Hospital Bag Essentials | Checklist

April 04, 2017

I always felt that life before getting pregnant was crazy busy and days/weeks/months used to roll by too quickly, but the months after finding out that we are pregnant have been even more insane and these months have crept past us at lightning speed…  And I can only imagine how it is going to be once Baby KV is here (it never ceases to amaze me how all you #supermoms out there do it, seriously)! All this to say that I have been meaning to start a dedicated pregnancy/baby/parenting category on the blog since I got pregnant but only just getting around to implementing it (definitely need more than 24 hrs in a day... does anyone know where I can put in an application to get that approved? #straightface).

Nonetheless, I am uber-excited to be able to share with you the result of hours of research that have been going into preparing myself (while there really is no such thing as ‘being-prepared’ when it comes to having a baby) for this roller-coaster journey ahead, I am thrilled to share a tip or two with you all along the way…

So here’s introducing a new blog category ‘PARENTSKAPES’ -  be sure to check back from time-to-time for all the #babytalk and #parentingwalk (totally just made that word up)!



First up in the series of these posts is the ‘Hospital Bag Essentials’... If you told me about it a few months ago, 1. I’d have no idea what the heck you are talking about and 2. I would think that you have lost your mind and that you are totally insane to even suggest I actually need to pack a bag (or two) to take to the hospital. But hours of research over the past few months have (once again) proved my typical (non-mommy) reaction wrong and has helped me narrow down on a hospital bag checklist. After all, it is the-most-magical-and-the-most-important day of one's life, and the first-real-parenting-experience - so you want to be as well equipped as possible (cuz baby, it’s about to go down in history)…

Countless hours of research, youtube videos and online articles later, here I am sharing my hospital bag must-haves checklist (should help one last for at least 3-4 days just in case). Also, going on our hospital tour also gave me an idea as to what my hospital will provide and scratched some of those items from my list. So here’s a lowdown of everything that’s currently packed away in my hospital bag (we even had to do a hospital run with it, not fun, but more on that in a future post).





FOR THE MOM

I know, looking pretty is probably the last thing on a new-mom’s mind but I think it is so essential to feel normal and like yourself, especially after going through a physically and emotionally consuming experience - your precious baby’s birth. So I am packing everything to help me achieve just that (now will just have to wait and see if I will actually use all of these items and make an effort to look presentable or just end up staying a hot mess in my hospital gown).

P.S: To some this might seem like a lot of things to take to the hospital but this definitely makes me feel prepared (not in terms of becoming a parent but in terms of going into the hospital for labor, haha). And I am ok if some of these things are going to be ruined because of all the blood and what not!

  • Nursing bras and camisoles: Who knew nursing bras and camisoles came in such cute, comfortable and sexy styles (love the lace details). The drop cup design of these nursing bras and camisoles from Ingrid and Isabel* are supposed to make feeding easy and also facilitate for the much needed skin-to-skin experience with the baby.
  • Robe: I have always loved robes (even when not pregnant) and they are such a god send when pregnant. This nursing robe from Pink Blush* is perfect for lounging as well as nursing (hopefully).
  • Nursing pads/liners / soothing gel pads: I have packed these reusable nursing pads from Cake Maternity* (along with their nursing liners) and the disposable ones from Lansinoh (along with their soothing gel pads).
  • Maternity leggings: Since a new-mom is still supposed to look like she is about 5 months pregnant even after delivering the baby, these maternity leggings from Ingrid and Isabel* are going to be a savior.
  • Pajama set: To get comfortable before bed or even during the day (well, once you have a newborn what is the difference between day and night, really!? :-o)
  • Cardigan / sweater / socks: You are supposed to feel very cold in case you take the epidural so some warm clothes to keep cozy
  • Going home outfit: Of course I want to look all pretty and dolled up when I take my precious one home and a wrap around dress (wait for D day to get a peek at it ;)) is just perfect - it’s both cute and practical (for nursing)
  • Slippers / flip-flops: Something to slip into as you walk around the hospital or make those bathroom runs
  • Belly wrap / shield: The belly wrap along with the belly shield from Belly Bandit* is supposed to provide support, shrink and tighten the belly.
  • Lip balm: For ‘em extremely dry and chapped lips during/after labor
  • Nipple cream / bottom spray and bottom balm: These Earth Mama Angel Baby products are lanolin free and are supposed to work wonders to help with soreness, tear, stitches and whatnot.
  • Wet wipes: Sure to come in handy when I am all sweaty and a hot mess
  • Prenatal vitamins: Continue to take them as long as you are nursing your baby
  • Essential oils: It’s no secret that I love EO. So I am taking a few homemade blends with me to keep my calm, lift my spirits and help with labor (and of course for its pleasant smell too)
  • Coconut oil: This wonder oil from my kitchen is amazing and is going be to real helpful to heal all kinds of soreness




FOR THE BABY





FOR THE DAD

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

  • Birth Plan (I don’t want to make one but the hubby insists, oh these paranoid to-be-dads :p)
  • Camera with charged batteries and enough space on the memory card ;)
  • Wallet (with ID, insurance card and enough cash/change)
  • Phone charger
  • Headphones
  • Toiletries
  • Makeup & accessories (include at least a few hair ties, I tend to lose them all the time)
  • Books or magazines
  • Snacks (some dry fruits and energy bars, and oh yes, all the dark chocolates too :))
  • Cutesy gifts (for new dad, grandparents, uncle, nurses)
  • A vase to put flowers (yeah, this is getting real detailed but I just can’t dump flowers in a corner ;))

I decided to skip packing menstrual pads and panties as the ones they provide at the hospital are supposed to be the best to deal with all the heavy flow. Some people suggest you bring your own pillows, sheets, nursing pillow, excercise ball etc but our hospital is amazing and they already provide all of this stuff. Having said that, every person, hospital, labor and delivery, new-mom/baby (their needs and priorities) are different, so use this checklist as a guide and make your own to suit your needs.


If you are a mom or a to-be-mom, what would be the top 10 items you would most definitely pack in your hospital bag?

Thanks to these brands*  for sending me a few products to review! As always, all ideas and opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.

“You never understand life until it grows inside of you.”
xoxo,
Kusum

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