So 39 weeks 4 days and my hospital bag is finally packed. (Insert Cheers here!)
The first time I went into the hospital I was laughed at by a nurse when we were checking out because we had so much stuff. I would say 90% of it wasn’t used, while other things were clearly missing and my husband actually had to go out and get them.
This time around, I have been a lot more relaxed about what we are bringing. I know the hospital will have a lot of supplies, and I plan on taking full advantage of that. (Read – women’s sanitary supplies, and baby necessities.)
I am also packing my bag for a 3-4 day stay. If I go into labor in the next 3 days I may get my VBAC and have a shorter stay, but I want to be planned and packed for a C/S stay so I don’t have to add extra supplies.
In My Bag:
My Baby Be Mine Gownie – this is a cute version of the hospital labor gown. I actually plan on using it post-baby. I think it will help me feel a little more like myself and pulled together for visitors, while still giving me the easy access for all the things that go along with giving birth and breastfeeding. I will bring a few pairs of c/s friendly underwear, but honestly I plan on using what the hospital gives me.
I am also packing my Baby Be Mine Nursing pajamas. I don’t know if I will wear them, but they are crazy comfortable and have a waistband that is perfect for post baby. Finally, a t-shirt and comfy maternity pants to wear home. Nothing fancy, the focus is on comfort!
I am not packing any fuzzy socks, or extra clothes. I don’t think I changed out of hospital socks or hospital gown the entire time I was there. The grips on the bottom of the hospital socks were perfect for walking around for me.
I’m personally packing some shampoo, conditioner, mouth wash, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, hair ties, hair clips, headband, hair brush, and unscented lotion. I’m leaving my makeup and blow dryer at home.
My Brest Friend, my Undercover Mama tank top, 2 nursing bras (I bought myself a few Leading Lady seamless nursing bras recently), Lansinoh Lanolin, and a few breast pads in case my milk comes in earlier. (Last time it came in on day 5.)
I will be packing my camera, my cell phone, my laptop (for uploading pictures while in the hospital!), all my chargers, and some DVDs to kill time while I’m in labor. I also have a notepad and pen to write down anything I need to remember, a folder for hospital documents, and a bunch of change for my husband if he needs to hit up the vending machines.
I should mention if I thought it would still be tasty I’d totally be packing some lemon danish for after baby Monster Truck is born and I can eat it again!
In my baby’s bag:
In addition to his going home outfit (a sweet baby blue Ralph Lauren Polo layette set I found at Marshalls), I will have a few other outfits for him to wear if we are there longer than needed. I will also be bringing my aden + anais swaddle blankets. I love them so much, and they really do make the best swaddle blankets. I will also have a few pairs of soft socks for baby.
Additionally, I will be packing a few different types of pacifiers. I know that with breastfeeding there are differing views on introducing a pacifier. However, I would rather have them then want them and not have them. If he is a champion breast feeder I will make the call to use the pacifier in the hospital. I will be packing my son’s first monthly sticker “Just Born” for a picture as well!
Finally, baby Monster Truck has purchased a nice little gift for his big brother when he comes to the hospital to meet him.