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  • Writer's pictureJayce

What's in My Go-Bag: Preparing for Baby's Arrival

Hey there, fellow moms-to-be! As my due date approaches, I've been buzzing with excitement and, let's be honest, a bit of nervous energy, too. One thing that's helped calm my nerves is getting my hospital bag, aka my go-bag, all packed and ready. If you're also a first-time mom like me, you might be wondering what essentials to pack. So, here's a peek into what's in my go-bag:

1. Comfortable Clothing:

  • A loose, comfy robe and pajamas for during and after labor. Trust me, comfort is key!

  • Nursing bras and maternity underwear. These are lifesavers for postpartum comfort.

2. Toiletries and Personal Care Items:

  • Travel-sized toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and a toothbrush and toothpaste.

  • Hair ties and a headband. Labor can get sweaty, so these are a must!

  • A Portable Fan. Especially right now in the heat!

3. Snacks and Drinks:

  • High-energy snacks like granola bars and nuts. Labor can be a marathon, and we'll need fuel.

  • A refillable water bottle to stay hydrated during labor and afterward.

4. Entertainment and Distractions:

  • I’m bringing my Kindle with my most current read. Sometimes labor progresses slowly, and having something to distract yourself can be a lifesaver. Since I’m not too sure when Labor will start or how long it’ll last, so I’ve got a bunch of short stories loaded onto my Kindle to help fill some time!

  • I’m bringing along my camera, so we can make sure to capture some great memories!

  • Don't forget chargers for your phone and any other devices. We'll want to capture those first precious moments!

5. Baby Essentials:

  • A going-home outfit for baby. Something cozy and weather-appropriate.

  • A receiving blanket and diapers. The hospital provides some, but it's nice to have your own too.

  • His diaper bag. I’ve packed it with some Newborn diapers and wipes, along with some swaddles and an extra outfit just in case.

6. Comfort Items:

  • A cozy pillow from home. Hospital pillows can be a bit flat, so having something familiar can make resting easier.

  • Your own toiletries for that first shower post-birth. I just know that that shower will feel amazing!

  • A cozy blanket! Mine is a Barefoot Dreams Dupe that I got from Sam’s. It’s my FAVORITE.

  • A Speaker for playlists! I brought the JBL Speaker.

7. Important Documents:

  • Your ID, insurance card, and any hospital paperwork you've been asked to bring.

  • Birth plan, if you have one. It helps to have your preferences written down for your medical team.

8. Postpartum Care Items:

  • Nursing pads and nipple cream if you plan to breastfeed.

  • Maternity pads and comfortable underwear for the days following birth.

9. Going-Home Bag:

  • An outfit for yourself to wear home. Remember, you might still look about six months pregnant, so choose something loose and comfy.

  • Extra room in your bag for any goodies or gifts the hospital might send you home with.

  • Shawn’s bag also has his toiletries, comfort items, and two nights of clothes packed. He’s also on extension cord duty and charger duty!

10. A Positive Mindset:

  • This isn't something you can pack, but it's perhaps the most important thing to bring. Stay positive, breathe deeply, and trust that you've got this! Your body knows to give birth to this baby!

Packing my go-bag has made me feel more prepared and excited for the big day. It's amazing how a little bit of organization can bring such peace of mind during such an exciting and nerve-wracking time. If you want more details and links to some of the items I've packed, be sure to visit my LikeToKnowIt (LTK) site. There, I've curated all the essentials with direct shopping links to make your packing process a breeze. Wishing you all a smooth and joyful birth experience! 💕


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