Thursday, August 11, 2016

Comprehensive and practical hospital bag

After tons of research on Google, I compiled a list of things that I am taking with me to the hospital to be as comfortable as possible during delivery and after.

For me:

  • 2 pairs non-skid socks
  • light-weight robe
  • 1-2 maternity bras
  • Nursing pads to keep bras as dry as possible
  • breastfeeding pillow if you plan to breastfeed
  • lip balm
  • toiletries: brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, glasses, contact case, contact solution, hair clips
  • heavy, overnight pads (my research shows women liked Always Maxi Extry Heavy Overnight)
  • Tucks pads (to put on pad to soothe ouchy spots)
  • sugar-free candy to keep mouth moist
  • pen and paper
  • non-perishable snacks (granola bars, cereal/protein bars, and wrapped prunes.  Prunes were recommended since you'll have to defecate before you leave... and the prunes will make it easier for a system that's just been through hell.)
  • cell phone charger
  • comfy and cute pjs to wear home
  • regular pjs
  • nightgown you don't mind tossing out
  • fluffy towel (hospital towels suck)
  • curling/straightening iron
  • couple pairs of undies (regular/maternity... whatever fits you comfortably)
  • book(s)
  • slippers
  • favorite pillow with old pillow case cover
For my mate:
  • change of clothes or two
  • toiletries: toothbrush, deodorant
  • reading material
  • camera
  • comfy clothes/t-shirt and pj bottoms
  • house shoes (Lord knows we can't call them slippers!)  :)
For baby:
  • coming home outfit - long sleeve onesie, hat, socks (if onesie doesn't have feet), and mittens
  • one or two onesies (bring one newborn and one 0-3-month-old size just in case!)
  • blanket
  • car seat (duh!)
  • that's it (hospital will have wipes, diapers, bottles, etc for you while you are there)
And there you have it, my list for my hospital bag JUST in case they send me to have our son early!  Always be prepared, right?  :)

If there is an essential that you feel I missed on this list, please leave a comment below!  Love to hear from you!

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