Pack your hospital bag for labor and delivery – Everything you will possibly need for you and baby

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

So it looks like Monday or Tuesday of this week will be it! My due date is not for the 22nd, but since I’m having some complications with blood pressure and been on bed rest, the schedule has been moved up. My hospital bag has been packed for some time now, and I’ve put alot of thought into what I want to have with me. Next to clothing and toiletries, I highly recommend a birth plan as I speak from experience. I decided to skip it with my first delivery and things did not transpire as I imagined they would, resulting in a few things I still feel sour about.

Since I’ve been here before, I’ve put together a list of what I’m taking with me to the hospital for my planned c-section.

1. Comfy clothing

My comfortable outfit of choice these past 2 months have been loose t-shirts and yoga pants – specifically the ones from Target. I like them because instead of folding the printed side over, you can pull it up over your belly and it stays up nicely. For c-section mamas, this will cover your incision area, and you may be wearing these for the following week or two while you heal. Also, once you start to get your pre-pregnancy body back, these should still fit you.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

2. Granny panties

I bought a brand new package of these sexy skivvies for the sole purpose of them being ruined. They are also nice for c-section mamas, because it will sit high on your waist, covering your incision and any bandages. Plus, ugly as they may be, they are comfy.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

3. Nursing bra or sports bra

If you plan to breastfeed, you will probably want to wear something where you can easily pull one out to feed baby. If you plan to bottle feed, you’ll just want something comfy! Myself personally, I have one of my favorite sports bras packed.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

4. Snacks

These are not the “in case you get hungry” snacks, because the hospital usually has a nice menu for you to choose from. These are meant for helping you accomplish that dreaded #2 that your attending nurse will keep asking you about. With the mix of hormones running through your veins (or lack of) it can wreak havoc on your digestive system. Plus, going to the bathroom is going to hurt especially if you had a c-section… Alot. Save yourself some discomfort and stock up on fiber snacks to help you.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

5. Toiletries

  1. Shampoo
  2. Conditioner
  3. Body gel
  4. Toothbrush & toothpaste
  5. Facial wash
  6. Razor
  7. Small poof
  8. Hair brush
  9. Lip balm

Not shown:

  1. Mouthwash
  2. Emery board
  3. Hemorrhoid wipes & cream
  4. Deodorant
  5. Hair dryer

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

6. Makeup

If you like to wear makeup, spending 10 minutes to make yourself feel pretty will be worth it!

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

7.  Flip flops

The hospital shower floor kinda grosses me out, so flip flops help save my feet!

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

8. A towel from home

The hospital will likely provide towels for you, but they won’t be the lush ones you are used to from home. I’m not sure what to expect from my hospital, so I’m bringing one of my own.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

9. Slippers & Robe

These are nice to have when you are walking the halls either during or after the labor process. The doctor will also encourage you to do some walking post-op to help you re-gain use of your legs. Bring old ones!

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

10. Socks

It can get cold in the hospital and you might wish you had some!

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

11. Electronics

I love my tech gear, so I’m bringing my iPad & phone with their respective chargers.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

Also, its been my experience with hospitals that plug outlets are NOWHERE near the bed you will be sitting in most of the time. An extension cord to power your devices will make life so much easier.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

12. Camera equipment

I can’t be without my camera gear!

  1. Point and shoot camera OR
  2. DSLR camera & lenses
  3. Camera chargers
  4. Speedlight
  5. Extra batteries for the speedlight
  6. Video camera to record the birth PLUS charger
  7. Extra SD cards
  8. Lens wipes

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

13. A gift for big brother / big sister

If this is your second/third/fourth child, it is important not to forget them. Everything will be all about the new baby, and the last thing you want is for them to feel left out. When JP gets to meet his baby sister for the first time, I plan on giving him some small, but meaningful gifts – a book and a t-shirt so he still feels loved and included.

http://www.amazon.com/Threadrock-SECURITY-Little-Sister-T-Shirt/dp/B00GWZE5TE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425873551&sr=8-1&keywords=security+for+my+little+sister

Of course, there’s baby’s bag too! I’ve got this packed in my diaper bag

1. Photo session props

Most hospitals have an in-hospital professional photo service that takes baby’s first portraits. If it’s something you’re interested in – have a nice outfit, a fuzzy, solid colored blanket and be prepared to spend anywhere between 100-400$ on a package.

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2. Going home outfit

When I first saw this too-cute-for-words outfit, I knew it was perfect. After all, I’m not having any more babies – so why not go all out? I found this at a local shop that specializes in baby clothing.

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3. Some normal outfits

I realize that baby will be most comfy in just a onesie and a swaddle. So I’m bringing some newborn clothing too.

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4. Heirloom blanket

My mom likes to knit, and she’s knit countless things for baby girl. This was used as JP’s receiving blanket, so there’s something special to me about using it for her too.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labor and delivery

Things you don’t need because the hospital will provide them

  1. Diapers
  2. Wipes
  3. Bottles
  4. Diaper cream
  5. Baby lotion
  6. Baby shampoo
  7. Pacifier
  8. Comb for baby’s hair

There’s countless other little things that you could also take with you to maintain your comfort while you’re away from home. I’m not taking any of these with me, but you may find them useful in your bag.

