What I Packed in My Hospital Bag (and what I didn’t need)

September 12, 2016

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what to pack in your hospital bag (and what I didn't need)

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Today, I’m talking about what I packed in my hospital bag and what I didn’t need. I read so much during my pregnancy about hospital bag essentials so I really included the things that everyone said were “must-haves.” Even still, there were items I didn’t even touch, and others that I wish I had! Today I’m talking about what I packed in my hospital bag (and what I didn’t need) to hopefully help all you pregnant mamas out there!

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What I Packed in My Hospital Bag

FOR BABY

car seat– this one is a must because you can’t leave the hospital without it!

– diaper bag- I brought this one from Skiphop and loaded it up with all the baby things

– 2 outfits with socks, mittens and hat- I’d recommend bringing a newborn size and a 0-3 month size just in case you have a bigger babe. Also kimono-style tops with snaps will be SO much easier to put on!

1-2 Swaddles– They have receiving blankets at the hospital but you might want to bring a couple of your own. I also brought a baby blanket.

– baby wipes- My hospital doesn’t use baby wipes, instead they use napkins that they wet. If you want to make your life a little easier bring your baby wipes of choice! I brought these ones from Babyganics.

– nail file- Your little one might come out with some sharp talons so bringing a baby-safe nail file might be a good idea. I love this one because it’s incredibly gentle and won’t cut their delicate skin.

baby book– If you have some time in the hospital you might want to write down some details about your labor so you don’t forget. Also, if you hospital stamps the hands or feet, you can add those to the book at the same time. Unfortunately my hospital didn’t do that but that would have been fun!

pacifier– Our hospital didn’t provide one since they encourage breastfeeding and didn’t want to create nipple confusion. After some recommendations, though, I brought a pacifier just in case we needed it.

WHAT I DIDN’T USE: the pacifier and nail file (we filed his nails once we got home).


FOR MOM

– birth plan and hospital pre-admittance paperwork

– hospital gown- I brought this one from Della B and lived in it throughout my stay at the hospital. There were access points for the nurses, and it was nursing friendly. Everyone was complimenting me on it too!

– 1-2 sets of PJs with buttons down front- I brought this button-up nightgown from Eberjey which would make it easy to go to the bathroom and nurse

– flip flops for taking a shower in the hospital

– slippers or socks with grips for walking around the hospital room

– nursing bra- I brought this one from Cake Maternity

– regular underwear

– overnight pads

– deodorant- so necessary after labor!

– coconut water- to stay hydrated during and after labor

– insulated water bottle- I brought my Bobble

– nursing pillow-  I got the Boppy

– phone and charger

– portable charger

– extension cord- some people advised us to bring one since outlets aren’t always in the most convenient places

– makeup and travel-sized toiletries (include cleansing facial wipes, lip balm, hair band)

– room spray- I love this one!

– Going home outfit- I brought this Loyal Hana dress and wore a pair of gray suede sandals

– relaxing music playlist to listen to during labor

– belly support band for after labor- I bought this one based off the reviews and price

– breath mints

– breast pads

– nipple shield

– pillow with colored pillowcase- it was nice to have my own pillow since the hospital ones are a little flat. And having a colored pillowcase made it easy to remember to bring home.

– an extra bag to bring home things from the hospital. You can keep the diapers you don’t use, as well as some other items, and you’ll also get some gifts from visitors.

WHAT I DIDN’T USE: the pjs {I just wore the Della B gown the whole time but having another option would still be a good idea}, nursing bra {I didn’t need this in the hospital}, regular underwear {I wore the ones the hospital gave me}, pads {the hospital provides these too}, insulated water bottle {it was easier to just drink out of the cup with a straw}, portable charger, extension cord, breast pads {didn’t need to use in the hospital but have definitely been using at home}, nipple shield {the lactation consultant provided me with one but I would bring one just in case you need it}


FOR DAD

– camera and charger to document photos of the baby

– pajamas

– 1-2 changes of clothes- make sure the shirt is a button-up to allow for skin to skin

– toiletries

– Call List- names and numbers of people to call/text in labor

– snacks

– phone and charger

– portable speaker

– A sweatshirt/fleece to sleep in because it’s freezing in the hospital

– laptop and charger- check to see if your hospital has WiFi

WHAT HE DIDN’T USE: portable speaker {we just ended up playing music on our phones}, laptop and charger {our hospital didn’t have WiFi}


OTHER

– Something for the nurses! They do so much for you so it’s nice to bring them a little something. I gave them a box of Sees Dark Chocolate and some beauty products. I think it meant a lot!

