Packing the Bags
And so the packing begins. You have a baby’s bag to pack and you have yours. I studied lots of different lists that moms have made through the years and talked to friends and family and here is the best list I could come up with.
This would be a great time for you to provide any tips you may have!
*Make sure the car seat is in the car about 3 weeks before your due date and make sure it is secure.
2 receiving blankets – for me muslin is best since we’re having a July baby
Cap – but probably won’t uses due to heat
2 pairs scratch prevention mittens
2 pairs of little newborn socks
Hand sanitizer for use after touching hospital items
Baby wipes – cloth or wet depending on your preference
Nail clippers, comb, and coconut oil for baby’s bottom (to prevent meconium from sticking) and a nasal aspirator
2-3 “Going home”outfits as you may change your mind on which one you like best!
At least 4 large size pads or Depends underwear
Socks that are comfy
Sports bra and nursing bra
3 pairs underwear
P.J.s that make nursing easy
Going home outfit – maxi dress or large stretch pants to fit over pad, and loose
Snacks for you and dad – bars, honey sticks, fruit smashes, popsicles, juice
Kleenex sanitary wipes for hospital items
Gum – helps some people focus during labor
Phone numbers of your “must call” list: a. Parents b. Siblings c. Doula - who is doing placenta encapsulation
Pen for paper work
Hair tie / head band
Travel size deodorant, body wash, shampoo, Chapstick, toothbrush, hair comb, and make-up for pictures if you want,
Cell phone and charger
Laptop and charger for movies or while resting
Change for the vending machine
Blanket for dad
Large ball for laboring on
Shorts and t-shirt change for dad
iPod for labor music mix