New Mom 101: Top Hospital Bag Essentials (& Lug Tuk Tuk Diaper Bag Giveaway!)

Pineapple… evening primrose oil… raspberry red leaf tea…
car rides down bumpy roads… sex… long walks… squats… bouncing on a yoga ball… spicy food…

Does any of the above sound familiar to you?

They are certainly natural labour inducing strategies (or old wives tales) that are quite familiar to me as of late. While I have not gone to the extreme of trying to naturally induce labour. I can say that I am regularly taking evening primrose oil, and rekindling my love affair with iced red raspberry leaf tea. Anything is better than having to constantly guzzle ice cold water day-in and day-out. The iced raspberry red leaf tea has been a welcome and refreshing change to the everyday diet.

While evening primrose oil and red raspberry leaf tea aren’t proven to kick start labour. They have been shown to assist in the ripening of the cervix and toning of your uterus, getting it in the prime condition for when labour onsets.

In the past week, I have experienced a fair bit of false labour. Menstrual cramping, rectal pressure, pelvic pressure, lower back pain and nausea. Nothing to out of the norm given how far a long I am in my pregnancy, but alarming enough at the time that preterm labour was a concern.

I can happily say I am now past the 37 week mark, and the baby is officially full-term! (insert excitement and mild panic here…)

At today’s midwife appointment, I had an internal done. The cervix is still high and closed, and the baby is at station -4. For those who are unaware of stationing, a station refers to the engagement of the baby’s head within the mother’s pelvis. When a baby is station 0, it is deemed engaged. When it is measured at a minus landmark, it is not. Thus, my baby is still 4 cm away from being considered engaged in the pelvis.

In the past week, I had a lot of time to rest as my midwife requested I stay off my feet until reaching the 37 week milestone. During this time, I took the opportunity finally pack my hospital bag. Being that I am planning a home birth, I put off packing the hospital bag for obvious reasons. Reality is that the hospital bag needed to be packed either way. Last week just brought with it the push for me to get ‘er done, and tucked away!

Many Mom’s have trouble knowing what to pack in the hospital bag. Here is my list of hospital bag essentials for baby and Mom:

  • Receiving blankets
  • Newborn hat
  • Weather appropriate outerwear
  • Car seat (while you won’t fit this in your hospital bag, you will need to bring it to the hospital in order for them to release you to head home with your baby)
  • Snacks and drinks for labour
  • Slippers and/or extra socks
  • Flip flops
  • Toiletries and make-up
  • Lip gloss
  • Body lotion
  • Extra pillows from home
  • Extra towels
  • Extra clothing (lounge wear, PJs, undergarments)
  • Health card and insurance information
  • Tylenol
  • Menstrual pads
  • Nursing pads
  • Nursing bra
  • Camera
  • iPod
  • Diapers, wipes and diaper cream
  • Olive oil for perennial massage (optional)
  • Lavender massage oil (optional)
  • Midwifery binder (if you are in midwifery care)

The list may seem quite lengthy, but really when you get everything packed into a decent sized diaper bag or gym bag you realize that really you aren’t packing that much more than you would to prepare for a night or two away from home.

All my hospital gear is now stowed away in my Lug Tuk Tuk Carry All Diaper Bag.

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The Tuk Tuk is the ultimate carry all diaper bag! No joke. I was amazed by the spaciousness of this bag. You would think with a spacious diaper bag that it would also be bulky. The Tuk Tuk is far from it.

The Tuk Tuk is equipped with all sorts of necessities, including:

  • padded straps,
  • ventilated compartments,
  • removable drawstring bags (perfect to store soiled clothing or dirty diapers)
  • removable padded changing mat
  • hidden straps to hook the bag to a stroller if the need arises, and
  • many organizational pockets (including pockets to store bottles).

The Lug Tuk Tuk is available in 10 fabulous colours! Personally, I love my vibrant rose pink bag! That being said, I am obsessed with all things pink. 

If you are a new Mom or looking for the perfect shower gift, I certainly recommend checking out Lug. If you are not an expecting parent, that is OK too! Lug offers a wide variety of bags, storage items, blankets, pillows and other various items to suit anyone!

And – with all of the above being said… I have an awesome giveaway for all you fabulous readers! How would you like to win a Lug Tuk Tuk Carry All Diaper Bag? Here’s your chance!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only. Giveaway ends March 17, 2014 at 12AM EDT.

To learn more about Lug and /or connect with them you can check them out on FacebookTwitter, or visit their blog.

Comments

  1. One of everything please! There stuff is so awesome! The promenade full tote is super cute! And of course, so is the Tuk Tuk carry all!

  2. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    I love their purses especially the DOUBLE DUTCH CROSS-BODY MESSENGER. The TUK TUK looks great too!

  3. Puddle jumper looks great

  4. Angela Mitchell says:

    I love the Plum Purple Cable Car Satchel.

  5. I really like the Hula Hoop carry-all messenger bag.

  6. quick step wallet

  7. lisa bolduc says:

    I like the Moped bag!

  8. Julie Bolduc says:

    I like the Puddle jumper

  9. Darlene Schuller says:

    I really like the Mini Cross Body bag!

