What do I need in my hospital bag?
If you’re like me, you pack a ton for any trip! This trip would be no exception especially if this is your first birth! I know I searched high and low for the perfect answer for what to have in my bag and I can tell you I had 2 and I used everything in them. So here’s a list for the soon to be mommy who has to be prepared for every situation… Had I not prepared for every situation, having had an emergency C-section it would have been an uncomfortable experience.
- Pajamas – 3 sets. This is a personal preference however I would suggest a shorts/pants set with a matching top, shelf bra tank top or breastfeeding tank top. You might think 3 is excessive but if you end up having a c-section (it’s not as bad as you are imagining), you will be there around 3 nights. I had packed a nursing nightgown and it was hard getting comfortable on the bed without showing my lady parts. Great Maternity Pajama Set available on Amazon.
- Toiletry kit – If you would take it to a hotel, take it to the hospital. Enough said. Yes, even the razor – what happens if you go into labor and hadn’t had a chance to shave your legs. This might be the last time you have the ability to shower while someone watches your baby for a few days. Personally, I had extra make up and toiletries in the bathroom from other trips I was able to use. Elf makeup might be a good idea here, you would be amazed at the amount of people who want to take pictures!
- Electronic chargers & charging pod – Just give in and buy a few extra charging cords, keep 1 in our purse and 1 in your hospital bag. Also you will want a dual port to plug into the wall because I can guarantee whoever is with you will also need a charger. Order a cord for your husband while you are at it. Put these in a small bag and include a camera if that is your preference. Amazon iPhone Charging Cord & charging block.
- Going home outfit. You will still look around 5-6 months pregnant. If you have a Maternity Yoga pants / outfit from your pregnancy, bring that, but think about a cute tank top or shirt that can be custom “New Mommy” made to wear with it.
- Underwear. While you are in the hospital they will give you these awesome briefs with undergarments. If you don’t end up liking them I suggest buying some black under wear and packing a few. You will use them later… and throw them out in a month or two.
- Bra. Have 2 nursing bras packed. If you are unsure of a size, don’t go too much bigger and don’t go crazy ordering expensive ones. You can always get them from target and buy nicer onces when you return home and know your size. Personally I wasn’t able to produce as much as I thought and I ended up being able to use some I already had and shelf/nursing tank tops. Here is a 3 pack of deep v neck comfortable nursing bras, with extenders!
- Socks. You will want anti slip socks or anti slip slippers. If you’re like me you’re probably thinking that you don’t need the anti-slip, they are so hard to find – you WILL want them when it comes to holding your newborn! The hospital ones can look tacky, and I am sure if you get them cute enough, you will use them again! Here are some CUTE socks here!!!!
For the baby:
- Sleepwear. Pack 6 outfits. Yes, the hospital does provide but I personally wanted to use some outfits I already had. They will get messy and if your newborn ends up using formula, I do not suggest plain white. Personally I chose sleep gowns and ordered a few packs, washed them and packed them.
- Picture attire – Bring at least 1 plain white onesie, a cute cap, and any additional props. I personally used 1 stuffed animal and 1 baby blanket that he has used for all pictures since. You can often get pictures in the hospital and I encourage it greatly. You don’t want to have to leave in the first week once you get home.
- Toiletries – GUESS WHAT?! They have you covered here YAY
- Carseat…. Have it available in the car.
- Nursing Pillow – This comes in handy for more than just nursing
- A gift – if he is a first time dad, think about a watch, keychain, personalized shirt. He will be excited too!
- Pajamas – 3 sets, okay maybe if he is that guy 2. He will want to be there too, to help you with the baby.
- Daytime attire – 3-4 sets, trust me – babies get messy
- Snacks – If he has any favorite snacks, have them handy!
- Toiletries – pack an extra toothbrush and anything small for him in your bag. He will thank you! Oh and remember the razor!
- Pillows – Hospital ones are just so flat, you will want atleast 2 of your own. Oh and remember the nursing one, that will fit in this bag too.
- Decorative blanket – Its always nice to have something of your own. I personally had a cute small fleece one I brought. Nothing fancy!
- Extra space in your bag – You will get things from the hospital to take home like diapers, under garments, toiletries, baby things, gifts, cards, flowers – You will be grateful for this space.
So here is the ultimate trick. I used a rolling suitcase set. It’s my personal suggestion if you have them. They are easy to stack you can put them in a corner, one in the linen closet and if you have 2 hangers throw them in so you can hang things and make it feel a little more comfortable. When you have a rolling suitcase you can roll them with you when they insist you take the wheelchair out the door. HE will thank you! Enjoy the journey and be sure to sleep in the hospital before you return home!