Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hospital Bag

We all know I'm a ridiculous, plan ahead packer. I started thinking about what to put in my hospital bag at about 30 weeks or so. Here I am, 9 weeks later, and still haven't touched it, but that's beside the point. At least I was ready to go.

Some things I held off on packing, waiting to see if I would need them or not in the mean time, and some things I kept switching out (or back in) for other items. I am certain I have over packed, and I'm OK with that. I feel like everything fits nicely in my suitcase with extra room to carry home any goodies from the hospital. While we live close enough Nick could run home to get something, I think he's going to be too afraid he's going to miss something if he leaves. I'd rather have too much right now that not enough.

So what's in the bag?

For Me:
  • 2 sets of Nursing PJs, one with a coordinating robe
  • Flip Flop Slippers
  • Plastic Flip Flops 
  • Nursing Tank Top
  • Yoga Pants
  • Black Maxi Dress for coming home
  • Nursing Sleep Bra
  • Nursing Sports Bra
  • 3 pairs of underwear in a variety of styles (who knows what will feel more comfortable, if I decide to wear anything other than the hospital mesh panties)
  • Post Partum Support Band

For Dad:
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 3 tshirts (one is a surprise to go with matching onesie for baby)
  • pair of comfy pants
  • pair shorts
  • 3 pairs of underwear
  •  Plastic Flip Flops

Our toiletry bag stays packed all the time, but I did through in a few Labor and Delivery "specialty items"
  • Gum
  • Chapstick
  • Plethora of Hairties

And some extras...

  • Celebratory Bottle of Wine (one of my favorites-bonus that it's red and doesn't need to be kept cold)
  • Baby Book
  • Glasses
  • Thank you Notes (Just in Case-I hope to be too busy!)
  • Tennis Ball (For massaging during labor)
  • Iphone Charger
  • Ipad Charger
  • Corkscrew (that bottle ain't going to open itself!)
  • Towel and Washcloth (I've heard mixed reviews on the ones at the hospital. I'm most concerned about having one big enough for me!

Clothes for Baby
  • 3 sleepers (2 size newborn, 1 size 3 month)
  • 3 going home outfits 
    • Blue Bubblesuit
    • White Bubblesuit
    • Blue overall set
  •  Kimono Undershirt
  • "Adorable Baby" Onesie
Other Items for Baby
  • Aden +Anias Swaddle Blanket
  • Carter Cotton Blanket
  • Crib Shoes
  • White Socks
  • Blue Crocheted Socks
  • White Mittens
  • Blue Sweater and Hat

And just because the diaper bag is already packed...
  • 2 Burp Rags
  • 2 bibs
  • Wet Bag
  •  Diaper Clutch
    • Diaper Cream
    • Travel Wipes
    • A few disposable diapers
  • Medicine bag
    • Bandaids
    • Nasal Aspirator
    • Medical Syringe
    • Medicine Dropper
    • Gripe Water
    • Infant Tylenol
    • Orajel
    • Nail Clippers 

      All baby items are packed in the diaper bag, ready to go, and the diaper bag is inside the big suitcase.

What I don't have photographed here are a few things that are in a My Thirty-One Large Utility Tote out in the car (too lazy to bring it in)

  • Regular Pillow
  • Blanket
  • Boppy Pillow
Last minute items to grab on our way out the door:
  • Camera
  • Camera Charger
  • Ipads
  • Phones (which seems silly as they are with us 99% of the time)
I have also through our pump in the car, just in case, and we have snacks in the front pocket of the hospital bag. I (hopefully) have packed everything so that it's easy to get to. The toiletry bag is on top of everything when you unzip the bag, but everything else I might need while in labor is a front pocket of the suitcase-not that I anticipate needing much. And yes, I did decide to use a carryon compliant suitcase as our hospital bag. I like that it's on wheels, so easy to move about, and when you open it, it's easy to see where everything is.

Hopefully, in the next couple of days, we'll find out just how good of a job I did with attempting to plan ahead and pack for the hospital. 

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