My baby girl is turning two next week, her older brother just turned three and I can’t help but look back at the memories we’ve developed together over the years. They’ve grown up a lot and even I have grown up since I first found out I was pregnant with my son.
It’s funny too because as a first time mom you want so much to be able to do right by your children and for the first time you see just how dangerous the world is. Up until this point you may have never noticed how wonderful life is but with a baby growing inside you, you begin to understand just how delicate life really is.
I think the first time I truly became stressed out was while trying to find what to pack in a hospital bag. It seemed like everyone had all the answers and everything was so overwhelming to me. Turns out, I should have relaxed more because when I was looking up what to pack in a hospital bag everything seemed so outlandish and just done to perfection and I am far from perfect.
If this is your first time having a baby I want to help you because there are so many things happening in your life right now and having to think about what may or may not be needed in a hospital bag should be the last thing you have to worry about. That’s why I’ve put together this list of necessity items. By only taking the necessities you can avoid over loading the car on the way back home. What most people fail to let you know is that after your baby is born you will be bringing home baby, plus all the stuff you packed, plus all the items the hospital provides you with, as well as any gifts that friends and family may bring as a way to show you their love.
Take It From A Mom Who Went Into Labor At Work:
“Make sure to have this bag ready and waiting in your car about the same time that you start seeing the OBGYN every week instead of every other week. Or, if you don’t want to leave it in your car be sure to have it waiting in a spot that’s easy to find at your house so that someone else can bring it to you if they need to.”
What To Pack In A Hospital Bag
- Insurance info
- Hospital forms
- Socks (if your feet stay cold) it’s best to get non skid. Your legs will be weak after labor and you don’t want to slip.
- Slippers or flip flops for walking on hospital floor
- Loose fitting nightgown that is okay to be stained. Consider whether or not this nightgown is good for breastfeeding.
- Nursing bra
- Nursing pads (even if you are not planning on nursing)
- Breast Pump (if you plan on using it to increase your supply or if you think baby will need to spend time in the NICU but you would still like to nurse)
- Milk Bags (if you plan to nurse in hospital to keep milk) this type is awesome!
- Bottles and formula (if you are planning on not nursing)
- Face wash
- Basic makeup products – Trust me, people will care more about how your baby looks than how you look. Actually, they will expect you to look bad but some make up may help you perk up a bit
- Glasses or contacts with cleaning solutions
- Hair bow
- Cell phone and charger
- A pair of clothes for your spouse
- Toothbrush for spouse
- Toothpaste for spouse
- Deodorant for spouse
- Boppy pillow
- Going home outfit for baby
- Comfortable maternity outfit for you to go home in. Your body will be sore, think yoga pants.
- Underwear that you don’t love
- Car seat
- Newborn cap for baby
- Various onesies or sleepers for baby’s hospital stay
- Socks for baby
- Mittens for baby (if you prefer that people not touch his or her hands)
- Baby blanket for the ride home
- Over the counter pain medication. The hospital will give you some if you ask for it (after baby is born) but pay attention to the itemized bill and you may notice that you ended up paying $92 for each Tylenol you asked for, it’s best to just bring your own. Just make sure that the pain medicine you do take is okay for breastfeeding, your doctor can give you more information on what is and is not safe.
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