Portable Sound Machine– I didn’t think we’d need this but I had Matthew go home for it after our first night. It was nice to help the baby fall asleep to some white noise in the hospital room.


 

So there you have it! That’s what I packed in my hospital bag! I know I might have used more of what I packed if I had a c-section, especially since I would have needed to stay at the hospital a few extra days. My labor also went relatively fast so I didn’t need all that I packed. I’m curious if there’s anything I didn’t bring that you think would be helpful next time around. I heard bringing your own blanket is sometimes nice, but I made do with the ones at the hospital.

My biggest tip for packing your hospital bag is to do it early… just in case! I finished packing mine the day I went into labor! At the end of the day though all you really need is yourself. The hospital has everything you need, and you can always have someone go home for anything you forgot.

P.S. If you guys want to see the handsome boy here are some of Augustine’s newborn photos

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  • Noemi K

    Please do an update on the effects of the belly support band! I don’t know anybody who used one and I’m really curious. Is it comfortable? Does it work? etc.

    • Hi Noemi! So far I’ve really liked it! It’s comfortable and I think it does help retrain those muscles to pull in a little bit.

  • This is so helpful! I’m only at 20 weeks, but I haven’t prepped a thing… lots of time yet!

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    • yes you have so much time! Just don’t wait until the very last minute 🙂 You never know if you’ll go into labor early!

  • Joules

    It’s super useful to see the things you didn’t need! Definitley refering my friends who are having kids to this list when they plan their trip to the hospital.

    Lifestyle by Joules

    • Thanks Joules!! It’s hard to know what you’ll need. I think it’s great to check with the hospitals and see what’s provided too!

  • so cute!

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  • MissLilly

    Really good post as always! I didn’t even use my pj, I’ve kept on using the hospital gown the first night and then had a comfortable pair or large trousers and a top without bothering to change into anything else. I did use my slippers and toiletries for a shower. Didn’t use my kindle or the ipod or the food for labour as I’ve ended up with emergency c section and then was having the hospital food. Baby wise yap, hospital provided nappies and pants and pads for me. I found my simple clothing really useful as well as the Muslims to wrap baby. Dressing will be hard the first days so keep it simple and bring a few changes because they get dirty and wet quickly

    • yes so true!! I agree with everything you said. It’s crazy how you think you’ll use more than you actually do!

  • Vanessa

    I brought a nipple shield after reading about it on another mom blog. I didn’t use it till I got home and after a few days was having trouble getting my baby latched. It was a life-saver at the time, but, I ultimately I really regretted it. At our 2 month appointment, I found out my baby hadn’t been gaining weight because the milk coming through the shield wasn’t enough. Plus, he was exhausted using it and would fall asleep before getting enough milk (I thought that’s what babies just did so it wasn’t a red flag). I had so much mom guilt and it killed my supply so I had to supplement with formula while taking lots of herbal supplements to get back to exclusively breastfeeding. It was so stressful. I wish I had just got the lactation consultant from the beginning instead of calling her desperately at 2 months.

    • oh so interesting! I definitely want to try weaning him from it because he falls asleep eating too. I think he’s gaining weight but good to be aware of! Thank you!

  • Snickerdoodle143

    This is so helpful, thank you! I would also like to know what you think of the postpartum belly support band once you think you can make a fair assessment 🙂 thanks again for being so candid and sharing so much about your experiences with pregnancy and baby. Being a little more than halfway along, it’s so nice to hear from someone who just went through it all.

    • Yes definitely!! So far I’ve really loved it. Congrats to you and your family during this special time!

  • Mikie P

    Hi Mara! Any idea where you got your velvet slippers? I’m loving them! Congratulations on your sweet little one and thank you for the helpful post!

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