Of course you’ve all heard that you know so much more with baby #2 than you do the first time. It’s true and not true. When it comes to what’s in my hospital bag for baby #2 I feel so much more prepared. With that said, I did pretty good my first time. There are a few things I don’t have to pack and a few things I’ll need to add this time. I’m also breaking down this post for mom, baby and DAD! Can’t forget our main man.
If you bring anything to the hospital, the one thing that is the most valuable is your cord blood registry kit by CBR!! We did this with Navy and am doing the same with baby #2. There’s so much information about CBR that I want to share with you because you don’t know, what you don’t know.
As a lot of you know, I am adopted. Which means a lot of my medical history isn’t known. This created a bigger reason and desire as to why Aaron and I decided to store both the cord blood and the tissue.
CBR is a newborn stem cell preservation company that stores the cord blood and cord tissue from your baby. By preserving our baby’s stem cells we are investing into our children, should an emergency ever arise. It’s investing in peace of mind.
What is it?
Cord blood is the leftover blood in the umbilical cord after birth. Cord tissue is the cord
itself. Both contain powerful stem cells that could be used in the future for medical conditions.
How it’s used.
Cord blood stem cells from cord blood can already help treat over 80 conditions today, like certain cancers and sickle cell anemia. Plus, there’s research in progress for even more potential uses.
Cord tissue stem cells are also showing a lot of promise in regenerative medicine. (Over 200 clinical trials have been initiated worldwide to potentially help treat conditions that can occur over a lifetime, like brain injuries, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune disorders like lupus.)
It’s phenomenal to think you can possibly save your child’s life!
- You only get one chance to collect these newborn stem cells, and that is at birth. It is a simple process that takes only a few minutes for the OB or Midwife to do. It’s completely painless (I had it done and this is true) and super simple.
- These cells are genetically unique. Baby is a 100% match to their own stem cells. Full siblings have a 75% chance of being at least a partial match.
- Since the stem cells get cryogenically frozen, they can be used for decades to come. Freezing stops the clock on aging for the cells.
I know this is such a personal decision for you and your family. So, should you feel like you need more information CBR has Newborn Stem Cell Educators to answer all your questions, Call 1-888-776-3285.
I’ve spoken with CBR and we are teaming up to give away a newborn stem cell preservation kit+ 1 year of storage (a $1680 value)
All you need to do is click here for a chance to win.
- blanket– from day one we’ve been obsessed with our Little Giraffe blankets. Baby #2 deserves her own.
- bring home outfit(s)- I say bring multiple sizes in your hospital bag. With Navy, she was so small and none of the newborn outfits I brought fit. Should have brought premie. So, sweet little Navy came home in a crop top and diaper. I’m way more prepared this time.
- diapers– Aaron and I are very picky about our diapers. We’ve use BAMBO from day one and have NEVER had one issue. Of course the hospital will have plenty but we want to use our own.
- wipes– same with wipies. We can’t imagine putting anything but water wipes on our sweet girls. It’s a brand we trust!
- head piece– if it’s a girl. I didn’t think about this with Navy and wish I would have. Although I do love the stripe bow beanies the hospital gives you.
- outfit for first photo- I bought both Navy and baby sister matching tanks. I know it’ll be too big but I want them to meet in matching outfits. Shows unity.
- car seat– Oh boy! Please don’t forget this. When I went in for contractions from being dehydrated Aaron forget (even though I told him plenty of times) to put the carseat in the car. He said he thought we could use Navy’s. Oh Men, what would they do without us?
- nipple cream– I have told you all about this on my stories. Having the prescription nipple cream in my hospital bag is a game changer. I wish I could scream this to the rooftops. Over the counter ones are not the real deal and this is a huge part of why women give up. Save yourself!
- outfit for photo- I wore my floral wedding robe with Navy and plan to do the same with baby girl #2.
- fan– Unless you plan on having a c-section, you’ll want a fan. It was awesome to have on my face and definitely kept me cool.
- chapstick– Another item everyone needs to know about. You have no idea how dry your lips become but they do.
- nursing bra– I feel like so many moms forget this item in your hospital bag. So many tell me they do.
- extra long phone charger– Hospital beds are pulled pretty far from the wall and those short Apple cords just aren’t long enough. Sadly, we forgot mine at the hospital when we left.
- no slip socks– The ones given to you while there aren’t that great. My feet are a size 5 so you can image how well they DON’T stay on for me.
- home outfit– I wore a white dress and thought everyone was going to have a heart attack. It was a sign of purity. I won’t freak everyone out this time. I’ve packed a black dress.
- toiletries- face wash, personal body wash, makeup, toothbrush, toothpaste
- pillow– If I dare sleep on anything other than my pillow I will suffer for weeks.
- blanket– Nothing like a good home comfort.
- warm clothes– generally speaking hospitals are cold. Unless you’re the one pushing, you’ll be cold.
- snacks– in case the hospital vending machine doesn’t have your favorite snack.
- extra set of clothes- don’t forget socks and underwear
- toiletry items- hair products, toothbrush & toothpaste
- phone charger– heaven forbid he forgets this and can’t text everyone about the new arrival.
- hat– Aaron loves to wear a hat and wore one when we had Navy. Adding this to the list so we don’t forget to bring one.
- pillow– not all dads are picky but if yours is, you won’t want to forget this.
This post is gratefully sponsored by CBR!14