Happy New Year, babes! What a year 2019 was for me and my little growing family! As of today, I am 39 weeks pregnant and Michael and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our sweet baby M. It could be any day now that he or she makes their appearance and I wanted to share with you guys what I’ve been doing in the days of planning and ultimately…waiting!
Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve done a TON of research on almost every applicable topic I could think of and honestly, I’ve learned a lot. In this particular post, I wanted to share what I learned about what to pack in your hospital bags! I read plenty of blog posts, talked to my Midwife, and got advice from fellow mamas in my area. Here is what I have in my hospital bag as of now! Enjoy!
Laboring is obviously something that is expected to be a tad bit painful, so I want to be as comfortable as possible! I honestly have been sleeping in my husband’s t-shirts throughout my pregnancy, but for the hospital I wanted something a bit more modest as I know I’ll be pacing the halls. This gown from Amazon is super soft and comfy. I recommend getting something dark in case you get bodily fluids on it. Yeah. I’m expecting that and you probably should too! 😉
As I stated above, I’m anticipating pacing the hospital hallways as I labor. So, I wanted to pack some light and comfortable shoes that I can wear during labor and for the day we head home! These sneakers from Target are probably more comfy than my $80 Nike’s. No joke.
3. Go Home Outfit
Speaking of go-home day, make sure to pack a comfortable and dark outfit for the ride home. I just packed some black leggings, this awesome nursing bra, a comfortable sweater (it’s going to be freezing these next few days in Dallas), and some sneakers.
4. Small Blanket/Pillows
I’m not sure about you, but hospital pillows and blankets are stiff and really not very useful. I’m always freezing in the rooms, so I packed my small pink blanket and my favorite pillow from home. TIP: Don’t forget to have your partner pack these as well! You both will be happy you did!
5. Heating Pack
Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve had some lower back pain. I’ve regularly been seeing my Chiropractor, however, there are still days when I need some relief. I imagine that labor may bring on even more back pain, so I’m packing my heating pad. I figure this will help relieve some of the aches during early labor. You can get a decent one here!
6. Postpartum Care Kit
Depending on what your hospital offers, you may not need to pack a kit like this. However, I like to come prepared, so I put together a simple Travel Size Postpartum Care Kit. Apparently after you birth a watermelon, you bleed… A LOT. So I included disposable underwear and a few other items you can check out in this post! I did ask my Midwife what kind of products I can expect to be given at the hospital and for my particular situation, I can expect some of these items to take home with me. I’ve been told to take advantage of these freebies! Definitely ask your doctor/midwife what goodies you can stash!
7. Snacks/Water Bottle
Again, it depends on what your hospital allows, but I am birthing with a Midwife and am able to bring simple snacks into the Labor & Delivery Room. I can’t imagine not being able to eat something for hours on end, so I’m grateful I’m able to do so. I’ve packed a few protein bars, nuts, and cheese sticks for extra protein and energy. I’ve also made sure to bring my favorite tumbler to keep water in. Birth takes a lot out of you, so you might as well replenish while you can!
As far as your daily hygiene is concerned, I’m sure after giving birth, you’re going to want to shower and get clean so pack the essentials! I’m including some travel sized shampoo and conditioners, body wash, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, and a curling iron. Hey, I like to get glam and childbirth is no exception. 😉 I’m also making sure to pack a good lip moisturizer and face wash as well. We are planning to stay in the hospital for about two days, so I’m wanting to be prepared! Besides, I pack for three day trips ALL the time and honestly this doesn’t feel much different!
9. Postpartum Girdle
One item I keep hearing over and over again is the Postpartum Girdle to help your body bounce back (as naturally as possible) after birth. I got mine on Amazon and can’t wait to use it! I’ve LOVED being pregnant and feeling my little baby move inside my tummy, but mama misses her skinny jeans and being able to get out of bed without making grunting sounds. So, yeah I’m excited to wear this thing!
10. Portable Fan
I don’t know about you, mamas, but I have had some serious night sweats throughout my pregnancy. Like never before, I’ve woken up drenched almost every single night (and we keep our home at 69!) So, I’m planning to pack this portable fan for my labor time at the hospital. Once again, I want to be as comfortable as possible…so why not??
