We thought we had about two weeks to go till baby girl’s due date, and with Oliver being born a few days early, I thought it was about time to pack our hospital bags. Everything else was ready and had been for awhile, like all the clothes washed and organized, and the bedroom all ready, but for some reason I had no sense of urgency to get all the major things done. And by major things, I’m talking installing the carseat, packing hospital bags, and getting plans in order for who’s going to take care of Oliver while we were in the hospital. Procrastination at its finest! Thankfully I had the sense to get a list together and start packing at about 37 weeks pregnant, because baby girl definitely made a surprise early entrance into the world! (full birth story post coming soon)
Since this was my second time around putting together hospital bags, I thought I’d share what I packed for myself during labor and post-partum, as well as for baby and Chase.
This is the bag that you will take when you’re actually in labor. All the essentials for helping you and your significant other survive the labor process and make you more comfortable.
- Insurance Card
- Birth plan
- Phone charger (and any other chargers you may need)
- Bluetooth speaker
- Snacks (essential for you and/or your partner because you never know how long you’ll labor for)
- “Thank You” gift or cards for the nurses (I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies and wrote a note for my attending nurses and doctors)
- Hairties and/or hairband
When it comes to clothes, try to pack things that fit you when you were about 6 or 7 months pregnant.
- Nursing bras
- Underwear (trust me, granny panties will be the best investment!)
- Pajama pants or sweatpants
- Loose tops
- Cardigan or robe
- Going-home outfit (comfort over style)
- Flip flops for shower
- Bag for dirty clothes
- Socks and slippers
- Breast Pads
- Post-partum girdle
- Pillow and blanket (when you can sleep, you’ll sleep so much better with some of your comforts from home)
- Bath towels (the ones they supply are so thin and little)
- Travel size shampoo, conditioner, & body wash
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Glasses and extra pair of contacts
- Face wash
- Face lotion
- Dry Shampoo
- Lanolin nipple cream
In order to minimize the amount of bags that we have, I am packing all of baby girl’s things in her diaper bag.
- Going-home outfit
- 1-2 kimono tops or onesies
- Diaper bag
- Burp Clothes
- Nail clippers (you never know if your baby is going to come out with really long nails, so it’s best to be prepared)
- Any accessories or clothes you may want for baby photos
- Change of clothes (button up shirts are best for skin-to-skin time)
- Comfy clothes to sleep in
- His phone & charger
- His own pillow and blanket to sleep on those rock hard beds/chairs
- Boppy/nursing pillow
- Carseat (winter carseat cover if seasonally appropriate)
- Letterboard, “hello I’m new” sticker, etc…. any props you want for baby’s first photo
I know it might seem like a lot, but most of the stuff is small and trust me when I say that less is best! Try to minimize the amount of stuff and bags you take. I definitely over packed when I had Oliver, and didn’t end up using half the stuff I packed, so this list is all the things that I actually used, found useful, or wish I had brought with me the first time. Make sure you take into account that most hospitals provide diapers and wipes for baby and anything you may need for postpartum care. If you’re unsure what your hospital or birthing center provides, it doesn’t ever hurt to ask!
Let me know in the comments below if you have any must-have items that you pack for the hospital!