What’s In My Diaper Bag (& Packing For Labour & Delivery)

Why, hello there! This is actually an old blog post that I was meaning to put up months ago. A few people had been asking me about packing for the hospital/delivery, what to bring and what I keep in Levi’s diaper bag, and I never got around to posting it on my blog because Levi surprised us with his early arrival! I figured I could make a few changes and still post it today, and maybe even help someone out in the process (keep in mind that Levi was born in the Winter, so some items may not apply to your situation).

I’m currently 35 weeks going on 36, and since our first little one is due at the beginning of December, I’m really feeling the nesting!” — that’s because Levi came the following week, and I never got around to finishing this post! He was born at 36 weeks November 13th!

Keep reading to see the rest of this post pre-baby:

“With Christmas already being such a busy holiday, combined with not knowing how I’ll be feeling after labour, and adjusting to our baby and his routine, I’ve been trying my hardest to get organized! Lists have been made, items have been purchased, nursery is 95% complete, and my mind is swirling with to-do lists.” — I imagine this is how a lot of pregnant mothers feel as their due date approaches!

I like to be organized, and find lists work well to help sort out my thoughts. I’ve been sorting through lately is packing and prepping the baby’s hospital bag and my bag. Now before I share with the world what’s in my bag, might I remind you that there’s going to be girly stuff in there. There’s bras and maxi pads – so be warned! 😀 I also may be more high maintenance than some of you, so you may choose to exclude certain items!

Ok, so I scoured Pinterest for others packing lists, as this is our first! I really tend to be an overpacker and I like to be prepared for “what if” situations as best as I can!

So, keeping that in mind, let’s get started:

– Slippers (not pictured) for walking the halls. They have a rubber sole on them for easy cleaning. These are mine. Love ’em.

– Coins for vending machines (also not pictured). In case Matt or I should want snacks or drinks on a whim.

– Snacks (have yet to be purchased). Likely going to run to Dollarama and Bulk Barn to grab some dried fruit, chocolate bars, granola and gum and drinks. Mmm…maybe some goldfish crackers. 🙂

– Nursing bras (I have 2)

– Nursing tank (1)

Breast pads (I got free samples of both Aveda and Johnson’s.)

Nipple cream (This brand comes highly recommended.)

– Travel sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner

Dry shampoo (this is a ‘just in case’!)

Razor (this is IF I feel up to shaving – hah! But, seriously, how handy? Lather, shave and lotion in one step!) 😉

Bodywash (LOVE this stuff. I get the lavender vanilla scent because it’s SO relaxing smelling.)

Lotion (as stated above – the scent is nice and calming, and I firmly believe in treating yourself! You’re going to be giving birth!!)

– Hand sanitizer

– Kleenex pack

Face wash and makeup remover – Love this stuff because it’s a 3 in 1 eye makeup remover, cleansing milk and toner.

– Toothbrush and toothbrush holder

– Deoderant (I purchased a travel sized one at the dollarstore.)

– Underwear  (5 pack – I intentionally bought cheap undies so I wouldn’t ruin my own stuff. You need to hold up those maxi pads listed below! 😉 I was happy these actually have cute patterns and colours! I intentionally purchased ones that are high-cut in case of an emergency C-section. Then they still can be worn over the incision.)

Maxi pads (I was told these offer the best protection and are the closest thing to wearing depends. Which sucks, but it’s necessary after delivering!)

Wet wipes (flushable. Toilet paper might just not cut it. You never know…)

– Headband (to wear during labour.)

– Hair elastics and bobby pins (for those fly aways.)

– Comb (My hair is wavy and shoulder length, so I’ll likely be letting it air dry or putting it up.)

– Small cosmetic bag (containing Q-tips, compact mirror, Chapstick, mascara and blush. I look like a pale ghost in the Winter, and there’s bound to be pictures taken!)

– Fleecy socks  (I’m having a December baby! Plus, they’re cozy for when I don’t want to have to wear my slippers. I usually feel chilly in hospitals, and I always have cold hands and feet.)

P.J.’s 

– Outfits (Thinking loose, flowy, warm and cozy.) 😀

  • Sweatpants (elastic band – hello!)
  • Fleece lined leggings
  • Loose tee
  • Flannel button up
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Open knit cardigan

Some of these items will be worn in the hospital, as well as my “coming home outfit”. Just keeping it comfy!

I have written down a list of items to grab (like my pjs, slippers, and comb)as I’ll still be wearing them/using them up until we leave for the hospital. I am also still on the fence a bit about grabbing a towel of ours for showering with, as hospital ones are usually quite small and have been washed 200 million times, and possibly flip flops for wearing into the shower.

