There are way too many “must haves” in my hospital bag to have been able to get it all featured in one blog post, so here is my part two…along with a few bonus tips that I think work for both c-section and natural delivery mamas.
By the way, can you guys believe this little guy is coming in less than 24 hours!!!! OH MA GAWD!
The Josefina Bag: I am obsessed with this bag….obsessed. Its made of super soft beautiful leather leather, large enough to be used as an overnight bag and has a removable insert to make it the best darned diaper bag out there. I so wish something like this existed when I had Johannes but what can you do. You can monogram it with your favourite initials if you wish, but the great thing about it, is that it doesn’t look like a diaper bag and once your babe is grown up you just take out the compartment insert and use it as your day to day bag. GENIUS!!!!
The Soothies: If you’re hoping to breastfeed and haven’t done it before, consider this me being your best friend when I tell you, it HURTS. Hurts really bad, especially at first, and especially if your baby isn’t latching properly. When I had Johannes there was blood, so much cracking and so on. I tried a million natural creams and “remedies” and none of them worked. So with Magnus I was much smarter and just used the heavy duty stuff right off the bat, including these soothies. A few brands make them, you can put them in the fridge to keep them cool. They help the burning sensation a million percent.
The Yummy Hand Cream: Hospitals are dry, and after you deliver as your milk is coming in, your skin will get very dry, especially on your hands. Having soothing hand cream with you is a great idea. I’m currently obsessed with this Orange Blossom one from Leaves of Trees, but you can always just pack your own fave.
The Lanolin Cream: Pack this along side the soothies. Yes its Lanolin, no its not natural, no your baby won’t die if you use it to soothe and don’t wipe it all off completely. Survival mode is where its at those first few weeks you guys…survival. Do what you need to do to be as comfortable as possible.
A Hat: Because your dry shampoo will only really work for so long, and at some point you need to cover your greasy roots. And you never know how long you will be in the hospital for.
The Dwell and Slumber Gown: YOU NEED THIS. A loose, button front dress that you can be comfy in. Everything will be loose, your body won’t be comfortable regardless what kind of birth you’ve had, so something you can lounge in is key.