How and What the Heck to Pack for the Hospital!

8.30.2019

 

When I had my daughter, I had no clue what to pack in my hospital bag! There were some things I was like "oh I'm glad I had that" and others I was like "what was I thinking?" Here's some of my top items that you may or may not have thought to pack, so you can feel calm, cool and prepared!! 

Robe: When you want to change out of the stiff hospital gown, this will feel so nice to put on. You can easily nurse or do skin to skin with this robe. 

 

Weekender Bag or small suitcase: Try not to over pack, really less is more and you likely won't be staying for that long. I feel like I brought a bunch of things that were so not necessary, so just keep things simple in a nice roomy bag or suitcase.  

 

Pajamas: I thought the pajamas was a nice options for sleeping overnight. Again to get out of the hospital gown if you wish. However, I feel like I may have stayed in my hospital gown for longer than I realized because it was just easier. But I am packing this exact option. 

 

Slippers: Heck yes, you need slippers. I brought slippers instead of socks and for me that worked better. I didn't deliver in socks because I just was too hot and wanted my feet free. But when you can get up to walk around or use the bathroom, slippers like these are key! 

 Comfy Slip on Shoes: Slip on shoes that felt good on my feet were worth every penny! You can be as stylish as you want which is why I like the rose gold option of these, but just make sure they feel good on your feet. I try not to wear flip flops for more than 2 hours at a time because of the wear and tear they do on your feet, so try to find shoes with two straps so you feel supported

 

Lip Balm:  Having a great chap stick or balm was a LIFE SAVER! Especially with the dryness of the hospital air and just being possibly dehydrated, having stuff on my lips made me feel so much better!! Trust me! Love this $8 one!

Cozy blanket for you! Again, a game changer. Something to feel like home while laying in the bed or laboring in comfort. I loved having my own blanket there with me.

 Leggings or Loose fitting pants: No one really tells you this ahead of time, but you will most likely be wearing a pad home and even the hospital underwear. (side note: I took a few extra pairs home so I didn't worry about ruining any full bottom underwear I owned.) But having a pair of maternity leggings, because your stomach doesn't shrink back right away, or loose fitting pants were perfect. 

 

 

 

Nursing Bra: I forgot this the first time around. Not quite sure what I was thinking but having an outfit for going home that you can nurse in is what you need! I think I tried to bring a dress to wear home so I would feel cute, but I ended up wearing who know's what home because I didn't realize I'd be needing to nurse so frequently. Also, we had to wait a little bit to get checked out of the hospital, so you want to have your girls ready for action when called upon! 

Coming Home Outfit for Baby: Do it for the gram if nothing else-lol! A swaddle set is the perfect idea to make sure you get an adorable pic of your newest addition. I also just packed a onesie for him to wear, since it will be pretty hot when he makes his debut. 

Car Seat: Okay, this you will absolutely need to exit the hospital. They will need to see you have this actually so it's best to play around with a car seat so you know exactly how to work it, install the base and click it into position. Practice ahead of time and if needed, you can go to the nearest police station to have them double check your car seat installation skills. This Maxi Cosi is our exact car seat too. 

Water Bottle: Sounds silly, but I prefer drinking water (and will usually drink more) if I have a cute water bottle to drink from versus a hospital cup. I brought my own and appreciated having my own water bottle as a reminder to drink water. Labor is no walk in the park and neither is breast feeding so the more you can drink ahead of time, the easier and more hydrated you are to take on these tasks. 

 

Face Wash/Make Up: This was such a nice option for me to have. You can use a nice toning or calming spray like this as well as have your favorite face wash on hand. Makeup is a great option post delivery so you feel good in your "I just had a baby pictures." For me, I will be keeping it simple and just bringing the essentials. 

 

Other things we have planned...

 

-Other kids? Pack them a bag and have a few different plans or people alerted in case any scenario happens. We have 3-4 different plans and people set in place to help us! It seriously takes a village! 

 

-Make sure to have a pet sitter lined up - pack them food, leash and toys if needed

 

-Dad needs some things too...change of shirt, deodorant, face wash, underwear to name a few. Everyone has to be comfy! 

 

Hope this list helps! Keep me posted on what else you brought that made a difference in your delivery. Thanks for reading!

 

xoxo, 

 

erin 

 

 

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