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The biggest mistake I made when I packed for the hospital was that I must have assumed I was going to the Ritz Carlton. I packed literally my entire house including such laughable items as a straightening iron and my lululemon yoga pants. Boy did reality really hit hard after I gave birth. The last thing I wanted to do was, well….anything! Reflecting on my 3 day hospital stay I realized that there was little to nothing that I used from my hospital bag. The items I did however use were vital.
Today I am sharing with you my top 5 hospital bag essentials that you will actually use. Here are the items in no particular order:
- A good camera. I emphasize good. We purposefully bought a new Canon EOS 70D, it was an extravagant purchase but Amazon was running an amazing sale at the time which included a photo ink jet printer, a camera bag a $200 rebate. We couldn’t refuse. In fact we were even able to resell the printer on Craigslist for $150 since we didn’t need it. Make sure to always check for deals on camera’s. They run quite often, especially during the holidays. The camera was necessary because we were able to capture the first moments of Morgans life without worrying about the camera malfunctioning or not saving the images properly. Hospitals often tend to have quite unnatural light, either too bright or way too dark. A good camera has settings that can be adjusted to fit any of your lighting needs.
- A comfortable robe. My sister gifted me a really cute hospital gown but in reality unless you are ready to buy 5 or 6 gowns, don’t bother bringing one. To save the gory details it will get dirty. So dirty that you won’t want to wash it. You will just want to throw it away. You will however use a robe, you are encouraged to take several walks during your recovery time. I doubt you will want to walk down the cold hospital halls in your hospital gown, instead opt for a super plush robe.
- Versatile slippers. Get slippers that you will want to wear more than once. I also recommend close toed slippers if you are clumsy like me and tend to bump into everything. The closed toes will add extra protection. Another important factor in considering slippers is to ensure they are slip proof. Hospital floors are super slick, I was slipping and sliding around when I was just wearing socks.
- Boppy Nursing Pillow. This is something that will come in handy if you are choosing to nurse. The Boppy allows you to hold the baby in the perfect position(s) to be able to feed without straining your arms. It will start your breastfeeding journey off on the right foot.
- Pineapple Juice. I bet this comes as a surprise to most of you, but pineapple juice is a known breastfeeding promoter. It is also said to assist with blocked milk ducts and engorgement. Lastly it is way more nutritious than the syrupy apple juice or cranberry juice they provide in the hospital.
Hope this list of items comes in handy when you are packing your hospital bag. Don’t over pack like I did, really think about how you will use each and every item you take.