As my due date is quickly approaching (it’s his birth month already! July 18th is so close!) I started to become concerned with packing my hospital bag. First off, staying multiple nights in a hospital is not typically something I look forward to. I’ve done it a few times and it has yet to be fun. Maybe this time will be better since there is a reward- my son! Second, this time would be different, as I’ve never given birth before and I’ve never been to this hospital. I, of course, in my desire to acquire wisdom on this topic made the mistake of searching the web for a list of items to bring with me when I go for delivery.
After reading through several lists I was confused- and concerned that my backpack was much too small. Do people really break out their large rolling suitcases for their hospital stay? The lists I had found were truly lengthy- and costly. 3 pairs of nursing pajamas, pillows, delivery gown, magazines, bikini, slippers, socks, bathrobe, makeup, tissues, toilet paper, hot packs, cold packs- just to name a few, and we have not even gotten to the baby’s things yet! The baby would need blankets, clothing, diapers, wipes, pacifiers, socks, baby oil, petroleum jelly and of course a car seat. Then there are all the things Dad will need…..
I couldn’t help but wonder about some of this stuff. What hospital in America does not supply a newborn with diapers? Or petroleum jelly? And toilet paper? Come on, who brings their own toilet paper with them to the hospital? Some lists also included extravagances such as champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. At least I can see the logic here- hospitals probably don’t have these items; the birth of a baby is a celebration and well, chocolate covered strawberries are always welcome!
Some of the lists provided conflicting information as well. I decided to take matters into my own hands and tap into a source of infinite wisdom and years of combined child birthing experience. I asked Facebook. Good news! No conflicting information here; a few hygiene products for me plus some clothes. The baby needs almost nothing except a car seat. No one mentioned diapers or toilet paper so they must feel very confident about the presence of these essentials. As for dad? Let him worry about himself! He’ll be fine with nothing, anyway. His job is to worry about me and he’ll be there to run out and get anything I forgot. My post even received several comments that since I would be at Bellevue, I’d truly have a great experience!
Thanks to the advice I received my bag is now fully packed. It consists of one backpack for me and the baby, and true to my past I’ve still probably over packed. It is light and small and eagerly waiting to be thrown into the trunk very soon! Preferably before July 18th. My husband is on his own. Oh, and as for the chocolate covered strawberries and champagne- I was told family members are supposed to supply those essentials, not me!