Hi there to all the soon to be moms and dads! In the spirit of preparedness, I thought I’d share with you what I wish I had packed in my hospital bag. As a first time mom I definitely over-packed! We had taken a prenatal class and one of the handouts included a long list of what we should bring with us on the big day. Now don’t get me wrong, you may very well be feeling a bit sore and perhaps a heating pad would help, or you may find yourself slightly bored, where a magazine or book would fill the boredom, but I can tell you for certain, these feelings will be the last thing you’re concerned with. It’s important to remember that hospitals offer a plethora of anything and everything. Should you forget something or decide you really need it, you or your partner can always purchase it at the hospital gift shop or pharmacy.
To make things easier, I’m going to break this down into what to pack for mom to be, baby and partner or whomever will be with you when you deliver. Our baby boy was born five days early and I’m SO glad I was organized and had the bags ready to go! All we had to do was grab them and RUN! It’s also important to note that everyone’s birthing experience differs vastly. I am basing this list off of my own, which had us in the hospital for two nights.
MOM TO BE
- Hospital undies – If you take a prenatal class you will learn all about these wonderful granny panties and why you actually need them. I suggest packing two pairs.
- Large overnight pads – I suggest TENA. The hospital should provide you with these but it’s a good idea to pack a handful just in case. It can take time for nurses to make their rounds.
- Toiletries – face cream and wash, toothbrush and tooth paste, floss, hairbrush, body and hand lotion etc.
- Comfy outfit for after giving birth – opt for sweat pants, and a loose sweater.
- Pajamas – you could also wear the comfy outfit (above) to bed to save space in your bag. Realistically you’ll have this on for maybe a couple of hours before you go to bed)
- Bathrobe – perfect for throwing on if you have visitors.
- Going home outfit – again, something comfortable and loose is best.
- Makeup (if you wish) – I’d go light on this. Tinted moisturizer and mascara can do wonders!
- Nursing bra or tank top – a bra is more versatile as it can be worn under anything although a tank is convenient as you can easily throw your robe over it.
- Slippers – the last thing you’ll want to do is squeeze into your shoes. Especially if your feet are still swollen like mine were!
- Flip flops – should you wish to take a shower in the hospital.
- Snacks – these saved me the night before I gave birth. Fruits like apples, nuts and granola bars are great options!
- Pillow – I was sooo glad I brought my own pillow along. There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable hospital pillow.
- Change of clothing
- Pillow (optional)
- Flip flops (optional) – should they wish to shower in the hospital.
- Diapers – although the hospital provides diapers, we only received them the first night and they were not enough to last through our stay.
- Two to three outfits – sleepers are best.
- Car seat cover – make sure your car seat is installed properly before heading to the hospital.
- Warm blanket
- Muslin blanket for swaddling
Feel free to leave me a comment or question!