This post is for all the mama’s! I’ve found that what women pack in their hospital bags for labor and delivery is so different for everyone, and a lot of it depends on if you’re OK using hospital provided items or not. I’ve read some of the longest hospital bag lists and thought to myself “Why in the world would you want/need to bring that to the hospital?”-and I’ve read some lists that have only a few things on them. I like to think I am somewhere in the middle.
I am 37 1/2 weeks pregnant and I feel pretty accomplished for already having my hospital bag packed. With my first baby, I didn’t pack my bag until about an hour before we left for the hospital. I didn’t actually know my water had broken (it happened while I was in the tub), or else I would have been a bit more panicked and feeling like there wasn’t time to even pack a bag.
Being that it’s my second time around, I feel I’ve got a much better idea of what you actually need to pack in your hospital bag. I like to pack on the lighter side-after all, you are only there for about 2-3 days (assuming you don’t have complications) and the hospital provides almost everything you need. But it is nice to bring some of your own stuff to make you feel more comfortable.
[DUFFLE BAG/DIAPER BAG]
The first thing you’ll need when packing your bag is, well, a bag. I got a new Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag, and never intended to use it for my hospital bag, but it ended up being perfect! I have the Inter-Mix Backpack which is designed to be used as a system with their packing pods. It helps moms stay organized, rather than just throwing a bunch of stuff into a diaper bag, you can used the individual pods to separate your items so you can easily find them.
Given what’s in my hospital bag, the Inter-Mix Backpack and accessories were the perfect choice to keep my bag organized. I used one for the baby’s items, one for my toiletries, one for breastfeeding essentials, ect. I know this will make it a breeze to find things in my bag during my stay in the hospital. And after the hospital, I can’t wait to start using it as a diaper bag!
- Shampoo, conditioner, detangler, and dry shampoo
- Comb and/or brush
- Face wash and moisturizer
- Body wash
- Body lotion
*Aside from the makeup, all these items are travel sized. To ensure speedy packing, I keep my makeup in its own bag so I can toss it in at the last minute!
*Some women like to bring their own socks/slippers. I was totally fine with the socks the hospital provided last time, so I don’t think I’ll bring my own. Last time I stayed in the hospital gown the entire time and never changed (and I was so in love with it that I “borrowed” it and “forgot” to return it ;)). However, I’m hoping to look and feel a little more put together this time around, so I’d love to change into something a little cuter but just as comfortable after delivery. I love the delivery robes from Pink Blush, especially the bamboo fabric ones, and they’ll make nursing a breeze.
*The reason I strongly recommend your going home outfit be a dress you can nurse in is because postpartum recovery is no joke! You will likely be wearing a gigantic hospital pad along with some sort of ice pack and putting pants on over that is just not ideal, even if they’re sweat pants. A dress was the #1 item I wish I would have packed with my first baby!!
- Perineal Cold Packs (assuming your hospital doesn’t provide them- my first hospital did, but this one doesn’t)
- Nipple cream
- Breast pads
- Phone charger (extra long)
- Swaddle Blanket(s), also bringing this one
- Going home outfit
- Socks & Mittens
- Nail scissors
*With baby items being so small, you aren’t risking much but throwing in a few things you may not end up using. Hospitals provide bulb syringes for snot, but I think they are one of the most disgusting things ever, so I prefer to take my NoseFrida. Hospitals also provide pacifiers, but I’m going to bring a few options just in case my baby prefers a different kind.