  10. Sunshine G says:

    Love the puddle jumper – so practical!

  11. Anne Taylor says:

    Loving the CHOO CHOO
    LUNCH TOTE

  12. I love the PONTOON
    HORIZONTAL CROSS-BODY BAG

  13. Wendy hutton says:

    pomenade full tote

  14. I really like the Cable Car bag

  15. Elaine Deng says:

    I like the Sprout and the Paddle Boat!

  16. The out fielder backpack looks awesome!

  17. Melissa Avey says:

    Hula Hoop carry-all messenger bag.

  18. Anne Derkat says:

    Carousel Mini Cross Body bag

  19. Cross body or weekender bag look great

  20. I love the beanie chair for my ipod!

  21. i like the mini cross over bag

  22. I love the Carousel Mini Cross-Body Bag!!

  23. I also like the Windjammer in Plum Purple.

  24. I like the Towboat Cosmetic Case – think it would be ideal for travelling.

  25. Juliee Fitze says:

    I like the pontoon bag in black.

  26. Carousel Mini Cross-Body Bag

  27. I like the tuk tuk carry all bag in blue!

  28. I really like the CADDY
    VERTICAL TOILETRY BAG.

  29. Adrianna Holbrook says:

    I love the Tuk Tuk Carry All Bag like the one pictured in the giveaway!

  30. I like the hula hoop bag in black

  31. Karen Thaeter says:

    I like the collection of the Nautical bags

  32. Meghan Malicoat says:

    I really like the Cargo 5pc Packing Kit.

  33. Marianne Rozak says:

    I like the Flutter Cross Body bag…

    That being said — I’m working on packing my own hospital bag now and it’s not going well — I look through your list and I’ve got like half of that packed away (37 weeks pregnant).

  34. Loving the Flip Top Toiletry bag

  35. Wayne Lecoy says:

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a Lug Tuk Tuk Carry All Diaper Bag.
    In response to your requirement to Visit Lug
    and leave a comment telling you which product appeals to me.
    I liked the TACKLE BOX LUNCH TOTE and OUTFIELDER BACKPACK.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Either of the two diaper bags. I’m in need of a new one.

  37. Jennifer Pirili says:

    I like the VERTICAL TOILETRY BAG. I think it would be great for travel!

  38. Honestly I LOVE this one right down to the colour although I also like it in the Marigold. Pretty!

  39. Alexa Nernberg says:

    Hi, the Promenade Full Tote from Lug really appeals to me. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway and for the opportunity to participate.

  40. Sarah forrester says:

    I like the quick step wallet

  41. Miriam Wilton says:

    i love the PARACHUTE
    MINI BACKPACK

  42. The quick step wallet is very cute

  43. Lori Bazan says:

    Quick-Step Wallet is my fave and I could really use it to keep organized!

  44. crystal morton says:

    I love the mini cross body bag.

  45. I love the Parachute Mini Backpack for outdoor adventures and the Hula Hoop Messenger Bag, both is that GORGEOUS OCEAN BLUE! The Hula bag looks like the perfect tote to carry all essentials.

  46. Jennifer L. says:

    I like the CAROUSEL
    MINI CROSS-BODY BAG in rose pink.

  47. I love the Caddy Vertical Toiletry Bag

  48. I like the puddle jumper and the Tuk Tuk- I love how durable these bags are, and the ability to carry lots but have it organized!

  49. Sarah Hayes says:

    I like the quick step wallet

  50. I love the Mini-Cross Body Bag

  51. I love the Undercover Bears hat! Sooo cute!

  52. I like the Choo Choo lunch tote. very cute designs!

  53. Cheryl Almas says:

    I like the Cruiser 4-Wheel Roller Bag in Ocean Blue

  54. karen gonyea says:

    Adore the mini cross body bag.

  55. stephen gordon says:

    Mini cross body bag

  56. Kristine Ewald says:

    I Love the mini cross body bag :)

  57. Maegan Morin says:
  58. mini cross body bag!

  59. kathy downey says:

    omg i just love the PADDLE BOAT ORCHARD PRINT
    OVERNIGHT/GYM DUFFEL

  60. patricia l george says:

    I love the Hula Hoop carry-all messenger bag for a friend,,and her grandbaby

  61. Love this in camo olive! http://www.luglife.com/caddy_vertical_toiletry_bag

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  62. kristen visser says:

    i love so many things! but especially the Seabreeze
    Full Tote

  63. Love the Lug tuk Carry all diaper bag and would love to win

  64. I like the hula hoop carry all messenger baf.

  65. Heather benoit says:

    Double dutch messenger bag :)

  66. I like the Choo Choo lunch tote. very cute designs

  67. like money

  68. I love it all. So anything I could win would be just wonderful!!!

  69. cool giveaway

  70. Connie Hanlon says:

    I love lug and everything appeals to me!From wallet,totes,luggage and cosmetic cases,I love it all!

