Well, I do too.
But in all honesty, there are so many things I’d wish I’d had both times around. Especially with Bella as we were there about 2 days after she was born, it was hard to get my husband to run back and forth to the house to get little items I wanted with me. Then of course you find things that make you think, “That would have been SO nice to have when I was (insert something laborish here).”
Rounded up below are some little fun, indulgent must have’s for the “crunchy” mama. Really for anyone, but I decided to put a spin on it and look for more natural, organic products that aren’t as mainstream in some cases. These can work for almost any kind of birth you have.
I reached out to my über smart, more natural minded readers on my Facebook page to ask what they would have wanted in the hospital that their midwife or OB didn’t provide. They filled in things that I hadn’t thought of, and the result is a few of the ones we should never be without during and after labor again. Kits are expensive, and sometimes you don’t use all the items in them. So pick and choose from the ones below to decide which you must have in that bag.
Even if it’s just to chuck off someone’s head when you’re at 9cm. That’s ok too.
Both for baby and mama, this list will help you get started packing that hospital birthing kit.
Lunapads – Postpartum Kit 1 of 17A natural way to take care of yourself for those first few weeks. Gel and chemical free. Simply toss and wash when used.
Purchase for $62.96 from Lunapads
Psyllium Husks 2 of 17Take it to help with that first time in the bathroom after birth. You know. The one where you want to fall into a coma until it's over.
Purchase for $6.99 from Amazon
Organic Lip Balm 3 of 17Flavors like Lavender Meringue and Mint Herbal will help calm and soothe those chapped lips before and after.
Purchase for $3 from Earth Mama Angel Baby
Pretty Pushers Organic Cotton Disposable Delivery/Labor Gown 4 of 17I almost didn't include this, because if you've given birth, you know that this won't look too pretty after. However, if you're determined to look good all the way through, this gown is the way to go.
Purchase for $40 from Amazon
Lansinoh Lanolin 5 of 17I still have nipples because of this. Honest to goodness, apply it often and well. Not everyone is able to breastfeed pain free, as my first taught me well.
Purchase for $9.33 from Amazon
Mama Bottom Balm 6 of 17Organic olive oil mixes with St. Johns wort, yarrow, Witch hazel, Calendula, Shea butter, and more to make a comforting, soothing balm for all that your body has gone through.
Purchase for $10.15 from Earth Mama Angel Baby
Booby Tubes 7 of 17The name of these always conjures up a strange image for me, but these breast wraps heat and cool for immediate relief.
Purchase for $13.29 from Amazon
Sho Natural Ointment 8 of 17A miracle antibiotic cream, for all kinds of wounds, including c-section. Check for ingredients for allergies to certain plants/oils.
Purchase for $19 from Mama Goddess Birth Shop
Natural Stretch Oil 9 of 17Use on your stomach until the last weeks of your pregnancy when it can be used to start to stretch the perineal area for birth.
Purchase for $12.30 from Amazon
Under The Nile Receiving Blankets 10 of 17Organic cotton to wrap your little one's fresh and soft skin in.
Purchase for $34 from Baby Earth
Rumparooz LilJoeys Newborn Diapers 11 of 17Perfect first time diapers. Bring a stash with you to use. These are great because of the lowered pouch for the umbilical cord. Fits 6-12lbs.
Purchase for $29.97 from Kelly's Closet
Happy Mama Spray 12 of 17Aromatherapy in a bottle. Spray it for a calming, relaxing scent that everyone in the room can use.
Purchase for $12.95 from Earth Mama Angel Baby
Organic Nursing Cami 13 of 17The side clip and drape make it so easy to nurse baby while keeping a bit more covered under. Also great for under a heavier shirt/sweater.
Purchase for $32.30 from Leading Lady
Planet Wise Wet Bags 14 of 17For Lunapads and cloth diapers - the wet bag has a water resistant inside to store it all until you get home.
Purchase for $19 from Lunapads
Seventh Generation Wipes 15 of 17Cloth wipes are hard in a hospital - especially from a bed trying to get them wet. Save yourself the stress and get a pack of Seventh Gen, some of my favorites.
Purchase for $36.99 from Amazon
100% Organic Turkish Cotton Slippers 16 of 17Luxury for your feet. Natural slippers will let you scoot around in comfort, keeping your feet clean and warm on those cold hospital floors.
Purchase for $29.95 from Amazon
PUREOLOGY Super Smooth Petite Luxuries (Travel) 17 of 17