10 Essentials That You MUST Pack In Your Hospital Bag.

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If you’re in your third trimester, you’re probably thinking of packing a hospital bag. If you’re about 34-36 weeks pregnant, it’s a good idea to start putting together things and packing your hospital bag in order to have a pleasant and stress-free stay at your time in the hospital.

Here’s what we think is super-important to pack:

  1. Nursing Bras: This is probably the most important thing you need if you’re going to be breastfeeding your baby. Nursing bras feature cups that clip-down, fold-down, or pull aside for quick one-handed, access. It’s so important to invest in quality nursing bras that are designed to work with your body, and not against it. The right kind of support.

  2. Nursing pillows: This is another absolute must-have if you’re going to be breastfeeding. During the first few months of your pregnancy your baby will be feeding a lot (6-10 times a day) and the feeds can take anywhere between 20-60 minutes, so it’s so important to be comfortable. It’s easy to hurt your back and neck when you’re feeding and that’s the last thing you want when you’ve just become a new mum! A pillow ensures that your baby is at the right height for your breast, so your shoulders don’t do the work for you. Your back is supported, and your shoulders and neck can relax.

  3. Towels and burp cloths: This one is a no-brainer! Sometimes, burp cloths are just not enough, and it’s always a good idea to have a couple of towels in handy, for times when you feel like a burp-cloth is just too small. Some hospitals don’t provide towels so it’s important to pack a couple of towels that are soft and gentle on your baby’s skin.

  4. Baby clothes: We recommend packing at least 2-3 sets of clothes for your baby that’s easy to put on and remove and something that’s comfortable for your baby (jumpsuits, rompers, onesies, etc).  We don’t recommend clothes with embellishments or anything that could hurt your baby’s sensitive skin. It’s also important to choose fabrics that are natural. We highly recommend our organic cotton baby rompers.

  5. Lactation Massager: This is something that a lot of people don’t think of packing, but it can really come in handy and you’ll thank yourself you packed it. It can help with some of the challenges that come with breastfeeding. A lactation massager helps relieve plugged ducts, prevent mastitis, improve milk flow, increase output, have a faster letdown, and empty the breast more effectively. It makes your breastfeeding experience easy and pain-free. Here’s an awesome lactation massager that you’d want to get your hands on, if you haven’t invested in one already.

  6. Baby wraps or swaddles: A swaddle helps your baby feel safe and secure as he/ she adjusts to life outside the womb. It also keeps your baby cozy, warm and comfortable. It’s important to buy swaddles that are comfortable, easy to use, and are gentle on your baby’s skin.

  7. Breast pads: Nursing pads or breast pads are a very useful and essential breastfeeding accessory. Placed into a regular or a nursing bra, they can absorb breast milk from leaking breasts to help prevent embarrassment, and protect your clothing from stains. We suggest investing in reusable nursing pads since these are gentle on your skin and on the environment! 

  8. Comfortable clothes for you to wear: We suggest bringing clothes that are comfortable and preferably with short sleeves since it'll be easier to check your blood pressure or hook you up to the IV. Also, pack a nightgown or a loose-fitting dress that opens up in the front to make breastfeeding easier. Don’t forget to pack a robe, slippers, and socks if your feet get cold easily. 

  9. Comfortable underwear: We suggest packing several pairs of cotton, high- waisted comfortable undies since things can get messy. In fact, these undies are going to be your best friend for a long time.

  10. Things to make you feel good and relax: Giving birth is a beautiful experience, but it can also be stressful. It’s a good idea to pack things that will make your stay at the hospital that will help you relax. It could be your favorite pillow, a bottle of your favorite essential oil, your go-to snacks, etc.

Going to the hospital to give birth is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever experience, which is why having a well-packed hospital bag is super important. We hope this blog-post helped you. 

Remember to enjoy your pregnancy period and don’t over-pack! Here’s a collection of essential things to pack in your hospital bag that we’ve specially put together for you! :)

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