  71. Sabrina veale says:

    Hula hoop carry all messager bag

  72. Sabrina veale says:

    Hula hoop carry all messenger bag

  73. I really like the carry all diaper bag.

  74. So excited to win this!

  75. I like the Outfielder backpack. Would be great for a weekend trip.

  76. krystal kash says:

    I like the Tuk Tuk :) All the products are amazing too

  77. Kateryna K. says:

    I like the flutter cross body bag.

  78. Leigh-Ann Murphy says:

    The mini cross body bag is awesome! great site, thanks for sharing it

  79. I like the Promenade Tote.

  80. I like the Pontoon Horizontal Cross-body Bag.

  81. I like the SEABREEZE – FULL TOTE from the NAUTICAL collection. :-)

  82. Love cross body bag

  83. We could really use this beautiful bag.

  84. Lyndsey Skidmore says:

    I love the mini cross body bag but can’t decide which colour :)

  85. I like the SEABREEZE full tote in navy

  86. I like the DOUBLE DUTCH CROSS-BODY MESSENGER

  87. I love the Choo Choo
    Lunch Tote

  88. Crystal Quibell says:

    Seabreeze!

  89. UNDERCOVER BEARS CUB CAPS POTTS is so so cute.

  90. I like the Jockey Messenger Brief

  91. Wendy Graham says:

    What great looking products. Love the wallets, the Windjammer, etc., etc. Gorgeous colours!

  92. Rachel Williams says:

    I really like the cosmetic case as well.

  93. H.E. DeLuna says:

    I like the caddy.

  94. Any of them

  95. Rose Holloway says:

    The OUTFIELDER BACKPACK

  96. I love the Tuk Tuk. It seems to be the perfect diaper bag!

  97. I love the TUK TUK CARRY ALL BAG on grass green or fog grey!

  98. the puddle jumper

  99. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I like the Airbus weekender bag.

  100. I like the mini cross body bag

  101. Jill McDowell says:

    I like the cosmetics bags

  102. Wendy Mastin says:

    I would like the QUICK-STEP
    WALLET

  103. Lisa Gonzalez says:

    I like thevpadfle boat overnight duffle

  104. I love the Sprout Carry-All Bag! It has tons of pockets and backpack straps! Awesome!

  105. the Mini Cross-Body Bag. thanks

  106. I love the Double Dutch Cross Over Bag

  107. CARGO 5PC PACKING KIT

  108. Debbie Cahoon says:

    I like the Double Dutch cross body messenger bag. It’s great but so are so many other items.

  109. Carousel mini cross body bag

  110. Bcteagirl says:

    I love the towboat cosmetics case! :)

  111. Love the mini cross over bag. Would love to win. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  112. I like it all but the puddle jumper the best

  113. BlessedTA says:

    Two-Step
    Cosmetic Case

  114. Ashley S says:

    Love the promenade tote!

  115. Suzanne G says:

    I like the Cruiser 4-Wheel Roller Bag

  116. I like the MOPED DAY PACK. I like the cool colors they offer too.

  117. I love the Airbus Weekend bag

  118. I like the Purple Cable Car Satchel.

  119. patricia says:

    Hula Hoop carry-all messenger bag

  120. The hokey pokey orange hippo back pack is so darn cute!

  121. jessica edwards says:

    the quick step wallet

  122. Erica Morrill says:

    I like the Carousel Mini Cross Bag!

  123. Amanka75 says:

    Love the Double DutchDouble Dutch Cross-Body Messenger.

  124. Amanka75 says:

    Love the Lug Double DutchCross-Body Messenger Purse.

  125. I like the Cruiser 4-Wheel Roller Bag in Ocean Blue :)

  126. Caryn Coates says:

    I love the SEABREEZE FULL TOTE

  127. Tiffany Hartwell says:

    I like the midnight black CAROUSEL
    MINI CROSS-BODY BAG

  128. quickstep wallet

  129. The PaddleBoat!!

  130. The diaper bag is perfect for all my friends who are getting pregnant

  131. tammy campbell says:

    I like the cruiser 4 wheel roller bag in purple

  132. elaine bolduc says:

    i like the quick step wallet

  133. I love their gym bags – especially the ones with a separate compartment for shoes!

  134. Teresa Thompson says:

    I like the Carousel Mini Cross-Body Bag.

  135. natalie yeoman says:

    i also like the HOKEY POKEY backpack

  136. The puddle Jumper!

  137. Jennifer L says:

    I like the Pontoon Horizontal Cross-body Bag in Cranberry Red – the kid’s backpacks are really cute too though!

  138. I like the Caddy. It would be the perfect toiletry bag for going camping!

  139. Marie Constantineau says:
  140. The product that appeals to me is the Nap Sac Travel Blanket+Pillow Set.

  141. Beth Gallinger says:

    I love the Double Dutch Orchard Print Cross-Body Messenger.

  142. i love the hulahoop messenger bag, and the ocean blue colour is gorgeous

  143. I would like the jewelry clutch. I travel a lot and would like to have something to put my jewelry in.

  144. I like the AIRBUS WEEKENDER BAG

  145. Christy Martin says:

    I like the Promenade Full Tote, perfect size for me!

  146. Judy Hunting says:

    I love the Mini Cross Body Bag

  147. I like the Shortstop
    Excursion Pack

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