If you click and buy, Change-Diapers may receive a small commission, thank you. I just got home from delivering baby number 2 and I must say, my hospital bag contents were quite different this time around. My bag was much smaller and what I chose to bring was very different than the first time. This time, I also used everything that was packed. The following four items were things I could not have lived without. Most of these items can also be purchased from your favorite cloth diaper retailer.
- The Fridet: This is most likely the best $16 I have ever spent. It is an ergonomic peri bottle to take care of your lady parts after delivery. Using the Fridet was about a million times easier for me than using the peri bottle that is typically given in the hospital. It is easy to control where the spray goes and it sprays in all of the right places easily. The flow is like a shower head instead of one stream. I loved that it was easy to use, easy to clean and easy to store away. Even once I am fully healed we will still use the Fridet. It would be great for spraying cloth diapers when we are traveling, spraying a toddler bum during potty training, or cleaning a menstrual cup on the go.
2. BALM! Baby Nipple Soother: I was not expecting to have my baby need to go to the NICU. For me, a baby in the NICU meant that I needed to start pumping to get and maintain my supply. Pumping with dry nipples that weren’t used to being used caused them to get sore fast. The BALM! Baby Nipple Soother was able to be used before pumping, allowed me to pump comfortably and was easy to clean after pumping. Not only that, but it is safe for baby, so when baby became able to nurse I didn’t need to worry about wiping it off. BALM! Baby Nipple Soother offers the perfect amount of soothing comfort without making the breast slippery for baby.
3. Saranoni Blanket: Saranoni Blankets are seriously the softest thing you will ever feel. It is almost like they are made from unicorn hair or something magical. I used my Saranoni Blanket during labor to keep my feet warm. I used it in the postpartum ward to keep warm as well. My baby also liked having the soft blanket draped over us during skin to skin time. We spread the blanket across the bed to get pictures of our baby while we were in the hospital too.
4.Essential Oil Rubs: I am not a very oily person. I bought my rubs premade from retailers who carry Lusa Organics and Fabula Nebulae. I am very sensitive to smells and wanted to do whatever I could to avoid becoming sick. I packed a couple of different options and kept at least one rubbed on my hand, wrist or under my nose throughout the labor and delivery process. The scents also helped give me something to focus on.
When packing the hospital bag for next time, these 4 items will find their way back into my bag. Were there any items that you felt you couldn’t live without during labor and delivery?