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Well, I’m officially 37 weeks today! 🙂 With her nursery all done, I wanted to share with you guys what’s in my hospital bag. It’s crazy to think Baby Hendrix could be arriving any day now. She is head down – as low as she can go – so it looks like I’ll be having a vaginal birth (yay!) which also means I’ll stay just 48 hours in the hospital postpartum.
 
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I’m packing two bags- one small bag for the baby and one duffle bag for me. Keep in mind; the hospital will provide a lot of the essentials for baby and me postpartum. Things like sanitary napkins for bleeding, baby diapers, breast pump, medicine, ointments, baby nail trimmer, and more so no need to take it with you, but make sure to stock up for when you’re at home. See my list below:
 
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What’s in My Labor & Delivery Bag:
Health Card
Birth Plan
Cozy Socks/Slippers
Comfy Robe
Button up PJ’s (like this one)
Nursing Bra (no wire)
Granny Panties (ones that you won’t mind throwing away)
Towel
MotherLove Nipple Cream (target)
Breastfeeding wrap
My “Breast Friend” nursing pillow
Favorite Snacks (post-partum)
Phone charger
Toiletries Bag (razor, toothbrush, hairbrush, hair tie, lip balm, deodorant, toothpaste, travel sized shampoo/conditioner/body wash, any skincare or makeup products)
Going home outfit (I’m taking cozy knitted black leggings & baggy black sweater with comfy flats)
 
What’s in Baby’s Bag?
Going Home Outfit (washed) ** make it cute for pics but practical and comfy for baby!
Blanket/Swaddle (washed)
Beanie (washed) **hospital provides basic ones after delivery but if you want to take a cute pic bring your own.
2-3 newborn white onesies just in case (washed)
Soft Newborn Mittens (to prevent scratching his/her face)
 
Tip: Make sure your infant car seat is already installed and ready to go in the car! They won’t let you take the baby home without it. 🙂
 
What’s in Dad/Helper’s Bag?
Snacks
Pillow
Extra set of clothes
Toothbrush
Deodorant
Cash & Wallet
Deck of Cards
Camera
Phone charger
 
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Stock Up At Home List:
Baby: DIAPERS on deck! Pampers Infant Swaddlers (my doctor recommended)
Baby: Thermometer
Baby: Nail Trimmer
Baby: Infant Baby Tylenol, Gas relief medicine in case.
Mom: Antibiotic Ointment – Bacitracin (heard this will help you heal faster if you tear at all)
Mom: Senecot (if you tear after delivery, you will want a stool softener)
Mom: Nursing Pads – Bamboobies washable pads (this is so you don’t leak milk onto your clothes) or you can get the disposable ones which are convenient but not as comfortable. (can find both at Target)
Mom: Tucks’s Medicated cooling pads (recommended to help with the healing down there)
Mom: Silhouette Diapers for after delivery or Maxi Pads (Get a lot and get the biggest size, you bleed A LOT, and it takes a while for the bleeding to stop, like a couple of weeks)
 
That’s everything I have in my hospital bag. I feel way more at ease knowing my hospital bag is packed up and ready to go. One less thing to worry about 🙂 I hope this list was helpful! Is there anything you guys think I should add to my hospital bag? I would love to know!
 
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  1. first of all – it’s so amazing that you, sazan, are going to have a baby and are preparing for delivery! I wish you smooth and easy delivery (believe me, it’s possible, haha). I’ve had a baby six months ago and still have my list and checked yours with mine.
    So, hair elastic is very important, so take few; you may need thermal water to spritz it during the labor and cool down a little bit, definatly take little towel for your face and paper towels to use after giving birth (after vaginal birth it would be much easier to gently use paper toweL than regular down there).
    For baby we had towel for first bath in hospital (midwives showed us how to do it there), Take and leave in car breast pump – just in case, first days are the most important in breastfeeding and i’m sure everything will be just fine, but it’s better to have it Around…
    Your list btw is very short and well prepared, saz! Good luck with the delivery! soon you’ll see your little baby and it will be the sweetest lifechanging moment! (And relief that you finally gave birth is undescriptAble :)))))

  2. Sorry – because of all this caps lock thing my first comment went wrong, this one is properly written (I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DELETE PREVIOUS ONE SORRY SORRY SORRY):

