As a first time pregnant woman the search for what to bring to the hospital can be overwhelming.
Since late August I’d say I’ve been searching through books, online, and asking by word of mouth what are the ESSENTIALS/MUST HAVES to take to the hospital for the labor, delivery, and recovery.
As I’ve gathered some intel I’ve filtered through what many have deemed
” essential” or ” must have”.
What I’ve discovered is a lot of these “essentials” are more like ” optionals ” and these “must haves” are more like “suggestions”.
So at the end of the day it’s more of blog post about
“optionals” and “suggestions”
I am grateful to share some of the products that I’ve discovered in the process, that I am really looking forward to using as well as other items we’ve already had that we’ve also decided on packing into our hospital bags.
What we’ve decided on are things that we find are or will be beneficial to us specifically throughout our time in labor delivery and recovery.
Although I’m sure there will be some overlap for many, I believe you really have to cater your hospital bag to you, your birth plan, and not to mention what differs based on what your hospital offers.
For example some of the items my hospital offers that we wont be packing are diapers, wipes, and disposable mesh undies.
All that to further reiterate why I’ve casually named this post
” What We’ve Decided On”.
I realize full well that this post comes from someone who has yet to experience childbirth, so who knows maybe afterwards I’ll have an addendum or some follow up thoughts.
But for now, here’s our list of what we ended up packing.
What we decided on for our hospital bags.
FOR THE MAMÃE TO BE
All the Earth Mama Organics products.
These items have amazing reviews for taking care of the body post-partum.
I feel at ease using chemical free products that cater to the healing and soothing for my body post delivery.
Specifically for my hospital bag I am packing their:
I would love to + am planning on breastfeeding.
So operating in hopes that I am able to I packed Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads, Phillips AVENT Thermal Gel Pads, and Earth Mama Organics Nipple Butter. Oh and I am also bringing my Medela On theGo Breast Pump so when I meet with the lactation consultant she can help me figure out how to use it and answer all my questions.
Ohmygracious I almost forgot to talk about the Frida Baby MomWasher
It’s basically a peribottle designed to make your post-delivery healing process cleaner and easier continuous gentle water pressure exactly where you need it. There are hospitals that provide peri bottles, but I like this one because it’s specifically designed to be held upside down, with a narrow neck for easy maneuvering.
Many mothers have shared with me that the first shower/ bath post delivery is heavenly, and this product has received glowing reviews for helping with that.
The natural herbal compresses (filled with organic herbs such as witch hazel) are traditionally used to soothe and comfort after childbirth.
I plan on using the Earth Mama Organics Herbal Sitz Bath in the 3 ways they suggest. “They’re Packed in easy-to-use, individual herbal sachets, each one is perfect for one use. The compresses can be cooled and gently ‘tucked’ to help ease those pretty places, or use the brewed infusion to make postpartum padsicles or in a comforting sitz bath. “
Translation: clothes that will make you feel like yourself while in the hospital, while simultaneously being comfortable and practical.
From what I understand family + friends as well as medical professional will make their way in and out of the room,
and a nursing tank
At first I could not understand why everyone kept suggesting a bathrobe. Then I went back to thinking about what those few days in the hospital will look like with the ebb and flow of visitors in and out of our recovery room PLUS the convenience to slip the robe on and off for warmth or to cool down, I started to realize why moms keep suggesting it as a non negotiable.
FOR THE BABY ON THE WAY
FOR THE DAD TO BE
- The Checkbook ( for birth certificate’s)
- Nintendo Switch ( for entertainment)
- JAM ( with our playlist)
- SackCloth Ashes Blanket ( for Greg to feel comfortable and at home)
- Birthing Affirmation Cards
38 weeks and 6 days pregnant
on this 1,514 days husband + wife
we’re all set for the hospital, packed with the things we’ve decided on.
In case you’re wondering Lady’s orange ball that she placed in the diaper bag did not make the cut, so we figured at the very least she should make a cameo in this post.