What's in My Hospital Bag?
Posted on 21 April 2020
Well ladies, congratulations in advance for the bun in the oven!
Life as we know, is never gonna be the same.
What with the nesting instinct that hits us as the EDD is drawing near. While you are re-organizing your home to make space for the arrival of the Little One(s), let's also not forgetting preparing your HOSPITAL BAG.
Well ladies, i'm not exactly about to bring another life into this world as we speak, but i hope to share what I used to put together when i gave birth to my second prince (more than 3 years back ) and what i wished i had brought (sigh).
While there can't be a fixed list of items (i realized thereafter), you should literally make it an aim to bring those essentials that will allow you to be comfortable to feel like a human again.
Giving birth to a baby is NOT exactly a walk in the park. What with the continuous bleeding, the anxiety of establishing the milk supply (should you decide to breastfeed), having feeling sore especially way down the south region of our body, having to deal with visitors and hopefully supporting in-laws (well that shall be another topic for another day). And to top it all, we are supposed to look good for that picture of us holding the lil bub in our hands, giving off victorious and glamorous mum vibes. Feeling good and glamorous was far from what i truly felt.
Thus, my point exactly to pack things that makes you feel comfortable and makes you feel YOU.
Here’s the list babes!
I must point out again that there is no two identical bag and it's just going to be different, but these are the things I brought with me and what i wished I'd brought!
ESSENTIALS FOR THE HOSPITAL BAG
A) PERSONAL CARE & TOILETRIES:
Pack those skincare & toiletries, the last thing you'd want is to forget the basic hygiene (or to be a decent human)!
- Travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Travel size shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap.
- Dry Shampoo. If you have a mum like mine, who drilled into my mind of refraining to wash hair for a time period....ewww i know, but a girl has gotta do what she gotta do! Dry shampoo is basically life-saver!
- Makeup bag. We wanna look good, 'nuff said
- Makeover remover wipes.
- A good moisturizer. I can't survive without this, i just don't like my skin going dry and patchy.
- Body spray. Smelling good is definitely one way to pamper yourself!
- Lip balm to prevent chapped, cracked lips. Can't live without 'em!
- Hair ties.
B) COMFY CLOTHING:
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Pack up the comfiest pieces you can get hold of:
- Cardigan. Right, my mum made sure i brought this, something to do with the Chinese belief of not exposing to 'wind'. Well if you're not bothered by this, bring this as you might need it when it gets too cold at night.
- Ultra comfy cottony tops or dresses according to your preference
- Ultra comfy pyjamas. If you are opting to bring top-and-bottom type of pyjamas, remember to bring those loose fitting bottoms that you've been wearing through your pregnancy. Trust me as i thought there was still a baby in me after i gave birth, judging from my bulge back then. It is very very normal to have that right after delivery. It gets better, i promise (with efforts of course!)
- Pair of slip-on sandals.
- COMFY robe. I love Juliet Satin Robe as these gorgeous piece serves as a good cover-me-up . It comes in handy when we decide to have it on top of nursing tank top or nursing bralettes. Or maybe just because we do not want cardigan that is too tight after C-Sec. Or maybe just because we wanna look good.
C) BABY ESSENTIALS:
Photo by Lisa Fotios
Some hospitals provide most of these and it will be good to check with the hospital in advance. Otherwise, you might wish to consider packing these up for your precious one:
- A few cottony onesies and sleepers, socks and a hat.
- Cozy blanket and several receiving blankets.
- Package of newborn/size small diapers.
- Unscented baby wipes.
D) BREASTFEEDING ACCESSORIES:
For mummies who opt for breastfeeding, you might wanna check up this list:
- Nursing bra. I would recommend a no-frill, no harsh underwire, and ultra comfy nursing bra. You don't have to spend a bomb as i've recently tested these new range; Buttercup Nursing Bra and Milky Cotton and truly fell in love with how comfortable my 'girls' are holding up and it makes breastfeeding so much easier with the detachable clip. I can even sleep with it! (Well i have yet to stop breastfeeding for the last 8 years and i hope my review means something here !)
- Milk pads for leaky, nursing boobs. Yes, you must have these life-saver packed up, you would wanna deal with milk patch on your tops and to deal with changing tops and nursing bras every now and then.
- Cream for sore nipples.
E) ENTERTAINMENT PACK
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Well, this list is gonna be the items that will keep you sane and be in touch with the rest of the world in between your breaks from visiting doctors, nurses, relatives, and of course when your newborn is asleep.
- Your smart phone and charger, laptop and laptop charger. Think Netflix, Insta, FB, Wattpad....and family and friends of course!
- Snacks and drinks...they kept me sane and loved, so why not? I brought my stash of chocolates and cookies and gave myself a pat on the shoulder while savoring them.
Photo by Mariana Kurnyk
F) ESSENTIALS FOR LEAVING HOSPITAL
This IS the best moment after 9 months and i remember feeling all nervous and over the moon. And to have the lil bundle of joy in a super cute outfit, that sense of pride is just indescribable... All you need is:
- Super comfy going-home outfit with socks and hat.
- Approved infant car seat with the base properly installed in your vehicle.