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It's time! The day you've been waiting for is finally here! You realized and gathered everything you think you'll need, and hit the road. On your way to the hospital, though, and you start to worry - do I have everything? This is a big day, and there are a million thoughts running through your head. Wondering if you've got the things you might need over the next little while shouldn't be one of them.
Sweet Kyla is here to help. While there are plenty of exhaustive lists out there, they can be a bit too much. We wanted to start you off with a great way to really figure out what to pack in your hospital go-bag. Here we go!
Personal items that will help you feel at home
It's about baby, baby, baby, yes, but don't forget about you, you, you! The hospital has a ton of gidgets and gadgets to take care of the new baby, but you should rest easy and be as comfortable as you possibly can.
What does this mean to you? Do you have your glasses? Your favourite lip balm? Moisturizer? Your phone and phone charger, ready to contact all those eagerly waiting loved-ones? Preparing ahead of time means that you don't have to feel so far from home over the next little while, and that's going to help out a lot.
Along with your ever-important birthing plan, you'll have a ton of things that you are just itching to use with your new little arrival. While hospitals do have plenty of items, they're not for everyone, and some people find hospital quality blankets and things less than great for their skin. Needless to say, you might be a bit on edge about treating your baby as gently as possible.
At Sweet Kyla, we've got incredible, high quality 3-in-1 nursing blankets, all Canadian-made. Nurse in comfort - and in your own personal style - with one of these, and you'll instantly feel more relaxed.
You can also pack any number of our swaddle blankets, feeling comfy, cozy, warm, and right at home with the blankets you love and have been ready to use since day one.
Bring your own clothes! Hospital robes can be airy and nice, but nothing beats being comfy in your favourite clothes again. Maternity clothes that you've worn for months now are a simple change that can make you feel more confident and ready to take on anything.
Remember, maternity wards tend to run a bit warm, so keep your clothes loose, comfy, and light. Make sure that you've got nursing bras at the ready, if that is a part of your plan, and don't forget a fresh, clean outfit for going home!
There's no getting around it - amid all the hustle and bustle there will be little downtime. But in case there are times when you're not just trying to relax and get some rest, you should make sure to pack some activities just in case.
Have a light paperback that's been on your shelf for ages? Toss it in! Been collecting crosswords, word searches, or sudoku puzzles for a while? Bring them along! It'll keep your mind occupied should you run into any slow, quiet times. Or how about a wooden letter board to create a creative birth announcement photo right from the hospital.
Finally, in the rush of preparing for the baby to arrive in the world, it can be easy to forget to prepare for baby's journey and arrival back home. Make sure that you've got some clothes for them, and at least one outfit that's a bit bigger than the others - just in case. It's a good idea to plan ahead weather-wise, too, and pack some clothes that are appropriate for any storms or temperatures. Last but not least, they'll need a going home outfit, too! It's not only practical packing, but it'll be fun to decide what baby's first look will be when you bring them home.