When I went into labor with Alleigh it was a bit unexpected and I didn’t even have a hospital bag packed. Needless to say Dustin was running back and forth between the hospital and our house washing clothes and getting things I needed…. luckily we only live about three minutes from the hospital. I kinda learned my lesson after that and had my bag half way packed with Kaelyn. But this time I am ready! And I am gonna show you what I take with me to the hospital and why I take it….. so here we go.
Most everything I will be taking with me is in the picture above, but some things just couldn’t be packed quite yet and so I wrote those items on a piece of paper and stuck it in the top of the bag so I would remember to grab them when I actually go into labor – if that should ever happen, hehe.
And so…. I pack two bags. One for me & one for Willow.
Nursing Bras (4)
Nursing Pads – I use disposable because I leak so much and have yet to find a washable pad that can contain that much leaking.
Nipple Nurture Balm – This is precautionary because I have never dealt with cracking or bleeding when it comes to nursing, but you never know.
Clothing – I bring comfy clothing…. night gown, t-shirts, sweatpants/shorts, socks…. because let’s face it the hospital socks are not very cute, hehe.
Flip Flops – To wear around the hospital room and when showering.
Toiletries & Wet Bag – Toothbrush, toothpaste, contacts, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, chapstick, hair brush, pony tail holders, razor…. sure the hospital has most of these things, but I like using what I am used to using. The wet bag is used to transport everything so it doesn’t leak or spill on my other items.
Medications – Any medications and vitamins I take on a regular basis I make sure to bring with me.
Overnight Pads & Adult Disposable Underwear – Ok, this might sound a bit crazy. But hear me out. Instead of wearing the mesh underwear and pads the hospital provides I use these items. I bleed a lot after childbirth…. and when I say a lot please understand this looks like a murder scene and when using the hospital provided products I would end up leaking all over myself and ruining so many clothes. Not only did that irritate me, but I was always self conscious when visitors would stop by because I was afraid I had blood all over the place. And so now I wear the adult disposable underwear like normal underwear and place one of the overnight pads inside. Throughout the day I change the pads and only change the disposable underwear if I leak through the pads. I began doing this when I had Kaelyn and never had a single leaking issue where the blood made it through the pad and disposable underwear. It saved my clothes and saved me from embarrassment and so I continue this procedure until the bleeding slows down to a pad manageable level…. which for me is actually a few weeks.
Baby & Me Class Certificates – Alleigh & Kaelyn were required to take a sibling class in order to attend the birth and I have to present them to the nurses/doctors in the room so that they can be in the room.
Electronics – Cell phone, lap top, camera, extra batteries, chargers.
Pillow – I never sleep good without MY pillow, so this is a necessity.
Copy of Birth Wishes – This way when I am focusing on being in labor I still have all my wishes printed out on a paper that can easily be shown to any nurse or doctor that enters my hospital room.
Cloth Diaper Covers & Newborn Prefolds – As soon as Willow passes the lovely black tarry poop we are going to begin using cloth diapers – so exited!
Disposable Baby Wipes – At our hospital they use these wipes that have to be soaked in water and well we don’t like them…. so we bring our own.
Wet Bag – To transport all her dirty diapers home for washing.
aden+anais Swaddling Blankets (2) – Well obviously to swaddle her… the blankets at the hospital are a bit rough and not very big. Alleigh and Kaelyn could both break out of the swaddles with no problem even though they liked being swaddled. This should solve that problem.
Burp Cloths – I suppose I could use those blankets we won’t be using for swaddling, but I just prefer to bring my own.
Wubbanubs – These are those cute lil pacifiers (Soothie brand) with the soft animal attached. As soon as Willow has nursed successfully a few times I will introduce the Wubbanub.
Baby Wash & Shampoo – Alleigh & Kaelyn were both born with sensitive skin and the products used at the hospital dried their skin out terrible. So instead I will bring my own sensitive skin products and Dustin will give Willow her first bath – that’s something that is listed in the Birth Wishes as well.
Going Home Outfit – Well ya gotta have something cute to wear home! While at the hospital I will use the little white t-shirts they have just so I don’t get them confused with my own.
Boppy Travel Pillow – I prefer the Boppy pillow for nursing and was very excited when they came out with the travel size option.
So what about you? Is there anything you bring that I don’t? Any suggestions? Even though this is my third baby I could totally be forgetting something that would make life at the hospital so much easier for myself.