Post # 1
My cousin (and wonderful BM) is due in a couple of weeks and I would like to put together a care package for her for when she’s still in the hospital. Now, I’ve never given birth and I don’t have the slightest idea what to include and I was hoping that you wonderful Bees would help me!
What did you wish you have that you didn’t or what did you find was the most helpful? Did anything run out ridiculously fast? Is there anything you wish you had to ‘pamper’ yourself after the baby was here?
btw.. this is her first baby!
Post # 3
some foot lotion with cooling peppermint. Fuzzy socks to walk around in, packets of herbal tea
Post # 4
Most moms are only in the hospital a day or two at the most if they don’t have a section so they really don’t need a whole lot of things.
Some things that can be handy: a set of ear plugs, a gift card for the coffee shop or pizza outlet in or near the hospital if there is one, slippers- many moms forget them.
Otherwise I would concentrate on what would be handy after she gets home.
Post # 5
@julies1949: I should have phrased it better, but that was the intention.. I just wanted to give her the gift while she was in the hospital.. I just wanted to make sure she wouldnt have to leave her home after she was home if she didnt want to 🙂
Post # 6
@kiparker: Not a mom, but from what I’ve been told, the single best gift a lot of new moms could ask for is a bunch of frozen homemade dinners, in single-serving sizes.
Post # 7
@kiparker: a fun variation on the home made frozen dinner is to place a gift card to her favorite takeout in a casserole dish, then weigh it down with a brick so it feels real. Wrap with foil and tell her to put in freezer and take out some day when she really doesn’t feel like cooking, but wants something yummy for dinner.
Many cities also have services now where they will pick up and deliver food from restaurants that don’t do takeout.
Post # 8
If she is nursing, maybe make up a nursing kit complete with nursing bras, nipple cream, and maybe a cute pair of nursing pj’s. I don’t even remember what I did in the hospital. I was so shocked that I had given birth I was kind of in a daze for those two days.
The best gift I recieved was from my work. They sent us 2 weeks worth of food when I cam home from the hospital from this delicious restaurant in my neighborhood There was stuffed salmon, 2 different soups, filets, delicious salads, omg-I can’t even remember half the stuff. It was a godsend. Everything was already cooked so we jsut froze it and ate it as needed. It was the BEST gift ever so if you want to get her something i would do something like that.
Post # 9
Food and snacks are always nice. We got a video that we loved, “The Happiest Baby on the Block.” It tells you different ways to sooth a baby, great when you have a crying newborn! I don’t know how close you are to her, but I had to send my hubby out to get pads for me, so thick pads would be nice. And if she’s nursing, lanolin, nipple shields, etc. Over the counter meds b/c she’ll probably be sore, like tylenol and advil. Big, comfy pj’s and t-shirts, I ended up wearing my husband’s shorts for a while.
For the baby, we ended up figuring out what we liked and then buying more of it later, so I wouldn’t get too much baby stuff. Like we realized that she’s a better sleeper when swaddled, so now we dress her in swaddle blankets at night instead of gowns, which kind of sucks b/c we have a million night gowns for her, and then we went out to buy more swaddle blankets. If she is ok with a pacifier we got the soothie, we weren’t going to use one but she loves to suck so we gave in, and since she wouldn’t take a normal paci this one has helped a lot. Maybe a gift certificate to baby’s r us or target for when they realize the last minute baby things that they need to pick up.
Post # 10
– Prepared food
– If they aren’t too far out in the burbs, do some research for them to find places close by that deliver – give them a listing of what you found with menus & a gift card to one
– Gift certificate & menu for a restaurant on her husband’s route home from work that does take out
If food isn’t your thing and you want to give more tangible gifts you could put together a basket of some of the following:
– Paperback book “Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality” (a manageable go-to book for all the questions she’ll have when they get home with a new baby)
– Cute, comfy pj’s suited for nursing that she can spend all day in and not feel like a total slob (like a tank/cami & lounge pant set or for winter something like http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=9936&vid=1&pid=855625&scid=855625012 & http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=9936&vid=0&pid=855624)
– Fusion brand razor (built-in lather) and a nice 2-in-1 shampoo – mastering the quick shower is a small victory for a new mommy