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
– 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.)
– 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!
- 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
- 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:
- Tooth & Gum Wipes
- Sippy cup
- Snack bag
- Snacks (usually a baby mum mum, some rice rusks, & yogurt bites)
- Baby Tylenol & syringe
- Teething gel
- A couple toys!
And now that we’re in the warm Summer months:
- Baseball hat
- 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?