This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
Three weeks from today I am due to have baby #4! I just mentioned to my husband how each day itself seems to go by pretty quickly, but the overall time left seems to drag on and on. Nevertheless, it’s just a (short) matter of time before I’m cuddling that sweet newborn! Just today I finished packing baby’s hospital diaper bag, and I thought I’d share what I’ll be bringing!
What to Pack in Baby’s Hospital Bag
After I share what I’m packing, I’ll let you know why you probably don’t need most or any of these things! I know, right…? Stay tuned!
Okay, here’s what’s in my bag:
- WaterWipes baby wipes
- Outfits for baby, including a “coming-home” outfit
- Soft blanket
- Receiving blanket
- Nursing cover
- Burp cloths
- Nursing pillow
- Lanolin (nipple cream)
- Breast pads
So what do I really need?
So truth be told, there isn’t much you need. The hospital will provide many essential items, such as diapers, wipes, blankets, hats, and pacifiers. But even with baby #4, I like to be over-prepared and bring all the things that I want to have there.
I’ve gotten a special, super soft blanket for each of my babies, so I’m definitely bringing the one I bought for this baby girl. Plus, chances are good that you’ll want to take pictures of your new baby in your favorite adorable outfits that you’ve bought for them, so bring those too. And a nursing pillow will make nursing much more comfortable and easy than using regular pillows, so that’s another must for me.
And even though wipes can be found at the hospital, they are always good to have on hand! I’m bringing WaterWipes this time around, because they are the purest baby wipes on the market, containing only two ingredients: 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. I’ve already been using them at home for wiping down surfaces and cleaning kids’ faces and hands, and I know they will be safe to use on my new baby.
You can also use WaterWipes at the hospital for changing baby, wiping down surfaces, cleaning visitors’ hands, and for your own after-birth care. They are super useful to have on hand!
The most important thing is the time you are going to spend bonding with your beautiful new baby! And while clothes are cute, it’s also really beneficial to have skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby. When my third baby was born, the nurses kept him on my chest for all of the after-birth testing and routines they needed to perform. I hadn’t had that experience with my first two.
The people at WaterWipes have put together a sweet video, showing how incredibly beneficial the skin-to-skin contact can be for newborns. This video has me convinced that having baby on my chest as much as possible is the right thing to do!
Whatever you decide to bring, I hope that you have a beautiful birthing experience. Before you (and I!) know it, you’ll be holding that sweet baby in your arms!