The hospital bag. Just when you think your to do list is done, there's one more daunting task! Packing your hospital bag should be one of the last things you do before bringing baby home… which can be exciting and nerve racking all at the same time.
We’ve come up with a list of hospital bag must have (with the help of our followers) to make sure your hospital stay can be as comfortable as possible.
Before the baby arrives, save yourself some time (and money) by calling your hospital or attending the hospital’s orientation to ask what will be supplied for you and your baby in the room. Every hospital will vary.
Remember, there is no way to predict how long you hospital stay will be. You should prepare to stay at the hospital for quite a few days. Brings lots of different clothing options, especially if this is your first delivery. You may not know exactly what you’ll want to wear. Comfort is going to be the main goal so make sure you bring lots of options. There’s no way to predict how labor will go (or how long it will last) so make sure you bring quite a few options clothing options.
- Your ID and Insurance information.
- What you plan to wear during labor (if you don’t want to wear a hospital gown. You have more options than you would think! Check this out. https://www.baby-chick.com/what-to-wear-at-a-hospital-birth/)
- Things to help you relax and pass the time, especially if you are going to have an epidural. (Books, card games, music, a computer, etc. If you can take a nap to catch up on some sleep, defiantly do that as well because your sleeping schedule is going to get weird when baby comes!)
- Camera (or arrange for someone to come to hospital to take pictures. You don’t want to forget the day your little one graced everyone with his/her presence.)
- Cell phone AND charger. Why is it that the charger ALWAYS gets forgotten?! Don’t forget the charger. (Consider getting a long charging cord or extension cord so you can use your phone/charger in bed.)
- Your favorite snacks.
- Bring along an extra bag to take home all the things you will acquire at the hospital (gifts, cards, things from the hospital, etc.)
- Loose, comfortable clothes to wear during your stay at the hospital AND one your way home. Maternity clothes or very loose fitting dresses will be the way to go since your uterus will not be back to it’s pre-baby size quite yet.
- Bathrobe. Never underestimate the power of a good robe! You will want to be able to feel covered up when people come to visit but will appreciate the ease of breast feeding in a robe. There are all sorts of really cute robe options out there. Check out Gownies for example. https://www.gownies.com
- Nursing Pillow. You are going to want to be as comfortable as possible.
- Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, makeup, hairties, etc.
- Baby blanket. Sometimes hospital blanket can be too thin or scratchy depending on when your babe is born.
- Cute outfit for the baby. You will take pictures and you’ll want that baby’s style to be on point. Here's a few of my favorites:
Diaper bag: Miss Fang, Swaddles: Copper Pearl (B&W Stripe and Copper) BATZkids ("Birthday" Swaddle- USA Holidays) Little Lux (Rainbow Swaddle) and Lynn and Liv Swaddle (Blue Floral), Gown: Brave Little Ones, Top Knot: Little Knots, Name Tags: Little and Lux, Teether: Nature SultonBibs: Billy Bibs
Baby boy outfit:
Diaper bag: Miss Fang, Swaddles: Copper Pearl, Gown: Brave Little Ones, Name Tags: Little and Lux, Teether: Nature Sulton, Bibs: Billy Bibs
Diaper bag: Miss Fang, Swaddles: Copper Pearl, Gown: Brave Little Ones, Blue Romper: Everly B, Knit Bonnet: Petite Coo, Pacifer Clip: Ryan and Rose, Stripped hat: Noxx, Name Tags: Little and Lux, Teether: Nature Sulton
Finally, we asked our followers what they wish they would have brought to the hospital and here’s what they said:
- Brush, face wipes, a robe, maybe even some slippers
- A comfy robe
- Hair ties, water bottle, socks/slippers, nightgowns, wash clothes and baby soap
- Candy to suck on
- A pacifier! My hospital wouldn't give me one because I was breast-feeding
- An extra change of clothes for the little one
- Body pillow
- A comfy sweatshirt
- Lounge pants- something comfortable for after delivery at the hospital
- Slippers and a Velcro swaddle
- A bobby pillow- great for dad to sleep with at night and to feed the baby when needed... multipurposed!