Monday, April 28, 2014

What’s in my Hospital Bag

After much research and questioning other mamas, here is what I have packed for mama, daddy, and Little Peep when d-day arrives and we hit the road to the hospital.  I would recommend that you pack three different bags, one for each person, and have this completed by 32 weeks when you still have energy to spend packing.  Don’t wait because it will just build anxiety, and there is no point in that.Hospital Checklist for Labor and Delivery
Mama’s BagMamas Hospital Bag
Mama’s bag should be divided into two sections, or have two totally separate bags to help organize items needed for labor and items for postpartum.  There are some items that you can’t pack until the very last minute.  I placed a list on top of my bag of these items so that we remember to grab them on the way out: computer and charger, phones and chargers, camera and charger, hair dryer and straightener, and purse.  What is already packed:DSC_0143-2
  • Labor
    • several copies of your birth plan signed by mama and daddy
    • insurance documentation
    • lavender essential oil
    • labor gown
    • a birthing ball if your hospital does not provide one for you.  Mine hospital does, but I have one also for laboring at home.
    • hair ties, Good Spin Pins, and fabric headbands to keep you hair out of your face
Mama Bag
  • Post-partum
    • nursing pillow with the pillow case already washed
    • nursing products- nipple shield, natural nipple cream (or lanolin), nursing pads (just one pair), gel pads
    • nail files for baby- the quick is too close to cut baby’s nails but you don’t want them to scratch themselves so you can use a nail file.  Many hospitals discourage the mittens because it prevents the baby from learning to self-sooth, but you still don’t want them to scratch their cornea or something so a nail file will be helpful
    • dry shampoo and a hair brush….you’ve gotta learn now that getting a shower every day just might not happen
    • makeup- I just bought a second set of everything to pack (i.e. brushes, concealer, powder, etc.).  I mean I know I will use it all eventually, and now I don’t have to worry about it not getting packed and left at home.
    • thank you notes for the nurses
    • baby book- make sure you read through this before you go to the hospital to see what you could put in there.  For example, in my book for Little Peep there is a place for the hospital to put in his foot prints
    • toiletries: tooth brush, tooth paste, mouthwash, shampoo & conditioner, face wash (I make my own, recipe here), deodorant, cotton pads
    • 2-3 pairs of yoga pants or leggings
    • slippers
    • nursing bras without an underwire (the underwire can make it take longer for your milk to come in)
    • large undies, also don’t forget to buy super large feminine pads for when you get home
    • PJs with “easy access”
    • cardigan or robe if you want
    • 2-3 nursing tops
    • fuzzy socks
    • an outfit to come home in (don’t forget shoes with some wiggle room in case you have a c-section and have some swelling).  This outfit should be a maternity outfit because your belly will be around the 6 month pregnant size
Daddy’s BagDaddys Hospital BagDSC_0138-2
  • sweat pants and a t-shirt for sleeping, and nice soft socks
  • snacks
  • change of clothes for during the day (don’t forget undergarments)
  • toiletries: body wash, deodorant, tooth brush and paste
Baby’s BagBabys BagDSC_0136-2
  • pediatrician documentation and contact information
  • an outfit for when the photographer comes by at the hospital
  • 2-3 outfits for while you’re in the hospital, in newborn and 0-3 months sizes since you wont know the baby’s size.  Many people choose to bring onesies, but you might want to stick with two-piece outfits.  Especially if you have a boy, you have a circumcision wound and an umbilical cord stub to avoid, so try to make it easy on yourself and go with two piece clothing.
  • coming home outfit: one in newborn and one in 0-3 months sizes
  • a blanket for swaddling or a swaddler
  • socks
  • hat
  • mittens
  • car seat (have it already installed and in the car)
I have probably over-packed a little, but I generally do anyways and I just like to be prepared.  So I hope this list helps all of you expecting mama’s to pack your bags for the hospital, and congratulations on your pending arrival!
xoxo Darby


Meg O. said...

You are super organized! Fun fact: I totally didn't use more than half of what I brought. Weird. I think it's because I was so swollen and uncomfortable, I didn't fit into anything but the hospital gown. Usually the hospital gives you a bunch of grooming stuff (nail files, brush, etc.) so be sure to take it all! Same with those mesh panties... that's all you'll want to wear. :)

Haylee said...

wow Darby! You are on the ball!!:) I packed both bags in labor and Ethan's was in more intense labor!! For Isaiah I was putting his car seat in the car at midnight before going to the hospital. Luckily it wasn't intense labor but still!!:)

Jessica said...

You are so prepared! I didn't bring most of that stuff! The hospital was great about giving me those icy pads and things like that after delivery, and even gave me a bunch of stuff for sore parts to take home. Also, my milk didn't come in until after we got home, so I didn't need most of the nursing stuff. Anything I needed, they provided there also. Also, I would say the easiest thing was to just leave Lydia in a diaper, and then swaddle her since so many people are always wanting to check on the baby. We didn't use any clothes until it was time to go home. It's always better to be over prepared rather than under prepared, though! :)

Brooke @ Pieces of the Reese Life said...

Here I am having anxiety about this already!!

Anne said...

Makes me giggle. I too "over packed" for Sterling after I talked to other mama's and did some research and literally only went into my bag a handful of times.
We ended up not changing his clothes until we left the hospital (he stayed wrapped up in the swaddle and a little tshirt). I stayed in a nightgown post delivery (the nurses check on things quite often), and the hospital literally gave me everything else I needed...nursing pillows, nipple creams, and the snack room was right there if I got hungry between meals. My baby cart actually included a little grooming kit to take home. Since they take the baby for quick check ups with the pediatricians daily I took my showers then (even with an unplanned c-section). I only did my makeup the day of the photography session.
My biggest recommendation is the baby gowns with the elastic bottom at the feet. They were the biggest help for us when we got home. You dont have to wrestle pants or snaps of any kind at 2am, just pull the gown up. My hubs was a litterally weary of them at first... boys in a gown, but even he swears by them. He tells all new dads "get the gowns!"
Can't wait for you to admire Peep. There is nothing more amazing than just looking at YOUR child.

Jessica K said...

So close! And you seem so prepared!! Seeing your bags takes me back to talking to the hubs on the phone as I'm being admitted on what to bring! haha! Cannot wait!

Emily said...

Hooray for organization.

Joy said...

Good job mama!! Looks like you are ready to go. I had my bags packed, but when the time comes and you have those final things to pack... sometimes you can't actually pack them. Ha. And, don't forget your pillows with COLORFUL pillow cases so the hospital doesn't try to take yours. =) I have colorful pillow cases, but the hubs brought mine with the white ones already on them. However I will say this, I didn't use half of what I brought. Not that I didn't plan to put make up on, dry and straighten my hair, where cute pjs etc... I was more involved looking and holding my baby that I could care less what I looked like! =)

Tess @ AModernSuburbanitesLife said...

this is sooo helpful. im so eager to get my stuff packed! nothing is done in the house but I want that bag packed!

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