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With this not being my first rodeo and all (fifth time to be exact), I’d say I know what worked for me, what I truly needed and what I really didn’t need and never ended up using. So this time around, packing my bag is a little easier, still as exciting as the other times, though.
- Comfy clothes (loose, nurse friendly shirts, loose dress, sweats, loose pants)
I always enjoyed my sweats right after birth paired with a very simple, very airy and loose shirt that is nurse friendly. I bring about three outfits in case the usual two night stay turns into a three.
- Comfy underwear, sports bras and socks
I never used nursing bras before, specifically because I’ve just never found one that I really like. So I just normally stick to sports bras the entire time I breastfeed. I found that the close tightness of it is also very comforting during the beginning tender nipples stage of breastfeeding, especially with engorgement and in the hospital.
- Slip-on slippers
I love the convenience of just sliding my feet in and out of those, especially during my hospital stays.
- Post-partum stomach wrap
This one linked below is AMAZING! I used it with my last baby. I love how secure my abdominal feels in it during recovery and how comfortable it is. I am hoping to use it shortly after birth, I am bringing it in case, I’d like to see what the doc says first.
Now this is NEW for me! Never have I ever packed or used this one lol. But I have heard some great things about using these after birth and I mean, it does make a lot of sense to use these vs possibly ruining underwear or wearing the horrible netted ones from the hospital which I personally, absolutely do not like at all! I am bringing these, along with my comfy underwear too, just in case I don’t want to go that route. We shall see.
- Toiletries/self care things:
- Body lotion
- Rubber bands for hair
- Breast pads
- Hair brush
- Misc things
I like to make sure I have these extra things on me as well. I don’t like forgetting anything. Even though family comes to visit and they can possibly bring things I don’t remember, it doesn’t sit well with me to forget something and not be prepared so I like to pack early and ahead.
- Phone charger
- Some coins on hand for vending machines
- Some cash on hand
- My little makeup bag
- My wallet
So funny how you can be as ahead and prepared as possible yet you can still feel you might be forgetting something. Am I? Did I forget something? Is there something I missed and should be bringing along with me?
I’d love to hear from you, if you could let me know down in the comments or via email. What things do you pack in your hospital bag?
Til next time 😉