What to pack in your hospital bag when having a baby
Here is my compilation of items I brought (and items I wish I brought,) to the hospital when I was in labor. I recommend having it packed up one month before you are due. I would also recommend bringing two gift baskets: one for your labor and delivery nurses, AND one for your postpartum nurses (I totally forgot one for them….next time.) Coming from a nurse, we really appreciate it, and a little bit goes a long way! I will do another post on what I put in my basket.
*Nursing top- This will come in handy when you have visitors, or when you no longer want to wear the designer gown provided by your hospital. Be sure that your top is a bit larger than your pregnancy bust size. In my experience, when my milk came in my breasts got considerably larger, it was miraculous.
*Makeup- I know that this will be the last thing on your mind, but hear me out. Everyone will know that you have been in labor for 3600 hours before you had your baby. You don’t need to LOOK like you’ve been in labor all night for your guests and all the pictures that will be taken! I brought my makeup bag and had my sister come in 5 minutes before everyone else to help me put on makeup, and I am so glad I did! Looking back at all those pictures I don’t look like I was up all night vomiting, having diarrhea and the worst pain of my life.
*Boppy Original Nursing Pillow – Mom, this is for you, not your baby. I had never had a hemorrhoid in my life so I was completely blindsided. Hermee, the hemmorhoid paid me a nice little visit after the delivery of my little man. If I had known, I would have brought the Boppy to sit on while conversing with my guests. Instead, I had no idea and was cautiously trying to sit on the side of my butt to avoid putting any pressure on Hermee.
*Toiletries- don’t forget a toothbrush, toothpaste, your favorite shampoo, conditioner, soap and CHAPSTICK. If you’re like me, after labor your mouth feels like the sahara desert. I was stoked I brought some chapstick to help moisten those suckers.
*Nursing Bra- What I suggest you look for in choosing a good nursing bra: super comfortable material, you can unclip or pull it down in half a second, no underwire (can be uncomfortable and possibly cause plugged milk ducts,) and has a little give (for when you get super engorged.)
*Robe- In case you don’t want to flaunt your 5 month-pregnant-looking-postpartum body, I would highly suggest bringing a robe. I was shocked at how much my stomach resembled a waterbed after birth, no big deal, it’s just that I didn’t want to strut my stuff all over the hallways.
*Loose bottoms- Because there is nothing tight or constricting that you want to wear on your bottom half for months after you have a baby! Loose, Comfy, and dark (there will probably be lots of bleeding for awhile.) I recommend loose pajama bottoms or a loose, long, flowy skirt.
*Comfy shoes- I should have brought my awesome slippers. Even though I hardly walked while in the hospital, those steps would have been much more comfortable had I brought my favorite pair.
*Belly Band- I started to wear mine as soon as possible since I still looked pregnant after giving birth. It helped considerably!
*Cute outfit for the bebe (or two)-I was pleasantly surprised that the hospital I delivered at provided a photography service. I was able to get him photographed in my favorite newborn onesie.
*Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat– Because they won’t let you leave the hospital without one!
*Snacks- Because it’s ok for dad’s to eat just because you can’t! They need energy to deal with your pleasant self throughout labor (and you never know how long that can take.) I went to Target and loaded up on a bunch of my husbands favorite snacks. It would be a bummer if you went into labor in the middle of the night and the cafeteria at the hospital is closed. Therefore, bring food so your man is energized!
*Canon Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera– So he can document everything (almost.) I am so glad I brought my camera. Feel free to ask every visitor to take a different family picture of you and your little one. Can’t have enough of those. Apparently when you get a new baby you get a new camera (or at least we did after budgeting for one.) We got a really good deal on a Canon Rebel t5i.
*Phone and camera chargers- Do not forget these!!!! My phone was ready to die right after I got to the hospital because I had been timing my contractions all night. Glad we brought the chargers.
*Clothes and toiletries- So dad doesn’t look like he’s been up all night cleaning your vomit off the bathroom floor (this won’t happen to everyone, I just happened to be a lucky recipient, love you honey!!)
What you don’t need
*Underwear- You don’t need to get your new granny panties dirty right off the bat, the hospitals provide disposable mesh underwear. Use theirs.
*Pads- The hospitals do a great coldpack/pad/witch hazel/benzocaine combo. They will provide the most comfortable and dreamy pads your heart could desire.
*Diapers- The hospitals will provide diapers during your stay. They will even give you an in-depth tutorial on diaper changing.
*Pacifier- I know there are mixed feelings on pacifiers, but know that if your child is going to need one, they will provide one. My hospital had the “soothies” brand. My little man only used it during his circumcision and he took to that brand quite well.
Thanks for stopping by!
Please let me know if there is any must-have’s you would add to this list!!
This post was not sponsored, all these opinions are my own 😉