Well, this weekend I finally stopped being so darn stubborn and packed the silly thing. Since I am officially 9 months pregnant, it was time, right? I wanted to be careful not to bring everything but the kitchen sink. Whatever I pack, I have to unpack when I get home with a newborn, so I went the minimalist route. My twin sister is also a postpartum nurse and just had my nephew in September, so she gave me the rundown of what I absolutely needed and what the hospital provided.
So, here's what made the list (or bag, in this case)!
Going home outfit- my son will be going home in the same outfit his 5 month old cousin went home in. It's a sweet little footie outfit that says "Welcome to the world".
Mittens- something to protect his face from those razor sharp fingernails!
Baby book- for his little foot and handprint. Writing in it will also give me something to do if labor takes a sweet forever!
Phone and charger
Laptop and charger
Vaseline- I use this every night to prevent chapped lips
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Face wash/body wash/shampoo- I think it will be nice to have my own stuff
Nursing tank top
WHAT DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST AND WHY:
Baby blankets- I hear the hospital's blankets are just fine, so that's what we will use while at the hospital.
Baby clothes- Other than an outfit to go home in, he can just wear the little hospital t-shirts while we are there. He will be swaddled 99% of the time anyway, so no use dragging his entire wardrobe to the hospital.
Breast pump- I highly doubt I will have to pump in the hospital, but if I end up staying that long or needing to for another reason, someone can run home and grab it for me.
Mama friends, I would love to hear any suggestions you have for packing the hospital bag! Did I forget anything big? Unfortunately the hospital said I can't pack Jenny... that was a bummer! ;)