BABY ESSENTIALS PART 1 | Giving Birth: What should be in your hospital bag?
I’ve already given birth three times and all are via emergency CS. Zela and Zed are too excited to see the outside world that they both came out two weeks before due date. None of us expected this so my husband Bryce ended up rushing in packing our hospital stuff.
Here are some ways that we can suggest to ensure panic packing does not happen to you. In order to make sure that you are prepared enough for your baby’s grand arrival, we highly recommend that you start packing at least three weeks before your due date. These are the things that we have proven essential based on the three birthings we’ve had in the past 5 years.
- Breastfeeding cover
- 5-10 pcs. of adult disposable diapers
- Surgical Binder – this is needed when you undergo C-Section. But if you won’t, the binder can help shape your body back to your prenatal figure
- 1-2pcs Bath Towel for mom’s use
- Your ultrasound and other laboratory records
I also encourage you to bring the following:
- Massage Oil, Electric Water Heater, and Hotpack – in most cases, breastmilk does not come out immediately after giving birth so you will need to do hot compress followed by lactation massage. Check out this video on how we did one when I gave birth to Zed. This method really helped us increase my breastmilk supply.
For your baby:
- Receiving Blankets : 2 pcs
- Mittens: 2-5 sets
- Socks or Booties : 2-5 sets (I actually prefer socks more than booties as babies can use it from 0-6 months, or even more depending on how stretchable the socks are)
- Beanies a.k.a. Bonnet: 2-3 pcs
- Short-sleeved tie-sides : 3 pcs
- Long-sleeved tie-sides : 3 pcs
- Sleeveless tie-sides : 3 pcs
- Pajamas : 2-3 pcs
- 1 bag of cotton balls – sometimes hospitals provide this but better be ready in case they won’t
- 1 small pack of baby wipes
- 1 small bottle of mild baby wash (I recommend Sacred, Baby Dove or Babyflo Soap-free bath)
For your guardian/companion:
- Snacks: It will be cheaper to bring food from the grocery instead of ordering food via delivery services.
- His phone and charger
- Camera and Charger
- Extra pillow and blankets
- Foldable beddings
Since there is a lot to bring, better choose a hospital bag that has enough room for all these things. Believe me, you will need a luggage plus extra diaper bags! One bag may not be enough. All of us pray for a quick stay at the hospital but in some cases, you will need to extend your stay due to a number of reasons. So, I recommend being more than prepared. My husband and I prefer any of the following bags for this purpose:
- Wallaby Mommy Bag – This bag is known for having lots of compartments and roomy space that can carry most of the mom and baby essentials. It also comes with a cooler bag which has a dedicated compartment inside the bag too.
Once you’ve packed all these, you’re ready to go! 🙂
Omni Amisola-Larrosa is the wife of Bryce, an outstanding speaker & people builder, a mother of 3 wonderful kids named Zia, Zela & Zed, and a recipient of the 12th Mansmith Young Market Masters Award (Mansmith YMMA) for 2017, an advocacy project that seeks and recognizes young outstanding marketers and entrepreneurs. Omni seeks to outperform herself by being the best wife to Bryce and the mom to #TheClingySibz, while inspiring other moms in maintaining a good work and family life balance.