Here's the complete list of what I packed in my labor bag for the birth center - including what I did and didn't end up using.
I started with an awesome pre-packed labor bag by Duffle Your Bag. It was a wonderful luxury and provided me with a fantastic place to pack all of my labor/recover essentials.
Inside the sturdy and spacious canvas bag were these items:
I also added a few things of my own to the bag:
Overall, I felt super happy with my packed bag. The Duffle Your Bag provided a great starting place...and then I supplemented with other items I knew I would want.
My recommendation to Duffle Your Bag would be to swap out the shower cap, baby blanket, and/or address book for nursing pads or lanolin instead. Also, itty bitty baby mittens would be more useful than a stuffed bunny (though he was cute!).
If I ever give birth again (we'll see!), I recommend to myself to also pack a pair of super stretchy yoga/sweat pants and...more mints!
What did YOU pack in your labor bag? What would you consider to be essential/non-essential?
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* Thanks to Duffle Your Bag for providing two bags – one for review and one for this giveaway.
*UPDATE* The winner is #26 Ashley. Congratulations!