By some major miracle, I finally finished packing my hospital bag. Even though I will be having this baby literally any day now, I have been putting it off. I think part of me just really doesn’t feel as concerned as I have in the past about making sure I have anything and everything I MIGHT need. I am only taking the essentials this time because I tend to overpack and have taken way too much stuff the last two times. In all honesty, other than toiletries and clothes, the hospital provides so many of the essentials that you really don’t have to take much unless you just want to. However, I am all about feeling comfortable and as “at home” as possible, so I do like to include a couple of personal touches to keep me sane.
Here is what’s in my hospital bag this time around:
My own pillow
Blanket from home
Flip flops for the shower
Nursing gown and nursing robe
Gifts for big brother/sister
Going home outfit and shoes
Baby’s car seat (already installed in the car)
Belly Bandit BFF Band c/o – I am very excited to use this, postpartum!
Sample sizes of shampoo, conditioner, soap, dry shampoo and toothpaste
Make-up remover wipes
Going home outfit
Extra change of clothes
Dads are super easy to pack for and so is the baby, really. The hospital will provide onesies and blankets your entire stay as well as wipes and diapers. They also provide all of your postpartum essentials while there, but it is a good idea to stock up on pads, tylenol, stool softeners and other postpartum must haves ahead of time for when you go home. I tried to pack sample sizes of all my toiletries this time around so that I don’t have a lot of heavy bottles taking up space and I can simply throw them away after I use them. I am taking two bags – one for all of my things and my new baby bag from Fawn Design for the baby’s things. We will also have the big brother/sister gifts and a bag packed for them so that we make sure they have everything they will need, or we can easily grab it in the off-chance we have to bring them to the hospital with us for a little while.