Lists help keep me sane. There is always so much to remember and by having a list (or two, or three, or eight) I know I will not (likely) forget anything important.
I have a list for when I go into labor, mainly so we don't forget anything as we're leaving the house.
This includes things like:
- Making sure we have the car seat in the car.
- Making sure that we have both of the hospital bags, the baby's bag, the girls' backpacks for staying with Grandparents, their big sister gift bags that I'm making them, and Gage's overnight bag.
- A reminder to feed the animals and leave all of my jewelry at home (I don't trust hospitals anymore after they lost my Mom's ring.)
I have a list of what to pack in each of those bags. :-)
I have a list of ways to try to help induce labor naturally.
I have a list of things to try to help with the labor pain.
And so on, and so on...
Labor, Baby, and Hospital Bags
I've created lists for two separate labor and delivery bags. The first bag, the "In Labor Bag" is going to be the one that comes with me into the hospital right away. The second bag is going to be mainly for after baby arrives. Gage can bring that in from the car later when there is time.
The labor bag is a small bag that includes things that I will or may need right away, such as: trash bag and towel for the car in case my water breaks on the way, my glasses w/ the case, a watch, heat pad, oils to help with pain, socks, water bottle, mints/gum, my medicines and prenatal, folder with (and for any additional) important documents, birth plans (although I have never actually used one), , a camera (in case she arrives super fast for some reason), two phone chargers, and anything else I may need right away.
The links below are to the items I plan to purchase (or already have) to bring with me to the hospital. And I have NO idea how to remove those little white boxes next to the links. ;)
The baby's bag includes her baby book, 2 outfits, 2 fleece sleepers, blanket, burp cloths, newborn hats, headbands, a few extra Pampers newborn diapers (the hospital will have them so I don't need to bring too many), some viva paper towels to use as wipes, and a couple binkies.
The hospital recovery bag includes:
- A nursing nightgown.
- A robe / nightgown like this one.
- A slimming / nursing tank top. The "slimming" ones are good because they help to gently bring your tummy back to its regular size. I wouldn't recommend getting a postpartum belly wrap for at least a couple weeks.
- Slipper socks.
- A sleep mask! I never use these anywhere else but at the hospital they are essential.
- Makeup and other toiletries for overnight stay.
- Healthy snacks for Gage and me after baby arrives.
- Pineapple juice (apparently it helps with some common breastfeeding issues)
- Coloring book and colored pencils or markers for me to do while baby sleeps and I'm stuck in the hospital room.
- A few products to help with recovery (the hospital provides most of what you need while you're there, so I'm only bringing some as extras).
- A large empty tote bag for any gifts / products received while in the hospital.
- Just in case: disposable or reusable nursing pads.
- Maternity dress and leggings for going home in.
With our first baby I was not prepared at all... with our second I was better prepared but still was missing some things, so for the third (third times a charm, right?) I am making a real effort at being better prepared.
Now it's time to prepare the following lists:
Meal Plan and Freezer Meals