Friday, July 20, 2012

Preparing the hospital bags...

I've read lots and lots of peoples ideas for what any expecting mom should put in her hospital bag. Truth be told, I still kept staring at the darn thing thinking do I really need a nightgown? Am I really going to use slippers?...I know everyone is different and we all have different needs but I just thought I'd throw out what I'm putting in MY bag for MY needs...Maybe you'll get a few ideas from mine...

I should probably have prefaced this to say that In my birth plan I asked my Dr to let us discharge ASAP. As in, I want out of the hospital within 24 hours. I'd much rather be at home in my own space, in my own clothes with my healthy squishy baby. She agreed to let me out as she see's fit as long as I have no medication in my system and both myself and the baby get the all clear from the nurses and doctors.

Inside Mama's bag:
4 pairs of maternity underwear..I bought these
2 pairs of slip resistance socks ( I already had a few pair but you can get some like these)
4 nursing cami's/tank tops ( Mine all came from Target and I live in tank tops in the summer, so this is the only "top" I will have
1 Nursing bra ( I'm only bringing this to go home in, as my nursing cami's have built in bras and those are just fine for the hospital)
2 pairs of yoga pants ( I'm mostly bringing these for when we have guest visiting otherwise, I cannot fathom wearing pants with all the nurses checking on me and having to rinse down from all the labor festivities.
Robe; I have a very light weight robe that I can be in for quick nursing throughout the night once the baby is here. I can see myself getting LOTS of use out of this thing!
Essentials bag ( shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, lotion, chapstick, tooth brush/tooth paste, earth mama bottom spray, brush, hair ties, light make up bag ( duh, there WILL be pictures!)extra pads, prenatals)
iphone/ipad chargers
Rice bag
Birthing ball
Water bottle
C's bag ( which include a change of clothes, swim trunks ( for when I'm in the shower he can help)extra pillow and his chargers for phone, etc.)
We'll also have all of our documents: Birth plan, insurance cards, etc)

I linked back all of the items to amazon so you can just simply click on the link to see a picture! These all fit in a small carry on suitcase with the exception of C's bag.

Baby bag:
We didnt feel the need to bring much as our hospital provides a great deal of supplies. We have access to as many newborn pampers/wipes as we need so we wont be bringing any of those.

Breastfeeding pump and a few storage bottles in case I get lucky and get milk in super fast ( doubtful)
Pacifiers(i'm not planning to use these unless we absolutely have to)
Take home outfit ( 1 for a girl, 1 for a boy)
2 Onesies
Mustela facial cleaning wipes

We'll also have a diaper bag with some bare essentials just to get us from the hospital to the house. It's only a 15 minute drive, so I doubt we'll even get into anything but you just never know...

That about sums up what we plan to bring! I'm not sure if we'll use everything, if my husband will have to run home and grab me something else..I have no idea. I think we'll do just fine though!


Liz said...

Just a suggestion but you may want to make sure you have at least one clothing item that won't be tight against a c-section incision, in the off chance you end up needing one. I didn't plan on having a c-section, but unfortunately had to, so I'm glad I had pants I could pull up to my belly button for going home in. The rest of the time, I wore a nursing gown in the hospital that I found at Target. No undies though - just wore the mesh ones from the hospital since all of mine hit me right on the incision spot.

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