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What’s in My Hospital Bag? From a Mom of 3

Here we go again. We’re heading to the hospital because it’s time to meet baby #3. But this time I didn’t pack anything extra and only what I know I’ll need or want. So, what should you pack for the hospital for labor and delivery? Here’s what’s in my hospital bag and what’s not!

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For Mom

Loose PJ’s

While this isn’t an absolute must-have item, it’s one you’ll definitely want. If delivering naturally, you’ll be in the hospital for at least 2 days. And if delivering via c-section, you could be in the hospital for up to 3 days. While you can wear a hospital gown during the whole stay (I did this with my first 2 babies), you aren’t going to want to.

Yea, it’s okay for the actual labor and delivery, but after that you want to be comfortable and feel as much like yourself as possible, so pack some loose PJ’s. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gown or pajama set, as long as it’s loose you’ll feel much more comfortable and more like yourself in your PJ’s than a hospital gown. I opted for one of my favorite night gowns that is loose fitting and has easy access for nursing.

Toiletries

The hospital typically provides toiletries for mom, but they aren’t of the greatest quality. I packed travel size body wash, shampoo, conditioner (the hospital didn’t provide conditioner and my hair is near impossible to brush without it so thank goodness I brought some), and brought my toothbrush and toothpaste from home. And don’t forget a brush and hair ties. After pushing out a baby, my hair is the least of my worries and I just want it out of the way. Oh, and deodorant too.

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Phone & Charger

Obviously, you’re going to want to tell the world (or at least the important people in your life) that your new bundle of joy has arrived. Be it phone calls, texts, social media posts, or the hundreds of photos you take, it’s only a matter of time before your phone dies. As it is, you probably never leave home without your phone anyways so that’s not really to worry about, but don’t accidentally leave the charger behind. I think I checked about 3 times before leaving home to make sure I had my phone charger.

Nipple Cream

If you plan to breastfeed your baby, you’ll want some nipple cream on hand in the hospital. I’ve breastfed two of three of my kids, and the first week is always the most painful. I had dry, cracked nipples the first week and it makes it difficult to continue breastfeeding. I won’t lie, quitting and switching completely to formula crossed my mind more than once, but with the help of some nipple cream and temporary pumping every now and then, I’ve been able to continue breastfeeding. And once you and baby figure out the breastfeeding thing, it gets much better.

Paperwork

Even if you’ve preregistered at the hospital, you still want to have your ID, insurance card, and a copy of your prenatal records with you when you arrive at the hospital. Sometimes the medical providers don’t have access to your prenatal records and if they do, there’s a good chance they haven’t had time to look at them. By having a copy with you, it makes things move a little quicker. And even if no one verifies your insurance, you’ll still need that information when filling out paperwork for the baby.

For Baby

Clothes to Wear Home

This has always been my favorite thing to pack in my hospital bag. Baby’s first outfit! I went through and separated baby’s clothes by size, and then picked my absolute favorite newborn sized outfit (that also fit with the current weather).

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Blanket for Baby

When baby #3 was born, the weather that week had been up and down. It was hot one day and cold the next, so I wasn’t sure what the weather would be like when we were discharged. I decided to pack a blanket for baby just in case it was cold outside and he needed some warmth.

On the same topic, you don’t have to keep your baby swaddled in the hospital blankets. You can bring your own and swaddle baby in his own blankets. I didn’t do this, but if it’s something you would prefer, by all means do it.

That’s it! I wasn’t weighing down my hospital bag with unnecessary stuff this time. Besides, I knew the hospital would be sending me home with diapers and possibly other baby supplies (formula, pacifiers, circumcision supplies) and supplies to care for myself post-delivery, and I would need room to carry it all. But this doens’t mean there aren’t other things you can take. I just personally didn’t find them necessary.


Optional Items

Change of Clothes for Mom

Like PJ’s this isn’t an absolute must because when discharged you can easily wear home the same thing you were wearing when you arrived at the hospital. That being said, I was induced so everything was planned. If you spontaneously go into labor, you may not necessarily be wearing the most comfortable clothes or even clean ones at that. You’re not going to want to wear those same clothes home, so having a loose fitting change of clothes in your hospital bag will be helpful in this instance.

Snacks

The hospital will provide you with 3 meals a day after the baby is born (you can’t eat while in labor), but as you probably know, hospital food isn’t that great. And even if you do eat it, you’ll probably still want some snacks in between. There’s no reason you can’t pack some snacks and munch on them between meals.

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Do Not Take These Items

Computer

You will not have time to be on your computer! While in labor you’re going to either be focused on breathing and getting through the pain, relaxing and sleeping before baby comes (thank goodness for epidurals), or will be too nervous to focus on anything else. And once baby arrives he’s going to need a lot of attention and you’ll be sleeping whenever you can. You will not have time to be on your computer so leave it at home.

