Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Okay so first things first, I packed my hospital bag the day I got induced. Let me repeat that. The. Day. I. Got. Induced. It was 4 am and I was like "well now's probably a good time". (clearly, I am the world's biggest procrastinator). When I say I went to the hospital with the most random unnecessary things I mean it!
Someone, please tell me why I remembered my man's slippers and not mine? so while I was walking around trying to power through my contractions I was wearing Uggs LOL.
Anyways enough ranting, if I could go back in time here's what I'd pack:
REALISTIC NEWBORN OUTFITS
Realistic outfits for my daughter, listen, I'm a young/new mom, I didn't wanna pack zip-up onesies I wanted to pack cute outfits. I don't know why they make such elaborate outfits for newborns, all they need are sleepers. So if I could go back in time, instead of packing her a sweatsuit I'd packed her some simple ZIP UP sleepers.
Snacks! the hospital food court and vending machines get expensive! I wish I invested in some chips, fruits, or those instant noodle cups! Where I delivered there was a kitchen with a stove, microwave etc, so if your hospital provides the same luxury go all out!
Nipple cream. okay, this is so embarrassing for some reason but ladies when you breastfed your nipples hurt okay. There, I said what all moms know. I had to send my man to buy nipple cream as if pushing out our baby wasn't sexy enough :) His face when I told him I needed nipple cream was priceless he didn't even know such a thing existed. So ladies, buy yourself some nipple cream and save your self that awkward conversation with your man.
Okay now, this isn't something you can pack but I've heard about people having photographers take pictures of their labour and birth. I never thought much into it but looking back I somewhat wish I had a professional there to capture those moments. I have a lot of pictures but I wish I could have a picture of my face when they laid her on me. Something to look into if you're a first-time mom!
Lastly my pillow. do you know how uncomfortable a hospital pillow is? I was in the hospital for 5 days after I had my daughter (she was born at 38 weeks so she had some minor issues). I genuinely thought I'd only be there for one night HA! I was there for so long my pillow would've been nice.
Mama's, unfortunately, you don't know how long your hospital stay will be I suggest preparing for a long one, just in case!
These are just a few things I wish I would've packed! If you can think of anything else subscribe to my mailing list and message me some ideas!