You’ve all seen that “I Love Lucy” episode, right? Where Ricky, Ethel, and Fred are practicing their get-Lucy-to-the-hospital plan, complete with a call to the doctor, hailing a cab, and bringing the pre-packed hospital bag. Even if you’ve seen it…here it is again – because it’s AMAZING! 😉
I love it! Well, in the frenzy of trying to get to hospital when it’s “time”, here are a few of the MUST-HAVES I’ve either brought with me, or WISHED I’d brought with me. Whether you’re a first-time mom or on the way to Labor and Delivery with your fourth bundle of joy, this list just might be the life-saver you need this time around! This is not an exhaustive list, but recounts those necessities that I wish I could remember all at once.
Comfy socks – even in summer those toes get cold, and need to be cozy. I can’t stand cold feet, and was very sad when I had no socks.
Water bottle – preferably one with a straw. You need to stay hydrated during this time; you’ll be losing a lot of various body fluids so you’ll need to make up for it. Also, it’s handy for squirreling away all that hospital-grade crushed ice. 😉 (p.s. you can also get that perfectly crushed iced at Sonic, I found out! I totally made my hubby get it for me when we got home.)
Nursing Tank – you won’t be particularly excited about a bra right about now, and these tanks give just the right amount of support and comfort while breastfeeding that newborn what seems like every ten minutes. Plus, your cup size will change quite a bit, and these hold the girls in no matter what.
Yoga/Stretchy pants – COMFORT, PEOPLE! Seriously do NOT bring your skinny jeans, jeans in general, or a flowy dress to look good in your post-baby pictures. You will not care once the time arrives. Black will be your new favorite color, as it minimizes the wet spots you will undoubtedly be enjoying – seriously they’ll come from everywhere lol.
Zip up/Button up sweatshirt – Hospital temperatures vary greatly, so keep some light layers handy that are easy to open for breastfeeding.
Cell phone/Book/Laptop etc – you WILL have down time while you wait for labor to turn into delivery. Distractions and time-wasters are needed! Oh, and don’t forget the chargers. 😉
Nursing Cover – you’ll be feeding your new bundle of joy very often, and it’s not always comfortable to flaunt the girls right away while attempting it! (This one is incredibly lightweight, and lets you see the baby while helping her find her new food source)
Extra Underwear – Don’t go home in the same ones lol. Fresh underwear is a godsend after labor and delivery. Chances are, while you’re there, you’ll bleed through a pair, so bring an extra.
Toiletries – Hairbrush, hair ties, bobby pins – anything that keeps your hair in check when you have absolutely no time or attention to give to it.
Camera – Even if you bring your phones, the camera is just so much easier to pick up and shoot pictures! Phones have lock screens, freeze up, and tend to fill up on storage space pretty quickly.
Pads – The hospital will provide you with a few, but it’s always nice to have a couple just in case! Check out these cloth pads – cloth is the new paper!
Nursing Cozy – Made for just this occasion, nursing cozies can be warmed or cooled to soothe sore breasts during or before feeding your munchkin. These are especially helpful if you end up in the hospital for several days. Those girls get sore quick with the milk increase!
Going home outfit – a onsie will do just fine. Bring layers for your new cutie, and make sure to include both newborn AND 3 month sizes. You just never know! Save the adorable “new baby” cute clothes for a photo session later when you aren’t waddling around in pain.
Blanket/Layers – it doesn’t need to be fluffy or bulky. The general rule is to keep those littles in one more layer than you; so, if you’ve got shorts and a t-shirt, just tuck a light swaddle blanket over his onsie.
Carseat – No, really…people forget! In all the excitement, make sure the carseat is properly installed in the car before you hit the road. I tend to install it a month or so in advance, just in case my little suddenly shows up early!
I hope this list is helpful for you new mamas! Tell me in the comments what your must-have birthing items are. 🙂