Thursday, June 2, 2016

Newborn Lessons: Hospital Bag

In your third trimester, people make a big deal about your hospital bag - when to pack it, what to include, etc. However, everything changes when you walk out that door and you really don't know what you'll need or want at the hospital.

Here's what we packed and we what actually used. It's important to note that we live about 10 minutes from our hospital so my husband was back and forth a lot so we could get additional things if we needed them.

What we packed:

-Our clothes - I packed a few shirts/sweaters and a couple of pairs of pants for myself. And some t-shirts and shorts for my husband.

-Shoes - Slippers and flip flops for myself.

-Chargers - For our phones and other devices.

-DVDs - Mostly The Office.

-Personal hygiene products - Toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorant and yes, maxi pads.

-Newborn clothes & blankets - A few onesies and blankets for the baby.

-Pad of paper and pen - In case we needed to write anything down.

What we used:

-Flip flops - Thank goodness for these. I had a $5 pair leftover from the dance floor of a friend's wedding. They were the perfect around the hospital (and especially that bathroom) shoes. They were my MVP during the hospital stay.

-Chargers - Absolute necessity. We took all of our pictures on our phones and we received tons of calls and texts. You don't want to be without your phone. If your phone supports a turbo charger, get one.

-DVDs - If your hospital has DVD players, definitely bring some DVDs, Keep it light, something that you can easily be distracted from. The Office was perfect, lighthearted and I've seen it 100 times.

-Toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant & hairbrush - Doing simple things like keeping up with brushing your teeth and brushing your hair can make you feel almost normal during a totally strange time.

-One newborn outfit & blanket - For going home.

That's truly it. Keep it simple and small, when you're leaving the hospital, you really don't want to be worrying about whether or not you have everything. I reviewed all of the checklists before packing my bag but what I realized at the hospital is that this isn't the time to be high maintenance. You want to be comfortable and feel like yourself as much possible.

My three rules for packing your hospital bag would be:

-Essentials for keeping comfortable
-Lighthearted way to pass the time
-Shoes & chargers are never a waste of space

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