I know, I know - it looks like I was planning on packing for a month long trip to Europe but I just kept an on-going list while I was pregnant of all the "tips" that people give you along the way. You will quickly see what worked and what didn't.
- Baby "Wear Home Outfit" My mom bought baby Charlotte an adorable Carter's newborn sweatsuit for us to bring her home in. It was a hit and I am so glad we had a special outfit for her that fit ... almost.
Bathing Suit for DadMy water broke two weeks early so my husband didn't have anything put together for himself. This was not necessary. Birth Outfit (PJ pants, sports bra, nursing tank or nightgown)I wore a hospital gown until I thought I was transported to hell because it was so hot, and then I was naked. Don't bother ruining any of your own clothes.
- Birth Plan We only had a few requests and just talked to the nurse when we got to the hospital. Didn't have anything in writing.
Book/Kobo/MagazinesLike there would have been a time to read anyways. Breast PadsUnless you have a C-section, you will be home before these are even necessary. Breastfeeding PillowI couldn't be bothered and I only started using mine in the last week or so. Breath MintsThey say this helps with your dry mouth during labour but they really just helped my husband's breath.
- Camera A MUST.
- Camera Charger A MUST.
- Car Seat A MUST. Install early in the vehicle you will be taking to the hospital. Like a month early just in case.
- Chapstick/Lip Gloss A MUST. For the hospital and when you get home. Your lips will get dry.
DiapersPlay dumb and anything you think the hospital can provide, don't pack. Why not get the most out of your experience? Face ClothI brought but did not use. Facial TowelsI brought but did not use. FanI didn't bring one but if I knew what my experience was going to be, I would have thought about it because I was so hot while I was pushing. In two minutes I was butt naked and a nurse had to fan me with a piece of paper. Flip FlopsI brought but did not use. Yes the hospital floor is disgusting but it is cool and feels good on the soles of your feet. Hair Dryer/StraightenerI didn't bring but wish I had.
- Gatorade/Water We packed a cooler full of drinks and I was so happy to have Gatorade because if not, I would have had to have water or watered down apple juice the whole time. And the water was nice so that we didn't have to call a nurse or venture to the kitchen for more.
- Glasses A must for me.
- Baby Blanket Used one to keep baby girl warm on the way home and another two receiving blankets to use as a head rest in the car seat.
Ice PaksI brought but did not use.
- iPhone Charger A must.
- Labour Notes We did a series of prenatal classes and I brought all my notes with me. Didn't refer to them much but was glad I had them.
LoofaI brought but did not use. Make-UpI brought but did not use. MassagerWe had a hand massager and my husband used it on me for a bit but it wouldn't have been a big deal if it wasn't there.
- Mom "Wear Home Outfit" New yoga pants and a yoga jacket did the trick for me!
Music Note Pad/PenI brought but did not use.
- Nursing Bra They suggest going shopping for nursing bras after the baby is born but I had a friend give me two so I brought them with me. They did the trick but oh how I miss underwire!
- Onsies I brought three onesies with me - newborn size. Everyone said to bring a few newborn outfits "just in case" but it turns out she was swimming in all of them so what I really needed was a few preemie outfits.
- Pillows A must for you and your husband/partner. Hospital pillows suck!
- Purse/Wallet Put on the list so you don't forget!
UnderwearIt is amazing how much blood there is. Sorry - it's a fact. I bought some extra cotton undies but actually wore the mesh underwear/pad contraptions they give you at the hospital. Some people say
- Robe I was really glad I had a light, cotton robe with me for breastfeeding in the beginning because I had zero clue what I was doing. I would go out and buy some nicer nursing clothes if we plan on a #2 in the future.
SlippersI brought but did not use. See above flip flop comments.
- Snacks for Mom and Dad I have never been more hungry in my life! Snacks are a must because nothing is open late at night.
SocksI brought but did not use. See above flip flop and slipper comments. TENA PadsUse the hospitals. And take extras home. Toilet PaperUse the hospitals. And take extras home.
- Toiletry Bag I always have one ready to go so this was easy for me to grab and it had everything I needed in it.
TowelsI brought but did not use. Unscented Lotion for MassagesI brought but did not use.
Are you a 1st Time Mom and trying to figure it out as you go along too? Feel free to leave me a comment with any questions and I will be more than happy to get back to you. Thanks for reading!