7 Items for your Go Bag!
As time ticks down closer to your due date, you’re probably in full on nesting mode. Getting everything organized brings a sense of accomplishment and zen to an otherwise uncontrolled situation. I mean, the baby is coming around that 9 month mark, ready or not! Now I’m not a kitchen sink packer, but my husband is. So to avoid carrying a full sized suit case to the hospital, I felt like I needed to pack my bag EARLY. And I’m glad I did! Turns out there are a few essentials that will make your stay with your little one so much more enjoyable, here’s what I packed:
1. BREAST PUMP
If you plan on breast feeding pack this piece of equipment. If you’re like me, you took one look at this thing, named it the angry octopus, and vowed to seek expert help. These experts are at the hospital. Check it out here.
2. PUMP BRA
Again, this seems like a no brainer but it’s invaluable. Of course, you may be trying to breast feed, but if you have an over supply you may have to pump as well. It’s good to get used to this set up while you have help, rather than when you’re home.
Here was my favorite.
Trust me, if you do not have a C-section, you will have very tender lady bits. You will want something cooling and soft to sit on, these are the things.
4. COMFY OUTFIT
Bad news, after birth you’re still going to look 5 months pregnant. No matter what your birth story, the nurses will want you to start walking around so pack something that’s easy to slip on and modest enough to walk the halls. I loved my three piece set from Motherhood Maternity.
5. FAVORITE TOILETRIES
You will eventually be able to take a shower, this is going to fee like HEAVEN. Don’t forget to pack a little bag of your favorite products to make you feel a bit more like a human. I brought: deodorant, dry shampoo, razor, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste and a bit of foundation + mascara. There will be pictures, pack accordingly!
6. YOUR OWN TOWEL + SHOWER SHOES
Again, this showering thing is a big deal! Don’t risk ruining the bliss of a warm shower by worrying about your feet or facing a hideous scratchy towel to dry off with! This may cause you to go up in bag size but it’s totally worth it!
If you have an epidural and you labor for a while, like I did, you will not be allowed to eat. Make sure you pack a few healthy, filling snacks once you’re able to eat. Breastfeeding the baby is going to take a lot out of you, you’ll need to eat often to keep up your supply and your energy. I choose Kind Bars, Peanut butter packets and apples (and a pack of M&Ms because, treat yo’self!)
I’d love to know from other mommas, what were the things you packed in your “go bag”?