After my appointment a few weeks ago, it hit me that I should probably start thinking about what I want to pack in my hospital bag. And while I still (*should*) have a few more weeks, it’s never too early to be prepared!
This is my third baby but even since the first, I’ve kept it pretty simple when it comes to my hospital bag. I may have packed more outfits than needed with my first because duh, first kid and I was excited! But I had a lot of moms tell me to keep it simple and light and that’s what I’ve always done.
So what do you really need to pack in your hospital bag? I’ve broken down the items below + you can download a FREE printable checklist here!
Nursing bras or sports bras (depending on if you plan to nurse). Even if you don’t breastfeed, your breasts will be pretty sore with the milk coming in. So supportive and comfortable bras will be a must.
Toiletries: Glasses (if you wear them), contact solution, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face lotion, etc.
Slippers or socks: I never had to walk around during labor because mine happened too quickly but you may want socks to walk too and from the bathroom, during labor while pushing, etc.
Robe: A robe is also great for walking around during labor, nursing afterwards, or to accommodate any chilliness in the room.
Flip flops for shower
Hair dryer/straightener/curling iron (obviously optional): I used these after my first shower and before pictures. To each their own though!
Makeup (it makes me feel human): I put the basics on before visitors and then for pictures.
Hairties: During and after labor
Towels (the hospital towels are often thin and don’t fit well): They may get messy so be prepared for that. But the ones I was given were small, thin, and uncomfortable.
Outfit for going home: I recommend something loose (sundress in the summer or leggings and sweater/tee in the winter)
Outfit for going home: Like I said, I definitely overpacked with the first. I kept my babies in the white tees and swaddles provided by the hospital most of the time and just needed an outfit to take them home in.
Pacifiers if you plan to use them: some hospitals provide them, some don’t. And your baby may prefer one brand over another. So bring and try a few different kids.
Baby book (if you want footprints in there) This is the baby book I ordered for our baby girl.
Carseat: make sure it’s installed correctly in your car too!
Nursing support pillow: I preferred this nursing pillow because I felt like I got better support.
Entertainment: book, iPad, laptop, whatever might keep them occupied when (and if) there is downtime.
Props for photos (felt board, name swaddles, etc)
Noise machine (I need one to sleep so this is always with me haha) This noise machine is my absolute favorite.
Speaker for music (some like it during labor and some don’t)
Birth plan (if you have one)
I.D and insurance card
Sibling gifts (if applicable)
Things the hospital should provide you:
Witch hazel pads
You may prefer to bring your own pads and underwear so that’s totally up to you. I usually just end up using what they gave me because 1) it’s already there and one less thing I need to worry about bringing and 2) because I don’t want to buy things just to ruin them.
Whew! And there you have it! If you forget anything, you can always have someone bring it to the hospital for you or send someone to buy it! Don’t worry about it too much; in the end, a safe and quick delivery is really all that matters!
I’ve created a checklist so you can download a hard copy here! Good luck mamas.. you’ll be great! xo
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