I’m a total control freak. As soon as I hit the third trimester, I started to think about packing my hospital bag.
I researched and read checklist after checklist to see what I should bring with me. I started to order items that I didn’t already have at home and then my water broke and I found myself in the hospital with nothing at all from home! After being there for two weeks before Roo was born, I ended up with quite a lot of stuff but hardly any of it was even remotely close to what I would have packed in my hospital bag!
If I were to pack my bag today, I would bring the following items with me:
Outfit to bring home the baby in (two of them in different sizes because you don’t know for sure how large or small your newborn will be when leaving hospital)
Change of clothes as if you were 6 months pregnant – something comfortable, I wore my yoga pants and a t-shirt
Shampoo and conditioner
Pillow with a colored case
The rest I was given by the hospital. I ordered slippers to wear but the hospital had these awesome non-skid socks that I wore the whole time and if they got dirty, they gave me a new pair! I also wore hospital pajamas. They were not attractive but I didn’t want to soil my own clothes! They also provided me with both sanitary pads and mesh panties that were lifesavers for post-partum bleeding. Mine from home would not have cut it at first!
That iPod playlist I was so worried about?! Labor happened so fast for me that I never would have used it.
As for things for the baby once he or she arrives? I recommend letting the hospital dress your baby until its time to go home. They will provide a pacifier, if you want one. They will provide diapers and wipes – cotton and water! They will provide a blanket! If you are formula feeding, they will even provide all of those things too! Just bring a couple of different sized outfits to bring your little one home in. We only brought one and it was too big for her, so she wore the tiny preemie one the nicu nurse had dressed her in that morning.
So, I guess my advice is to keep it simple. After being in hospital for two weeks, we left with a lot of crap. Our car was full and we didn’t even get to leave with our baby. So, keep it simple. You’ll want to just focus on your little bundle of joy and not worry about lugging a bunch of crap to and from your car! Chances are the hospital can provide it for you!
Have fun bringing home your little one 🙂
This morning I couldn’t sleep in past 7am, so I came downstairs and went onto A.mazon and D.iapers and ordered all sorts of things we need for Roo. My nesting is in full effect!
- Nasal Aspirator – the one that you suck the end of and the boogers come out – sounds so disgusting but apparently works really well
- Rectal Thermometer
- Nail Scissors – I heard that while they sound more intimidating than nail clippers that scissors are actually easier to control and there are fewer nicks on your baby’s fingers (yikes!)
- M.ustela Hair and Body Wash as well as Lotion – a friend uses this and her baby smells so yummy!
- Nursing Pads from L.ansinoh – I got a small pack because there is much debate whether these or the M.edela ones are better, so I decided to try these ones first and if I don’t like them, I’ll try the other
- B.ella B N.ipple Cream
- Br.avado Silk Seamless Nursing Bra – I really need some new bras so I decided to go with a general sizing bra in hopes that it’ll fit once my milk comes in
- Infant hair brush and comb set
- Soothie pacifier by A.vent – I don’t know if we’ll use it but I decided that I’d rather have it and be prepared than not have it and wish that I did!
I really wanted to buy a night light but the one that I want is sold out so I need to wait for it to come in again.
I already have gotten the “big” gear and so I’m starting to focus on the little stuff! This is actually fun!
One of those baby planning emails that I get told me a few weeks ago that I need to start packing my hospital bag. WHAT?! Already? I’m not ready but I’ve started to think about it. This morning, I also placed an order for non-slip socks for the hospital. I think I’ve got the rest pretty much here at home (other than snacks for MH and post-partum granny pa.nties, which I need to go buy) and just need to choose a bag and put everything in it.
Of the “little” things that babies require, moms who’ve been there and done that, is there anything that I’m missing that I should purchase before Roo arrives?
Oh! We ordered our glider yesterday. I found an independent baby store in Bellevue and found a B.est Chair glider that is under $500 and comfortable for me. I let MH choose the fabric that he liked the best so that he could feel a part of the process (not one that I would have chosen but it doesn’t really matter to me). So, we have all of the major nursery items that Roo needs for her room. We’ll make a final decision on which shade of lavender to paint her room today. I got a call yesterday from the delivery company and Roo’s dresser/changing table arrives later this week.
It’s all coming together!
Hope you all are having a great weekend!