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The Hospital Bag: Packing for Labor and Delivery

I didn’t have a hospital bag with Eva because I wasn’t ready for her to come six weeks early. With Calvin, I overpacked because I thought I’d need a ton of stuff to do an unmedicated labor but it turned out that an unmedicated labor means you want nothing touching you, nothing playing in the background, nothing in the same room…well, at least for me.

This time around, I can confidently say that my hospital bag is solid. I skipped the personal delivery gown because they get so messed up it’s really better to just use the hospitals but included the cute nursing pajamas so you don’t look like roadkill when people come to see you. I splurged on the good soaps and lotions because nothing makes you feel better than a little spa time in those scary hospital showers (use your shower shoes!!). I also went for the cute non-skid socks to avoid the geriatric version I could only find at Walmart last time.

The sleep mask is a must if you’re going to try to rest between contractions or if you want to sleep during the day while your baby naps. The cereal bars are for when you’re starving in the middle of the night (thanks, breastfeeding) and the chocolate cigars and theoretically gifts for visitors and nurses but secretly they’re just a good excuse to keep a little chocolate on hand for a 2 AM craving.

Some of these are substitutes. I’m taking my “big” camera, but I included this more affordable version with wi-fi since it’s more user friendly and you can easily move the photos over to your phone to edit and Instagram them from the hospital. I also added a fluffy baby-themed book even though I prefer Stephen King when I need a little distraction.

And the teddy? Honestly, the baby doesn’t need toys at the hospital but if you’re going to do a photo series with the same stuffed animal for size comparison, it would be cute to pair them up right from the beginning.

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Hospital Bag: Packing for Labor and Delivery

Waterproof Dot Overnight Bag /// Everly Grey Women’s Maternity Roxanne Nursing Pajama Set with Baby Gown /// Labor and Delivery Non Skid Socks /// Baby Proof: A Novel /// Canon PowerShot SX530 HS – Wi-Fi Enabled /// Lonfrote Star Moon Deep Molded Sleep Mask /// Aveda Travel Set /// Showaflops Women’s Antimicrobial Shower & Water Sandals /// Spornette Carry On Wooden Handle Hair Brush /// Nutri-Grain Kellogg’s Cereal Bars Variety Pack /// Madelaine Chocolate – It’s A Boy Milk Chocolate Cigars /// Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base /// Baby Dumpling Heaven Sent Plush Bear Musical Wind-Up Toy /// Hello World Newborn Outfit /// My Brest Friend Original Nursing Pillow

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