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In part one of my pregnancy checklist, I discussed all sorts of things you might need to make your pregnancy go a little smoother.
The second part of this list includes things you need while you’re in labor. This part of the list might be better known as “what to pack in your hospital bag” or “hospital go bag.”
Of course, I haven’t given birth yet, but I spent some time thinking of all the things I’d want, and I even asked my sisters and a few friends what they would include.
So without further ado, here’s part 2 of my ultimate pregnancy checklist.
Don’t forget to download my free printable so you can follow along!
Items you need in your hospital bag
I mean, it’s 2018. You need your phone for all sorts of things. Distraction, texting, taking pictures… Don’t forget this!
If you’re not planning to get an epidural right away, you might want to consider dancing, and for dancing, you need music! Even if you are getting an epidural, you can still listen to music. You might even want some meditation music to help you labor.
Dressing gown –
Believe me when I tell you, if you don’t already know: hospital gowns are ugly. You’re going to want something that looks decent when you’re sitting there in all your glory trying to poo after all those pain meds. 😉 The nice thing is, they’re mostly cheap and super cute.
Oh trust me, you WILL get a pair of red hospital socks that are about as stylish as Neville Longbottom’s grandmother. But just a word of advice, use your flip flops in the shower, and pretty much everywhere else you might go. It’s pretty much a college dorm community bathroom situation. Sure, you get a private bathroom, but who knows how well those shower floors were washed (or what was on them)?
Maybe they’ve upgraded the pillows since I was last in the hospital (probably not). Those things were flat as a pancake and I ended up needing 3-4 just to hold my head up. Do yourself a favor and remember to pack one in the car!
If you want toothpaste that actually has a flavor, and a toothbrush that actually cleans, don’t forget your own!
Hair brush/hair ties –
Chances are you’ll want to put your hair up when you’re laboring. & don’t forget your hairbrush to spruce yourself up for all those pictures everyone will want to take of you.
If you’re planning on selfies, or plain old pictures taken by someone with a camera, don’t forget your makeup if you don’t want anyone seeing you without it!
Old undies –
Yeah, you’ll get some fancy schmancy mesh underwear from the hospital, but some people just want their own. If you’ve got some old ones you don’t mind getting, um, dirty, then bring them!
All I can say is: Stress eating! At least, that’s what will probably happen to me. Heck I probably wont even lose any weight when the baby is born! 😉
Receiving blanket –
Unless you want the standard white blanket with a blue stripe, bring a receiving blanket to wrap your newborn in! Plus, you need to get in some swaddle practice with a pro (your nurse) at your side to give you some tips! Trust me, there are so many more (cute & adorable) options these days!
Going home outfit –
I’m really stressing about this one. I haven’t found the perfect outfit yet, but I’m sure I’ll know it when I see it. You’re going to want to have an outfit reserved just for going home. It’s the one outfit out of MANY that you’ll always remember.
Car seat –
You have to have a car seat in order to go home. Most places wont even let you carry your baby out unless he/she is in a car seat. Make sure the base is properly installed in your car before hand. & make sure you know how to safely fasten your newest addition into the car seat!
I included this item in every section of this list because I think it’s so important to capture all the memories!!
Any experienced mommas out there wanna give their input? Any FTMs wanna tell us what you’re bringing in their hospital bag that I didn’t include? Let us know in the comments!