If you know me, you know that I am a planner. I like to be prepared for everything! So obviously I've had my hospital bag (Liam's too!!) packed for weeks!
I've asked and asked and asked moms I know what I should bring to the hospital. I've asked for tips from IG moms, read blogs and more blogs, looked on google, you name it! I did lots of research because I wanted to really only bring things I would 'need' and things that would make our short stay as comfortable as possible.
Hopefully this will be helpful to anyone else who is wondering what to pack/not to pack in your hospital bag.
Comfy is key for me, so I've packed one roomy pair of VS yoga pants and one pair of roomy pj pants. Who knows, I might end up chillin in my hospital gown, but I also know myself, and I know that I'm most comfy in my own clothes.
Also, it's worth mentioning that several people have said that a nightgown with a low neckline for nursing is the best thing to wear after you push out a baby, I just haven't found one yet.
2. Comfy tees & camis!
I made sure that every shirt I've packed will be easy to nurse in. They all either have low or loose necklines for easy access.
3. 'Going home' outfit?
I'm not sure I'll actually wear this, but just in case a skirt will be more comfy than pants, I threw one in.
4. Robe, slippers, flip-flops.
I did have a few people tell me that if you bring your own robe, you might bleed on it, but this robe is SO comfy that I just have to have it.
5. Swim suit.
The labor & delivery rooms at our hospital have jacuzzi tubs, so this is just in case I'm feeling like a soak and don't want my goods all on display.
6. Socks. (underwear too!)
Ok...I admit...I've probably packed WAY too many pair of socks, but the hospital gets COLD and I hate to wear dirty socks. I packed regular ones and then also some of the fuzzy socks.
Also in this 'category' that I didn't really feel it was necessary to photograph: undergarments! I seriously think I packed at least ten pairs of underwear. I just got a cheap pack of underoos from Target that I'll be ok throwing away after since I'm fairly positive they will be ruined. I realize I may just spend my time in the mesh hospital ones (Joy! :) but just in case, I've got plenty of my own comfy ones! I also packed a nursing bra and a few comfy bandeaus.
Again with the cold hospital! Who likes to be cold? Not me!
I figured these would be much easier than bringing my whole giant face wash.
I'm keeping it pretty simple. Obviously I'm bringing a toothbrush and toothpaste even though it's not pictured... Lotion, shower wash, loofah, shampoo/conditioner (though I probably won't actually wash my hair there unless it's ultra-nasty) deodorant, tissues, hand sanitizer. I'm not really bringing any hair products because I guarantee the last thing I'll be doing is my hair, but I am bringing several headbands, a hair clip, bobby pins, & hair ties. Def keeping the hair a low-maintenance situation.
10. Makeup, Obvi.
There will be pictures, after all.
Who knows how long labor can take.... I might get bored. :) I'll probably bring a book, too.
I also have a list of 'things to grab as I walk out the door' that I don't have packed since I need them every day:
The toothbrush :)
(I got several kinds of hard candy that I really like just in case I'm DYING of hunger and really need something of substance)
Cash for vending
Extra pillows for me & pillow & blanket for hubby.
(He's in charge of packing his own bag...which we all know will consist of throwing some deodorant and a change of underwear into a plastic sack..)
I found my sweet & cheap diaper bag at TJMaxx. I was very picky about my 'diaper bag', as I didn't really want anything that looked remotely like a diaper bag. I found a Timi & Leslie online that I realllly liked, (AMAZING diaper bags, but they are EXpensive, so for now, this will do fine).
Ok, here's what's in it...
It won't be anywhere near cold here when we leave the hospital, so I packed a pretty lightweight cotton blanket and an Aden & Anais Muslin swaddle wrap. (I have heard SO many great things about these)
2. Flannel receiving blankets.
I realize the hospital has these, but I wanted to bring my own as well.
3. Burp cloths.
For obvious reasons
4. Nursing cover.
Yeah, I'm sure this won't get used, but just in case people are visiting when baby's gotta eat!
Our hospital does not have/supply pacifiers at all. I'm not even sure yet if I want to give him one...but just in case!
6. Both reusable and disposable nursing pads.
Several pairs. You never know.
7. Baby nail clippers.
I don't know how many people I've heard say that their newborn scratched up his face in the first day :(
8. Antibacterial wipes. (Wet Ones)
Sometimes, hand sanitizer just isn't enough for me.
9. Lansinoh lanolin.
Yeah. I have a definite feeling I'll be needing this.
10. Hand sanitizer.
Don't be surprised if you come to visit and I make you sanitze. :)
11. This little bag is so wonderful!
I made it and I really wish I could find a tutorial somewhere...but I can't, so I might just post my own. It fits everything listed here in this picture, as well as about 4 diapers. Perfect for all those little things in a diaper bag that annoyingly get lost at the bottom.
In my cute case that I made from this tutorial. Easy peasy & super cute!
13. Little newborn caps. :)
14. I packed three simple onesies and a little button-up shirt.
16. A little pj outfit.
17. Cute pants.
18. Those little mitten-things.
Now these are definitely necessary, or so I've heard!!
Have I forgotten anything? Anything else you guys recommend?
I cannot believe that in a few weeks, we will have a tiny human to fill these tiny, adorable clothes.....