For the third time in five years, I'm packing my hospital bag in preparation for the birth of our still unnamed daughter. After each trip to the hospital, I made note of items that I felt were missing and knew that I wanted to make sure was packed for the next birth. Take a peek at my list, and hopefully it will help you pack a bag that's full of necessities useful for you, your partner and your new baby.
Before Baby is Born...
Several copies of birth plan
Cell phone and charger
Pillows (Make sure the pillow cases aren't plain white so you can easily tell which belong to you)
Dark colored, heavy socks
Hair clip, brush, ponytail holders
Coconut Oil & Clary Sage Oil
Scarlet Natural's Lip Honey
Robe & Slippers
Pictures (When contractions hit, I visualize myself walking "right down the middle of Main Street." Pictures help remind me of the pleasant thoughts I should be focusing on)
After Baby is Born...
Several copies of baby care instructions (Gentle reminder to nurses that baby should room in with me, to use shampoo/body wash/diapers that I provide, no pacifiers, no formula & that Daddy will accompany baby for all tests and other medical procedures)
List of people to call
Nursing Bras & Underpants
Toothpaste & Toothbrush
Loose fitting clothes to wear home
Sanitary pads (most hospitals provide these, but I prefer to bring my own)
Diapers, wipes, baby wash, shampoo and lotion (most hospitals have these, but I prefer to bring my own all natural products. This time I'm using products from The Honest Company)
Outfit for hospital photos/going home
Booties or socks
Outerwear (as weather dictates)
Change of clothes
Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc...
Cash for hospital cafeteria