So you're pregnant and you're looking up lists
of things not to forget to bring to the hospital for the big event. But they
all seem to have the same items. That's great and everything, and you should
probably bring most of those things, but I wanted to share a few unconventional
items to pack in your bag that I was glad (or wished) I had. So here they are:
A few less common things, that you maybe haven't thought of.
moment when you get to change out of that damn hospital gown and into your own
clothes is heavenly. And you might not want to put on the clothes that you
arrived in, for obvious reasons. Be sure to pack the right outfit to make you
feel and look good! Also, remember that comfort is key. You just gave birth so
you want to feel as good as humanly possible. You deserve at least that.
2. Your own pillow.
Again, it's all about
comfort, and those hospital pillows leave much to be desired. With your own,
it's like bringing a little piece of your comfortable home into your hospital
bed and makes a world of difference. It is an easy oversight, since hospitals
surely have pillows, but there's something about your pillow that makes your stay a little easier.
3. Dry shampoo.
You might not feel up to
showering in the communal shower down the hall in the hospital, but you'll
definitely want to freshen up. Bring some dry shampoo and a hairbrush and fake
the clean hair look! Fake it 'til you make it, is what I say.
4. Organic products.
If you intend on putting
your baby in all organic items, like diapers and wipes, you probably won't find
any in the hospital! If this is you, make sure you come prepared with what you
plan to use on your sweet baby.
5. White noise app.
If you're in your room
alone, this is a great tool to use for you and for baby. You'll love it because
it'll drain out the rest of the hospital noise, and Baby loves it because it
mimics the sound of the womb that he has just spent nine months in. Bonus: You
can download a white noise app to your phone for free!
For those of us who wish we could have
a soundtrack to our lives, this is a great time to get just that. You can curate
the perfect playlist and include songs that calm you down (for those super
tough contractions), some fun, upbeat ones (for when you feel like screaming)
and some that make you smile—because you won't be. Not until you see that
precious baby of yours.
Because labor is going
to turn you into a beast who will want to devour whatever you can get your
hands on- as well you should! You just birthed a human! But the hospital food
can leave something to be desired. So pack your favorite foods, and the most
devilishly delicious treats. Nothing is off limits.