So today I am officially 37 weeks pregnant! Do you know what that means?! It means that I am full term and the baby COULD come any day now! Time to think of my hospital bag packing guide! Although I still have three weeks until my due date Daniel and I are fully prepared to welcome our baby girl into our world. Not to mention, I’m ready to get this baby out of my belly.
Anyway, we have everything ready. Our carseat has been installed, baby clothes are all washed, we have ordered about 3 months worth of diapers, the crib is all set up, and my hospital bag is all packed! I think its an understatement when I say I am ready for this baby to come. I am having some anxiety about labor and delivery and I am fully ready to just get on with it so I can stop thinking so much about it. =)
So here’s my Hospital Bag Packing Guide!
I put together a checklist of all the essential items I felt like I needed to include in my hospital bag.
I have included items like breast pads and nipple cream because I would really like to breastfeed right away! Skin to skin contact directly after birth is very important to me and it also gives the baby a chance to breastfeed right away. I think this is so important to the overall success of breastfeeding! Daniel ordered some nipple cream for me and i’m so excited to use it! I think he really did his research on this product (he’s the best!) Ill be using Earth Mama Angel Baby Non GMO Natural Nipple Butter Nursing Cream . I haven’t used it yet for breastfeeding but I have put it on my nipples a few times and it feels so smooth, soft, and buttery. It also doesn’t have any weird smells and it blends into my skin really well!
I also have some Philips AVENT Washable Nursing Pads! They are reusable and washable and I am also excited to use them! We have ordered everything from Philips Avent. We have a single electronic breast pump, breast pads, baby bottles, and a bottle sanitizer! Ill post more on my breastfeeding essentials later =)
Also included in my hospital bag:
- A change of clothes for me and for Daniel
- A night gown to wear while walking around the hospital
- Warm Socks and a thick pair of slipper socks
- One of Daniels old T-shirts to wear during labor
- Nursing Pajamas
- Swim Trunks for Daniel if he wants to join me in the Hospital bath or shower
- Underwear (I have a bunch of pairs including some of Daniels old underwear that I can put some pads in without having to worry about ruining them!)
- Nursing Bras (2)
- Weleda Perineum Massage Oil I have been using this oil to do some Perineum Massage recently to, hopefully, prevent tearing during labor. It also works well as a general massage oil so I figured I would pack it along because, who knows, maybe ill use it during labor!
- A baby blanket to keep little Fe warm!
- A couple of complete baby outfits including a super cute “Made in Holland” onesie!
- A dozen baby diapers (newborn sizes and Pampers size 2)
- All our essential toiletries for one or two nights
- Cotton Sanitary Pads (cotton prevents an infection from forming while you are still healing. Avoid plastic pads!)
- Healthy Snacks and Drinks
I also plan on bringing a small fan, a pillow, and a blanket. I want to be as comfortable as possible! Lately my body temperature has been all over the place (blame those pesky pregnancy hormones) so I have no idea how I will feel during pregnancy. Also, if I start to panic (which I often do in hospitals or doctors offices) I would really like a fan to be able to cool myself off!
All my important midwife and insurance papers all in one place so I (or Daniel) can grab them easily. I also have a list of phone numbers I need to call when I suspect I’m going into labor! Not to mention I have programmed all of Daniels family members phone numbers into my phone in case Daniel isn’t around when I need to go to the hospital! Although Daniel works from home, he has to go to Belgium for a conference next week, so if I go into labor while he is gone all of his family members know what to do and have clear instructions etc! It helps to be prepared!
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post! Good luck putting your hospital bags together and good luck with all of your pregnancies =) I would love to hear your feedback or if any of you have any additional items you packed in your hospital bags
Happy Packing 😉