At this writing, I am 38 weeks and two days along, and hopefully just a little less than two weeks until our second little princess makes her debut! I want to talk today about my hospital “go bag.” (It turned out we didn’t actually make it to the hospital, but that’s another story.)
I have almost everything ready to go. I don’t have the suitcase out, but this is pretty much everything that’s going to go into it. As I mentioned before, our first daughter was born in a birth center. So packing for that was a lot different than packing for this hospital birth. Typically, birth centers release you a little bit sooner than hospitals and the goodies they provide for you and your baby are also a little different.
I did a lot of research, asked a lot of moms, and today’s post details what I’ve come up with. I am going to go through everything with you about what’s going to go into our suitcase.
I will start off with the two baby blankets I’m going to take. This is a thin, kind of a gauzy blanket because here in Northern California it’s still very much blazing summertime. Even if we were released from the hospital in the evening, it would probably still be pretty warm. So we have this nice gauzy little blanket. There’s also this beautiful blanket that one of my dearest friends made for me. Our baby’s name is embroidered here on the front, which is really special. I’m going to take that one too.
I actually don’t go anywhere without my pillow, ever. The hospital is no exception. I also have a Boppy nursing pillow. From everything I’ve read and heard, there are hospital pillows, but nothing’s quite the same as being able to tuck it around you when you’re trying to hold a wiggly little newborn and your arms get tired.
We’ll go through clothing really quick. I’m going to take these two sets of just shorts and short sleeved tops but they will be soft and easy to pull on, easy to pull off. This pair is actually from Target, and I love it because it’s super soft. The clothing line is Gilligan & O’Malley, and it has a button down front that will make for easy nursing without having to take my shirt all the way off. Plus, did I mention it’s really soft? So I love this, and I’m excited to take it along with me.
I am going to take four nursing bras. Each is a little bit different. This one has the removable pads inside that help with leaks, etc. Anyways, four different nursing bras that I will not unfold and show you but that I’m going to take.
Now, I know that the hospital will likely provide those mesh panties. Any of you moms know what I’m talking about? Those things are awesome but I got a really great piece of advice from a girlfriend. She said that one of her biggest issues with those mesh panties is they slide around. You know, you roll over in bed, and they slide, and they feel a little floppy. So she took a pair of undies that she didn’t care about, and put them on over the mesh panties and that held them in place, which I thought was, “Brilliant.” Okay, why not? I’m going to take some of those just in case I encounter that same problem.
This next item is a little embarrassing, but I’m just going to go for it. I read a lot about this and there were a lot of moms who said, “Never mind those mesh panties, get Depends.” So I ordered some lady’s Depends, and I’m taking them with me. We’ll see what happens. I do have to admit that being able to take them off and put them in the trash at the end of the day sounds great. So, I’m just going to bite my pride which I guess kind of goes along with this whole childbirth process. I’m going to take them along, and I’ll let you guys know what I think.
I actually used this article of clothing during the birth of my first daughter. It’s just a comfortable black pullover nightgown. When you are in labor but you’re not quite ready to get naked, wearing this you’ll still have a little dignity. That’s what this is for. It will, I’m sure, come off when the action get heavy, but it’s for the beginning parts of labor where I am not quite ready to be completely naked. I’ll take it with me. It’s black so I don’t really care if it gets dirty. Doesn’t bother me at all.
As far as clothing goes, here in Nor Cal it’s pretty warm. I don’t know what time I’m going to get released from the hospital, but I am pretty sure it’s going to be warm, regardless. I have a nice flowy tank top and probably my most comfortable pair of maternity shorts to wear home. Nothing tight or constricting, and if for some reason it’s chilly, I’m taking a pair of yoga pants to wear out. Although, I think yoga pants will mostly be for my comfort in the hospital, because hospitals are usually pretty chilly.
I also have a comfy t-shirt which is my husband’s. I’m taking a nice bulky t-shirt which is long sleeved, thin, light weight, kind of like a pullover sweatshirt. Also taking a tank top and I have have a pair of grippy socks. Everybody says take grippy socks in case I need to walk the halls or if I want my feet to be nice and warm. I’ll probably take another pair or two. Everybody says take flip flops. I get it. I don’t like putting my feet in weird places, so we’ll take them. Maybe for the shower, I don’t know. We’ll see.
I think we’ll probably talk about food separately because my husband and I are both picky and kind of funny about what we eat. But I have to tell you about these because I’m in love with them. These are Pamela’s Whenever Bars. They are oat, chocolate chip, coconut, and delicious. I ordered a lot and I’ve already eaten a lot of them. I’m taking this box to the hospital, because they’re a delicious little treat.
Let’s see, my toiletry bag, we’ll go through it really quick. I’m taking a brush, obviously. I know hospitals provide quite a bit of stuff, but from everything I’ve read and just from knowing myself, I would rather use my own things. It will make me feel a little more human to have my own stuff, so that’s part of why I’m taking this with me.
This is not a toiletry, but we all know what it is. This is a six-foot cord which I’m going to take. Let’s be honest. One can never have too many iPhone chargers and cords.
This little bag has all of the things to keep my hair out of my face. I have a headband, little clippy jaws of death, as my husband calls them, hair ties, and the ever important chap-stick. These important little things are in their own little separate bag. I have my own lotion, Q-tips and soap.
I asked my sweet hairstylist, “What do I take with me? What’s important?” And she said, “Take your own shampoo.” Literally, that was the first thing she said. I believed her. I didn’t want to use that dispense pump against the wall. I took my own shampoo, conditioner and leave-in spray. I have deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss picks. I like to floss. Those are the comfort items I will be taking with me.
Now, let’s talk about baby. I know for baby they give a bunch of stuff, at least everyone I have spoken with about the hospital here in town, say that baby’s pretty well taken care of. I don’t want her to overheat in the car so I definitely have a sweet little going home outfit, and it’s Nor Cal approved, heat-wise. It’s a newborn size, which I think is 6 to 8 pounds. I might take something a little bit bigger, I haven’t decided yet. I’ll definitely be taking something for her to wear home.
I also have a cute little hat, but tucked inside this hat are the important items. There’s a few pairs of little mittens for her fingers, because it’s going to be too warm for her to wear one of the outfits with the sleeves where you can tuck and cover her hands. We’re going to take these because newborns have the longest little nails and I don’t want her to scratch herself. So if the hospital doesn’t have these, I will be prepared. I will also be taking a nice, comfy, fuzzy blanket. One of the gals I talked to said, “You’re going to freeze to death in the hospital, it’s always so cold.” So I have my blanket, just in case.
We have our infant car seat with us and inside you might have seen a splash of pink. These are little pink covers you wrap around the car seat strap so it’ll lay softly on her neck. Sometimes car seat straps rub their little skin, and especially when they’re so new. I want her to be safe and comfortable. We have our car seat base already installed in the car, ready to go. When the time comes, we’ll take our suitcases and toss ’em in, click in our car seat and we will be ready to go home.
I think that’s it. If I think of anything else, I will let you all know later, but I feel pretty good so far about all of this. Once we have the baby, if there is anything that I should have taken and didn’t, or that I didn’t need, I’ll let you guys know. I don’t want to overpack, but you don’t want to under-pack either. I’ll be the guinea pig and let you know how it goes! (After our daughter arrived, I put together an evaluation of how my preparations worked. You can read it here.)
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