I’ll be 39 weeks pregnant on Friday and am starting to understand that this means baby girl could arrive sometime soon. Of course, being that I feel really great and was induced at 10 days past due with Hailey, I’m a little jaded about her truly coming soon. In a late nesting fit yesterday, I decided to pack the bag for the hospital. I’m not so secretly hoping to have one of those ‘this is it!’ moments and rush out the door, so in order to entice fate, I am now packed and ready to go!
Depending on the type of labor you are after and your personal needs and preferences, what you pack will differ, but here’s a look at what I’ll be bringing with me…
A couple baby outfits in different sizes (newborn and 0-3), socks, headbands (for fun!) and a blanket to put over her when coming home.
Notes: I bought Hailey a fancy coming home outfit, but never really used it or even have a picture of it, so I opted to skip it this go ‘round. We will be delivering at the same hospital that Hailey was born at, so I know they provide diapers, wipes and other baby necessities.
May also consider: Baby book, personalized beanie (if you don’t want to use the hospital one)
Snacks, small shampoo and conditioner that can be tossed/left behind, disposable razor, make-up removing/face cleaning wipes, favorite body lotion and lip moisturizer (hospitals are dry!), disposable nursing pads and lanolin cream (just in case your hospital doesn’t carry it).
Notes: Hospitals usually provide shampoo and lotion, but I wasn’t wild about it last time. The nursing pads may be a but premature since it can take a couple days for milk to come in, but since my arrived fast and furious last time, I want to be ready.
May also consider: Shot blocks or energy chews for labor, magazines, a towel if you think you’ll want a big, fluffy one for after showering
Nursing bras or tanks (I’m so excited about my new Bravado tank and bras), comfy lounge clothes (a size larger than normal), undies I don’t mind donating to the cause, socks for cold rooms and floors. Just like baby’s clothes, all of my stuff has been washed in my favorite gentle and green laundry detergent.
Notes: Last time I loved the hospital’s mesh undies for post-delivery, but decided to bring a couple larger pairs of my own just in case.
May also consider: Flip flops for the shower, more real clothes (still large and comfy) if you are expecting lots of visitors.
Nursing pillow, make-up, hair comb/brush and extra hair ties, vitamins, and a going home (maternity) outfit for mom.
May also consider: a pillow from home to be more comfortable (in a non-white pillow case so it doesn’t get mixed up with the hospital’s pillows), glasses if you wear them, birth plan (if you have one)
Cameras, chargers and phone.
Notes: I like to take a lot of pictures and my biggest labor fear is my camera dying (I’m kidding…).
May also consider: Computer or tablet (I decided against bringing my computer for fear that I’d use it), a notepad or journal to write about the experience.
- Gifts for older children to exchange with the new baby. Thanks to the help of my facebook friends, we are going to do this. We have the Sleep Giraffe for Hailey to give her baby sister and I’ll be putting together a little bag of goodies for baby girl to ‘give’ Hailey at the hospital that will include little toys and activities to keep her busy and probably a couple of snacks.
- Hairdryer. Nope, not for styling my hair, but because it was our favorite baby soother with Hailey!
- A bag for dad! I like David to stay, so some clean boxers for him would be nice to bring along.
What did you find absolutely necessary to bring with you to the hospital?
Which items were a waste of space?