house because you'll be soooo thirsty! I fill them up each night so they are ready to go the next day because you'll want a drink when you least expect it and you may not be able to get up and do it.
- Snacks. Put these around the house. You'll be hungry at a time when you can't get up and move so it's nice to have them nearby.
Looking back: What you'll need after you have a baby!
I did so much planning for baby when I was pregnant. I focused so much on what the baby needed that I totally forgot to think about what I would need when I got home from the hospital and dove right into being a mom.