So my baby shower is over and it went wonderfully! I was so excited and now we have the excitement of putting everything away. I also promised myself that as soon as the baby shower was over we would start thinking about and putting together the hospital bag. I keep looking at all these lists on Pinterest and, I’m not going to lie, getting a little overwhelmed. I just don’t know if I’ll be prepared enough and I’m starting to get nervous about having everything I need and all the things that go into having a baby. I think maybe planning my shower and looking forward to it was keeping me calm because now all I can think about is being ready for the baby and the hospital.
After my husband helps me set up the book case in the baby’s room, I think I’m going to have him start to install the car seat bases in our cars. The car seat itself is also a carrier so that will definitely be thrown in the car with the hospital bag when the time comes. For now, we need to leave it out because we really won’t know what car we’ll have when the time comes.
Next, I plan to pack all the daily essentials that I would normally put in my overnight bag – travel toothbrush, travel toothpaste, deodorant, hair brush, hair ties, extra phone charger, extra fit bit charger, daily vitamins, travel shampoo, conditioner & body wash. These should be easy because I normally keep most of them in my travel bag anyway.
As for clothes, I’m probably going to mostly pack black/dark leggings/yoga pants. I want to be as comfortable as possible when I’m actually wearing pants so I think this will be helpful. I’ll pack a few pairs of underwear in there that I know are comfortable also. I have three maternity/nursing bras and I will probably pack one and wear one. I also registered for some nursing tank tops which were purchased but not yet delivered so as soon as I receive them they will also go into the bag. I also think I will pack a comfy sweatshirt in case it’s cold in the hospital (I’m always cold). I’ll have to find a zip up that works. Perhaps the fleece I brought to Disney. As for pajamas, I did put a set of nursing pajamas on my Birthday Wish list but I didn’t receive them (I don’t think Dom shared my wish list like I asked him to) and so I put them on my registry. I’ll still need to purchase them before I have the baby if I want to pack them so we shall see what happens. Last in the clothes-for-me section is socks. Some people say warm socks, some say non-slip, I’m going to see what I have and make my decision from that. My dad may have some non-slip socks I could borrow from when he had his knee surgery. I honestly don’t care what they look like, it just seems practical.
As for other accessories, I’ll most likely be wearing my sneakers, but I definitely plan on bringing a pair of flip-flops for the shower and possibly a pair of slippers. I’ll also throw one (or all three) of my nursing scarves in the bag as well just in case I decide I want a little privacy when feeding the baby (if we have a lot of company, which we probably will). I may bring my robe or housecoat but both seem a little warm for this time of year so I’m still debating that.
The only other thing (for me) that I would not have thought of is chapstick. All the lists have this so I’ll be packing it as well but I never would have thought to have it on my own. I also sort of want to have my own water bottle/cup so that it can be refilled and I can have it with me. Also on my list are some maternity pads.
For Dom, he’ll probably want his own toiletries and a change of clothes as well as some cash and his own water bottle (I don’t share well and he always wants a sip of my drink. Something tells me that during labor this is not going to fly).
For Baby, well, this is where I have so many unknowns! What will my baby need right when s/he comes into the world? I plan on a few solid onesies in different sizes (you never know), one or two swaddle blankets, and the going home outfit we picked out. Will I need my diaper bag too? I’m absolutely unsure of how much to bring for Baby since I know the hospital provides some things. I’ve also seen the boppy on a few lists…not sure if we should pack ours or not.
I will also have our baby book packed in the bag (such a special gift from my God daughter) and the notebook I’ve been keeping for Baby. I know I’ll probably want to write a lot after Baby is born so I’ll have to keep it handy so I can write when I have time.
Okay, so that’s all I can think of but I’m sure I’ve left something off so let me know if you have any suggestions!
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