It feels so good to be back to blogging! I’ve taken time off to have extra cuddles with my baby girl but now that I’m back to working from home, I figured I would slowly start getting back into blogging as well. Plus I’m super sleep deprived so anytime I have extra energy, I try to work.
I’m sharing what I packed in my hospital bag after I delivered Emersyn so that I could tell you what I actually used and what I wish I hadn’t wasted the time bringing to the hospital.
I packed everything in my Barrington Gifts Captain Bag. The pattern is the Fall Monogram, Chequers Collection with a black and sand stripe. I love how it looks designer and it’s such great quality!
A good chapstick: A combination of the dryness/coldness of the hospital coupled with the fact that you can’t drink water makes for chapped lips. This lip treatment is one of my favorites and it kept my lips moist for hours. I also devoured ice chips like they were my last meal so that also helped with the dry mouth.
Face wash: I arrived at the hospital with a full face of my normal day makeup, not thinking to wash it off or put on water proof mascara (something I wish I had). So when Emersyn was born and I cried tears of joy, I looked like a raccoon from my mascara running, so it was nice to clean my face immediately after so I felt like I looked more human. Also of course bring toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, OBGYN approved moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo ( I used this set) , hair tie, hair clip, hair brush
Makeup: Yes I know it sounds silly BUT the first full day after Emersyn was born, I had a photographer come to the hospital and do newborn shots of Jeff, Emersyn and I. It was nice to not look as awful as I felt. Many hospitals also offer free photographers to you, so even if you don’t hire someone, you’ll want to look semi-human for these photos, even if you just bring mascara and a gloss.
- Concealer (a lot)
- Setting powder
- Eyebrow pencil
- Makeup Brushes
- Makeup brush roll
Nursing friendly pajamas: These pajamas are seriously the best pajamas because they’re (a) nursing friendly (b) super soft (c) under $20. They’re what I wore in the hospital and what I’ve been wearing 3 weeks later. I also wore them before and during pregnancy.
Boy shorts: Granted I only wore them the last day since I wore the hospital’s mesh underwear for most of the time, but these shorts are the best. I bought them at this retailer and for a bit less money at this retailer. The cheaper ones don’t fit as well. I’ve been wearing them from both retailer every day since the hospital.
Baby’s First Year Book: This is the cutest scrapbook! We used it to have the nurse put Em’s footprints into the book. There are sections to write letters to your baby before she’s born, photos of your house, what mom was craving, how much gas was when she was born etc.
Baby coming home outfit/photoshoot outfit: Don’t bring more than a going home outfit for the baby, because the hospital gives clothes for her to take home and wear during your stay. I brought this adorable monogramed hat and this matching set because it was so soft. I also bought this personalized swaddle for one of her first photos.
Pre Natal Vitamins: Keep taking them even after pregnancy if you breastfeed.
Peanut butter & Jelly: I know it sounds weird and we “technically” didn’t pack it in my hospital bag, it was in Jeff’s bag. When we were on our way to the hospital, I ate a PB&J because I knew once I got there, I wouldn’t be able to eat anything and I had no idea how long I’d be in labor. I had read Katey McFarlan’s blog post about her daughter’s birth story and she had said her regret was not eating beforehand, so I made sure to eat. It definitely helped give me energy throughout labor!
Also brought: Phone charger, iPad to watch tv shows ( I downloaded my favorite show Friends), going home outfit for myself, nursing gifts (more on that later), soft robe, slippers, nipple cream and breast feeding pads (this is a great starter kit).
What I Could’ve Done Without
Nursing Bra: I wore the pajamas and that was enough. I’m not large chested so a bra wasn’t 100% necessary. I did however wear nursing bras around the house and to run errands. I like this nursing bra and this one for a better price tag.
Peanut Ball: Haha, like I thought I’d use this for pain management. Hellooooo epidural. We donated this to the hospital.
Toilet Paper: I was told to bring your own toilet paper because the hospital toilet paper wasn’t the best quality, but I really didn’t need it because my hospital tp was just fine.
Boppy pillow: Never used it and still haven’t.
Warm Socks: Do you have any idea how warm you are after you deliver? Jeff was in a sweatshirt and I couldn’t make the room cold enough.
Birth plan: Many people talk about bringing a birth plan as well, which I suggest if you do a birth plan but we didn’t do a birth plan. We discussed options with my OBGYN beforehand just to educate ourselves but knew how things change, so we didn’t write an actual birth plan out.
I hope my list was helpful! Feel free to email me with questions. I’ll also be doing a birth story in the coming weeks if you have any labor questions.