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Prepping for D-Day
I had my first child over a year ago, and will soon be having my second (quick turn around 😉 ). Something that kept me up at night in my third trimester were checklists! Checklists for the nursery, the house in general, supplies, and the hospital bag. I’m a planner and don’t like to be caught off guard. Therefore, when it came to the delivery, I spent a good amount of time researching what I really needed at the hospital.
I packed two bags 4 weeks before my due date, and made a list that set in the top of them of what to grab when it was “Go Time” because some things weren’t practical to pack so far in advance (toothbrush, phone chargers, etc). I didn’t want a bunch of clutter in the room, so I purposefully only wanted to have two bags + a tote sac.
Baby Must Haves:
1. Diaper Bag: What I packed all of baby’s stuff in. The hospital really has everything you need, so take it from me…you don’t need all the things you got from your showers. There’s no need trying to figure out how you will carry it all, and opening all the packaging of random items, haha. I started to go down that rabbit hole before I came to my senses!
2. Two comfy outfits + going home outfit: The comfy outfits basically need to be cotton clothes that babe can sleep and hangout in. They will be swaddled most of the time you are in the hospital. So you don’t need to stress about what the baby is wearing. They just need to be comfortable and warm. The hospital will have the beanie, but if you want your own, you can bring one. I have to say the hospital ones are really soft and stretchy (plus they are kinda iconic!).
The going home outfit is nice to have for those sweet pics that you will inevitably take when you’re leaving the hospital, about to pull away in the car, and when you arrive home for the first time. But again, don’t go over board with grown up looking clothes that will be hard to put on the baby, trust me…you won’t want to wrestle your babe into clothes….they’ll feel too fragile!
3. Newborn diapers and wipes: You don’t need a lot of these. Really only pack a couple in case you make a stop on the way home. The hospital will provide these and you can take home what’s in your room. NOTE: you’re paying for all the supplies in your room, so you might as well use them!!
4. Scratch mittens: Babies are used to moving all around in the womb, they will sleep a lot but they’ll also move and wiggle and sometimes get those hands to their face and scratch themselves. I have to be honest and say most scratch mittens are annoying and fall off. I had much better luck with tops, sleep gowns, and onesies that had the built in hand covers, like these. Which is what I’ll be packing for baby #2.
5. Swaddle blanket: Again, the hospital will provide these, and honestly they are THE BEST for newborns. They are easy to figure out, and they stay together well. My favorite swaddle blankets are muslin, like these. I LOVE THEM. So bring one to have because you can always use an extra swaddle for various things. I like using the hospital ones in the beginning because although they are soft, they seem more structured, and feel like a good barrier for the baby, especially when visitors come and want to hold and love on your new bundle of joy.
6.Newborn booties/socks: Pretty self explanatory, just don’t over pack. I’d only pack 2 pair.
7. Car seat + car seat cover: Don’t forget the car seat! Most hospitals won’t let you leave unless you have one, for good reason! We went with the Peg Preggo, and I LOVE IT! It’s one of the highest rated seats for safety, and it’s lightweight. Plus, it looks sleek and has inserts that fit any size baby, and can grow with your child through their first year easily. I would definitely suggest getting a car seat cover similar to this one. It simply drapes over the seat and protects baby from sneezes, coughs, and bright/hot sunlight.
MOM MUST HAVES:
1. Two comfy outfits + Robe: If you plan to breastfeed, make sure you bring tops that are going to be easy for that. I got these nursing tops in three colors, and lived in them + leggings for the first several weeks. My comfy outfits were basically cotton pajama sets (that I wore with leggings sometimes) that were super soft, and paired with the robe which was great for easy access and keeping me warm.
2. Shower shoes + slip -ons + socks: If you’re a germ freak, like me. I always wear flip flops in showers that are not my own, so pack those. And pack slips on that you can wear around the room that are easy to get off and on.
3. Makeup + toiletries: You don’t have to pack ALL THE MAKEUP, just what you like to have on to greet people 🙂
- Tucks Pads : make you feel SO MUCH BETTER down there after vaginal delivery
- Bottom Spray: for the same reason above ^^, this is an ALL NATURAL product that is AMAZING!!!
- Cleansing Bottle: After a vaginal delivery, this will literally FEEL LIKE HEAVEN!! The one at the hospital is a straight spout, I found the one linked to work MUCH BETTER!
- Hair Necessities – dry shampoo, hair ties, shampoo and conditioner if you just want to feel totally refreshed
- Toothbrush + toothpaste
4. Nipple cream (if you plan to breastfeed): Honestly, there are SO MANY OPTIONS for this, but I found that virgin coconut oil worked the best. It has natural antibacterial properties, no taste, and it’s natural. WIN, WIN, WIN!
5. Nursing pillow: This was great to have for getting good positioning and helping cradle the baby. Be prepared, you’re going to be BEYOND EXHAUSTED! Plus, it can help littles that come to visit hold the baby.
6. Over-sized cotton undies: The hospital will have mesh ones that are comfortable but if you’re like me and want to have your own, bring some. They need to be over-sized because you’ll need room for the big pads, and TRUST ME when I say you’re not going to want a lot of friction down there. Some friends even used these because it was an all-in-one situation handler (thinking I may try them the second time around).
7. Nursing Bra: Just bought this one, and LOVE IT!! It can be worn normally or cross-strapped. It’s SUPER comfortable, and easy to fold down! Plus, NOT super expensive compared to the name brands. It’s washed up great too!
8. Going home outfit: Something not too binding…cute summer dress or leggings + cute loose blouse. Remember you’re going to want to take pics!!
DAD MUST HAVES:
1. Comfy clothes + shoes: I’d advise athleisure wear. He will be one his feet a lot through the labor helping mama (HOPEFULLY!) and will have to be sitting in the hospital chairs and side bed otherwise.
2. Sleeping Pad: This may seem overkill, but my husband had this camping pad that was tiny to pack, easy to blow up, and helped him sleep SO MUCH BETTER! He slept through two rounds of dr visits, snored the whole time the doctor + nurses were in the room!
3. Toiletries + hair products
4. Hoodie or sweater
5. Going home outfit: Ya know, for the pics 😉
1. Phone chargers
2. Camera + Video Camera: don’t forget the chargers!
3. iPad or tablet: We loved being able to watch some Netflix
4. Hand sanitizer or Wipes: there will be some in your room more than likely, but to have some handy is nice so you don’t have to get up and if people miss it on their way in, you got it covered.
5. Your driver’s licenses
7. Glasses or contacts
8. Cash for the vending machines
9. Healthy snacks you like: bring those things you love to snack on, you won’t regret it!
This list is mainly for those that are planning on a hospital birth, but I’d imagine that if you aren’t having your baby at home, these items would serve you well! Hoping this eases your mind and helps you check off that ever looming list before your sweet babe comes home. The biggest thing to remember is that your baby is going to be just fine and have everything all they need in your loving arms! If you want some tips on how to ready yourself mentally, you may like to read this!
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