It’s crazy how fast time is going by…only 7 weeks left in my pregnancy! Well, that’s if baby girl decides to arrive on time.
During our prenatal class this week, we discussed what to pack in our hospital bags. One of the first things that I read on many online lists was to pack your Birth Plan. Ha! What birth plan?
The plan is to have no plan, because who knows how this is all going to go down. The best thing I can do for myself, my husband and the baby is to just be open to the process and take each step as is comes. I know that not everyone will have this outlook, but my husband and I think this approach will work best for us. What I can do to feel prepared and ready for labor is to thoughtfully plan my hospital bag. I am planning to use my So Young Charlie Diaper Bag as my hospital bag. With lots of handy compartments and a simple stylish look, it’s a multi-use bag that my husband won’t be embarrassed to carry.
After lots of review here are some items I came up with. I hope you’ll have a look and leave a comment below with any recommendations or suggestions you can think of or found useful from your own experience.
1. My own pillow, or pillow cases
2. Flameless candles to help set a relaxing and calm environement
3. Bose docking station and iphone ( and charger) with planned playlist.
4. Baby tracking app, like Baby Connect, downloaded on to my iphone.
5. Button down jersey knit PJ’s from Victoria Secret. Easy access for breastfeeding and having skin to skin contact with the baby.
6. Cozy bath robe and slippers
8. Hair ties or headband to keep my hair out of my face
9. Flip flops for the shower
10. Lip balm or chap stick that my partner will have on hand during the labor
11. Massage balls in case back labor ensues
12. Heating pad or cold compress
14. Canon Rebel SL1 Camera for capturing those first amazing moments
17. Cotton and disposable nursing pads
18. Nursing Bra
19. Solly Baby Wrap for use during nursing and to securely keep baby close to maintain skin to skin contact. Some people prefer to bring a nursing pillow, but I think it will be a hassel to bring and store it. The wrap is super compact and can fit right into my bag.
21. Baby girl’s home from the hospital outfit, including a VONBON knotted hat, cotton sleepers or long sleeved onesies, as well as socks and scratch mits.
22. Snacks and drinks in case it is too late at the hospital or the local cafe is closed
Last but not least, don’t forget to bring the car seat!
Can you think of anything I am forgetting?