Baby Supplies

While in the hospital, you will be supplied with everything you’ll need for baby – diapers, wipes, formula, etc., and can even take home the extras. There’s no need to bring any of that from home. In fact, I suggest you take home as many baby supplies as you can from the hospital. Don’t be afraid to ask the nurse for extra diapers or formula. Most of the time they’ll say yes and the worst they can say is no.

Breast Pump

Even if you plan to be a pumping mom, there’s no need to bring a breast pump to the hospital. If you want to pump, the hospital will have a pump on hand for you to use (just ask) and will also store the milk in a fridge until you need it.

Purse

Look, you’re not going ANYWHERE until you’re discharged. You don’t need anything in your purse, aside from your ID and insurance card, but that can be placed in your hospital bag. Leave your purse at home. It’s one less thing you have to keep up with.

What are your must-have hospital bag items?

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Medications You Can Take While Pregnant

One of the worst things about pregnancy is getting sick. You can’t just go to the store and pick up any over the counter medication you want, but there are some medications that are safe for you to take. This list of symptoms and medications you can take while pregnant will help when that time comes.

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~I am not a medical professional and the info provided here is info that was provided to me by my OB/GYN. If you have questions or a serious illness, please visit your doctor.~

I’ve gotten sick at least once with every pregnancy, including right now with my third. And while I’ve been through it before, I still find myself looking online and asking my doctor what is safe to take.

Luckily, this time around my doctor gave me a list of medications that are safe to take while pregnant. This was the first time in three pregnancies that I’ve received a list like this and it has been a lifesaver. It has saved me from finding incorrect information online and also saved me additional visits to my doctor.

I know I’m not alone, so I want to share with you this list of acceptable medications to take while pregnant.

No matter what, don’t ever take Aspirin, Advil or Motrin while pregnant.

Nausea/Vomiting

  • Pepto Bismol
  • Emetrol

Remember that nausea and vomiting are typical in pregnancy, but anytime you experience excessive nausea/vomiting, call your doctor. If you’re unable to keep liquid down for more than one day, are weak or dizzy, you need to make a visit to your doctor.

Cold/Flu

  • Aches/Pains – Tylenol
  • Congestion – Sudafed
  • Coughing – Robitusin
  • Sore Throat – Chloraseptic/Cepacol Lozenges; Listerine gargle

One of my favorite home remedies for a sore throat is hot/warm honey chamomile tea. Add a teaspoon (or more) of honey to the steeped tea and you’re good to go. Adding a little lemon helps too. This has been my go-to for a sore throat for all three pregnancies.

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If you have a fever over 101 degrees, are coughing up a lot of phlegm, or have no improvement in 2-3 days, you need to make a visit to your doctor.

Heartburn/Gas

  • Mylanta
  • Maalox
  • Tums
  • Rolaids

If you experience severe abdominal pain, you need to make a visit to your doctor.

Allergies

  • Benadryl
  • Zyrtec
  • Allegra
  • Claritin

Constipation

  • Senakot
  • Psyllium
  • Konsyl Easy Mix – stool softener and natural laxative
  • Milk of Magnesia/Colace – Take twice a day if stool is hard. It takes one week to be effective.
  • Include salads/leafy greens in your diet and drink plenty of water.

Diarrhea

  • Kaopectale
  • Pepto Bismol
  • BRAT Diet – bananas, rice, applesauce, tea or toast

Headaches

  • Tylenol (regular or extra strength), two tabs every 4 hours

Hemorrhoids

  • Konsyl Easy Mix
  • Preparation H or Anusol
  • Tucks

Leg Cramps

  • Oscal 500 mg or similar over the counter calcium, twice a day
  • Massage area and apply light heat.

Dental

  • It is okay to see your dentist:
    • Get x-rays with abdominal shield
    • Receive novacaine
    • Take antibiotics and/or pain meds
  • Gum bleeding is common. See your dentist if it persists.
*I am not a medical professional and the info provided here is info that was provided to me by my OB/GYN. If you have questions or a serious illness, please visit your doctor. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Build Your Own Bundle at Ecocentric Mom

Ecocentric Mom has done away with the Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and are now offering Build Your Own Bundles instead! Check them out! #EcocentricMom #subscriptionbox #ecofriendly
~Thank you to Ecocentric Mom for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase.~

To all of my fellow Ecocentric Mom lovers (or future lovers), there’s a fun new feature on the website that I just know you are going to enjoy – Build Your Own Bundle! Today I’m going to give you the low down on how Build Your Own Bundle works and share with you my first one.

