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Packing For You & Baby Before Delivery

Well I am officially in my 9th month of pregnancy.

I am in the home stretch!

FINALLY!

 

On New Year’s Eve we had a little bit of a scare. I started having early contractions about every 4 minutes.

When I called my doctor and told her what I was feeling, she immediately said to go to the hospital.

Now normally I am a well prepared person. I love to plan things in advance that way I’m not going crazy and feel overwhelmed. So when the doctor told me to head to the hospital, I realized oh my what am I putting in this suitcase of mine? This is my 3rd baby, so you’d figure I’d knew what to throw in my suitcase.

Wrong!

I felt rushed, my mind went blank, my boys were running around the house as they always do. It was just another day in the Balla house… chaos!

Long story short, my doctor and nurse sent me home to lay down and rest, and to do nothing but rest until I see my doctor this week! But with 2 active boys at home rest is a luxury for me. For those of you who are moms you know what I mean.

My awesome hubby Manny has been my rock and has made sure the kids are taken care of and things are done around the house. He’s doing everything possible to make sure mama and baby are okay and resting.

As laid on my couch yesterday I started thinking. I did not like I how I felt overwhelmed to pack my hospital bag, so I thought why don’t I make a list of things to pack. And of course it turned into this blog you’re reading now.

Here is a list I made of things to pack for you and baby before you deliver.

For Mama

Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, body soap, body lotion

These are the obvious necessities you pack in your suitcase. This is what I normally bring with me. But if I do not have something listed here that you would bring, add it to your list. That way you do not forget it.

Hair Products & Accessories – Hair brush & other styling brushes, comb, shampoo, conditioner, other hair care products, curling iron, flat iron, blow dryer, hair ties, clips and other hair accessories

Every woman is different when it comes to their looks. I know I am that girl. I would love to have my hair looking nicely done when I give birth. But some times that’s not always the case. But it never hurts to be prepared and have your hair products packed and ready to go.

Make Up – Okay I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably saying are you for real? Listen, I’m a Jersey girl! Looks are everything! Sometimes when you’re in the hospital and baby is sleeping, you get bored. So if you have the energy and time, put on a full face of make up! Might as well look good while you’re there! And for your visitors!

Clothing – Underwear, bra, nursing bra, nursing tank tops, shirts, sweaters, sweat pants or leggings, PJs, socks, flip-flops, slippers

When it comes to clothing, make sure you pack what you are comfortable wearing. Pack some clothes like sweat pants or leggings. Don’t pack articles of clothing that might be too small or too tight to wear postpartum. I know there is a small percentage of women that say after they deliver baby, they’re able to fit into their pre pregnancy jeans when they leave the hospital (lucky!!!). While you’re staying at the hospital, comfort is very important to any new mama, especially me! So make sure you pack clothing that will make you feel relaxed and comfy.

iPad, Laptop, Cell Phone, Camera, Electronic Devices & Chargers – In the hospital there’s only so much TV you can watch on their network. I remember after I delivered Nolan I was so bored I didn’t know what to do with myself. I wished I had my laptop to browse or do some online window shopping. Now I am prepared to bring my iPad and laptop. While baby sleeps next to me I plan to keep myself occupied in the mean time.

Reading Books & Devotionals – While you’re in the hospital there’s only so much social media, online browsing, and games you can play on your devices. Bring some reading material. I plan to pack my Bible and all my devotional books. You never know what the good Lord might say or reveal to me while I am being still in the hospital.

Baby Name Book – If you have not decided on a name for your baby yet, then you might want to be prepared and pack your baby name book. If you’re having an epidural during labor, you and hubby can go through some names while you wait for labor and dilation to progress. That’s what we did when I was in labor with Nolan.

Medications & Vitamins – If you are currently taking any medications or vitamins it is a good idea to pack those. I remember after I delivered Aiden I wished I had packed my stool softener medication. But no worries. Hospitals these days are able to give you certain medicines that you currently take or have forgotten at home.

Miscellaneous –  Waist trainer, Compression wrap

They say after you deliver a baby it is a good idea to wear a waist trainer to help hold in all the loose skin. Don’t put it on too tight and think your going back to a flat tummy. Oh no, that comes over time with exercising and eating right. My doctor recommended that I have a waist trainer to help hold me in and help bring everything back to normal after delivery. The idea of it is just to hold you in.

If you do not plan on breast-feeding your baby like me, you will need a compression wrap. It has velcro so you can make adjustments, and it help apply some tight pressure to your breasts so you can try to stop your milk production. Remember, to stop your milk, you’ll need a tight bra and the compression wrap.

Note: If you are looking for a certain medicine to help dry or stop your milk production, over the counter Sudafed always worked for me. But do your research to see what other over the counter medicines or natural remedies can help stop your milk production.

For Baby

Car Seat

Clothing – “Going home” outfit, Hat, hand mittens

Burp Cloths – I never liked the burp cloths the hospital gave me during my stay. I found the cloths were to rough and harsh for the baby’s skin. So I always made sure I packed my own burp cloths.

Blankets, Receiving Blankets or Swaddle Blankets – If you are content and happy with the receiving blankets the hospital is having you use during your stay, that’s okay. I’m bringing 1 or 2 receiving blankets in case I change my mind. And I’m packing a swaddle blanket to be safe as well. Make sure you bring a blanket or 2 to cover your baby in the car seat during cold weather.

Pacifier – The hospital will give you whatever pacifier they use there. But I always recommend you bring 1 or 2 different brand pacifiers for baby to try. Sometimes baby does not like a particular pacifier and usually favors another. Usually it’s due to the size and comfort of the nipple.

Before you pack your hospital bag make your list of what you will need, or you can simply print this list as guide to help you pack. When you start to pack your hospital bag or suitcase, pack the things that you DO NOT need right away first. Check the items off the list that are already packed, that way when you have to head to the hospital, all you have to do is pack the unchecked items on the list.

Remember you want to make your life as easy as possible. You’re pregnant! You want this process to be easy and stress free. The less stress while packing the better!

I hope this guide has helped give you an idea to help you pack for you and baby before delivery.

If you know some one who is expecting a baby soon, and could benefit from this blog, please pass this on and share it with them. Think about how this guide will make their life easier!


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