Since my last birth was in a hospital and this birth will be too, I am a little more prepared this time around for what exactly I will need for the big birth-day. This guide also works for whichever type of birth you are preparing for: homebirth, birth center birth, or hospital birth. Here are my list of essentials that I would recommend to any pregnant mama.
THINK OF WHAT WOULD BE MOST COMFORTING AND MAKE YOU FEEL MOST LIKE YOURSELF AFTER THE MARATHON OF BIRTH. HOSPITAL AIR IS OFTEN VERY DRY, SO PACKING MOISTURIZING ITEMS IS SUPER IMPORTANT.
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
- Body lotion or oil (I plan to bring jojoba oil) and a rich lip balm or salve (I packed Egyptian Magic Cream)
- A mini makeup kit of basics (I'm packing Glossier Skin Tint, mascara, bronzer, Glossier boy brow, and a high-coverage concealer)
- Bottom spray (I prefer to bring my own, rather than use the Dermoplast spray the hospitals use) for cooling/ healing after a vaginal birth
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap, comb
- Face cleanser, micellar water, cotton pads, eye cream, face cream
DARK, COMFORTABLE, LOOSE CLOTHING THAT WILL MAKE GETTING IN AND OUT OF A HOSPITAL BED EASIER, NURSING POSSIBLE, AND WITH MINIMAL WORRIES ABOUT STAINS, ETC.
EXTRAS THAT MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE DURING AND AFTER LABOR.
- Essential oils for aromatherapy and pressure points (I stowed away Lavender, Frankincense, and Peppermint)
- Essential oil diffuser
- Camera, phone charger
- Nursing pads, Medela SoftShells (relieves the skin from pressing against fabric in between feedings), Nipple Balm
- Overnight pads (my favorite brand is Seventh Generation because they do not use bleach)
- MomWasher (a more ergonomic peri spray bottle-- just trust me on this one)
- Snoogle pregnancy pillow (because hospital beds need all the help they can get) & travel case
HOSPITAL FOOD IS ALWAYS IFFY AT BEST, AND THOUGH THEY OFFERED AN ENDLESS SUPPLY OF CRANBERRY "JUICE" CUPS AND VENDING MACHINE FOOD, NOTHING CAN SUBSTITUTE SNACKS YOU REALLY LOVE. PLUS, SOMETIMES THE KITCHEN IS CLOSED WHEN BABY IS BORN!
- Protein (I packed canned salmon, but beef jerky or tuna in olive oil could work too)
- Chocolate (bring your favorite! Mine is Belvas Raw dark chocolate from Whole Foods)
- Chips (I packed plantain and sweet potato chips)
- Dried fruit (my favorite at the moment are Raw Goji Berries) or your favorite snack bars
- Nuts (I don't tolerate regular nuts, but Tigernuts are almost the same!)
- Bulletproof Coffee Supplies (Mini French Press, Bulletproof Coffee, Brain Octane Oil, Ghee travel packs, electric frother)
- Electrolyte-rich drink to hydrate right after birth (I'm packing Bulletproof FatWater)
- Tea (I packed my favorite Tazo Spicy Ginger)
- Olive snack packs (a good source of healthy fats)
BABY WILL HAVE ACCESS TO ALMOST EVERYTHING THEY NEED (EVEN CLOTHES AND BLANKETS) BUT IT'S NICE TO HAVE A FEW ITEMS THAT ARE YOURS.
- Newborn diapers (a small pack) in case you don't want a generic brand and wipes
- A few hats or beanies (I love H&M Baby, BabyGap, and Baby H Boutique -- my sister's Etsy shop)
- A swaddle blanket (also works for covering while nursing)
- The famous "going home" outfit (something comfortable and simple)
- If it's cold out: a zippered bunting and carseat cover like this or this
- A safe carseat (I love our UppaBaby Mesa) with a thicker blanket to put over their feet while they ride home
- Socks (1-2 pairs)
- Mild baby soap (I packed a travel-size Dr. Bronner's castile soap) and lotion
- Nail scissors (nail care is considered cosmetic, so pack these if you have a longer stay such as a C-section or time in the NICU)
If you are preparing for your baby's birth, I hope you found this roundup useful! The products I listed are truly my favorites, and I know having them on hand will make this second birth a much smoother, more comfortable experience for me and my family. Know a mama about to give birth? Share this with her, and I'm sure she will thank you!