If you've seen my homepage, follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you probably know that I'm expecting boy/girl twins any day now. I'm 35 weeks along and they're measuring fine so they could literally come at any moment (a *huge and overly stretched* girl can dream!). With that being said, we finally got around to packing our hospital bags. Yes, bags (plural).
I want to get into the details of why I packed what I packed and will do that in a few other posts but for this one I wanted to stick to exactly what I did pack.
I have three separate bags - a labor bag, a postpartum bag, and the diaper bag. Why do I want to look like I'm moving in? Well, having two separate bags for me makes it easier to just grab and go when I'm in labor. I can just bring in the labor bag with things I'll need then and there and then once I'm settled in the recovery room, my husband can bring in the postpartum bag with other essentials I'll need. Later on, he can bring in the diaper bag. The diaper bag basically only has the going home outfits for the babies since the hospital pretty much provides everything else or we will be declining certain things (like a bath with Johnson & Johnson bath soap - yuck!).
Here's what's included in both.
My Labor Bag:
Oils (don't worry, this will be a separate post all on its own)
Gentle Babies book
Coloring book - to keep hubby busy
Copy of my birth plan (this will be a separate post)
Copy of my oil protocol
Comfy sports bra style nursing bra
Hair ties and Headband
My Postpartum Bag:
Bon Voyage Kit (more on this later, too)
Reusable nursing pads
Going home outfit
Change of clothes for hubby
Book - I'm personally bringing The Baby Sleep Book by Dr. Sears
Huge, comfy jacket
And, if you also know that I have a two year old, don't worry, I haven't forgotten about him. We decided to hire a sibling doula to stay with him at our house since he won't be allowed in the delivery room. No bags needed for that!
Now you know what I'll be bringing to the hospital. What did you bring? What was the most used item that you brought?
Allesanda received her Bachelors in Behavioral Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2013. She now lives in North Texas with her husband and children. As a doula and educator of infant sleep and eco-friendly living, she blogs about pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting.