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Hospital bags. Responsible mothers have one packed well in advance, appropriately placed by the front door for easy access, and filled with all the necessary things for a hospital stay.
39 weeks pregnant. No hospital bag packed. I kept telling everyone I was going to pack it, but it never happened. Guess who went to the hospital at 39 weeks, had to be induced and had no hospital bag packed. Me. Sooooo, let me tell you what you absolutely need in your hospital bag, since I had nothing with me, not even a phone charger.
1. Sleep Bras
FIRST and foremost, SLEEP NURSING BRAS. From kindred bravely. Ugh, all the heart eyes for theses bad boys. My friend brought me one to the hospital and she saved my life….she actually brought me most of the things on this list because she is my angel on earth.
2. Breast pads because leaking. ALL THE LEAKING.
3. Phone Charger
You definitely need a phone charger, and a long one! Unless you know that you’re going to conveniently have an outlet right next to your hospital bed, you’re going to need a super long charger.
4. Flip flops
Good, old reliable, Old Navy flips flops or whatever you’ve got lying around the house will do. You’re going to want them for the hospital shower.
5. Nipple cream
This is something I did not have and I used the teeny, tiny sample bottle they gave me at the hospital. (LIFE SAVER!) Between the Lansinoh cream and using breast milk, it kept the nips from screamin’ too much.
DEODORANT! Not that you’ll really care what you smell like, because you just brought a human into the world, your hormones are raging and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be crying a lot, but your guests might care if your offensive body odor is too potent.
Also, things like shampoo and conditioner, body wash, a comb, a towel, washcloth.
7. LIP BALM!
My favorite is Young Living’s Lavender lip balm, or the vanilla mint, which you can only get in the Holiday kit. Soooo good and doesn’t have any gross ingredients in it.
That is really all I needed, but keep in mind I spent A LOT of time crying and/or snuggling my fresh baby.
What would be on your must have list?? Let me know in the comments!