@vintage2010: This is a great list – I’m sure it will benefit other first time moms! I found that I needed pretty much everything you listed, but luckily got most of it from the hospital (cold pack pads, mega pads, pads fo the bed, Tucks pads, numbing spray, peri bottle, mesh panties, nibble shells, etc.). I failed to get a perscription for pain medication, but I really wish I had it. I had much more pain after I started moving around more at home. I called and begged for an Rx and they wrote me a script on Friday, but when I went to get it filled, it was missing the DEA number… so the end of the story is that I can’t get any precription pain meds until Monday and it sucks!!!
@HeavyMetalMomma: That’s funny that you mention straws… I am 5 days post-partum and am treating the 3 straws I happened to have in the house before the baby like gold. My mom has even been washing and drying them for me, lol! Just so much easier to drink from when nursing or laying on the bed/couch. I think I need that 1-week-of-bf’ing treat… it is hard!
The only things I’d maybe add to the list would be:
-pjs that button down the front to wear in the hospital
-lightweight robe for the hospital
-slippers/flips for the hospital
-nibble shells (provide space between nipples and shirt and allow them to air dry) – the hopsital gave me them to me, but I don’t know if all do
-hot/cold packs for the boobs – I know someone already mentioned this, but I wanted to recommend these specific ones – I have them and really like them so far: http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/breastfeeding-support/booby-tubes.html (purchased via amazon)
-nipple butter/cream – I have the one below, also lanolin and another brand
-bottom spray (not necessary if you have Tucks, but it smells good and is soothing)
-newborn sleepers with zippers, not snaps
-meals in the fridge/freezer or someone to cook for you
It’s HARD having your bottom kill, your nipples kill, and being totally sleep deprived, but it is true what everyone says – SO WORTH IT.