Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Labor and Delivery Bags


Back when I was packing my bags for Lloyd I remember scouring the internet for ideas on things we should/needed to bring and the "checklists" being incredibly unhelpful.  Not to mention, woefully incomplete! Even then there were things I wanted to add or subtract from my list this time, so I figured I'd write them down again.  For reference, here is the blog post from way back when with Lloyd.

Labor Bag
  • iPod and speakers--and remember to put batteries in it this time, #facepalm.
  • Cell Phone Chargers--for you and your coaches
  • Mouthwash--the moisturizing kind, and not the small sample bottle because if you are a barfer (like moi) you'll need it a lot.  Sigh.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste for both of you--because nothing is more annoying than your spouses dirty breath in your face during pushing.
  • Butter socks--just trust me
  • Hair ties, hair clips, and hair bands--you don't know what you'll want.
  • Camera battery charger and camera
  • Pretty pillow case--for the pillows you will need for both of you, hospital pillows suck. But more importantly for the pillow behind you during delivery, makes cute photos.
  • Facewash
  • Lip Balm and lip gloss
  • Old flip flops--in case you walk around you don't want to be leaking amniotic gunk on good ones
  • Snacks specifically for your coach(es)
  • Change and dollar bills--just in case
  • Rice heating pad (something like this, I've had mine forever and was super easy to make)--super usable for breastfeeding and back pain during delivery
Delivery Suitcase
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash/Loofa--I collect the bottles out of our shower before they run out so we have big bottles that we toss when we leave, but have enough of for the entire visit (unlike those stupid "travel" sizes).
  • Hair Goop--ditto to keeping the bottles that are about to run out
  • Hair Brush--they had hair driers in our bathrooms but I spaced on the brush! Dumb move.
  • Razor and Shaving gel for both of you--strangely, I found great luxury in shaving my legs in the handicapped showers after delivery since I could see and reach my entire leg.  Weird, I know.
  • Coconut oil--makeup remover, body lotion, and baby oil for your child. Your skin will be so sensitive you'll want something mild.
  • Makeup bag with just the basics 
  • Nursing camisoles--I like the motherhood maternity ones for right after delivery but the target ones for long term, but either is fine; I just have a massive collection from Lloyd.  Don't bother bringing cute nursing tops with nursing bras, it will be way too complicated for you to handle post delivery.  Stick to the soft cotton cami's with their built in shelf bras.  It's all your tender boobies can handle anyway.
  • Yoga pants, sweat pants, running shorts--something comfy, stretchy and roomy for post delivery.  You'll want out of that hospital gown as soon as possible.
  • Robe--for when people come in
  • Old undies--mostly for going home in, they give you these weird mesh ones to wear during your stay that are strangely comforting in your swollen state but you'll need something to go home in.  
  • Something comfy and soft to go home in.
  • Boxers, shorts (or pants), shirts, and general comfortable clothes for your husband.  
  • Receiving blanket and burp cloth for baby
  • Going home outfit for baby--times two, just in case
  • Hats for baby--especially if you are delivering in winter or your kid has a huge head; the hospital ones never fit Lloyd!  They would literally pop off his little head every time they tried to put one on. So this time I'm bringing a bunch of larger sizes, haha!
  • Socks for baby
  • Sleep sacks/bag--they just put them in these thin little t-shirts, and that's fine but if they're cold or have body temp issues they end up swaddling them in the hospital blanket and then wrapping them in the receiving blanket and putting them on your chest to warm them up a lot.  And footie PJs are a pain for squirmy, constantly needing to be changed infants. We liked these gerber ones, and they weren't very expensive since we pretty much only use them for a few days since our kiddo's hate being swaddled.
  • Baby wash--they will try to use the Johnsons & Johnsons stuff to wash your baby.  Please don't let them use that crap (see this horrifying article about J&J products), and bring something that is carcinogen, formaldehyde, and nasty crap free!  Register for this and bring it would be my suggestion. 
  • More snacks, including sweets, than you think you will ever eat--you'll eat them.  Especially if you breastfeed.
  • Kindle--for reading in the middle of the night to keep you awake, somehow it distracts from the amount of sleep you aren't getting.
  • Lanolin--they'll give you small samples. Eventually. But you will need it right away
  • My Breast Friend pillow--I didn't bring it last time and I regretted it from that first feeding.  Propping yourself with hospital pillows was just awful!
  • Pillows for your hubby--Coach left the hospital with neck issues from the thin, plywood pillows they gave him. That and I kept stealing them. So just grab a few extra from home and shove them in your trunk just in case. 

After Baby (things to have ready at home, you don't want to be realizing you need them after you need them!)

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