First off, if you’re not familiar with Ecocentric Mom, it is hands down THE best eco-friendly subscription box around. At least that’s how I feel about it. With nothing but all-natural, organic, non-toxic products for mom, baby, and your family/home in general, there’s no better way to try new products. And if you get something in your box that you can’t live without, chances are it can be purchased individually at Ecocentric Mom too.




Let’s get into the new Build Your Own Bundle feature! It never fails, no matter type of subscription box you have, there will always be times you get something in the box that either you can’t use, or just isn’t something you want to use. Ecocentric Mom has eliminated that problem with the Build Your Own Bundle feature.

You choose every item that comes in the box, so when it arrives on your doorstep and you open it up, there are no surprises. On the flip side, I understand surprises are sometimes fun, but what’s not fun is spending money on products you won’t use.

Ecocentric Mom has done away with the Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and are now offering Build Your Own Bundles instead! Check them out! #EcocentricMom #subscriptionbox #ecofriendly

Right now Ecocentric Mom has phased out their monthly Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and replaced them with a Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle (for mom/$29.99) and a Build Your Own Pregnancy Bundle (for expectant moms/$39.99).

But never fear, the Mom & Baby monthly subscription box is still available. So moms with infants/toddlers up to age 2 years, are still covered.

So, how do the Build Your Own Bundle boxes work? It’s super easy! You go to the desired Build Your Own Bundle box and from drop-down menus choose the products you want. I recently created a Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle and got to choose full size products from each of these categories:

  • Luxury Skincare/Beauty
  • Clean Beauty/Makeup
  • Health & Wellness
  • Eco-Lifestyle Accessory

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In each category you have at least five products to choose from and sometimes more. Every month new items are added, so you don’t have to worry about lack of  variety to choose from. This time around, for my clean lifestyle bundle, I chose:

  • Marine Granules Exfoliator by Previse
  • Lip Locked Stain by Mana Kadar Beauty (I have one of these from a previous Ecocentric Mom box and LOVE it! It’s my everyday go-to color, no matter what kind of mood I’m in, so having a backup doesn’t hurt.)
  • Simply Organic Sunblock by Z Skin Cosmetics
  • Snack Happens Reusable Snack and Everything Bag by Itzy Ritzy

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When my box arrived, which was just like three days after placing my order, that’s exactly what was in my box. I even had a little added bonus snack bar by MadeGood. It was delicious, by the way.

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Oh, and did I mention the amazing savings you’re getting? The Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle is $29.99, but you’re getting full size products that can retail upwards of $100. That is some awesome savings!

So what do you think? Doesn’t get much easier, right? No wasting money on unwanted products. And no wondering what’s going to come in this month’s box. It’s a win-win!

Get a Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle here.

Get a Build Your Own Pregnancy Bundle here.

Be sure to use promo code BUNDLED to get free shipping!

Have you tried a Build Your Own Bundle?

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Ecocentric Mom Mystery Bonus Box

I love monthly subscription boxes and Ecocentric Mom happens to be one of my favs! This time around, though, I'm showing you an extra bonus box, the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box. You won't believe all of the full-size products included! #EcocentricMom #allnatural #parenting #healthybaby #healthyfamily #MysteryBonusBox #subscriptionbox

~Thank you to Ecocentric Mom for providing a Mystery Bonus Box for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

I’m sure you already know how much I love monthly subscription boxes. From storybooks and activities for my kids, to men’s clothing for my boyfriend, to beauty products for myself and even general home products for the whole family, there is no shortage of subscription boxes delivered to our house every month.

One of my favorite subscription boxes is Ecocentric Mom, which offers all-natural products that promote healthy living for mom and baby, and even during pregnancy. I’ve actually shared with you a Mom & Baby Box and a Mom Box from Ecocentric Mom in the past. But today I want to share an extra special box from Ecocentric Mom, the Mystery Bonus Box.

There are two Mystery Bonus Box types available – Mom/Woman or Mom & Baby. In the video below, I’m unboxing one of the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Boxes. Take a look!

What’s in my Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box?

  • Silimap Folding Silicone Map (for baby)
  • Oilogic Stuffy Nose & Cough Essential Oil Roll-On (for baby)
  • Kala Coconut Oil (for mom & baby)
  • Hevea Natural Rubber Pacifier (for baby)
  • Soft Chick Rattle (for baby)
  • EcoLips PoGo Organic Lip Balm (for mom)
  • Manna Kadar Gloss Stain (for mom)
  • Hyperbiotics Pro-Moms (for mom)
  • Patel’s Milk Water Tea (for mom)
  • Weleda Baby Derma Diaper Rash Cream (for baby)
  • Shea Moisture Lotion and Baby Wash/Shampoo Samples (for baby)
  • Fizz Wizz Cleaning Tablets Sample (for baby)
  • Fizz Wizz Pacifier/Nipple/Bottle Wipes (for baby)
  • Dapple Dish Detergent Sample (for mom)
  • Zabana Essentials Balancing & Calming Face + Body Tonic (for mom)
  • Wrap-N-Mat Snack Pouch (for baby)

