As the end of this pregnancy starts to near, it’s time to prepare for the hospital trip!
So many emotions flowed as I started to sort and decide what little outfits to bring, checking off the required list of items I need for the hospital stay and leaving home. As many of you know my last baby was a home birth and I have said how that was so much easier. My meaning for easier is not having to worrying about being without my personal belongings and no worries about what to bring for baby. Since I like things to be planned and preferably perfect (this is a fault) having a baby doesn’t really fit this unless you are scheduled for a C-section.
Through the pregnancy we had been told at so many appointments I am surpassing anything they thought I would. The latest updates being that my body is back to normal. I now have no clue if baby Apple will even arrive by her due date! I truly can not believe I am typing this sentence.. not arriving early?? How can that be? I guess it was all those prayers and best wishes sent that helped us achieve such big goals after the scariest times and emergency cerclage to save her life.
So, you are here wondering what I am packing? This is what made the cut and also a few must haves in my bag. I have a mommy bag and a baby bag ready to go. This will make it easier than putting everything together in one oversize bag for my husband. He tries his best but if I ask that man to grab something out of my purse I swear he messes it all to heck! Packing two bag will help me be able to direct him easier to the items I may need.
Little miss Apple’s bag includes ::
Leather Bag by OiOi Diaper Bags
•Diapers, wipes and hand sanitizer by Honest Company
•Three sleepers by Next and L’Oved Baby
•Three bamboo gowns by Westcoast baby (These open at the front to achieve skin to skin while nursing baby)
•Baby hats by Westcoast Baby and Blu Taylor (Blu Taylor has an amazing preemie program you should check out)
•Soother by Natursutten (we have many back ups bought since we lose them like socks in our house)
•Soother clip by Loved By Sophie
•Muslin blanket by Buttermilk Babies
•Lace trimmed blanket by Nomilumi
•Bamboo swaddles by Westcoast Baby (they are super soft and the perfect stretch)
•Take me home outfit by Noppies
•Socks, Hair Bands for pictures and her first bunny.
•I have also packed maxi pads – yes, the hospital provides them but I need some for going home and dislike the HUGE bulky ones they give!
To note :: The hospital will provide gowns, sleepers, hats as needed for duration of stay but I prefer my babies in outfits that are soft, special and that I can keep to pull out years later to cry over. Since seeing your baby’s first ever hat or sleeper so small is incredibly special when they are grown.
It all fits into my OiOi Diaper bag perfectly! This size bag is not big and bulky, perfect for day trips out.
What is in my bag? Lots! Just kidding.. But honestly some items I know I want available right away.
Knowing how I was the last births I have packed a bra for labour and 2 nursing bra’s for after. I have this thing will feeling restricted during labour and birth so I prefer pretty much just my bra on. Yup, this does makes my nurses want to offer me a gown or whatever. Everyone is different and for me I need to feel free and I have the tendency to reach down and pull out my babies when it’s push time. So no hospital gown works perfect. (yes, all three I grabbed out myself!) This is probably part of my need to control everything around me. LOL!
•Three nursing bra’s by Bravado Designs and Belabumbum
•Nursing tank by Glamourmom (I wear these a lot when nursing after)
•Three pair undies. (I will use the hospital ones at first)
•Three pair socks
•Nipple cream by Honest Company
•Lara bars for snacks for after birth (I will go crazy on their apple juice provided!)
•Laundry bag for items that may by soiled from Freshly Picked bundle
•Soft robe by Freshly Picked bundle
•Nursing pads (sorry not shown)
•Makeup wipes, dry shampoo, hair spray, under eye cream for puffy (to help me look semi OK in photos) by Sephora
•Toothbrush, toothpaste, lipchap, maxi pads, hair elastics
•My super important after baby wrap by Belly Bandit (this helps reducing the swollen belly and takes care of the jiggly feeling. I will continue to wear a wrap for 6-8 weeks minimum. I’ll follow up in another post after baby comes to show progress and talk about the wraps.)
•Clothing for leaving the hospital including a cardigan for my duration there and slip on shoes
•Not shown but sooo important! My Nikon Camera. Some things require more than an Iphone. AND my Nook Niche nursing pillow.
All packed in the stunning Mia Bossi Maria bag. A new colour just released in pink leather.
Some items I have at home to be prepared is Advil and Tylenol for after birth pains. These get worse with each delivery. Extra apple juice because we are usually a juice free house. I also pre-made a few soups for the freezer. We are travelling to our house in California within a few days of being released otherwise my home prep would have been more. Last three kids I made a month worth meals so I could eat well without the hassle. I will probably take a day once I arrive at our home to prep for the freezer so I can go on enjoying my newborn.