Packing for a trip to the hospital can be a bit overwhelming. When I was pregnant with Kolton, I researched every possible checklist I could find and then some. Then, a few weeks before our due date, we found out that Kolton was breech, so we would have to have a planned cesarean if we could not get his position to change before 39 weeks. This was a very difficult thing to hear since we had been planning on having a natural birth all along. All of our plans were altered, and it was now time to make a new plan. One of the things that had to change quickly was what we had packed for the hospital. Originally, I had packed everything imaginable to accommodate hours and hours of labor, and a shortened hospital stay after the birth. For a c-section, it would be quite different, with a quick delivery, but more time spent in the hospital recovering.
This time around, although I have learned that plans can change quickly, we are once again planning for a natural birth through VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).
I found it would be easier to categorize what we would need into four different lists; Labor Kit, Mom, Dad, and Baby. I also took note from my past experience at the hospital which items I should definitely NOT bring this time around.
- Hair clip/ rubber band/ elastic headband
- doTERRA Deep Blue Rub (for massage)
- Chemical heating pad
- doTERRA Lavender oil (for calming during labor)
- Socks with grip on the bottom for walking the halls
- massage device
- hand fan and/or spray mist bottle
- toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
- I-Pod fully charged
- Camera fully charged
- snacks for partner (I chose nuts for protein. Nothing with a strong odor)
- Extra juices for hydration
- Sugar-free candy
- Hospital card and birth plan (5 copies)
- Boppy Pillow for holding and nursing baby
- Comfortable underwear that can be thrown away
- Nursing bras (2 or 3 just incase)
- Personal toiletries (hairbrush, toothbrush, makeup, shampoo, conditioner) Travel sizes are best
- Loose fitting clothing to wear while in hospital and to go home (expect to be at six month pregnancy weight)
- phone numbers
- Cell phone and charger
- Bathing suit
- Extra clothes and toiletries for at least one night stay
- Extra pillows and blankets for mom and dad
- Clothing for going home in
- Extra blankets
- Present for Kolton from his baby sister (so important to make him feel included and special)
- CAR SEAT INSTALLED!
DO NOT BRING:
- Electrical Appliances (hairdryer, etc.)
These lists are simply guidelines that I have used to pack my bags. I may be tweaking this list as the big day approaches. It just makes me feel better knowing that if we need to run out of the house, these bags are ready to go!
I hope this was helpful.