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What To Pack For Labor at The Hospital

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Hi loves, so I’m finally all packed up and ready to go to the hospital when little princess decides its time. It honestly took me quite a little while to figure out exactly what to pack for labor at the hospital – and I’m sure I’m over packing for the occasion.  However, as a first time mommy I want to be sure I’m prepared and don’t have to send the husband or the mom’s running around getting things I might have forgotten.  From talking to a lot of moms and doing some research online I came up with what I thought was super necessary to have in the minimum 2 days that the husband, baby and I will be in the hospital.  Here’s my little list, and I hope it can help new mommies like me for the occasion.  If you guys think I’m missing something PLEASE let me know.

For Baby

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  • Swaddle Blankets from Aden + Anais.  I have ton of these for when she arrives, and as much as I know the hospital provides swaddle blankets,  I want to make sure I know how to swaddle her properly using the ones I have at home.
  • Newborn Diapers from The Honest Company.  I also know my hospital does provide diapers, but I really want her to only use the diapers I bought from The Honest Company since they are free of chemicals, chlorine and many other harmful little things.  And how cute are they!!! Ohmy!
  • Baby Wipes from The Honest Company.  Now, my hospital does not provide baby wipes and asked for us to bring our own. Check with your hospital to make sure what they do and don’t provide for the baby.
  • Diaper Cream, not pictured – also from The Honest Company
  • Scratch Mittens from Satsuma and Safety 1st.  Super important to have scratch mittens for the little one.  Since they are so little it’s hard to trim their nails right away, so the scratch mittens are a must to protect them from scratching their little face.  I’m bringing two different brands just in case one of them doesn’t fit her hands.  Both brands are great and from my research should work fine, but I’d rather be prepared.
  • Going home outfit from Little Me.  It was so hard for me to find a newborn sized little going home outfit that I liked.  This one from Little Me is so adorable, I just love it.  I’m also bringing a 0-3 month sized outfit, also from Little Me, just in case she’s a little bigger then we are expecting.
  • Hats I’m bringing quite a few, but my favorite is the one I got from Melondipity.
  • Hairbands, also from various brands.  From the 3D ultrasound we did, it showed she was going to have quite a bit of hair, so why not bring cute little hairbands…they don’t take up much space anyways. 🙂
  • Socks, because baby socks are adorable and I want to be sure my little girl’s feet don’t get cold.
  • Touch Ink Pad from Pearled. I know the hospital will do this for you a day or so after the baby is born, so I figured I’d get her little footprint out of the way and as soon as possible.


For Mom

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  • Cardigan from Forever21.  I wore this cardigan a lot during pregnancy and figured I’d take it with me for going home or just going to get a snack downstairs.
  • Leggings from Destination Maternity (they have been my favorite) and a  Shirt also for going home.  Everyone recommends you still take maternity clothes from when you were about 6 months pregnant.  That big belly will go down, but will take a little longer for you to be able to fit into your post pregnancy outfits. So stick to maternity for a little while longer.
  • Socks, your feet will be freezing in the hospital (so they say), so bring a few nice and comfy socks you like.
  • Pajamas from Target.  I bought some cheap pajamas I won’t mind getting dirty to take with me.  Between blood, bandages, and other hospital things I was told by several people to not take anything you really like to the hospital.  So I’m keeping my nice pajamas at home and taking these from Target that I won’t mind getting dirty or having to throw away (worst case).  They both open in the front for easy breastfeeding and are slip-ons to make it easier to take care of bandages etc.
  • Flip Flops from Havaianas.  Because you want to wear flip flops when you take a shower at the hospital.  You just do!
  • Slippers from Target.  Slippers are super important for walking around the hospital, going to the nursery etc.  And you definitely want to throw these away once you get home.  I mean, hospitals cary so many different bacterias that you just don’t want to be wearing the same slippers at home and dragging yucky things around.  These slippers were $9, so definitely worth the price, and they are super warm and comfy!
  • Paperwork.  Make sure you gather all the paperwork you will for checking in at the hospital and keep it in your car with your suitcase.  I’m my case I have my birth plan, paperwork my doctor gave me, my pre-registration hospital paperwork, information to give my nurse about the Cord Bank for the baby and also information regarding my placenta since I will be having it made into placenta pills.  So put together whatever it is you need the nurses to know –  you probably won’t want to explain yourself when you are in labor.
  • Ziplock Bag. Why you ask? Well, we have a dog and from my research I found that one of the best ways for your dog to prepare for the arrival of baby is to have the nurse put the cloth she used for the first bath of the baby into a zip lock bag.  I’m then going to have my mom come to my house and slowly open the bag so Lola (my dog) can smell the cloth and know the baby has arrived.  They suggest you leave the cloth near your dog so it can get used to the baby’s scent.
  • Headbands, because I doubt I’ll have time to make my hair look pretty. So I figured this is the best way to look presentable to anyone visiting. 🙂
  • Maternity Band from Belly Bandit.  I know I’m being super optimistic bringing this, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to put this on pretty soon to start getting everything back into place.
  • Nursing Top, I hear these are pretty essential to make your nursing experience a little easier.
  • Undies form Destination Maternity, not the cutest ones in the world, but these post pregnancy undies are a must. They must have a back…no thongs ladies.  Sorry.
  • Nursing Bras, I got a couple of comfy ones also from Destination Maternity. However, don’t go and get too many because I know once the milk comes in you’ll probably need an entire cup size bigger…if not more.
  • Robe from Target.  I’m a sucker for robes, I love love love them and I know I’ll be using them a lot at the hospital and I don’t want to walk around in my pajamas. I don’t want to bring my favorite robe from Barefoot Dreams since I don’t want to get it dirty, so I opted for the one from Target, which is actually amazing!