Then I have a list written for Matt to pack as well, which includes our laptop and iPad /charger and our cell phone chargers. He can also fit the snack items in his duffle bag.

We’ve preregisted at the hospital, so I’ll have a copy of that with us, as well as our provincial health cards.

I’m glad I had all of this stuff with me, and 95% of it came in handy! 

Now, for what we have in baby’s bag:

  • Sleepers with beanies (2)
  • Onesie long sleeved (2)
  • Pants (2)
  • Take home outfit (it’s warm & fleecy!)
  • Receiving blankets (2 – good for swaddling and spit ups.)
  • Change pads (2)
  • Wipes and wipes case
  • Kleenex pack
  • Disposable diapers (for those lovely merconium poops.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soothers (2 different kinds in order to see which ones he prefers.)
  • First aid kit
  • Toothbrush (this is just for the future.)
  • Teether (again for in the future.)
  • Nursing cover
  • Wash cloths
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Baby powder
  • Baby oil
  • Shampoo
  • Bodywash
  • Book
  • Teddy bear (last two items are more for when he’s older too and won’t really be necessary right away for his arrival at the hospital.)

Car seat and car seat cover will be brought to the hospital and left in the vehicle. I will grab our nursing pillow on the way out the door as well. I also have a ziploc bag in there for dirty/wet clothes (should the need arise to use it).

I still need to get and will be adding:

  • Grooming kit (including nail clippers and comb)
  • Bottles (for the future.)
  • Toy wipes (good for cleaning teething toys, bottles and soothers.)

“I’ve been having a few episodes of Braxton Hicks, so having our bags packed has helped to reassure me that we could leave quickly and in an organized fashion should I go into labour early. “ — which ended up happening and I’m so glad I was packed and ready to go!

Now that Levi’s 8 months and eating solids, I’ve added a few things to his diaper bag so that I can always have certain items handy. For example, I never leave home without snacks as he is the type of boy to get hangry if his lunch is a little later than planned! 😀 I also have stuff for teething should we be out and his little gums are inflamed!

I also always have:

And now that we’re in the warm Summer months:

  • Sunscreen
  • Baseball hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Swim diaper (should an impromptu splash pad day trip should ever arise!) 😉

I hope this was helpful to some new mamas! What do you keep in your child’s diaper bag that you would never leave home without?

 

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DIY Cloth Wipes 

 

So our order of cloth diapers just came in and so far I’m liking them. We have a good sized stash and now that Levi is beginning to outgrow his newborn disposables, we’ve started to implement these bad boys. We came up with a plan to cloth diaper while I was pregnant, and I’m glad we’re deciding to stick with it! We didn’t want to order numerous sizes (can you say “expensive”?! 😛 ) so we wanted to wait until he was at least 8lbs. Having been born a little premature, it has taken a little while to reach this point but he’s finally surpassed that! Babies always lose a little at first, and getting him up to his birth weight was a small feat of its own (having had difficulty with his latch in the beginning 😥 )!

Now, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with disposable diapers, nor do I have any judgemental thoughts about exclusively using disposables (or cloth). To each their own! But we decided to use disposables at first while newborn babies excrete meconium. Also the added expense of purchasing the newborn sized cloth diapers was a tough pill to swallow. We also received quite a few packages of disposables at Levi’s baby showers, so having taken that into account, we opted to use those overnight as well as when we go out. That being said, we finally placed our order and I actually found myself EXCITED to receive the shipment in the mail! There’s just so many cute colours and patterns – a mom could really get carried away! 😉

Cute, right?! And it’s great because diapers really do add up, and although cloth are more of an expense up front, you’ll get your monies worth out of them. Especially if you reuse them on more than one baby! We opted for more gender neutral prints for this reason. 😉

So we basically had no idea about cloth diapers, so we read reviews and asked friends. Upon discussing the diapers, the topic of wipes came up. I began searching for a do-it-yourself wipe “recipe” . There were disposable ones (think paper towels), but I figured why not do cloth wipes as well?! We may as well go all. the. way :D. We snatched a couple packs of cloths (10) and emptied a case of Huggies disposables wipes. Figured it could be reused to store my cloth ones and – voila! Now, you can always use whatever material you want, be it flannel or heck – even bamboo! And it’s on my to-do list to eventually mod podge over the container with some scrapbook paper or fabric. 🙂

Now, don’t go reading this and dismiss the idea yet! I wouldn’t steer ya wrong. I know how precious your time is! But, they’re actually pretty fast and simple to make. It literally takes me maybe 5 minutes every 3 or 4 days to make a new batch! Pretty good, if you ask me.


