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Well ladies, I’m officially 36 weeks pregnant! That’s right, it’s almost go time. For those of you who are new to my blog and may not be aware, I’m due to have my second child around March 22nd.
I had my first child (Savannah) on January 15th of last year, 1 day after her due date. So yes, if you do the calculation I will be having 2 kids under 2. They will be about 14 months apart. Am I crazy? Yes.
With that being said, I’m all about being a minimalist this time around when it comes to packing. I overpacked way too much for my first so now that I’m a second time mom I have a better idea for what I’ll need.
And, if you’re a first time expecting mom reading this looking for some guidance then I have 1 major tip for you … ask the hospital what they will provide you and baby with. If the hospital that you’re planning on giving birth at offers a tour for expecting mothers then take it. Ask the tour guide if there’s a list of things that they provide for you and baby.
Luckily for me, the hospital that I delivered at provided almost everything I needed for myself and baby.
Diapers? Yes. Nipple pads? Yes. Swaddle blankets? Yes.
Needless to say, I didn’t need much from home.
I will preface this by saying that I do not intend to breastfeed this time around. Breastfeeding just did not work out for me. So if you’re planning on breastfeeding you may want to bring along a boppy and a few nursing bras along with the following recommendations that I have.
When I realized that I was going to have 2 under 2 I realized that I was going to need a big bag. I had my eye on the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM for quite some time and I decided to finally purchase it before I gave birth. That way, I could use it as a hospital bag and also a diaper bag later on.
I love that this bag is so big. I also purchased a bag organizer from Divide and Conquer on Etsy. The organizer definitely comes in handy for giving the bag shape and organizing all of the small things (well, duh).
I was blessed to have the oh so dreadful back labor with Savannah. Every time I had a contraction it felt like someone was bending my lower spine in half. The uncomfortable hospital bed didn’t make things any better, which is why I’m not leaving my house without my Sunbeam XL heating pad this time. It might also come in handy if it’s cold in the hospital (which it usually always is).
Let’s face it, those hospital gowns suck and they’re down right ugly.I’ll also admit that I feel more “decent” wearing PJs when other people are visiting. The hospital gowns are just too open for me. Which is why I’m bringing my own PJ’s that I purchased from Target. I would suggest finding a pair of PJs that button up in the front if you’re breastfeeding, but also because nurses and doctors are going to be checking you constantly.
I also plan on bringing a few bras with me because, well, I don’t like the puppies hanging out, especially if friends and family are going to be visiting. If you’re planning on breastfeeding then I recommend bringing a couple nursing bras.
I feel like no one warns you about how much fluid and blood comes out of you after birth (sorry, tmi I know). You’ll most likely be provided with mesh underwear after birth, but I’m going to pack some good ole granny panties just in case. You’re going to need them when you go home anyway. I purchased 2 packs of the Fruit of the Loom Women’s Beyond Soft Bikini Panties.
Socks, Slippers and Sandals
Hospitals are frickin’ cold, which is why I’ll be bringing lots of socks and my ugg slippers. I’m also going to bring a pair of sandals to use in the shower (if I’ll be able to take one).
Going Home Outfit
I plan on looking somewhat decent when going home, even if I’m justing going from the hospital, to the car, to my house. A comfy pair of maternity jeans and a long sleeve shirt will do the job.
There are some toiletries that I absolutely know that I’ll need at the hospital. Here’s what I plan on packing in that category:
- Hair brush
- Hair dryer
- Hair ties
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Wash rag
Basically,I’m going to bring with me anything that’s part of my “bare minimum” morning routine.
Yes, makeup. Even if you think that you’re not going to have time to apply it, just bring it. Especially if you’re planning on doing pictures with your new little one. You’ll be surprised that your baby will nap so much that you just might have time to apply it. But, just bring the bare minimum, or what you would do for a “no makeup, makeup” look.
Extra Long Phone Chargers
I also made it a point to purchase these 10 ft long iPhone chargers off of Amazon. It’s great that they come in a 2 pack so my husband and I can both have one. The 10 ft long cords are amazing because as we all know the standard length cords are like being handcuffed to an outlet.
Going Home Outfit for Baby
Notice that I’m only bringing one outfit for baby? Well that’s because the hospital will provide baby with a top and plenty of swaddles to keep her warm and snuggly during her stay. I won’t need to actually dress her until we leave (which is great because I don’t want to worry about the umbilical cord falling off prematurely because of constant changing).
And, that’s seriously the only thing that I am bringing for baby. I know you’re probably shocked. But the hospital provides everything else needed for baby including diapers, wipes, formula, blanket, hat, etc. Like I said earlier, just double check with your hospital first.
And, that’s it! Luckily my husband and I live fairly close to the hospital that I’ll be delivering at so we really don’t need to worry about packing too much for him since he can travel back and forth. But, if you’re not close to the hospital then consider packing clothing and toiletries for Dad.
Is there anything that you think I missed? Let me know in the comments below!