“Is your hospital bag packed?”
That’s what everyone asked me in the final trimester of my first pregnancy. I almost always answered, “partly.” I said that because my bag was partly packed and partly because I had no idea what to put in there!?!
For my second pregnancy, I knew what I needed/wanted:
- Bikini Top [for laboring in the tub]
- Nursing nightgown
- Nursing bra
- Underwear (one size up) or Mesh Underwear
- Lansinoh cream
- nursing pads
- 2-3 aden + anais Receiving Blankets
- A onesie or footsie for baby to wear home
- A comfortable, loose-fitting outfit for me to wear home
- Snacks for post-delivery
- A towel/pad to sit on in the car on the way home
- Digital Camera
I could have packed all of those items myself, but this time around I was fortunate to have a LaborKit, a pre-packed hospital bag with all kinds of birth and recovery essentials (including 6 of the above-mentioned items).
The LaborKit ($99) includes “premium items that are non-toxic, organic, environmentally friendly, or reusable.” New moms will especially appreciate the washable nursing pads, nipple butter, ice packs, and snack bar. I would also recommend the addition of ballet slippers, a comfy nursing nightgown, and more snacks (having a baby can make a girl hungry!).
All in all, the LaborKit helps provide peace of mind for new mothers and I love that they’ve updated their kit in recent years to be more eco-friendly.