Getting Real with Kira Hazledine
So, I’ve been nesting for several weeks now. The birth of my second child is coming closer (yay!) and I’m happy to be way better prepared than I was with my first. Poor first kids. They really get the short end of the stick, don’t they? I discovered very quickly how under-prepared I was in the hospital for the birth of my first child, and I want things to go differently this time. There are a million lists of what you should be packing in your hospital bag, but this is what you’ll actually need.
Toiletries – Yes. Bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, and some shower gel and shampoo if you want to feel refreshed after the grueling process of childbirth. Hospitals do have a dispenser of “this will clean everything,” but it leaves something to be desired. 2 stars.
Chapstick – I don’t know why I didn’t think to bring this, but trust me, I wanted it.
Snacks – Hospital food gets 2 stars on a good day, so bring some snacks to refuel your energy. You’re going to need it, because it won’t be long before the hospital shoos you out the door to make room for the next pregnant lady.
Robe or Nightgown – The hospital attire is not glamorous, and although I didn’t care about hanging out practically naked among the nurses, you might. If you don’t want your goodies hanging out, bring something of your own that you can be comfortable in while stuck in the hospital bed.
Underwear – I happen to love the mesh panties, but some women would rather go without. Bring some with you, and make sure you don’t care if they are soiled by witch hazel pads and the blood of your ancestors.
Clothes for All – I thought I packed some spare clothes for my husband, but it turns out I didn’t. My parents more than likely brought some. So, make sure you pack something for everyone, because I also forgot enough clothes for my newborn. What I did have was a comfy set of yoga pants and an over-sized shirt but be mindful; You might need an outfit appropriate for a c-section scar, which I hadn’t considered.
Something to Do – You might be in it for the long haul. Bring a playlist, a book, or a deck of cards if that will keep you entertained. WiFi isn’t great in every hospital, and you might have a husband like mine that is dominating the TV with WWE.
Car Seat – Yeah, you can’t take your baby home without one. This is a must-have, so come prepared.
This is only a short list, but for me, these are the essentials. Everyone’s list will include a few personal additions, based on whether you plan to breastfeed or if you have a special outfit for your newborn to come home in. This list also doesn’t consider additional comforts you might need for anxiety or general well-being. Just don’t over pack, because this isn’t a luxury spa. Things are about to get down and dirty, and when in labor, you won’t have time for nonsense.