I love monthly subscription boxes and Ecocentric Mom happens to be one of my favs! This time around, though, I'm showing you an extra bonus box, the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box. You won't believe all of the full-size products included! #EcocentricMom #allnatural #parenting #healthybaby #healthyfamily #MysteryBonusBox #subscriptionbox

Oh my goodness! Just look at ALL of these amazing products! Again, everything is all-natural, organic and promotes a healthy home and body. Some of these products I’m familiar with because I received them in previous Ecocentric Mom boxes, but the majority of these products and brands are new to me. That’s one of the things I love about boxes like this. I get to try new products and brands that I otherwise probably wouldn’t even know about!

And don’t let me forget to mention that all but three or four products in this box are full-sized! Just so you know, I took the time to research every one of these products just to see what everything would retail for and you’re not going to believe this – $169 (minus the samples)! Holy moly!

Guess how much the Mystery Bonus Box is! Just $44.99! Living an all-natural lifestyle can be expensive. I’m not here to tell you that my family lives a completely all-natural and organic lifestyle because that’s far from the truth, but when I come across good deals like this and know the products are better for me and my family, it would be insane not to take advantage!

Get your Ecocentric Mom Mystery Bonus Box here!

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Mom & Baby Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box

Every mom needs an Ecocentric Mom subscription box. And with 3 options - Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom - there's something for EVERY new or veteran mom. #ecocentricmom #subscriptionbox #ad

You may remember just a few weeks ago I introduced you to Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes. I got my first Mom & Baby box about 2 weeks ago and have had a chance to try some of the cool products that came in it, and want to show you what all was included in my box.

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Upon opening my Mom & Baby Ecocentric Mom subscription box, I was wowed by the cute and thoughtful wrapping.

 

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With a card inside the box that detailed everything included, I knew I was in for a treat when I actually got to see the products.

 

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Wow! Look at all of this cool stuff I get to try for the first time! Some of the products were full size and others were sample size.

 

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My Mom & Baby box came with products for both myself and my child, and even a few things we both can use!

 

My Mom and Baby box included:

  • Kosmatology Foaming Hand Soap – full size.
  • Fresh Wave Fresh Odor Pod – full size.
  • Dandelion Daisy Natural Laundry Detergent – sample size.
  • GLOW for a Cause Baby Butter – full size.
  • Silikids Silimap Placemat or Bib – full size.
  • Dang Coconut Chips – sample size.
  • FizzWizz Cleaning Tablets and Wipes – sample size tablet and full size wipes.

Everything included are “simple switches for a healthier home” and they couldn’t be more perfect for saying farewell to summer. I’m ready for fall weather, but still trying to hang on to as much of what’s left of summer, as possible. And the best part is I don’t have to make time to use them. They’re all everyday items that get tons of use and take no extra effort.

Straight from the card included in the box:

This month’s mom & baby box will help you discover healthier habits by avoiding plastics & harmful chemicals in your daily routines, from laundry to hand washing to feeding baby. To care for your little one, we’ve also included a fragrance free baby butter to soothe sunburns and other summer skin irritations.

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The Fresh Wave Fresh Odor Pod is perfect for masking stinky odors from my trash can.

 

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Dang Coconut Chips are a fresh, delicious and familiar taste of summer.

While I don’t necessarily have photos of the other products in use, they’re certainly getting their fair share of love. The Kosmatology hand soap is almost gone with all the hand washing we do around here, and GLOW for a Cause Baby Butter is great for hydrating my daughter’s horribly dry skin.

So I ask you – what’s not to love? I had never heard of any of the brands or products that came in my Mom & Baby box, so it was nice to be exposed to those and have the opportunity to try them before deciding they were perfect for me and my family. I’m sure this is no different for many other new moms or even veteran moms.

Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes are available in 3 different stages – Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, and Mom – and they’re all perfect for ANY mom. They would make absolutely great baby shower gifts, or even just an appreciation gift to a mom you want to provide a little attention to. And I have to admit, there’s something about receiving “surprise” mail that just makes my day, and that’s exactly what Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes are. You never know exactly what you’re getting until it arrives.

Shop Ecocentric Mom + Freebie Offer!

Still going on is a really great offer from Ecocentric Mom. When you sign up for a subscription using promo code BESTBOTTLES, you’ll get a FREE ThinkBaby All-in-One Bottle Set worth $25! If you know a mom who would love an Ecocentric Mom subscription, don’t delay and get the subscription ordered for her. The free gift will just be icing on the cake!

I can’t wait to see what this month’s Mom & Baby box has in store!

Which Ecocentric Mom subscription box would you choose?

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