    FIRST OF ALL – IT’S SO AMAZING THAT YOU, SAZAN, ARE GOING TO HAVE A BABY AND ARE PREPARING FOR DELIVERY, IT IS SO COOL SEING ALL THOSE BABY-RELATED POSTS ON YOUR BLOG! I WISH YOU SMOOTH AND EASY DELIVERY (BELIEVE ME, IT’S POSSIBLE, HAHA). I’VE HAD A BABY SIX MONTHS AGO AND STILL HAVE MY LIST, SO I’VE CHECKED YOURS WITH MINE AND LET ME SAY – YOU’RE PREPARED WELL! NOT TOO MUCH STUFF AND EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED IS THERE! HERE ARE MY little TIPS, maybe they’ll be useful 🙂
    SO, HAIR ELASTIC IS VERY IMPORTANT, SO TAKE FEW, JUST TO BE SURE YOU HAVE THEM; YOU MAY NEED THERMAL WATER TO COOL DOWN A LITTLE BIT DURING THE LABOR; DEFINATLY TAKE LITTLE TOWEL FOR YOUR FACE AND PAPER TOWELS TO USE AFTER GIVING BIRTH (AFTER VAGINAL BIRTH IT WOULD BE MUCH EASIER TO GENTLY USE PAPER TOWEL THAN REGULAR DOWN THERE).
    FOR BABY WE HAD TOWEL FOR FIRST BATH IN HOSPITAL (MIDWIVES SHOWED US HOW TO DO IT THERE). TAKE AND LEAVE IN CAR BREAST PUMP – JUST IN CASE, FIRST DAYS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT IN BREASTFEEDING AND I’M SURE EVERYTHING WILL BE JUST FINE, BUT IT’S BETTER TO HAVE IT AROUND.
    GOOD LUCK WITH THE DELIVERY! SOON YOU’LL SEE YOUR LITTLE BABY AND IT WILL BE THE SWEETEST LIFECHANGING MOMENT! (AND RELIEF THAT YOU FINALLY GAVE BIRTH IS UNDESCRIPTABLE :)))))

  3. Looks like you have Everything you need, if you haVe a pillow you are Used to Sleep on take that with you. Best of lUck with eVerything

  4. Hey Saz!
    **** can’t get rid of these caps ****
    You have a well researched list put together for your hospital bag… bravo!

    I would just eliminate the Granny panties and the nursing wrap because the hospital gives you the best mesh “boy short” panties ever and those will be sooooo comfortable so just save your panties for home. Also the wrap will be useless as you’ll be trying to figure out nursing that you won’t waist your time trying to cover up nor will you need to in your private recovery room.

    As a doula, I suggest you add to your at home list: “Padsicles”

    ingredients are:
    alcohol free Witch Hazel
    large Pads (without wings)
    Aloe vera gel (Aloe farms-makes the most natural full strength kind out there)
    Spray bottle
    iodized salt

    -Fill spray bottle half way with WITCH HAZEL
    -Mix in 1tbs salt (this helps prevent pads from freezing rock solid)
    -spray pad enough to saturate the top layer but not soak.
    -pour a even thin layer of the Aloe along entire pad.
    -lay pad flat and wrap each pad individually with aluminum fol then place in a gallon size freezer bag and leave to freeze.

    ** great activity to do while in early labor to help distract you **

    After baby, use 3-4 pads per day straight from the freezer, FOR APPROX 15-20MIN, to soothe and heal!

    I would also add a bluetooth speaker if listening to music relaxes you or have a favorite song you would like to hear right after baby is born—this really helps set the ambiance in your labor room–
    that and a mini spray bottle with your favorite aromatherapy, I love peppermint or lavender to spritz on moms to help relax and refresh them after contractions.

    so excited for you and can’t wait to hear all about your birth journey! you and stevie are already doing such a great job as parents-xo

  5. Hi Sazan,
    Just a reminder the hospital will usually provide you with a breast-pump or handpump. (if you need it) So you dont Have to take youRs. They are usually great at providing extra diapers & disposbale undErwear for momma!
    *One tHing to note is you’ll need plenty of spit up clothes & the clotHe diapers are so great for spit up clothes.
    I hope this helps & i know God will continuAlly prEpare The way for your new chapter!
    💌
    Gina
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