I’ve always been a less-is-more kinda girl. I don’t typically carry a purse around with me. I’d rather not bring 10 bags of stuff to the hospital if I don’t have to. Less stuff means less to haul around and keep track of and put away later when I’m tired and sore. Plus, I really don’t want anything of mine getting gross during or after delivery so that makes it a bit easier to narrow the list. I’m not bringing my pillow or blanket or wearing my own clothes while I’m there. And, the hospital will provide the essentials for the baby so I don’t need to bring much for her. They also take care of most of my needs so I only need to bring the things that will “make me comfortable” during my stay. They also provide towels and bedding for Scott, along with drinks & snacks for us and our visitors and all my meals post delivery.
During our tour they suggested bringing 3 bags to the hospital, one for me, one for Scott and one for the baby. Seeing as the baby doesn’t need much I’ll be using one bag for both of us, a backpack for Scott, and one additional bag for all of the tech gear we can’t live without. We also get to take any left-over diapers, formula, medical supplies (and basically anything else that isn’t nailed down) so we’re bringing along an empty bag to stuff all of the extras into on our way out. These lists may change after we have our child birth class in May, but for now I’m planning on the following:
|For the baby:|
- lip balm
- a spare tee-shirt
- full change of clothes
I’m not worried about forgetting anything really, the hospital is 30 minutes from our house . And, it’s not like we’re traveling to another dimension where they don’t have a Walgreens or CVS on every corner. If we leave something behind we can send someone off on an errand – it will give them something to do other than pace the visitors’ lounge.