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It`s hard to believe that as of today, Cohen is already 5 months old. It really seems like just yesterday I was coming home from the hospital with a tiny newborn. I must admit, even though this was my second baby, I found it tricky to pack my hospital bag. I couldn`t pre-pack toiletries ahead of time because, well, I needed them. I had very few articles of clothing that still fit me at the time so I needed those. I really couldn`t pre-pack much. I feel like that goes against the advice in What to Expect When You`re Expecting that suggests having your hospital bag ready to go in the last trimester. But hey, I`m a rebel like that.
Of course having done this before was helpful on exactly what to pack in my hospital bag when the time came. I wrote out the list so it would be easy to grab everything I needed quickly if need-be. Here`s what I packed in my hospital bag (I’ve linked everything to Amazon.com for your convenience!):
A Nursing Bra – Ok first of all, this was the best investment I ever made. It`s the most inexpensive nursing bra I found (holla!), it came in a 3-pack of 3 different colours, and it`s sooo comfortable. Even though nursing didn`t actually work out for me, I still wear these bras today. The best!
A Pretty Robe – I did not have one the first time around and I wish I did. It made for way nicer photos and not just me in an unflattering blue hospital gown.
Toothbrush & Toothpaste – Obvi.
Deodorant – Another Obvi.
Travel Sized Bodywash – The hospital did not provide any kind of soap so this was a must.
Travel Sized Shampoo & Conditioner – Just in case I needed to wash my hair.
Face Toiletries – I took my old faithfuls and put them in travel size containers.
A Toiletry Bag – To keep all my toiletries together.
`Granny`Panties – I bought the cheapest underwear I could find so that I could throw them away when this was over. Plus, Maternity panties are expensive for the amount of time you actually wear them.
Nursing Pads – These didn`t get used but handy if you decide to nurse.
Slippers – Because hospital floors are gross. If you can get them cheap enough you can throw them out afterwards.
A Book – I was re-reading Bringing Up Bebe at the time which is an awesome book if you`re looking for one!
Cell Phone & Charger – God forbid I would forget those!
An Overnight Bag – To pack it all in! I love my Lug bag so much. It just fits everything in it so well.
I was able to pack these items well in advance.
A Soother – The first time around the nurses in the hospital made me feel so guilty offering a soother. Like I was doing a disservice to my baby. Then when I tried to get her to take one after the first week, she wouldn`t take it. Ugh. This time, I knew I was going to offer it right away. We like the Gumdrop soother best.
A Pair of No-Scratch Mittens – Because baby nails are like razor blades.
2 Sleepers – Because Hospitals can be chilly.
1 Swaddle Blanket – We love the Aden & Anais muslin swaddle blankets.
1 Diaper Bag – To pack everything in. Lug for the win again! This bag has room for everything.
A Pair of Sweats – Get comfy Dad, you`re going to be here a while.
A Pair of PJ`s – For staying overnight
Toothbrush – Obvi.
Deodorant – Another Obvi.
Bodywash – He washed his body and hair with the same stuff so…
Cell phone & Charger
What I Forgot
SNACKS – I should have brought snacks. After the baby was born, it was a long evening and next day. Snacks would have been great. The vending machine was a small fortune so out of the question. We were lucky enough to have family bring us some treats though!
My best advice is not to over pack with things you don`t need! I tend to over pack in general so I really had to scale it back. The hospital provides diapers and baby essentials (at least mine did) so don`t take up valuable bag space with that kind of stuff. Just keep it simple, make a list, pack what you can in advance and you`ve got it in the bag!
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With Love & Light,