Grab your shit it's time to have a kid!
Here is what I recommend you put in your bag, the one you will leave next to your door or in your back seat if you are like me, just to sure be it's ready when you need it. I packed my bag weeks in advance because I am a paranoid psycho. My friend had her baby 5 weeks early so I was freaked. I also installed the car seat about 6 weeks before my due date because ya know I had it so why not. Plus. They won't let you leave the hospital without making sure it is in your car and installed correctly so this gave me time to check, and double check.
So here is my list of must haves!
- Your very own snazzy hospital gown, I know it's a risk listing this first but stay with me, when I walked into triage and was instructed to put on the hospital gown and socks that were sitting on the corner of the hospital bed it took everything in me not to gasp and clutch my pearls in horror! This faded, been around the block, gown was not going to be what I would push my baby girl into the world in! You will thank me when you see your first photos snuggling your fresh, frosting covered infant. I also brought my own socks complete with grippers on the bottom that spelled out "ready, set, push" in hot pink, the hospital staff got quite the kick out of those.
- If you are going to have people in it for the long hall with you I would pack some snacks and change for the vending machine. You probably can't have any snacks but they can. Resist the urge to be a hangry beast and punch them in the face for eating while you chew your ice chips, you will get to eat when it's over and it will taste glorious, I had the best turkey sandwich of my life you would have thought it was a 5 course gourmet dinner the way I raved about it. Trust me anything is good after hours of faminous labor.
- Black, loose, light weight, comfy as you can find, pj bottoms, x2. Once you ready the aftermath this will become the clear VIP of the go list.
- I packed my breast pump and parts, I didn't know the first thing about how to use such a contraption. Enter: lactation consultation, knower of all things boob feeding related.
- Nursing bra x2, you are going to be whipping these babies out left and right so need to have them easy to access. I got the sleep nursing bras which gave a little to no support but we're super comfy to wearing all day long around the hospital. They just pull to the side so your boob is easy for baby to get to, no unclipping needed.
- Elastic tank (camisole) x2, not the ones with a built in bra, unless it is a nursing tank, then you can skip the nursing bras(but you will have to deal with clipping and unclipping). My dirty pillows couldn't be contained by the nursing tanks but if your girls are a more on the modest side those would be a great option. "Lucky that my breasts are small and humble so you don't confuse them with mountains" cheers to you.
- I liked the feeling of having a tighter tank on since your belly is all loosy goosey. But I did want to cover up my post pardom, "why didn't anyone tell me that I was going to look 6 months pregnant belly" with a comfy robe. It was nice to throw on when I have visitors too but, did hinder access to the girls.
- I packed all my toiletries way ahead of time thanks to the travel section at Target. I just felt better knowing that everything was there and I didn't have to worry about grabbing soap and a tooth brush on my way out the door. I am sure you can get stuff you need from the hospital but I have brand preferences so I want what I want!
- Slippers because hospital floors are sterile and freezing.
- I brought my boppy because I wanted to get use to using to it nurse and get the proper hold. Yes they will give you tons or pillows and help you prop up baby but unless you are going to have a stash of pillows in every room you need to know how to use the Bobby.
- Make sure you have a comfy outfit for you and baby to go home in. Something special for baby for their debut into the world. For you, yoga pants and comfy top my lady! We aren't making a debut like baby, we simply need to get home with all of our parts covered.
- Also for baby, those little hand mits, I am guessing you are not going to be giving their tiny little hands a manicure in the hospital and we need to keep that face photo ready for their new born shoot!
- Don't forget your phone charger, throw all this crap into a rolling suitcase, that's the easiest way to get it to and from the hospital.
- I you have a camera that is better quality than your cellphone camera, charge and pack that too!
*I prewashed all of my and baby's clothes for the hospital with a free and clear soap, just to be safe. (And the boppy cover too). I also boiled my pump parts ahead of time to sanitize so they were ready to go, if I needed it*