I think it was about December that my mom started asking if I’d packed my hospital bag yet. I had not.
While I didn’t wait until the very last minute, I came pretty close. I just wanted to take my time and enjoy the process, knowing that we were coming back home as a family of three. So up until a couple of days before going into labor, my hospital bag was empty.
I take that back. One thing that I had put a lot of thought into and made sure was in my bag was Shai’s coming home outfit. I went a little overboard with that – a Burberry onesie and matching hat and little Armani baby booties. I wanted something special, knowing full well that I’d never get rid of that outfit for as long as I live.
Side note: Mommies-to-be, don’t do what I did. I have no idea what I would have done had I gone into labor early. I just had this gut feeling that he wasn’t coming out any time soon. I guess I lucked out there.
As silly as it sounds, the best thing I brought was my own hospital gown. It was comfortable and made me feel good (as good as a hospital gown can, I guess). Considering I stayed in that for my entire stay, it was a wise investment.
Also, icy poles (popsicles for the Americans)! As ridiculous as it sounds, they were a lifesaver. I brought a bunch of snacks that I didn’t eat because I couldn’t. No matter how much I begged the nurses, I wasn’t allowed to eat any solid foods, so I ended up eating, like 15 icy poles. (Which reminds me: ladies, be sure to eat before heading to the hospital. You’ll thank me later.)
A few other essentials:
- Notebook and pen – I wanted to remember as much of this experience as possible; so now I have a nice little record of all my thoughts and feelings.
- Thick socks – It was winter and they kept my feet nice and toasty.
- Bathrobe – It’s easy to throw on when you get in and out of the shower.
- Flip-flops – Again, easy to throw on and take off.
- Hair clips and ties –No matter how glam you want to look giving birth, it’s a tough, sweaty process. I put mine up as soon as the contractions started, which was good considering how fast he came out. The rest of my stay, I kept it in braids.
- Toiletries – I brought my shampoo and conditioner from home. I wanted to be clean, but I wanted to feel as comfortable as possible, too.
- Moisturizer – I don’t know what it is about hospitals, but my skin got SUPER dry.
- Lanolin cream – If you’re breastfeeding, you will need this. Of course, the hospital has some if you need it, too.
- Full brief underwear – Whether you have a C-section or natural childbirth, you’ll need this. Although, the disposable underwear the hospital had were awesome – I ended up taking a couple bags home with me!
- ID card and any paperwork your doctor had given you.
Mommies out there, what did you end up packing in your hospital bag? Anything you ended up not needing or wish you had thought to pack? I’d love to hear from you!
Photo Credit: Shane Russeck