I'm in week 34 of pregnancy, which means that there are less than six weeks until baby boy's due date!! How exciting! I've had my hospital bag packed since about twenty-four weeks or so (maybe even before that) due to being high risk. I wanted to be ready for anything, because we really didn't know when this little guy was going to be making his appearance! When I ended up in the hospital for contractions at 28 weeks, it was SO nice having this bag packed with all of my toiletries and other things in it. It made me so thankful that I had it ready early!
ADVICE TO PREGGOS: PACK YOUR HOSPITAL BAG EARLIER RATHER THAN LATER!! You never know what's going to happen and you'll be glad to have it ready to go!
Most moms-to-be start getting their hospital bag ready around this time though: thirty-four weeks. I've gotten a lot of questions about what I'm packing in my bag, so I have been meaning to put together a blog post sharing what I have packed! This is just covering my hospital bag full of what I will be using in the hospital. I have a separate bag packed for my baby. I'll do a different post on that bag and what I packed for him if you guys are interested in it! Just let me know in the comments below.
So, here we go! What's in my hospital bag:
1. Hospital Gown, Pillow Case, and Non-Slip Labor Socks.
Yes, call me ridiculous, but I want to look cute while giving birth. And gross hospital issued gowns just aren't doing' it for me. Thankfully, BabyBeMineMaternity.com has CUTE labor and delivery gowns and matching pillow cases! They come in all different colors and patterns. Here's the set that I have. They also have these cute non-slip socks to wear during labor. (They also have them in blue.) They say "Ready, Set, Push!" and I think they are hilarious and adorable. Hopefully they'll give the nurses and doctor a chuckle.
3. Slippers and Flip Flops.
I'm bringing a comfy pair of slippers to wear around while I'm in the hospital, as well as a pair of flip flops to wear in the shower.
Travel-sized shampoo and conditioner, bar of soap, shaving cream, razor, lip balm, lotion, floss, toothpaste, toothbrush, contact solution and case, glasses, hair brush, hair ties, mirror, mints, face wipes, and my makeup (not packed yet, I'll have to grab this on the way out the door because obviously I'm still using my makeup daily!). I want to look put together and pretty for our first pictures as a family of three! (Sorry Gunner, but you're not allowed in the hospital!)
5. Going Home Outfit.
They say that right after you give birth, you'll still look like you're about six months pregnant. So I'm packing this fitted, comfy maternity dress from Ingrid & Isabel to wear home. I'll wear it with some flat gladiator sandals. Comfy and easy!
6. Belly Bandit, Nursing Bra, Underwear, and Pads.
I'm packing a couple of pairs of granny panties to wear after birth/on the way home, some pads, and nursing pads. Most hospitals provide disposable underwear and pads and all of that, but I'm bringing a few of my own just to be on the safe side. I'm also bringing a nursing bra (mine is from Target).
Another thing I'm bringing is a Belly Bandit. I plan on starting to wear this ASAP after giving birth to help my tummy go back to normal!
There you have it! Of course, I'm new to all of this, being a first time mom. If you have any recommendations for what else to bring along with me in my hospital bag, I'd LOVE to hear! Share any suggestions or tips in the comments below!