Preparing for Baby: What's in My Hospital Bag (Nontoxic Momma Edition)

Preparing for the birth of a new baby is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. One of the most important things to do is to pack a hospital bag in advance, so that you're prepared for your hospital stay. If you're a nontoxic mom, you may be wondering what items to pack that are safe and non-toxic. Here's a list of items that you may want to consider for your hospital bag.

  1. Non-Toxic Toiletries You may want to consider packing non-toxic toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion. Look for brands that are free from harmful chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.  Don't forget a nontoxic body wash, diaper cream and body oil for the baby.  You want to be particular about the first products that touch their sensitive newborn skin.

  2. Organic and Non-Toxic Sanitary Pads After giving birth, you'll need to use sanitary pads. It's important to choose organic and non-toxic options as conventional pads can contain harmful chemicals such as dioxins and pesticides. 

  3. Comfortable Nursing Clothes Comfortable nursing clothes can make breastfeeding much easier. Look for clothes with organic cotton that are soft, breathable, and easy to nurse in. Some good options include nursing tanks and bras, loose-fitting tops, and comfortable pants or leggings.

  4. Snacks and Drinks During labor and after birth, you may need to snack and stay hydrated. Pack healthy snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, and granola bars, as well as your favorite drinks such as water, coconut water, or herbal tea.

  5. Essential Oils Essential oils can be helpful during labor and delivery, as well as for relaxation and healing after birth. Consider packing a few of your favorite oils such as lavender, peppermint, or frankincense. Make sure to bring a diffuser as well, or opt for inhaler sticks or rollerballs.

  6. Comfy Robe or Jacket A comfortable robe or jacket can be helpful for keeping warm and cozy during your hospital stay. Choose a fabric that feels soft against your skin and is easy to move in.

  7. Reusable Water Bottle Staying hydrated is important during labor and after birth, and a reusable water bottle can help you stay on top of your hydration. Look for options that are made from non-toxic materials such as glass or stainless steel.

  8. Books, Magazines, or Journal During downtime, it's important to have something to keep you occupied. Pack a few of your favorite books, magazines, or a journal to write in.

In conclusion, preparing a hospital bag for a nontoxic mom involves choosing products that are safe and free from harmful chemicals. Pack items that will help you stay comfortable, hydrated, and relaxed during your hospital stay. With a little planning and preparation, you can have a peaceful and healthy birth experience.

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