What’s in my hospital bag?

It’s that time! Packing for the hospital! Woo hoo! This is now the fourth time we are doing this, and I still feel like i’m forgetting something!

I’ll start with my Mommy bag that I had made …because mommies need new stuff too, right?

This time around, Always Discreet, Incontinence Underwear for Women, Maximum Classic Cut, Small/Medium, 32 count came recommended. Here’s to hoping there is no shame in my diaper game! Haha! I feel like it’s worth a shot because who really loves those 12 foot long pads they give you at the hospital? Not it!  I always pack travel size shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and toothpaste simply because I can pack it ahead of time without having to grab it on the way out the door. The same goes for a toothbrush, loofah, and make up. I never pack much make up…. just foundation, mascara and blush. Just enough to feel like my face isn’t naked.

For clothes for myself, I like to have loose clothing. Pack a few pair of panties, whatever kind of bra you’re most comfortable with (nursing bra, sports bra, regular bra… keeping in mind you’ll most likely have visitors) and a good pair of house shoes!  I also love a good robe! So easy to slip on and off and when I got this robe as a gift I was so excited! I think it’s from Etsy!

 

You’ll also need cash/change for vending machine purchases, snacks for your hospital room, any electronic chargers, and as a nice gesture we like to provide snacks/candy for the staff members as they’re coming in and out of our room. My pain management is in their hands, so I certain don’t want them to be hangry 😉

As for the baby bag, I got this Ju-Ju-Be Collection Be Right Back Backpack Diaper Bag, East Hampton, Coastal as a baby gift and I love it! So many pockets, yet lightweight.

When it comes to diapers don’t pack too many. The hospital will provide those. However, for knowledge sake, with previous babies i’ve had the best luck with Up & Up Diapers (Size 2 (37 Count) 12-18 lbs)Huggies Little Snugglers Baby Diapers, Size Newborn, 88 Count (Packaging May Vary) or The Honest Company – Eco-Friendly and Premium Disposable Diapers – Giraffe, Newborn Size (<10lbs.) 40 Ct. I love them all for different reason’s. We’ve never had a leak with the target diapers, they’re soft, affordable, and this year they have a new whale pattern! 🙂 Honest diapers are obviously adorable and soft. They’re a little on the expensive side and for whatever reason, the newborn size don’t have an umbilical cord cut out, so keep those things in mind when purchasing! Huggies have been great for us too! Soft, no leaks, and semi-affordable. I wish they’d do more patterns than the mickey mouse, but we’ll take what we can get! My favorite wipes are easily the Pampers Sensitive Wipes Travel Pack 56 Count (Pack of 4). These wipes are SO soft, and don’t have a super strong scent which is nice. Beckett had sensitive skin and thus, we found these and never looked back.

Much to my dismay, Beckett wouldn’t take a paci!  Griffen and Collier both loved  MAM Newborn Start Orthodontic Pacifier, Boy, 0+ Months, 2-Count (and mommy loves the cute designs of them. 🙂 ) At first I had a hard time finding paci clips that would go with the MAMs until I discovered 5 MAM Ring Button Style Pacifier Adapter (clear) – by i Craft for Less. They’re awesome! You just slip the rubber circle part around the paci and pretty much any clip will then attach!

For feeding, breastfeeding didn’t come natural for me. I went through 100 different formulas with Griffen before discovering Enfamil Gentlease Baby Formula – Powder – 21.5 oz – 4 pk. (I also use the off brand, doesn’t matter which brand as long as it says “as compared to enfamil gentlease” on the container.) My pediatrician said that the off brands go through the same testing as name brand and my boys never acted any different when switching between off brands and name brand. You’re the mommy, go with whatever you decide! Side note: If you can breast feed, I think that’s great. If you can’t… that’s great too. No judging either way here 😉 For bottles Collier was actually the picky one. We couldn’t do anything but Dr Brown’s or he would scream with gas. Dr. Brown’s Original Wide-Neck Bottle, 8 Ounce, 3-Pack were my favorite because the wide-neck made it easier to pour the formula in.  Whether breast feeding or not, this Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner – Bare Naked is great to have! Once my babies could hold their own bottles, I would lay them in this on the floor and let them eat. This way their head was still elevated and I didn’t worry about the fluid affecting their ears. Another thing worth mentioning, while it’s not technically “in my hospital bag” is this Baby Brezza Formula Pro One Step Food Maker… literally worth every penny. Makes the bottles warm, quickly, and with the touch of a button. You do have to make sure and clean it every night but i’m telling you… lifesaver for formula moms!

My mother in law made some baby gowns, and I had the vinyl done by the same place that I got the bag! Etsy shops are another cute place to find baby outfits.  All of my babies came home from the hospital in a single initial gown, so of course Lincoln has to also 🙂 For those times when the newborn outfit doesn’t have the built in mittens, these Carter’s Baby 3-Pack Mittens Set are great to have to avoid the baby scratching themselves!

I personally liked to have a few swaddling blankets, any “special blanket” you want them to have, and some burp clothes in the bag just in case. How adorable is that little fox lovey? And the aden + anais silky soft swaddle 3 pack, indigo are seriously soft!

Once it’s time to head home, we’ll be loading little Lincoln up in this Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Car Seat with adjustable base, Tenley (ours is a slightly different print, and called accel) I have been so impressed with Graco’s customer service, safety reviews, and durability! My infant Graco seat that I used with the other boys expired this June, so Lincoln got one of his very own! We plan to use this  MUMSON Baby Car Seat Cover Canopy and Nursing Cover Multi-use Stretchy 3 in 1 B&W Signature Stripes as the carseat cover. It’s also new to this baby so I can’t wait to try it out! I love that it’s multi purpose!

And we won’t forget to take our hospital door hanger back home with us to join Lincoln in his nursery! 🙂

Whether you’ve gained good knowledge from this post, or just enjoyed seeing all the cute baby items… i’m glad you stopped by! Maybe, just maybe, my next post will have pictures of our newest addition! It’s almost time!

Rachel Coney Photography, of course 😉 You can also check out her blog here.

 

Enough.

Whew! It’s been awhile since I’ve been back to write! The truth is, I’ve been struggling lately. I’m sure i’m not alone. It’s so hard to juggle all the things life requires of us. It’s hard to feel like i’m being enough for everyone who needs me. In the song “O Come to the Altar” it ask “Have you come to the end of yourself? Do you thirst for a drink from the well?” Yes! Then it says “Jesus is calling, O come to the Altar, the Father’s arms are open wide.” I think that’s exactly my problem. I haven’t been going to the well. How can I give to others if i’m not taking time for myself? If my cup is empty, how can I pour into others? Sometimes as moms, we have to remember to take time out to recharge. Not just physical time out, but mental and spiritual as well. Our Father’s arms are open wide to embrace us! Our spiritual health directly correlates with our attitude, and honestly my attitude lately has been rough. When we aren’t going to the Father to be fed, we aren’t feeding others well. So tonight I challenge you (and me) to head to the well. Spend time alone in prayer, asking God to remind you that you are enough. That he chose you to be those kid’s mommy, that man’s wife, in that position at work. Whatever it is that you’re feeling not enough for, you are. Sometimes we just need a little time out to be refreshed and tackle the day!

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35

PS: I haven’t forgotten about my “What’s in my hospital bag?” post! Stay tuned for that, and as always, thanks for reading!