The Hospital Bag Post
Well, here we are! 34 weeks, 2 days and our hospital bags are officially packed. Here’s what’s in ‘em.
The Baby’s Bag
Clockwise from top left: two swaddle blankets, nursing cover, grooming kit, pacifier, baby mittens & socks
“Going Home” outfits + hat: the white outfit is newborn size and the green and white one is 0-3 month size, just in case this baby is giant (doubtful, B and I were both on the tiny side).
Extra clothes for the hospital stay or if the going home outfits aren’t cutting it: a newborn-sized sleep gown, hat, two newborn size kimono tops (easier on the baby’s belly button), plus two pairs of pants (again, one newborn size (the brown) and one 0-3 month size (the striped)).
The Mommy’s Bag
Toiletries: travel-size versions of shampoo & conditioner, lotion & deodorant, toothpaste, and soap, a razor, a travel-size toothbrush for both me and B, face wipes.
Labor & Nursing Stuff: mints & gum for the hubs for labor, nipple soothies, some Always Infinity pads, some disposable nursing pads & lanolin.
Clothing: a nursing sleep gown, socks, a nursing tank…
…pajama pants & my favorite cardigan…
…and a super soft bath robe & sandals for the shower.
Assorted Miscellany: a fluffy towel since I heard the hospital ones are crap-tastic, extra bag for taking home everything not nailed down in the hospital room, a folder for miscellaneous paperwork, a blank notebook, some pens, and a portable radio hook up for either our iPods or cell phones (aka for rocking the Dave Matthews Band and the Beatles during labor and delivery).
NOT PICTURED but coming along:
Boppy nursing pillow
My own pillow (with a navy pillowcase, to distinguish mine from the hospital’s)
A nursing sleep bra, regular nursing bra, and underwear
Change of clothes for the Daddy
Cell phones + chargers
Camera, cord + charger
My Kindle + the laptop
A few notes:
*On the Baby’s bag:
–probably not going to use the nursing cover at all, but would like to have it along just in case. I figure I’ll just be whipping my boobs out as necessary and if people are uncomfortable they can leave the room for a little bit.
–I realize I’ve packed a lot of clothes for him and that he will likely end up in hospital stuff anyways, but I’d rather have it packed along than not.
–I know I’ll probably just end up using the hospital’s blankets but I thought some nicer swaddles would be good for photos, etc.
*On the Mommy’s bag:
–I’m totally planning on utilizing the hospital mesh undies & pads. The only reason I am packing any undies and those Always pads at all are in case I want to wear them home. I’m guessing not, but thought I’d rather pack them anyway.
–Makeup & face moisturizer will be packed in the bag last minute, since I use that every day. My daily routine literally consists of moisturizer, a swipe of blush, and filling in my brows, so I plan to do that in the hospital just like normal (and seriously, I figure it will at least make me feel presentable for post-delivery photos).
–I also realize I will likely not need those nursing pads yet, but you never know. I hear the soothies & lanolin, on the other hand, could come in handy QUITE early on.
–I’m mostly planning on rocking a hospital gown with my robe while we’re there, but I bought the nursing gown so I could have an alternative if I wanted. I am planning on wearing the nursing tank, pajama pants (they are nice and comfy, even now at 34 weeks) and cardigan as my going home outfit.
–YES I know the last thing on my mind is going to be reading or surfing the Internet. The Kindle and the laptop are more for if I have a long labor or if B wants to email any photos out, etc.
So, there you have it—our hospital bags! Now we’re really ready, haha. Now go comment and tell me what I missed!