Archive: May, 2009
i just discovered a must read blog for all of you pregnant ladies! Jen is about to become a first time mama (literally, her baby should be here any day now!)…and she writes a very informative blog with all kinds of info for pregnant women. check out mommybrainjen.blogspot.com.
i love her hospital bag list (i wish i would have had this before i had my baby):
1) Labour Bag:
Slippers and a housecoat for walking around the hospital
Socks to keep your feet warm
An old nightie to wear during delivery (or wear a hospital gown)
Toiletries – lip balm, headbands, hair elastics, etc.
Digital camera (don’t forget to charge your battery)
Your birth plan (discussed in my next Baby Prep post)
Snacks and drinks for your hubby/labour partner.
Hard candy for a dry mouth – I bought Jolly Ranchers, YUM! 🙂
Your health card and insurance information
Sweater for hubby – room gets cool as Momma gets hot!
2) Post-Delivery Bag:
2 nursing bras (bras can be properly sized after 36 weeks)
12 breast pads for when your milk comes in
24 Sanitary/maternity pads – supplied by some hospitals (IWK)
2-3 nighties – easy for beastfeeding and allows easy access for nurses to check your vajajay! 😉
Lots of old undies (your “period panties”) – as many as you have!
Toiletries – everything you need for a 2-3 night stay
PJs and change of clothes for Dad (if he’ll be staying with you)
Calling card and phone numbers of family/friends
Money – for snacks, parking ($35 parking @ IWK), etc.
2 pillows in coloured pillow cases- extra for you and hubby
Pens for completing post-delivery paper work
Going home outfit – something loose and comfy. You aren’t leaving the hospital as Giselle Bundchen!
3) Baby’s Bag:
12 newborn diapers OR 3 dozen if hospital doesn’t supply diapers.
Diaper cream – vaseline, zincofax, etc.
3 onesies and 3 sleepers
2 receiving blankets (warm blankets if winter)
Take home outfit
2 pairs socks or booties and a hat (season dependent)
Pack 2-3 separate bags. When you arrive at the hospital, you’ll only need your labour bag. Leave your post-delivery and baby bags in the car until you are moved to the recovery room. Also, give your health card, etc. to your hubby and leave your purse at home. You don’t need to worry about losing your purse!
We leave our packed bags in the car so when “it’s time” we only have to worry about getting ourselves to the hospital!