11. Christmas Lights
You’re probably thinking, “Why in the world would you need Christmas lights, Brea? The Holidays are over!” This may be true, but with my natural childbirth, I’m planning to have a dark room with my meditation music playing and some “Christmas” lights lit up to help set the calming mood. We had an extra strand, so I figured that would be a great alternative to open flame candles…which I’m pretty sure are not allowed in hospitals…you can get some here for cheap!
If everything goes as planned, (which I know is rare in childbirth, but I’m keeping my thoughts positive!) we want to labor at home as long as possible and then head to the hospital to finish out the early labor, head into active labor, and ultimately birth our sweet baby! But you better believe while I’m laboring at home, I’m going to do some minimal makeup and put my hair in a cute pony. I may be dreaming thinking this is a good idea, but I’ve ALWAYS been a little extra and once again, childbirth will be no exception. Plus, I plan on redoing my makeup for some family pictures after the fact. Here is some great foundation that I know lasts through a 12 hour Flight Attendant shift, so it may hold up for most of labor…hopefully! 🙂
13. Necessary Paperwork
Make sure to pack your insurance cards, a government form of identification, any hospital papers needed, some cash, and spare change (in case you get a craving for vending machine food.)
14. Sound Machine/Music Playlist/Speaker
For our birth, I am wanting to labor in a serene and calm setting. I have the option of bringing music to help with this and I’ve already made a birthing playlist on my iPhone. We use this Bluetooth Speaker around our house and garage regularly, so I thought it would work well for laboring. Another option that I’m bringing is a sound machine. We received this one for our baby shower and it makes the most calming rain, ocean, and white noise sounds. It’s for the baby, but you better believe I’ll be using it if it helps!
Now that we have gone over what you’ll need, mama, let’s talk about what baby will need!
Most hospitals provide the essentials for baby; diapers, wipes, and a blanket. If you’re planning to breastfeed as well, the nurses will most likely help your baby latch and give you some pointers, however when it comes to going home outfits, announcement boards, or toys for baby, that’s on you!
1. Going Home Outfit
Remember to plan for the weather that will be expected during the time of your birth. If it’s cold, pack a onesie, pants, socks, mittens, a beanie, a swaddle, and a blanket for baby to go home in. I did some research on how to dress babies for certain temperatures. Here is a great resource.
2. Pacifiers/Pacifier Clips
3. Car Seat
Make sure you have properly installed your car seat weeks before your due date. That’s the last thing you want to be figuring out as you’re in a bit of pain helping your newborn adjust to life. Come as prepared as you can. You won’t regret it!
4. Nursing Cover
I’m honestly just packing one of these because I know it’s going to be cold outside when we take baby home and most of these double as a car seat cover. You can get some super cute ones here! However, if you’d like a bit more privacy, use it for when you breastfeed your baby in the hospital. You never know who will show up to visit your sweet bundle of joy!
5. Extra Dipaers/Wipes
If you haven’t figured it out already, I like to be overly prepared and packing extra diapers and wipes is never a bad idea with a newborn baby! I’m planning to pack a few newborn sizes and size 1 diapers just in case our baby has a blowout. As for the wipes, I love this little on-the-go wipe holder and disposable bags to have in a pinch!
6. Announcement Letter Board
This is obviously not an essential, but we love the idea of announcing the gender (we don’t know yet!), name, and stats of our baby on a cute black letter board! You can get a simple one here.
Well, there you have it mamas-to-be! Obviously, if you are following my blog or Instagram, you know that I’m STILL pregnant and this is my first baby! However, I feel like a lot of these items are practical and will be SO helpful in our birthing experience. I hope you enjoyed this article and gained some insight into what to pack for your hospital stay with baby! If you loved it, please leave a comment and subscribe to Brunch With Brea to get even more tips and tricks for New Mom Life, Beauty, Fashion, & More!
You babes are AMAZING and I so appreciate your support and kindness through this blogging journey of mine! Stay beautiful!