WHAT YOU NEED IN YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
You really don't need a lot and make sure what you bring for yourself to wear is maternity clothing or very large. You'll look 6 months pregnant when you leave. A bummer, but the truth. Better to be prepared for this. I didn't even lose as much weight as the size of Nellie when I left the hospital.
WHAT TO HAVE AT HOME FOR RECOVERY
Someone told me this and I was glad I had the advice - let the baby sleep in the nursery. Tell them to bring the baby to you for feeding (if you’re breastfeeding). You might as well get the sleep you can while you’re there. It's also nice because the nurse bringing the baby to you can help you with breastfeeding.
If planning to breastfeed make sure you ask right away to meet with lactation consultant- you need to make sure you see her before you leave. Be pushy about it, because they are busy and don’t always see everyone,