After getting the most amazing and helpful answers from readers on what to pack for the hospital, our bags are packed and ready, so here’s the breakdown:
We decided to pack separate bags for each stage: labor/delivery, postpartum, baby and my husband’s brilliant idea of a “just in case” bag. And leave everything in the car except for the particular bag we need for that stage. That way we can bring a lot but not have to carry it all at once into the hospital room..
We have a large SUV, so we felt it was better to bring all we think we MIGHT need, since space isn’t an issue, rather than have to drive 20 minutes home and 20 back for that one thing.
Our labor bag:
This is the only bag we’ll be bringing in with us INTO the hospital when we first check in. Plus a few items that are too big to pack into a bag.
1. Swim trunks for hubby in case he needs to get in the shower/bath with me
2. Lavender oil diffuser. I’ve been using lavender oil while meditating to set a relaxing association, so arometherapy should help me relax even further in an unfamiliar environment while laboring
3. Fuzzy socks. I am a huge fan of warm soft “fuzzy” socks, so I got some for myself and thicker socks for hubby to walk around the room and be comfy in
4. Pretty pushers delivery gown for the labor. It has the perfect monitor and spinal (if needed) access and is meant to be disposed of once the delivery is over.
5. Super old comfy flats for the hospital
6. Flash difusser. I honestly don’t believe we’ll use it, since hubby isn’t “trained” to use flash, but I thought I’d put it in just in case. On top of it, lots of hair ties and a few headbands
7. Organic receiving blanket from Bambino Land to cover Alexis in while she is on my chest right after delivery. An organic Lukeeno onesie from Best Baby Organics (in case we’ll want to dress her right away. Which just made me realize that I need to pack a diaper as well in this bag.
9. Massage ball
10. Snack bars (my favorite kind)
11. Cheap oversized target underwear to be thrown out after labor
12. Blow up “thingy” for the birth ball
13. Speakers for the iPhone, so that I can play the Pushing Track of Hypnobabies out loud
14. External Flash ( which will probably not get used, because hubby doesn’t know how to and I’ll be preoccupied with other things, like pushing a baby out of my va-jay-jay)
15. Gatoraid (I am not a fan of gatoraid, but comparing the inrgedients of pedialite to gatoraid, I decided to go with this). To keep hydrated obviously. Though I’ll probably prefer water….
Not Pictured ( because I am still using the items or they’re too big to go into a bag and will just get packed in the trunk):
- birth Ball and Base
- camera, tripod, remote
- fruit to snack on
- a big body pillow for support
- lots of other pillows
- camera batter charger
- hypnobabies guide
- fuzzy blanket
- lip balm
Our post partum bag:
This bag will get brought out when I get transferred from the delivery room into the recovery room.
- Clothes for hubby
- My Brest friend
- Towels. I packed old-ish towels, since half of you said they loved having their own towels and others didn’t like the idea of ruining them.
- More Target underwear I don’t mind throwing out afterwards.
- Lounge clothes for me that I don’t mind ruining, as well as some leggings and tops for when visitors come.
- Toiletries, mother’s milk tea, nipple cream
- The biggest pads I could find
- More fuzzy socks :)
- My favorite item: cute designer hospital gown from Dear Johnnies. This will be the middle ground between wearing my own clothes and an ugly hospital gown. The nurses will have easy access to check me, and I will still feel cute ( well as cute as you can feel immediately after labor haha)
- Blow up mattress for hubby to sleep on ( rather then the horrible pull out couch), since he’ll be spending every minute at the hospital
- Tarp to put on the floor under the mattress so that it wasn’t gathering all kind of nasties from the hospital floor
- Make up bag
- Sleep and nursing bras
- A miracle healing lotion from Zita West (I’ll be blogging about this one- it’s amazing)
- Our laptops
- Lactation consultant’s number
- Fuzzy robe ( do you notice a pattern? I love fuzzy fluffy things)
- My going home outfit from Boob Design‘s spring line (that I didn’t even have at the time of writing this)
Our baby bag (my favorite):
This gets brought out from the car after the deliver is over and we’re in the recovery room.
- A few cloth diapers. As a new cloth diaper-er and a new mom, I am of course completely lost at the prospect of cloth diapering, I am hoping I’ll figure things out as I go. The reason why I packed 5 of them is because I don’t know how each brand will fit. After each day, I will give my mom a bag of dirty diapers and she’ll bring clean ones the next day. Luckily, babies aren’t supposed to poop too much in the first 2 days.
- RH Organic outfit: gown and hat. In case none of the pants/onesies fit
- Socks and a few more organic outfits of different lengths and sizes
- Cloth wipes (with a tea tree oil solution I made. Not pictured)
- Wet diaper bag to store dirty diapers in until my mom can take it home to wash.
- Miracle Blanket swaddle.
- What we think will be the going home outfit. From Sage Creek Organics.
- My favorite Shi Shu Blanket for the car seat in case it’s coldish.
- Bambino Land swaddle
Just in case bag
Just in case bag isn’t really a bag but a collection of random items thrown in the car JUST IN CASE. We’ve got:
- Phillips Avent pump
- heat/ice pack
- pregnancy body pillow
- VS robe
My first “order” will be my favorite sushi roll, smoked salmon focaccia bread and a freshly made Napoleon cake! YUM!
That’s a pretty massive list, huh? But I feel like we won’t miss anything this way and everything will just sit in the car until we need it, so it’s not going to be inconvenient.
This was actually a lot of fun to write, probably because it makes it more real that soon we’ll need and get to use all those things.
UPDATE: Since I’ve been asked so much how my bags worked out, I’ll post a link here to the Reflections on Birth Experience post where I write about what did and did not get used.