In this episode of Abbey’s Kitchen, Abbey is on the homestretch to baby and it is time for her to pack her hospital bag, because she’s gotta be ready! Abbey actually has three bags. Abbey is trying to travel light but she’s having a hard time with that. Abbey has got her labor bag, her baby bag and her post-labor recovery bag. The hospital sent Abbey as list of all of the things she should bring. A lot of them are totally legit and Abbey noticed many of them have not been updated in years. Another thing they recommend bringing is change for phone machines. Abbey hasn’t used a pay phone in a LONG time. The rest of the things on the list are pretty key and Abbey has them already packed in her bag. But Abbey wants to share with you guys five things for her, five things for her baby and five things for her partner, aka her husband.
Let’s do this!
(1:21) Five things for Mama
1. First of all, Abbey is bringing her birth plan. Abbey is trying to be flexible but she wanted to write things down so they have an idea of what they wanted to do.
2. Hair elastics. Abbey asked a lot of her mommy friends what she needs and they all said hair elastics. You need to put your hair back.
3. Candies – Abbey loves candies on a good day and when Abbey is in labour, she’s going for the sugar. A lot of hospitals do not let you eat food during labour when you’re admitted, so candies are a great way to get a quick hit of energy without the risk of aspiration or vomiting.
4. Belly Band – Abbey is a fitness buff and during labour what can happen is the separation of your abdominal muscles. It is very common, and these belly bands wrap around your belly immediately after birth and helps to bring back those abdominal muscles to help heal your muscles.
5. Heating and Cooling Packs – This heat pack is great because you can plug it in, so you don’t have to get up and microwave a bag. These cooling packs are one time use freezer pads that activate and cool your down. Having a combination of heat and cool can help with Abbey’s recovery.
(4:51) Five things for Hubby
1. Reading materials – this is his favourite magazine and cosmo is for Abbey. This is all going into the bag for her and her hubby. They will be spending a lot of time in the hospital, so distracting themselves with some reading can make a huge difference.
2. iPad – Netflix is key! They plan on getting some good shows lined up to be entertained! And don’t forget the charger.
3. Flip Flops – this is for both of them. Abbey plans on using the shower, but she’s grossed out by using the shower where other people have given birth. The flip flops will protect her feet during a shower.
4. Snacks – A lot of hospitals won’t let you eat, but they will let your partner eat. So Abbey has packed some granola bars and nuts. If you give birth in the middle of the night and the cafeteria and nearest food places are closed, which can be really bad when you’re starving. So Abbey found some foods where you can just add boiling water. And who doesn’t love noodle soup and KD.
5. Your Own Pillow – Abbey likes to bring her own, because she can only sleep on her own pillow. So be sure to also bring your own pillow case and make sure it’s NOT white, because the nursing staff may mistake it for hospital property and you may never see it again.
(8:43) Five Things for Baby
1. Diapers – some hospitals don’t provide so make sure you have newborn diapers ready to go.
2. Onesies – Some moms care a lot of about what their baby will where when they leave the hospital. Abbey doesn’t care much about that, but she did find some cute onesies that she’s packing away. Abbey’s packing a variety because she doesn’t know how big or how cold her little one will be.
3. Baby Book – not totally essential, but Abbey thinks it might be something she’ll want to play with after baby’s born. It’s a memorabilia thing where you can put photos in and information about what time baby was born.
4. Life Bank Kit – May not be essential for you, but Abbey is planning to bank their cord and placental tissue. This kit as all the instructions and the doctors know what to do with it.
5. Car Seat – This is a must, because Abbey doesn’t think they let you leave the hospital without it. Abbey has already installed the base into the car which is really important. You don’t need to bring a stroller, just need to carry your baby to the car and get them safely into the car seat. Abbey recommends you get your car seat installed a little bit before you think you’re going into labor, because you don’t want to be worrying about that at the very last minute.
Now that’s Abbey’s plan and she would love to hear from you guys on what is in your hospital bag if you’re a mommy-to-be or if you’re already a mommy, what were your go-to essentials when you packed your hospital bag!
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