It’s time. I can’t quite believe it. It’s time to start thinking about what to pack in my hospital bag. I woke up in a panic the other night because I haven’t done ANY of this stuff yet. And, if this babe comes early, well, I’d better get movin’.
When I headed to the hospital to have Harper, it was all a blur. My water had just broken at home and I was scared out of my mind. I’m pretty sure I just threw some things together and tried not to ruin my husband’s car.
This time, I’d like to be a bit more prepared. So, I’ve been giving a lot of thought into what I want to pack in my bag.
This is a time to spoil yourself. Well, as much as you can. So bring the good stuff. Bring your favorite shampoo. If you don’t have a favorite shampoo, get one. And then bring it. Bring rose lip balm to put on your lips. Bring your cosmetics bag. Bring anything that makes you feel special and strong and feminine and like the warrior you are. Because, girl, you made it through 9 months of a whole lotta not so fun stuff. And you’re about to go through a couple more months of hard hard hard.
I mean, let’s get this straight: giving birth is not pretty. There’s a lot of…mess. So, while I wore the hospital robes the entire time after having Harper (there’s a lot of checking going on), I look back at photos and wish that I had worn a pretty robe (like this one!) over that ugly thing. Because, vanity.
I will also throw my favorite comfortable pjs in my bag. I’m bringing my black ones just in case there are leaks. (Sorry.) They button down, which makes nursing a breeze (I mean, other than the whole chapped nipple thing). And speaking of, this nipple balm was a
life nipple-saver for me.
Oh, and the mesh undies. WEAR THEM. As much as you can. Seriously. Heaven.
Unless you’re one of those pregnant unicorns, you’ll still be in your maternity clothes when you walk out of the hospital. So, don’t forget to bring your favorite maternity leggings. I’ll be packing this cardigan to wear over my nursing tank.
And of course, don’t forget your phone, some snacks and possibly some of your favorite tunes if good music helps you relax.
The little lamb doesn’t need that much, really. Don’t waste your diapers and wipes. Keep those at home, because the hospital will provide you with enough and then some. I’ve linked some winter essentials (like this ADORABLE bunting) and of course, don’t forget the car seat!