By Lecelle “Gloss” Prieto, Contributing Writer

I have had the privilege to have two amazing and beautiful baby girls. They are seriously my world. I had my first daughter prior to really any of my friends or sisters, so I had to do a lot of research and learn from trial and error. Being pregnant and having a baby is one of the most amazing things you will go through, but there are so many things out there those magazines and stores tell you that you need! Here is a checklist of necessities you really need for that hospital stay.

MOM:

  • ID, insurance card
  • Toiletries (Don’t forget makeup and hair products! There will most likely be a photographer that will come by and take pictures of your new little baby, daddy and you. You want to look cute in those pictures and show everyone, yes, I just had a baby, but BABAM! I still can look good.) 😉
  • Pajamas/loungewear
  • COMFORTABLE over-the-waist underwear (Leave the lacy little things at home, ladies. Trust me.)
  • Nursing pads and bras
  • Lanolin cream
  • Going-home clothes
  • Camera, phone, laptop and all the chargers

DAD:

  • Pajamas/loungewear
  • Going-home clothes
  • Snacks, food, drinks
  • Pillows and blanket (Poor dad. Hospitals have uncomfortable chairs or futon beds.)
  • Sweatshirt

BABY:

  • Car seat (Make sure you know how this works PRIOR to going to the hospital. If you are unsure, take it to your local fire station and they will assist you.)
  • Onesies
  • Going-home clothes
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Blanket
  • Pacifier
  • Boppy
  • Nail clippers/file

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Hand sanitizer (For visitors)
  • Nursing cover
  • Breast pump (This is a great time to practice using the pump if you plan to store breast milk. You will meet a lactation consultant that can show you how to properly pump and some hospitals will even give you extra parts for your pump. TIP: Before buying a pump, call your insurance company. Most of them will cover the cost of your breast pump at 100 percent!!)
  • “Thank you” candy (I had a basket of candy with me from the time I checked into the hospital to the time I left and I offered candy to doctors, nurses, janitors, servers, and anyone I came into contact with. Just a simple thank you and appreciation made a big impact on their long days.)
  • Money for the photographer
  • Phone list for dad (Give your phone away to dad or to another relative and let them be in charge. You need to focus on you and your precious baby.)

I hope this checklist helps any mommy-to-be get ready for baby. Enjoy the ride and love every minute of it!

–From one Super Mom to another