I had my first child 5 years ago, and used an outdated list to make my hospital bag. After getting to the hospital, I noticed there was a lot of things I didnt bring, so with my second I felt much more prepared with my bag, I knew what I wanted and what I didnt. Below I put together a list of things that I brought to the hospital that were a must have!
- This time I opted for a house coat, last time we had so many visitors come to the hospital, Pearce was a bit of a traumatic birth, and it was really uncomfortable to be nursing, and having all my husbands friends around, and just sitting in a hospital gown or my mothers night-gown she brought me which was not nursing friendly. I got my house coat from Pink Blush Maternity, I went for a mid-length one and am really pleased with the quality.
- As stated below it was really difficult to breast feed in the night-gown my mom brought me and the last thing I wanted to wear was pants LOL. So I opted this time for 2 night gowns. One black one that is a tank top style from the Gap, and One that is a T-shirt Style from Thyme Maternity, Both will be great for breast-feeding and are long enough that I feel comfortable and aren't too thick as I tend to run hot even when I am not pregnant!
- I also packed a pair of flip-flops - for showering at the hospital, and a pair of slippers for walking around at the hospital. - no specific type or brand
- I packed my favorite pillow and put an extra pillow case on it (that's black - self-explanatory)
- When I gave birth to Pearce I did not buy ANY nursing bra's prior, my thought was that I don't want to spend the money and not be able to nurse, as I know so many woman who struggled with this. This time I purchased a few soft ones from Amazon, (since my boobs changed so much after the initial engorgement I will wait to buy any wire or supportive ones till that happens). I purchased a 4 pack of nursing bra's from Amazon, they came with back extenders which is so nice when you first give birth. They were 4 for $39.99 which is pretty hard to beat (black, pink, beige and white)!
- I always like to pack my own towel and face cloth, just because I do like to shower after giving birth and having one from home just makes you feel more comfortable, and I have an obsession with washing my face with really hot water with a face cloth a few times a day.
- I packed a going home outfit - A pair of baggy sweat pants, a t-shirt and a sweater, nothing fancy, Comfort is key for me. As well as Warm Socks for the cold hospital floor when my slippers are too far away.
- Nursing pillow, I just have a jolly jumper one that I got when I was pregnant with Pearce, I didn't find that I used it too much, except for at the hospital
- Loofa - This is self-explanatory, I bring a new loofa whenever we go anywhere.
- Earth Mama Herbal Perineal Spray - I didn't have this spray with my son but I opted for it this time, just knowing how things feel down there before and after labor, so Far I have found it really helpful.
- K'Pure Smooch Lip Balm , K'Pure Get Closer Deodorant & K'Pure Keep Going spray
- So Luxury Sitz Bath - I packed this as I plan to put it in my spray bottle for my bottom bits after labor!
- Then I packed your regular travel toiletries
For My Hub:
- Change of Clothes - with Extra socks
- I Packed a sweat shirt this time for him as last time he was very cold.
- Snacks - I made some pumpkin muffins and froze them that we will grab on our way out the door and other snacks I know he will like
For The Baby:
- I grabbed the Baby Starter Kit from K'Pure Naturals as it came with everything I would want for the hospital, I have used the sleepy time bath stuff on my son since he was an infant. The Numpfer baby cloth is so incredibly soft compared to what the hospital provides.
- I packed 4 Sleepers, my last birth we were in the hospital for a few days so I wanted to pack a few to be safe
- I packed So Luxury Coco Oat Bath - Depending on babes skin I may use this instead of the K'Pure sleepy time.
- I packed 2 pairs of socks, and 2 pairs of hand mits to cover babe from scratching
- I packed 4 diapers and a pack of wipes - I plan on using the diapers from the hospital so these were just extra.
- I packed 1 Muslin receiving blanket (I always used this as a breast-feeding shield with my first), 2 regular cotton receiving blankets, and 1 blanket to go over the car seat
- Take Home outfit for girl and Take home outfit for boy - I like to pack a different outfit for each gender so its obvious what we have in the picture. This time I got the outfits from Jax and Lennon.
- Nipple leaking pads - its unlikely that I will be leaking at the point of leaving the hospital because my milk most likely won't have come in yet, but they're packed just in case
- I also packed little knit skates we got made for my son, we didn't know the gender of my son either so we had Pink, and blue laces made so I have packed them as well for babe to come home in. Below is a picture of the one I got in case its a boy, But I also got a matching bow so it can work for both!
Having all of this truly made the second experience at the hospital so much more enjoyable. I had an unexpected C-section, so with the nursing nighty, made it so much easier as it was difficult to move, I am so happy to have that. If your reading this you are probably expecting, I wish you all the best at this exciting time. Remember - women are strong, and have been doing this for years. Leave your expectations at the door, and just go with the flow of labor!