As we near the end I have officially finished packing everything into the hospital bags for the arrival of our daughter. I remember being so overwhelmed during my first pregnancy with the task of packing the hospital bags because I had no clue what I would need. Needless to say I packed way to much last time but its always better to have to much than to little, right?
As I said in my 5 Step Checklist to Nesting before Baby blog (make sure you check it out!), I usually start packing my hospital bags around week 30 and make sure they are fully packed around week 33 or 34. I had all my hospital bags packed last week but was waiting for a few little things to get delivered that I knew needed to be added, so officially completed the packing this time at week 35! It is always better to do this earlier in my opinion because you never know when your little bundle of joy may decide to make its arrival, and it could be sooner than later!
Below is a list with some pictures on what we included this time in our hospital bags.
- Nursing Tanks (3)
- Nursing Bras (1 Day Time and 1 Night/Sleeping Bra)
- Yoga Pants – or another pair of comfortable pants
- Comfortable Going Home Outfit – I have picked out leggings, nursing top, and a comfortable and warm cardigan
- Socks (3)
- Water Bottle
- Phone Charger
- Pads for postpartum
- Large and comfortable Underwear (4)
Baby Bag – I put this stuff in with my bag this time as it is not completely necessary to have two separate bags:
- Going Home Outfit (make sure it is comfy and of course weather appropriate)
- Swaddle Blankets (2)
- Fluffy Baby Blanket
- Nursing Pillow
- Sleepers (3)
- Onesies (3)
- Pants (3)
- Socks (3)
- Breast Pump (depending on what your plans are for breastfeeding and the hospital you are delivering at- the hospital I am delivering at I do not need to pack this)
- Car Seat (of course this is not going to go in your hospital bag but I include it on the list to make sure it is installed in the car)
- 2 Full Outfits
- Phone Charger
- Cards or something to pass some time before baby’s arrival (it can be a long wait!)
Bathroom Bag – I put this small bag in another bag:
- Deodorant (Mom and Dad)
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste (Mom and Dad)
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Body Soap – NOTE: in the hospital when I had Jace, they recommended I use a non-scented or very light scented body soap like vanilla or coconut as a strong scent can sometimes deter baby from latching with breastfeeding.
- Hair Brush
- Chapstick – this is a MUST! Hospitals tend to dry out my skin and make my lips so dry and the last thing you want to be dealing with postpartum is dry cracked lips!
- Tylenol (for Dad!)
- Extra Hair Elastics
- Any Makeup you may want
Other Stuff – I put this stuff in with the other bags as it is not necessary to have a separate bag for it:
- Camera and Charger
- Extension Cord – handy to plug your phone in but still be able to use it on the hospital bed
- Powerade – helps to get your electrolytes up postpartum
- Eye Mask – helps block out the hospital lights so you can catch some zzzz’s.
Diaper Bag – note the stuff listed here I keep in my diaper bag daily but bring it to the hospital for convenience so I do not have to double pack some of the items I may need in the hospital as well. Therefore, I always pack the diaper bag at the same time I pack the hospital bags:
- Wallet (make sure you have all your Health Cards, change for parking if needed, etc.)
- Pacifiers (2)
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Anti-Scratch Mittens (2)
- Receiving Blankets (2)
- Change of Clothes for Baby (2)
- Changing Pad
- Soother Clip
- Nursing Cover
- Small Medical Bag (tylenol, tissues, band aids, chapstick, etc.)
- Nursing Pads
- Nipple Cream
- If you have other children of course anything else they need while out and about (ex. snacks and change of clothes)
I generally pack enough to stay in the hospital comfortably for 2-3 days just in case there are some complications. My hubby stays at the hospital with us the whole time so I always pack enough for him as well.
Since this time around we also have Jace who will be going to his Grandma and Grandpa’s when we go to the hospital, I did have to pack him up a bag of stuff as well which I will be keeping at Grandma and Grandpa’s house ahead of time so we don’t have to worry about grabbing anything for him. Basically his bag consists of 4 changes of clothes, some extra underwear in case of any accidents, 4 pajamas, bath soaps, toothbrush and toothpaste, and when we drop him off he will also have his favorite blanket and stuffy he carries everywhere.
There are a few of the items that I obviously cannot pack ahead of time, like phone chargers, but I keep a list in my phone of the few last minute items I need to pack when we head for the hospital and as for the bathroom stuff, I have this all sitting on my counter ready to go in a small bag for when we head for the hospital as well.
Packing the hospital bags (especially for your first pregnancy) can definitely be a stressful task because, like I said before, you generally don’t really know what you NEED or may want. There was definitely lots of stuff I changed from my first pregnancy hospital bag to my second pregnancy hospital bag. There were things I took out because I did not even think about using it but there were also things I added that I wished I had brought last time.
I hope this list helps some of you Mama’s prepare for the big day which is fast approaching, and congratulations in advance on your little bundle of joy! This Mama is off to prepare some dinner and sit down with a glass of hot tea while we wait for Daddy to come home from his day at work! Stay tuned for some more struggles, chaos & fun from this Mediocre Mommy! ❤