Toiletries For Mom

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I love everything travel sized and always have them at home for traveling. I’m the queen of saving samples!

  • Deodorant
  • Nipple Balm from Mama Mio
  • Dry Shampoo from Drybar, who knows what my hair will look like the day I go into labor…so I’d rather be safe and have this dry shampoo so I can try to look human again after delivery.
  • Shampoo and Conditioner from Drybar
  • Bottom Spray from New Mama for after delivery
  • Hair ties, clips and pins.
  • Make up Remover. With all the crying that will be going on, I can see this being a must.
  • Nursing Pads from Medela
  • Lip Balm from Sugar (for a little hint of color) and from Nine Naturals
  • Stretch Mark Cream (not pictured) from Nine Naturals
  • Perfume from Coco Chanel Mademoiselle 
  • Travel Size Body Wash and Body Lotion 
  • Face Wash from Philosophy
  • Mouthwash/ Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Sample Face Creams from La Mer, that way I don’t have to take my big one that I can’t live without!
  • Makeup (not pictured). I just packed a little makeup bag of some of my little favorite things and am keeping it in my purse.  I figured the last thing I’ll want to do when It’s time to head to the hospital is put a little make up bag together.

For Dad

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For my husband I packed practical and comfy things. So he can look presentable to anybody visiting but still be as comfortable as possible while sleeping in a most likely very uncomfortable couch.  Not pictured here are a pair of jeans and sneakers that I’ll be leaving in a separate bag in my car, just in case we have to rush to the hospital while my husband is still in his suit.

  • Comfy shirts he can wear to sleep, he made me switch these nike ones for his favorite Lululemon shirts which are a little softer and more comfortable.
  • Camera/ Camera Charger/Phone Charger
  • Socks
  • Flip Flops (not pictured) for showering
  • Toiletries
  • iPad and/or Laptop (not pictured).  That way my husband can still do some work and keep his sanity while we are in the hospital.
  • Sweater from Lululemon.  His favorite sweater, he can wear to sleep or just with jeans when people are visiting.
  • Pants from Nike so he can sleep in.
  • Shirts for during the day when people are visiting.
  • Protein Bars from PowerCrunch which he LOVES.  These are actually super important for the Labor/Delivery period.  The process can take super long and I know he’s not going to want to leave my side to go grab something to eat – especially because I won’t be able to eat anything either.  So packing these protein bars will keep him from starving.

Not pictured –

  • Cash for valet or vending machines
  • Quarters for vending machines
  • Pillow for Mom.  I hear the hospital pillows are horrible, so was told by several moms to just grab your own and bring it.
  • Car seat from Maxi Cosi.  It took me a long time to come to a decision as to which car seat I wanted to buy. I decided on the Maxi Cosi Prezi Infant Car seat.  This one was by far the one I liked the most after doing a lot of research and bugging the crap out of the sales people at Buy Buy Baby.  Make sure you have your car seat all set up in your car.  They won’t let you leave the hospital with the baby without a proper car seat.
  • Car seat Blanket from Little Giraffe
  • Nursing Pillow from Boppy so I can start practicing feeding her using this pillow.

Sounds like a lot right? But honestly once you pack everything it’s not that bad. I hope this little list can help some new time mommies like myself.  And please let me know if you guys think I might be forgetting something essential.  Now it’s just a waiting game for the little princess!

Baby Valentina, we are ready for you!

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