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:

Earth Mama Perineal Balm

Earth Mama Nipple Butter

Earth Mama Perineal Spray

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.

My emphasis here is on the Earth Mama Organics Herbal Sitz Bath.
I plan on using them to bathe post delivery as well as to create frozen pad-sickles.

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. “

YOU CLOTHES

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,

Ekouar Black & White Nightgown

Baby Be Mine Isla Layette

A Nursing Bra or two

and a nursing tank 

Comfortable Non-Slip Slippers 
Contacts
Glasses 
and our Anker Backup charger.
Bathrobe to wear throughout the stay, and another robe that one wouldn’t mind being lost to the cause. ( I’ll be volunteering my salmon silk robe I’ve had for years as tribute)
Also, all things Kindred Bravely.
Specifically I have Kindred Bravely’s Post Partum Panties as well as their French Terry Racerback Nursing Bra. 

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.

Non Slip socks.
Basic Toiletries.
Blow Dryer/ Straightener 
CHAPSTICK
I’ve heard this one so many times by so many different mothers and though I didn’t expect that suggestion at all. I am trusting the mamas out there on this one and their unanimous advice to make sure chapstick is a part of this Mamãe to be’s hospital bag.


FOR THE BABY ON THE WAY

Any specific newborn onesies ( or jammies) you want to see them in.
A swaddle or two, even though I know the hospital will wrap them up in their swaddles. I want to bring these swaddles we put-on our registry to wrap our baby in something a little more home-y.

Saranoni Yosemite Swaddle
Miracle Blanket Swaddle

FOR THE DAD TO BE

Yes, Greg’s bag may just be one simple green Adidas duffle bag, but make no mistake this man is not only responsible for having all the logistics covered, but he’s also gotta carry the rest of the bags, all the while attempting to keep his very pregnant wife calm while getting her to the hospital once active labor kicks in.  So say a little prayer for him, and maybe the Nintendo Switch is making a little more sense, he’s gonna need an outlet to decompress and unwind.
  • 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)
  • Toiletries
  • Pajamas/Clothes
  • Snacks 
  • Birthing Affirmation Cards
Before ….
all the hospital bag things we’ve decided on sprawled out on our bed
AFTER…
Boppy Nursing Pillow (Several moms suggested I bring our Boppy to the hospital)
Thressa+ Baby Suitcase
Baby’s Diaper Bag ( to carry all things post-partum)
Greg’s Bag

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.

Post Author: Thressa Irving

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