It’s time again to pack that hospital bag! I was the person with my first baby that brought everything ever to the hospital. And truly, I thought I didn’t bring that much. I didn’t bring my own pillow, robe, or excessive extras. I did however, end up with three bags of items I honestly didn’t really touch. And, the funniest part was, we were a 5 minute drive from the hospital. So, for this baby, I am packing way less. The irony is, this time we will be 45 minutes away. Here’s what I am bringing, and I hope this helps you decide what to pack in your own bag!
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Food and Drink
- Maple or Coconut Water–To replenish those electrolytes, get some energy, and not drink gatorade.
- Honey Sticks–In case you need quick energy in labor.
- Plantain Chips–For a salty snack, should you want it.
- Trail Mix–Extra fat and nutrition, especially post labor.
What I’m not bringing: A full grocery bag of food. I didn’t touch it last time, and we ended up just buying some food and bringing it in.
- Nursing Bra–Definitely essential since that was pretty much all I wore after my baby was born. I threw on a t-shirt for visitors, but newborn breastfeeding is really just a non-stop event and baby and I spent most of our time skin to skin.
- T-shirt or Camis–For when you don’t want to be partially naked aka when the visitors come.
- Cotton Shorts–Mainly, to cover up whatever glorious postpartum undies you might be wearing and give yourself a little dignity. Shorts are good because they are very easy to get on and off.
- Flip Flops–For the hospital shower; you don’t want your feet touching the floor.
- Ugly Walmart Panties–I actually just used the mesh panties they had at the hospital, but these could be used instead. Make sure they are nice, big, loose, and breathable, and definitely have a pack waiting for you at home!
- Comfy Going Home Clothes–You have to look like a human when you leave, so just find something easy to get on and not too tight! Yoga pants or a skirt are a great option.
What to labor in? I was in the bathtub for most of labor, and then wore the hospital dress for a short while. But really, I didn’t want to bother with much clothing during that time. I also wore the ugly hospital socks, because I think they are cool and I know they don’t get reused.
What I’m not bringing: A robe, a full set of clothes for each day, socks, slippers, etc. because I know I won’t need to put on a full outfit everyday.
Remedies and Pain Management
- Labor Massage Oil–A prediluted essential oil massage oil is great for quick and easy access. I have mine in diluted a roller bottle because it’s easy to transport, not messy, and not too greasy. Try THIS RECIPE from My Darla Clementine.
- Anti-Nausea Inhaler–For quick moments of nausea, this is great to have on hand because it is easy to grab, not able to be spilled, and can be closed up when not needed. Learn HOW TO MAKE them and try these recipes (using a few drops of each oil):
- Spearmint, Ginger, Sweet Orange
- Peppermint, Lemon, Ginger
- Ginger, Sweet Orange, Lavender
- Homeopathy Kit–-Great to have on hand if labor stalls, if the pain is too intense, emotions rise, or you have bruising or tearing. Plus many, many more things.*
*A note on homeopathy: it is recommended to avoid the use of mint during homeopathy use; therefore, be mindful of using peppermint or spearmint essential oils if you choose to use homeopathy during birth.
- Pressure Point Ball–In the event of back labor, this is good to have on hand to apply pressure. Take two tennis balls and bind them together with masking tape to make a tool to put pressure on the back if needed during labor.
- Headphones–If you find yourself needing to tune out the world, relax, or get a pep session in.
Many postpartum items are already at the hospital: witch hazel pads, numbing spray, mesh panties, menstrual pads, ice packs, lanolin, a donut pillow, hemorrhoid ointment.
Now, this stuff won’t be crunchy kosher. It will have ingredients we don’t like. However, you must decide if it is worth it for a couple days to really be haluing all your DIYs in. If it is, then go for it! For me, I can live with some of the hospital stuff. And honestly, the numbing spray is a lifesaver for a few days postpartum. Here are postpartum goods that I will bring to the hospital:
- Arnica montana–-A good remedy for all moms to use due to the trauma and bruising of childbirth.
- Coconut Oil–For just about anything and everything. Moisturizing, chapped lips, nursing nipples, dry skin, etc. Colostrum is also a wonder worker for chapped sore, nipples!
- Cooling Wipes–For perineal care and bathroom use. Use THIS RECIPE to make them!
- Magnesium Supplement–You’ll want to make sure things keep…moving,,,post labor. But, they will only have stool softeners at the hospital, and I prefer the magnesium I have been taking the entire pregnancy.
- Chapstick–For chapped lips of course.
- Few Makeup Items–You might want to throw on some concealer, moisturizer, or a little mascara for photos.
- Deodorant–Yeah, it’s nice to not be totally gross, especially after sticky hot labor.
- Brush–There is nothing like brushing your hair after you’ve been through such a trying experience.
- Hair Bands–For all moments of “I need my hair off my face.”
- Contacts and Solution–Glasses in sweaty labor is no fun.
- Water Wipes–These are great for cleansing the face and body mid labor, post labor, and anytime you need a quick refresh without actually getting up to go to the bathroom. Then, you can use them for baby!
- Dry Shampoo–Make your own with THIS RECIPE.
- Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap (Maybe)-Again, they will probably have some, but if it’s important to you to stay away from yuck ingredients don’t forget yours.
What I’m not bringing: My entire bathroom. Yeah, nope.
- Water Wipes–If you want to keep your precious newborn’s butt away form the chemical laden provided wipes, this is a good thing to bring.
- To-Go Clothes–The cute little thing you’ve had for the past 6 months.
- Baby Blanket–The hospital will have blankets until you are ready to switch to yours.
- Carseat–So you can leave the hospital.
- Phone and Charger–For those pictures!
What did you bring to the hospital that you absolutely were glad you did?
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