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Cloth Wipes Mix: 

Dry washcloths

1 c. Hot water

1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile liquid soap

1 tsp. Aloe Vera gel

1 Tbsp. Coconut oil

1). Mix your tablespoon of coconut oil with your cup of hot water. Add soap, and the aloe gel. Mix thoroughly.

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2). I add just a few cloths to the wipe ingredients at a time. Wring them out slightly before placing on a flat surface. Now we fold them so they’ll fit into our wet wipes container.

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3). Place one cloth down flat, and lay another on top of half of it…(see below).

4). Bring the bottom half (that’s been tucked under the top cloth) up…

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5). Place another wet cloth on top of the bottom part you just folded up…

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6.) Now you can fold the top half down. Continue this pattern until all your wash cloths have been soaked in the soap mixture and folded.

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7.) Place them inside your emptied container. If you have a wipes warmer these would work well in that too! Pull the first wipe out of the top slightly so it’s ready to be used when it’s time. 😉 All your wipes should come out after one another if they’ve been folded correctly.

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Super easy! Now you know exactly what’s going on your baby’s delicate skin. They’re reusable and eco-friendly, and you don’t have to worry about those dangerous chemicals that are found in disposables! And I tell, ya – they make clean up a cinch. It may seem like a hassle at first, but once you’ve tried them and you see how much better they work than disposables, you might decide to make the change a permanent one in your home as well. 🙂

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Nifty Gifty

Christmas time is here…Happiness and cheer… Charlie Brown anyone?! It’s that festive holiday season and I’m sure most of you have your shopping well underway. No? Haven’t even started yet?! Well, that’s ok. I haven’t either. Shhh – Don’t tell! 😉

I’m planning on making a few gifts this year, actually.  We have a budget that we’re wanting to stick to, yet, I have so many gifts I want to give! All I can say is, “thank goodness for Pinterest!” I have found so many great, creative ideas that have piqued my interest. They all seem relatively inexpensive and most of these DIY’s can be whipped up in no time! They’re great for stocking stuffers, for teachers, neighbours, etc…I wanted to share a few of my favourites with you!


Grown Up Hot Cocoa Kit:

Grown up hot chocolate

Have mason jars laying around? Buy a couple bags of marshmallows, a few boxes of hot chocolate and some mini bottles of Baileys. Fill the jars, and tie the bottle to the lid with twine. You can even create tags if you want to personalize these gifts. Voila!

  Homemade Hand Scrub:

Homemade Hand Scrub

“A re’NEW’ing kind of gift” is what the blogger on the link refers to it as! 😉 I like it! In the Winter, my hands can get so dry. It’s an easy and thoughtful gift. All you need is a bag of sugar, couple bottles of Dawn Olay dish soap and some jam jars.

 Spa in a Jar:

Spa in a Jar

This is a cute, girly gift idea. Fill a jar with a nail polish, mini nail polish remover, cotton pads and a nail file. Most of these items could be purchased at the dollarstore. Add a bow/make a bow and there ya go! Just a nice gift to let someone know you were thinking of them and their “mistletoes” 😉

Thanks a Latte:

Thanks a Latte

This is more of a unisex gift, which is nice, as I’ve found a lot of these DIY ideas tend to be more geared towards women. Print off a design from Picmonkey on cardstock, get a bunch of cup sleeves and buy a couple gift cards and treat people to a Starbucks bevy.

Cleans Up Well:

Mens Pamper Gift

Grooming gift for men! Fill with products and tools. The blog link also includes printable labels for the jar.

 Christmas Hugs:

Pretzel Hugs

Pretzel hugs are a quick to make (and tasty to eat!) sweet and salty gift idea. Link includes printable tag for your jar!

 We ‘Whisk’ You a Merry ‘Kiss’mas:

Whisk you a merry Kissmas

I love the play on words. Just another thoughtful, quick and inexpensive idea. Whisk, Hershey’s kisses, cellophane and a bow! Let your neighbours know you appreciate them this year. 🙂

 The Gift of Baked Goods:

Gift of baking

Doing any holiday baking this year? Why not share some of your treats? I just love how these cookies are wrapped! Cute thread, wax paper bags, tag and mini clothespin seal the deal.


I hope those ideas spark some gift giving inspiration in you! Being generous can be so rewarding, yet is often so expensive.  Consider thoughtful DIY gifts this year. Let’s give generously this Christmas season and spread Christmas cheer!

Stay tuned next week when I share stocking stuffer ideas for men!