Hair and skin care samples were received to facilitate this review. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.
When my second baby was born, I was about 99% unprepared. She was a full three weeks early, and I was working so much that I hadn’t even washed a onesie yet. She was also born less than 2 hours after my water broke very unexpectedly, so I didn’t even have time to think about what to pack in a hospital bag.
Luckily, a few of the most important things were already in there. Why? Because I learned during my first birth that there are a few things that can make the whole experience a lot more pleasant, and those things aren’t even for the baby. Think of them as little “job well done!” gifts for mom…and don’t leave for the hospital without them!
What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag
1. Snacks. You’ve probably seen lists like this before, and they tell you to pack energy-building snacks like granola bars or trail mix. Those things are great, but here, I’m talking soul food. “Just finished the biggest accomplishment of my life” food. Celebration food. (Not to mention “The hospital kitchen is closed so all you get is a cereal cup” food.) I had picked up some huge, random, gourmet bar of chocolate at the office one day, and tossed it in my bag without much of a thought. Let me tell you, that was the most important thing in my world when I found it a few hours after I delivered my daughter. Whatever your own personal heaven is, be it chocolate, a jar of cookie butter, even your own personal stash of great tea, bring it to the hospital so you can appropriately and adequately reward yourself. There are exceptions to the rule, but in most cases, the hospital caf isn’t going to do it for you.
2. PJs. Obvious, right? I thought so the first time around, but no. I don’t just mean PJs. I mean many PJs. Bring comfy, warm pajamas. Bring light, airy pajamas. Bring a pretty delivery gown. Bring yoga pants and a tank. You’ll need an outfit to wear home, but while you’re in the hospital, comfort is key – and with your postpartum hormones raging, your temperature will fluctuate like a mofo. (I had no idea this would happen.) Shivering one minute, sweating the next – no matter what season it might be, there’s no telling what the temp in the hospital or in your own body might be, so make sure to give yourself some choices.
3. Bath goodies. Bathtime after a birth is pretty special. Whether you bathe baby right away or wait a little while, you’ll want whatever you use on their precious little self to be as gentle as possible. And your shower? Well, there ain’t no shower like a post-birth shower. It’s a little shaky and weird, but it’s a feeling of renewal like no other.
Since you’ll have enough to fuss over without bringing bottle after bottle of hair and skin products, try bringing one product both you and baby can use. The first time, I relied on the hospital to provide those things. Not with #2. I packed my own, and we chose hair and body wash skin care from aden + anais. Best decision ever.
Why? Because it is an all-purpose, one-bottle product that I could share with my baby, so it’s simple and easy. Aden + anais has combined the properties of the “wonder-fruit” pawpaw with their naturally-derived formulation to bring you a mild, tear-free, and conditioning wash that is free from phthalates, parabens, sulfates, dioxanes, phosphates, added hormone disrupters, synthetic dyes, petroleum oils, triclosan, BPA, SLS, DEA, gluten and soy.
(You can read more about those details here.)
The thing that has really stuck with me has been the light Australian Sandalwood scent that has become our family’s “baby” scent. We still use it at bathtime, and every time I smell my little girl’s hair, it reminds me of the first day we met, and that first bath up there in the photo. ::sigh:: Makes my heart swell a little…
Now, aden + anais has added a shampoo and conditioner to their line of safe and naturally-derived skin and hair care, and they’ve become part of my regular routine too. When we decided to clean up our act as far as personal care ingredients go, scent was one thing that we thought we had to give up (since it’s usually an artificial fragrance.) Not so. With aden + anais in my shower, I have products that not only work wonderfully, but smell great, too.
That special scent that means so much to me is always within reach, and never fails to bring a smile to my face.
Visit aden + anais online to see their entire line of hair and skin care (the bubble bath is our all-time favorite.) If you haven’t already, be sure to browse a little while you’re there. You’ll find muslin blankets, bath towels, laundry care, and even a new line of toddler bedding. They raise the bar with each new product, and we’ve never been less than thrilled with anything wearing the aden + anais name. Honestly. We love them.
What item would you recommend for an expecting mom’s hospital bag? Is there anything you wish you would have packed?