When I packed Natalie's bag - I actually did alright. I packed her coming home outfit which obviously we needed. I packed a couple of blankets, which were nice to have on the way home since it was a cold day. I also packed diapers and baby things that were completely unnecessary. I didn't need to bring any diapers or wipes or ointments or powder. The hospital happily provided all of those things for me.
In my own bag, I had packed real clothes. How foolish of me. I wanted nothing but leggings, sweatpants and oversized t-shirts. I brought Natalie's baby book to get her hand/ footprints. Not only did I not get her hand/footprints done - I still have not done them. I know, I am terrible. I brought her boppy with us so I could snuggle her in there and stare at her - nope, didn't use it once. I brought the breast pump with us just in case - nope, didn't happen either. I should have listened to more people when they told me not to do that. I also packed a wide assortment of snacks that were amazing. I created my own trail mix with M&Ms, granola, gold fish and mini-wheats and it was delish. I will say, I am also extremely happy that I brought flip flops for the shower and my own shower things. It was nice having my face scrub and my shampoo. It was nice to smell like me. I was also happy that I brought a small travel toothbrush instead of my own because I definitely left that thing at the hospital.
The reality is - with the things I didn't need to bring for her and the things I didn't need to bring for me, I could have taken one much smaller bag to the hospital, but you live and you learn. So for the (maybe) next time here is what I am thinking for the baby's bag:
- a coming home outfit (with hat or headband if the next one is a girl)
- a warm blanket for bundling for the car ride home (season permitting)
- flip flops for the shower
- flip flops/uggs for going home - depending on the weather
- leggings, sweatpants and t-shirts/long sleeve shirts
- toiletries (shampoo, face wash, body wash, lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste)
- phone charger