As I mentioned in my first post, I planned to revisit my hospital bag posts and discuss what I used, what I didn’t and what I wish I had brought. Today i am revisiting my post labor bag.
For our post delivery bag, I chose a large duffle bag that would fit both of our things with some room to spare. I got the duffle bag at Walmart for $14.88, so a total score. I thought that a back pack was too causal and a suit case was too formal. I did assume that we would be at the hospital for about 3 days.
For Both Of Us:
Our labor bag will be brought with us to the postpartum floor, as we should still need most of the stuff that was in it (power cords and other electronic devices).
1. Toiletries: My husband, Luke and I each have a small bag with toiletries. I have shampoo, body wash, a scrubby, lotion, deodorant, hairbrush, extra ponytail holders, toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, moisturizer and chapstick. For my husband I packed body wash, a scrubby, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, fingernail clippers (he has a fascination with his nails for some reason) and qtips. For Luke I have small sample bottles of lotion and baby soap, a small washcloth and baby oil.
I only used a handful of toiletries during my hospital stay, and most were supplied by the hospital. I used shampoo, body wash, my scrubby, hairbrush, tooth brush, and tooth paste. My husband and Luke didn’t use any of the stuff in their toiletry bags. Luke only took one bath in the nursery and my husband went home to shower.
For My Husband:
Remember when I said my husband likes to be prepared? He was in charge of getting his own clothes for the bag.
1. Multiple outfits – At last count there are 5 shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, a pair of sweatpants (maybe 2), socks and underwear.
Of all the clothes my husband packed, he mainly stayed in his sweats and changed shirts twice. He also grabbed a sweater from home because our room was pretty cold.
2. Going home outfit – This sounds a bit crazy, but Ronny has a shirt with Darth Vader on it that says “I am your father.” He also has a pair of white shorts with grey plaid. Luke has a very similar pair of shorts and I made him a shirt that says, “the force is strong with this one,” so they are going to match-ish when we leave the hospital.
He wore this from the hospital
I am more of a minimalist when it comes to packing. Whatever you take with you has to come back home and be put away. My plan is to wear the hospital gowns while I am in the hospital so I don’t ruin my own clothes and won’t have to wash, dry and put them away. I also plan to wear the mesh undies (I personally love them) and gigantic pads, so I don’t have to bring any undies or pads with me. Hopefully I can take quite a few of the undies and pads home with me too.
I really stuck to this plan and wore very little of my own clothes at the hospital. They kept giving me mesh panties and gowns when I leaked through.
1. Pajamas- I didn’t plan to pack these originally, but I chose to bring along a nightgown I got as a joke during my bachelorette party that is very large and comfy, as well as a smaller butterfly nightgown that has easy access to my boobs. I don’t know if I will wear either of them, but thought it would be nice to have my own nightgown to sleep in. .
I did wear the larger night gown the second day we were in the hospital. I had bled through the hospital gown and visitors were on the way up. The butterfly gown never left the bag.
2. Bathrobe – again, not something I for sure think I need but I liked the option of having something familiar covering my behind.
I didn’t even use my bathrobe. If I was leaving the room I put a second hospital gown on in reverse.
3. Going home outfit – For my going home outfit I chose a loose fitting skirt that I have worn throughout my pregnancy and a black maternity tank top. I’ll kind of match my boys, but with a more female twist on things.
4. Undies – I only packed 1 pair of undies……to come home in. After my reproductive surgery last April, I discovered that the mesh undies are quite comfortable. I am going to wear them in the hospital with the maxi pads they provide, and hope to be able to bring quite a few pairs home with me.
These I did wear as we were leaving the hospital, but came off the moment we walked in the front door.
5. Nursing bra – I packed 1 nursing/sleeping bra to wear after the baby comes. I had to get a size medium to fit me now, but I think it should have enough extra room to handle growing boobs post delivery.
6. Nursing Pads – this is something that I think the hospital provides, but couldn’t find any concrete information on that. I would hate to be leaking all over the place so I threw in a few pairs of disposable nursing pads just in case.
I didn’t use either of these. My milk didn’t come in until a week after delivery and I didn’t leak or anything before then.
7. Slippers – Again, not too fond of walking around the hospital barefoot.
I did wear my slippers once, but the majority of time I walked around in the no slip socks provided.
8. Dermaplast spray – I have heard that this miracle spray prevents burning while peeing in the event that I tear or have a episiotomy.
The hospital gave me a can of this , but I only used it once due to breaking out in hives .