Happy Bump Day!
Well, I learned that there are several of you that are due pretty soon (congrats!!), and I thought it might be helpful (hopefully) to expand a little more on the finer details of “The Hospital Bag.” This post will focus on the nitty-practicals of what I liked to have in my hospital bags, versus fashion options, like in Part I; at the very least, I hope this lends a little prepping inspiration for your Big Day!
I have given birth in military hospitals, and “normal” (read: glorious) ones. For every delivery, I found it really nice to have a Labor & Delivery tote with me, separate from my overnight roller-board, so I didn’t feel like I was moving in when we were just checking-in to the hospital (plus, some of those times I wasn’t positive I was going to be admitted). Of note: your arms will be full when you leave, so it’s nice to have something with wheels, like a roller-board, and you can just hang your L&D tote on it. The items above were my Tote essentials, plus the nursing bra, and the if-I-had-known-about-it cute, hospital gown I featured in Part I.
So. Phone, camera, and charger are – duh – absolute musts!!! Your own pillows from home for you and hubs (hospital ones aren’t super comfy), snacks for hubs (you won’t be allowed to eat until after the baby arrives, but hubs will likely be hungry, poor thing… I jest), and a “refreshing” assortment of items can really help set the stage for relative comfort and contentment for the both of you while you wait, and wait, and wait. Labor can take a long, long time, so feeling fresh can make a world of difference in your overall attitude. Enter disposable, wisp toothbrushes! They are amazing! If you’re strapped to your bed with IV’s, and catheters, and whatnot, these babies can make you feel instantly refreshed. Which also reminds me… I don’t have it pictured, but you should definitely throw some deodorant in your tote, too; it can make a very pleasant difference in your laboring life. Everything is dry, dry, dry in a hospital, so chapstick and hand lotion are fantastic to have on-hand. Having a small hair brush, and a mini makeup bag handy is also great, if you just feel like perking up a bit? If having a bare, clean face is your thing, consider tossing in some moistened facial towelettes – basically, anything easy that just helps make You feel a little refreshed throughout the ordeal. Insert a good dose of InStyle fabulousness, too; it’s fun to flip through while you wait, and get constantly poked, prodded, and monitored. If you plan to nurse, and you’re shy like me, you might appreciate having a nursing cover like the one pictured above? People are constantly coming in and out of your room, and I just liked having a bit of privacy while nursing. Last, but definitely not least, meet your new Brest Friend nursing pillow. Even if you’re not planning to nurse, this pillow is excellent for positioning your baby for feedings. Your arms, neck, and back can ache quite a bit after constant feedings, and this pillow helps alleviate all that. The Boppy pillow is great, but it can cause significant neck and back ache – this one doesn’t! I liked having it with me in the delivery room, because feeding starts immediately, mama!
I broke down my roller-board “Essentials” in list form, because evidently, I had something really, really important to say about each and every item. It’s super riveting reading. For mama clothing suggestions to pack, take a peek at my previous Part I post (it isn’t listed, but you’ll obviously want to pack your showering toiletries in this bag as well).
Got to have a cute, but comfy outfit for baby to go home in! Buying a newborn size is key (0-3 months will be HUGE on an average-size newborn). I’m just a sucker for stripes, and the classic, kimono design. Plus, because these are separates, you can fold the waist down below the umbilical cord, so as not to rub. Keeping socks on newborns is nearly impossible, so I’m a big fan of footie pants/onesies.