  • Birthing ball
  • Scented candles
  • Pillow from home
  • Nipple cream
  • Nursing pillow

I hope this helps you put together your own ultimate bag!

It’s not easy being green – here’s 6 ways you can be more eco-friendly

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Let’s be real – being eco-friendly can sometimes be a challenge for the everyday mom. As much as I try to set an example for my son, it’s flat out hard –  children can be the biggest little wasters around! Here’s some ideas that can help you get started if you’re not sure where to begin.

1. Use real dish towels instead of paper towels

I’m horribly guilty on this one because between cooking and cleaning, I use paper towels all the time. I love the convenience of having clean, germ free towels to dry my dishes with and clean my counter tops, but this can be easily replaced with reusable kitchen towels or cleaning rags. I also like to use paper towels when I make fried foods as an absorbent mat – however, a metal fried food drainer rack works much better.

2. Install a smart thermostat in your home

I don’t have one of these yet, but it’s definitely on my home-improvement wish list. How cool would it be to control your home’s temperature settings by putting it on a timed schedule? We sometimes forget to drop the temperature down in the morning when we are in a hurry, so it’s nice to have the luxury of a machine to remember for you. Not only does this conserve energy, it also cuts down on your electric bill!

2. Use energy saving bulbs in your light fixtures

These are a little pricey at first, but can really help conserve energy over the long haul. Kids are notorious for leaving lights on once they leave a room, so this definitely helps keep energy use down as well as cost on the electric bill.

3. Use natural cleaners such as baking soda, vinegar & fresh lemons as household cleaners

You would be surprised at how well baking soda, vinegar & fresh lemons can clean! This is how I clean my garbage disposal instead of using harmful chemicals.

Step 1: dump 1/2 cup of baking soda in the disposal & add about 1/2 cup of vinegar. Let it foam up and us an old toothbrush to get in there and clean the blades. When you’re done scrubbing with the toothbrush, dump a generous helping of crushed ice in the disposal and turn it on. Let it run for a minute and turn it back off.

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Step 2: Squeeze some fresh lemons into the disposal and throw the peel inside with it. Add some boiling water and turn it on. Let it run for about a minute and you’ll start smelling the fresh lemon scent. Turn it off and pull out the lemon rind. All clean!!

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4. Have a special bin for paper, plastics & metals

Milk jugs, juice bottles & canned goods can be a staple when you are taking care of a family. When you have a separate place to put the empties, it really cuts down the amount of actual ‘trash’ you put out on a weekly basis.

5. Use energizer eco advanced batteries to power your battery operated devices (I found these at Walmart)

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Energizer’s brand new line of eco batteries are the first batteries on the market that use recycled materials with still having a long lasting lifetime. This long lasting alkaline is great for powering your small devices because it comes in both AA and AAA size. For me, these are just as good as the regular ones AND the price is right sooo…. I think I’ll use the eco ones when I’m in need of a battery!

Mine also came with a nice coupon tucked inside.. I love special deals like this! Learn more about eco advanced by Energizer

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6. If you have a baby, consider using cloth diapers

Just the other day when I was picking up my son from school, I noticed a dirty diaper curled into a ball and discarded in the parking lot… Gross! Just imagine the 1000’s of these that one baby creates during its diaper years all in a landfill….. Yes – it makes me feel guilty about using disposables!

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Changing the air quality in our home with Holmes® Smart Air Purifier

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There’s so many reasons that I worry about the air quality inside our home – between my our allergies, the family dog and the many different diseases that my son brings home from school all I want for is the air to be clean. I’m so excited that I got the opportunity to try the new Holmes® Smart Air Purifier because it truly is the best thing you could possible have in your home, silently doing its thing in the corner. Holmes® Smart Air Purifier I love that its sleek and black, and easily blends into the living room without being an eyesore. It’s a true HEPA Air Purifier and removes 99.97% of airborne allergens such as ragweed pollen, grass pollen, tree pollen, household dust, mold spores, dust mites, pet dander and smoke. When you live in Texas like me, an air purifier like this is going into the spring season is going to help ease the sniffles and sneezes we expect! Its certainly going to be a big help in keeping germs and infection at bay with a newborn joining our family in just a few weeks. Every new mom wants a sterile environment to bring baby home to! The best part about the the Holmes® Smart Air Purifier is the fact that its smart! Meaning, that you hook it up to your home’s wireless router and you can control it with your wireless device using the WeMo free app. It doesn’t get much better than that! Holmes® Smart Air Purifier Using my iPad, I downloaded the free WeMo app as shown in the manual (made for both apple and android) and followed the directions on the screen. Within minutes, I had the air purifier hooked up to my router and had the ability to control it using my wireless device. You can even put it on a schedule to make it behave exactly as you want!

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I’m totally sold on smart appliances like this for the home. I love that I can control it even when I am not there physically! How would YOU like to have one of these bad boys? Leave a comment below and tell me why you would love to have one. I will choose a winner next week.

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