No amount of preparation can prepare you for childbirth. It is an anxious, scary, and exciting experience. Through all of the stress of your birth plan, how you want to go into labor, what time frame you want to have him/ her, and if you will have your doctor deliver, the LAST thing you need to stress about is if you forgot something at home. Luckily, I came very prepared however, I also lived twenty minutes from where I had Rayne. This is a list that I have put together to hopefully help you with packing your own hospital bag.
Yes, you read that right. Depends saved my life while in the hospital. After you have a baby, your body releases all of the fluids that protected your little one for nine months, pads alone WILL NOT BE ENOUGH! The hospital gives you "underwear" and they work. Me personally, I liked the depends better. Always is a brand that has comfortable, yet somewhat pretty ones. I wore these for the first two weeks after having Rayne and I am so glad that I bought them!
Having a baby can take days, as well as the hospital stay after you give birth. You are most definitely going to need to bring your chargers. I brought my laptop, so I also needed that charger as well!
The only thing you will be worried about after having the baby, except for the sweet little one of course, will be comfort. Pajamas are a must-have in any birthing bag. Personally, I brought nightgowns from Walmart and Target. They were easy to slip-on and off, and they were super comfortable. The nightgown also gave easy access to the bathroom, you most likely won't be able to bend over afterwards.
4. Baby Clothes
This is a given, but you will be surprised what you will need as far as clothing goes. For Rayne, we used nighties, burb cloths, swaddle blankets, socks, mittens, as well as onesies. We also had them put him in a monogrammed nighty for his first outfit (that was just personal preference, but it also made for cute first pictures and impressions!).
5. Antibacterial Spray
The hospital gives you a can of this in the recovery room. However, it was not nearly enough. I used 6 cans of this easily in the hospital and after we got home. This spray really was worth it. It numbs you of any pain from afterbirth. I bought mine from Walmart, it was called Dermoplast.
6. Blanket and Pillows
The hospital will provide pillows and blankets but, they weren't that comfy for me. Again, comfort will be a main priority and I promise, blankets and pillows from him will help.
While you are in the delivery room and in recovery, you most likely will want some snacks or drinks. It is much easier to go to a vending machine instead of asking someone to go get you food.
I never thought I would use my slippers (I have never been the slipper type) but, this is one of the things I was most thankful that I brought! The hospital floors were cold, and you don't realize how much you are aware of germs until after you have a baby. I just bought a pair for $10 at Walmart and I loved them. I even used them after we went home.
These are just a handful of the items that I brought that most people wouldn't think of. I hope this helps in your packing of your birthing bag. Just remember COMFORT and CONGRATULATIONS on your sweet bundle!
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