Okay, I am preparing both mentally and physically for this baby number 2 to come into our lives and create havoc out of our otherwise serene family environment. In doing so, I realized I completely forgot most things in the last two years about what the hell I am doing and what a newborn even needs. How does labor work again? How far apart are contractions before I go to the hospital? What do I pack??? So I looked back a bit into my notes from last time and decided to post this list in the rare case that I may decide 2 years from now to have a baby number 3, if number 2 is a perfect dreamboat. What are the chances?
So, without further ado, here is my ultimate hospital packing list for labor:
During Labor: (For both at home and in the hospital)
- Red Raspberry Tea
- Hot Water Bottle or Heating Pad (The hot water bottles with a knit sweater are amazing and so comforting, found mine on Etsy)
- Birthing Ball (Basically an air filled exercise ball)
- Small bottle massage oil (Coconut or almond) for husband to use on you if you need it. Great for back labor.
- Lip Soother (I say this because the word chapstick makes me cringe. Chapstick is sooo not good for your lips, so bring Vaseline or Rosebud Salve or Aquaphor.)
- Labor Aide, Emergen-C or Coconut Water (You need to keep hydrated with electrolytes and have energy. Other drinks have bad ingredients so try these, much better. Labor Aide is a homemade electrolyte recipe:
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt or regular sea salt
- 1/4 cup raw honey (or more to taste)
- Pillow from home
- Peppermints or Peppermint Oil
- Aromatherapy Sprays (Make your own with water and essential oil. Pick your favorite scents. Lavender for calmness, Eucalyptus for deep breathing, Lemon for nausea and any others you may love.)
- Ipod with labor soundtracks (Very wide array of music, from Bob Marley to Buddhist Chants to Wave Sounds). Bring headphones and Speakers, headphones might be better for keeping the hospital blocked out and helping you concentrate.
- Birth Plan
- Camera and Video Camera: Fully charged
- Personal hospital gown, dark color. The one they give you is impersonal and scratchy and yucky. I got a black super soft nighty from Target and am going to use it again I loved it so much. It was very stretchy so I could pull it down when Jack was born and easily be skin on skin.
- Warm socks
- Toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, glasses, contacts, contact solution, hairbrush, travel shampoo and conditioner, soap.
- Extra Large Maxi Pads (the ones at the hospital are not great. Plus you need some for when you get home.
- Arnica Tablets (This stuff is amazing, you can get it at any natural foods store and it drastically decreases the bruising and swelling after you have gone through labor) I took TONS literally immediately after Jack came.
- Slippers, Robe, Nursing tops, Grandma underwear, Pajamas
- Extra Pillow Case and Pillow for Hubby
- Extra Coconut Water and Healthy Snacks
- Small Ice box (Only if you are getting your placenta encapsulated)
- Cord Blood Kit (Only if you are banking your baby’s cord blood)
- A few changes of clothes
- Burp Cloths
- Blanket or Swaddle
Surprisingly your baby won’t need much besides you and your breasts. I found that I used almost nothing I packed for my baby last time, but a few things are always good. If I forgot something, let me know! Love improving!