Another topic I was planning to blog about before Leo decided to make his debut, was what to pack in the bag that I was bringing to the hospital. I had heard so many suggestions from friends and family as well as some of you on Facebook and Instagram but I needed to do some research of my own!! Justin and I went through lists and started packing bags FAR in advance!!! The last thing I wanted to do was be unprepared or wishing that I had brought something else (I always like to be ready for anything)!! My worst nightmare was to be stuck at the hospital with a dead phone and nothing to bring Leo home in … or home safely!!! I learnt A LOT along the way about what to pack and what to leave behind … but more importantly realized that you make do with what you have!! BUT for those of you that still have time to prepare for the hospital follow along below and find out exactly what I packed … what I actually used AND what I could have left at home!!! …
Starting this post off by sharing with you the tote bag that I used to bring everything to the hospital in. I have also been using it as a diaper bag now with this tote savvy inside which I will go into further detail about in my diaper bag specific post coming soon!!
Now for my list of must have’s to pack:
1. Robe: There was no way I was going to be in one of those massive blue tie up hospital gowns, I wanted something comfortable and easy to get on and off but also something that looked nice!! What!?!? A girl can’t look good after giving birth?!?! This Sweetheart Robe from Plum Pretty Sugar was perfect!!
2. Pillows From Home: Although the hospital had plenty of pillows to offer, they are never quite as comfy as the ones from home. After giving birth you are laying around for a long time and your butt and back can get pretty sore (not to mention your lady parts!!) so we ended up laying the pillows under my butt and back for that extra bit of comfort.
3. A Massive Water Bottle or Two: I was so thirsty the entire time and all the hospital had to offer was those tiny plastic cups of water or juice boxes that I would crush in one gulp. And it wasn’t only me … Justin was JUST as thirsty but didn’t want to leave me in the room to go find water. So this is one of those items that we didn’t bring but wish we had!!
4. Rose Floral Toner Spritz: I had this FRESH Rose Floral Toner beside me at all times and spritzed my face whenever I felt I needed a refreshing boost or before guests would come to visit. Made from rose water, it smells AMAZING and has a calming effect … perfect for the delivery room!!
5. Make-up Bag & Toiletries: I was lucky enough to be able to have a shower at the hospital before our visitors showed up and that was one of the best things I could have done!! Having that shower really woke me up and gave me that boost of energy I needed before the family started piling in! I hydrated my skin with some facial cream and put on a bit of blush and felt so much better!! I also loved having these little disposable toothbrushes for when I was too exhausted to get out of bed.
6. Lip Balm: DO NOT FORGET LIP BALM!! That’s all I have to say here …
7. Scrunchie: I was SO glad I had my scrunchie!! It kept my hair out of the way when needed and didn’t leave a kink in my hair when I wanted it down. Love my scrunchies!!!
8. Anti-Puffiness Soothing Eye Patches: I was pushing so hard that my face and particularly under my eyes swelled up. I had some of these Soothing Eye Patches at home and was glad I brought them because they really helped bring the puffiness down.
10. Padsicles: Yes, you read that right … and yes … I did my research!! Padsicles are basically a pad loaded with witch hazel, aloe vera and other healing agents that are put into the freezer and later used to help soothe your lady parts and help speed up recovery time. I made my own with witch hazel and aloe vera gel and they really do work!! Just be sure to use 100% aloe vera, not the diluted stuff!!!
11. Flipflops or Slippers: Slippers would be nice but I brought flip flops. You can shower in them and I didn’t mind them being on the floor of the hospital.
12. Camera: This is an absolute must to capture these forever precious moments. You want more then just iphone photos!!!
13. Cell phone charger: We were in the hospital for two nights and with all the guests wanting to come visit, don’t forget to bring your phone chargers!
14. Going Home Outfit: For my going home outfit, I knew I was going to want something comfortable, but also something cute! I brought a stretchy cotton swing dress, sandals, and a hat. Perfect for pics but also comfy for the ride home.
Now for the baby’s needs!! …
1. Car Seat: With Leo coming 2 weeks early we didn’t actually have our car seat dock hooked up, but luckily there was time the next day for Justin to strap everything in while Leo and I were visiting with family. Even if you can’t be fully prepared, try to at least get the car seat setup before being discharged from the hospital. The last thing you want to be doing is waiting in the parking lot with a sore vagina and a new born baby in your arms!! We went with the Peg Perego 4-35 …
2. Swaddle Blankets: It doesn’t hurt to bring a few these, but keep in mind the hospital will also have some. I love the Lulujo bamboo swaddle blankets as well as these Aden + Anais Cotton Muslin Blankets. Side note: If you can steal a couple extras from the hospital, do it! They are so soft and worn in, I snagged a couple for Leo!!
Now here is a list of things I brought but could have done without …
1. Stool Softeners: This is a MUST! For some reason after you give birth your poop gets really hard. (Sorry if I get too graphic here!) But it’s true…and after you just spent hours pushing a baby out…there is no way you are going to be pushing anything else out down there! LOL!! We had packed some stool softeners in our bag, but if you forget them, not to worry! The hospital will have some for you!!
2. Nursing bra: Your milk doesn’t come in until approx. three days later, so you most likely won’t need to use a nursing bra at the hospital. I was basically naked, covered in sheets or in my robe the entire time. It’s funny how after giving birth, you don’t really care who see’s your boobs. Am I right?!?!
3. Underwear: I was told so many times to bring your own extra large comfy (but cute) underwear, but let me tell you … I listened to those suggestions and took a dedicated trip to Victoria Secret, bought some extra large, full bum, ‘cute’ underwear and didn’t use a single pair. The hospital underwear they gave me was the most comfortable underwear I think I’ve put on and I’ll be totally honest … I’m thinking about going back and asking for some more!!! LOL!!
4. Music: Every birthing experience is different and having music might definitely be something you want but for me … music was the last thing on my mind!!
5. Tummy Wrap: A tummy wrap definitely wasn’t something I felt I needed in the hospital bag and I think I was too exhausted to even care. Although, as soon as I got home I felt eager to recover and get my body back in shape, so I am using one now. This could be nice to have in case you need a c-section though.
6. Diapers: We did bring the diaper bag (mainly because Justin was so excited to use his Tactical Dad Diaper Bag) but we didn’t use it once. Once again the hospital had diapers so we saved ours.
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All in all, we realized that the hospital will have basically everything you NEED … but what’s the fun in that?!?! It is those luxury items that make you feel more comfortable and at home that you really need to pack. I hope my advice comes in handy for all you expecting Mama’s out there!! I would love to answer any questions you guys have for me in the comments below!! Now off to feed my little lion!!