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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hospital Bag: What you really need.

So...since CT surprised us 5 weeks early, there were many things that I still had to cross off my to-do list.  When I woke up and realized it was all happening at that moment, I quickly scurried to throw together a hospital bag for me and for my husband.

I had actually packed CT's bag earlier that week.  However, I threw the outfit we wanted to carry him home in into the washer before leaving the house - you'll hear more about that when I share his birth story.  What a whirlwind that day was!

Anyway, since I had been over-thinking the whole hospital bag thing for weeks and hadn't put one together yet for myself or hubby (don't forget to pack him a bag, ladies - he needs one!) I literally threw one together for each of us in less than an hour.  I didn't really have time to stress about whether or not I had everything necessary - I just threw in what I thought was needed.

This is what I learned:

hospital bag essentials




All those lists and graphics I found on Pinterest didn't actually come in handy when it came to packing my bag.  I threw in what I could think of while I was waiting for hubby to get home from work to take me to the hospital.  Turns out, I had everything I needed with the exception of a few things he ran to Target for while I was in the hospital.

1. Neck pillow: I grabbed this at the very last minute on our way out the door totally unsure of whether or not it was necessary.  It was a life saver!  I used it up until it was time to push.

2.  iPad: I actually read blogs up until I was about 5 cm dilated.  It kept me entertained and occupied while we played the waiting game.

3.  Slippers: You want something that slips on and off easily.

4.  Hair ties: Need I say more?

5.  Yoga pants and sweatshirt: To go home, you want something stretchy and loose.  You can't be sure what your body is going to be like when leaving the hospital and if you're anything like me, your body will retain so many of the fluids they pump into you.  (I would suggest some really loose fitting shoes - my feet were so swollen I couldn't tie my sneakers.)

6.  Moisturizer and Cleansing wipes: The hospital is so dry.  I think I moisturized my face at least twice a day.  And even after showering, you don't feel clean for long so the wipes (hubby picked these up for me while I was there) really helped me to feel semi-clean.

7.  Water bottle: This is probably the most important thing to bring.  Blame it on the dryness of the hospital, the lack of sleep, or the breast feeding, but you are thirsty.  The staff at my hospital was awesome at keeping my water jug full and this water bottle helped to keep it cold and prevented me from spilling on babe or myself while laying in bed.

4 comments:

  1. DITTO DITTO DITTO. I agree with everything you posted. I also had my planner, because that things goes everywhere with me! ha

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  2. I just got my hospital bag for Christmas and even though I am 90 days out, I'm already thinking of what to buy for packing. My own toothbrush and toothepaste are def on the list!

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  3. Great list. It's amazing what we can accomplish when we don't have the time or option to overthink it.

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  4. As far as the Pinterest posts and stuff goes: you didn't miss out on much. I read a lot of the posts I had pinned and most of the girls went WAY overboard on what they said you needed in a hospital bag. Yours looks nice and practical! The comfy clothes for wearing home is HUGELY important!

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