This is the first of few segments that I am planning on posting. It is to help Mama-To-Be to determine what she should pack for the hospital bag! I find it annoying when I am unable to figure out what I need to pack and there are million of different responses all over the internet sites, among your friends and family members. This led to a decision to lump everything together in few posts to help reduce confusion for new mamas!
***If you are not a baby person then feel free to skip this week blog posts since it will be about packing Hospital bag, expectations, and necessities. Of course, I will be posting my weekly pregnancy bump this Friday evening after my doctor's appointment! Next week, it will be less baby-orientated, I promise! ***
Necessities that you should pack.
1. Tissues. Face it, you'll be crying when you first lay your eyes on your newborn.
Then there's hormones going nutty inside your body, and not to mention that
delivery/recovery room can be pretty chilly!
2. Shaving Razor. Even if you are not planning on shaving yourself then keep it in your mind
that your husband or partner may appreciate having one!
3. Facial Wipes. Just because you want to feel clean, right? Especially if you
are planning on putting on make-up when visitors come to see you and your baby!
6. Conditioner & mushy ball.
*Sometime, hospitals will provide you with their own, but there's no guarantee.
It is better to be safe than sorry to pack your own!
7. Hand lotion. It will be really dry. If you are anything like me, then
you're prone to dry skin.
8. Shaving cream. Again, your husband or partner may appreciate this especially
if they have to stay in the hospital for more than 2 days!
**Better to pack new ones for your husband/partner and yourself. That way,
you won't accidentally forget it while you're packing the bag at last minute while in labor!
11. Q-Tips. I have sensitive ears, and I definitely plan on showering after
giving birth. So this is a necessity for me to have water out of my ears!
12. Deodorant for your husband/partner. Don't forget about him/her!
13. Purell anti-bacterial lotion. You don't want your visitors to be handling your newborn without
having clean hands!
14. Deodorant for yourself! It is easier to purchase a traveling size one and put it away so you
don't have to worry about forgetting your own last minute!
15. Chapstick. It is a MUST. You will be laboring for many hours. You will be parched.
As result, your lips will crack. Better to have one at the hand!
If you are anything like me then you don't really see a point in buying a really fancy nice bag to keep your necessities intact. I don't want to have to spend $24-$40 on a cute cosmetic bag that I will probably only use once. So I come up with a simpler solution. Use a gallon zip-lock bag! Honestly, it is cheaper and cost-effective way to keep everything together in one bag. You also can toss the zip-lock bag out once it is done being used.
If you are planning on breastfeeding then make sure to include nipple cream to alleviate your cracked and sore nipples. It doesn't sound pretty or fun, I know, and it is part of process of breastfeeding until you and your baby get the hang of it. Also, include the pads because you will be leaking! Even if you *do not* plan on breastfeeding and use formula instead to feed your baby then I'd still suggest you to still pack pads because you will definitely be leaking until your milk supply dries up.
If you are planning on breastfeeding and/or pumping the milk for your newborn, then bring your pump(s) if you have one. It can be helpful to learn how to pump while you are in the hospital especially when you are given an opportunity to work with a lactation consultation. Many hospitals does offer rental pumps if you do not own one. I find it better to have one on the hand even if you are planning on breastfeeding for majority of the time because you just never know. You might end up with a baby that is unable to latch well because of premature birth, struggling to latch on, or because of how your nipples are (inverted or flat). It can be good to take advantage of your lactation consultation while you are staying at the hospital!
Stay posted for the next few posts regarding this topic.