The fact that I'm going to have to give birth to a tiny human basically any day now is not lost on me, so naturally, I'm in turbo freak-out mode trying to get as much done as I can before baby arrives and that includes packing a bag of essentials for the hospital before we even bring him home.
I've read a bunch of blogs + lists by many of my favorite mamas and I think I've compiled a pretty good comprehensive bag of essentials to bring along. Here's what's inside my hospital bag:
F O R M E
A robe, slippers and socks are all things I've been told will make a world of difference to have and make me feel comfortable in our home away from home. I'm also bringing my own pillow since the ones I spotted during our hospital tour looked pretty lame. I packed a couple changes of clothes too in case I end up needing a c-section (plz no) and we need to stay longer.
My hospital has an in-room laboring tub I plan on using--it doesn't make sense to wear a swim suit but I don't want to be butt-ass naked either so I'm thinking a sports bra/undies set that I can easily remove will be a happy medium. These have been my go-to's my entire pregnancy.
Extra long iPhone charger in case the outlets are far af from my bed.
Snacks! I'm allowed to eat and we've been informed there's a pantry available to us that we can use to store stuff so you best believe I'm bringing some of my favorite crackers, chips, etc. to munch on. Honey sticks also come highly recommended for a quick energy boost.
I also grabbed a nursing bra, nursing tank, my nursing pillow (I'm conflicted about the pillow--I hear it's like 50/50 that I will actually use it?) and lanolin to assist with feeding that little baby beluga of mine.
Dry shampoo, chapstick, mascara, makeup wipes, hair ties and other basic toiletries like my tooth + hairbrush are all coming along for the ride too. This isn't a fashion show but I know I will feel better if I'm able to maintain a somewhat pleasant appearance.
F O R D A D
A change of clothes, comfy sweats and swim trunks for helping me labor in the tub and/or shower.
We joke about sneaking beer in the placenta cooler (L O L) but on the real, we're bringing a celebratory bottle of champagne to pop for after Walker makes his grand debut.
F O R B A B Y
Going home outfits in a couple different sizes just in case my suspicions are correct and he's a little fatso, plus a swaddle blanket, diapers, wipes and pacifier. I know the hospital will have stuff for us to use (and take home) but it doesn't hurt to have the diaper bag packed in advance just in case. You never know--he could have his first diaper blowout on the car ride home!
Our car seat is ready to go. It's so weird seeing it in my backseat!
That's it! Is there anything I'm missing? Let me know in the comments. xx