Saturday, February 18, 2012

All our bags are packed...

and we're ready to go!

This week I'm 38 weeks, so we decided it's way past time to pack the hospital bag. I know I've read through so many blogs, websites, etc. about what to pack in your bag. I thought you might like to know what we decided to pack in ours.

For Us (Picture #1):
1. Two comfortable outfits each 
2. Three sports bras
3. Ace Bandage (to wrap my chest)
4. Toiletries (Shampoo, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, lotion)
5. Ponytail Holders
6. Non-slip headbands
7. Hair dryer
8. Pen
9. Folder for Important Papers
10. Camera and Memory Card
11. iPad
12. Cash for vending machines
13. Pillows (1 for each of us)
14. Phone Chargers
15. Trader Joe's organic suckers (for labor)
16. Battery Charger for camera batteries
17. Robe
18. 6 pairs of cheapo Wal-Mart underwear
19. Tucks Pads

For Jackson (Picture #2):
1. Two sets of baby mittens
2. One long sleeve onesie
3. One short sleep kamono style shirt
4. Coming home outfit
5. Two pairs of socks
6. Two hats
7. One knit hat for hospital pictures
8. One cloth diaper to wear home (Lil Joey)
9. Half a case of premade 2 oz Organic Similac (our hospital does not offer organic formula options)
10. Baby Star Four Square Blanket (in picture #1)
11. Notebook to keep track of BMs, Wet Diapers and Feedings
12. CJ's Butter (not pictured)
13. Baby Book (not pictured)

For Mom (Picture #3):
1. Seanik Solid Shampoo (not pictured)
2. Veganese
3. It's Raining Men Shower Gel
4. Smitten Hand Cream
5. Rub Rub Rub
6. Bubblegum Lip Scrub

I've read that it's important to bring some products that make you feel better for after birth. Nothing makes me feel more girlie than all of my Lush products.  

For Jackson (Picture #4):
1. Extra Bag to bring home stuff from hospital
2. Thirty 2 oz. Premade Organic Similac


Sarah said...

I am a little confused by the ace bandage, can you explain?

The Domestic Princess said...

Sarah, the Ace Bandage was a recommendation from a friend of mine. Since we have decided not to breastfeed, she said it should help with the pain when my milk comes in. I guess keep "the girls" as close to the body as possible is supposed to help the milk go away faster too. I don't know if this is myth or truth but I figured between that and the sports bra it would at least not make as painful. I've read ice packs can help too. Hope that helps :)

Anonymous said...

Is this really dumb...I thought the baby nursing for the first two or three days is what made your milk come in. Is that wrong?

The Domestic Princess said...

From what I've been reading, your milk comes in no matter if you attempt to breast feed or not. But ofcourse some never get milk.

Sarah said...

Gotcha! I've never heard of that before and since I went the breastfeeding route, no wonder I never heard of it! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

If this gives you peace of mind then it's well worth the time and effort. That said, this is way over the top and you'll probably use a fraction of this stuff.

I also chose not to breastfeed, but are you at all concerned about the recent reports about organic formula?

The Domestic Princess said...


Thank you for your comments. Hopefully we do find we have packed too much. Since this is our first trip we aren't totally sure what to bring.

On the topic of the Organic Formula, yes this is a very large concern of ours. We have put a lot of research into picking a formula that will work for us and Jackson and the recent news stories have scared us too. Right now it looks like only Brown Rice Syrup (Organic or Not) is being effected. Similac Organic is sweetened with Cane Sugar and does not contain any Brown Rice Syrup. There is also another Organic Formula called Earth Best that does not contain Brown Rice Syrup either.

Anonymous said...

I've been following your blog for a while, and to see your words go from anxious yet determined to radiant and thankful...priceless. I am very happy for you, wishing you all the best.


The Domestic Princess said...

Andrea, Thank you so much! We are very excited and I'm so happy that is coming across in my posts.

Anonymous said...

Just curious as to why you are not breastfeeding?