So clearly, as a mom of 2, I’ve done the birth thing a couple of times now. Taking a 4 year break from having babies kind of faded my memory of everything you need to do this birthing thing, so I did some “Pinteresting” and surfed the web. I honestly felt like all those “my hospital bag” lists were so excessive. I decided to sit down and REALLY think about my other hospital experiences, and what I feel was necessary and what was excessive, and packed my bag accordingly.
Keep in mind that, this being my third baby, I will be leaving the hospital after 24 hours, as long as there are no complications…you may be there longer.
#1. The bag. When I saw this duffel bag on clearance at Target, I snatched it up quick. I knew it would be perfect for the hospital. I decided I didn’t want to have a zillion things to take and bring home with me, and this bag was the perfect size for bringing all of my and baby’s things in, as well as all the goodies you usually end up leaving the hospital with.
#2. Hairties. These are necessary during labor. I don’t care how glammed up you get before getting to the hospital, once you get there and are in labor for hours, and then have to push, you’re GOING to want that hair out of your face.
#3. Chapstick. Hospitals are dry as it is, but tack on all the heavy breathing you will be doing during labor, and you’re mouth is going to be desperate for some hydration. (Take this opportunity to ask a nurse for a popsicle or those amazing “sonic” ice chips, too…hospital perks).
#4. Deodorant. YOU’RE GOING TO SMELL. I remember this vividly with my first. I couldn’t believe the stench that was coming from my underarms after labor. Whether it was hormones or pushing for an hour, I don’t even know, but it was horrifying, and I couldn’t get deodorant fast enough. Also, no one wants their baby to associate their mother’s scent with B.O., so yeah don’t forget that one.
#5. Yummy smelling shower products. Again, you’re going to smell, and be sweaty and bloody, and just feel gross, so at some point you will want to shower. I should add here that the hospital will most likely provide you with toiletries (think standard hotel toiletries), so, while it’s not something you would go without if you forgot it, I think having things that make you feel as fabulous as you possibly can is key.
#6. Gum. Or mints. Because that smelly thing is a reoccurring issue, including your breath, and you may not be feeling up to getting out of bed to brush your teeth right away.
#7. A 10 foot charging cord. (I got this one from Amazon.) Those hospital beds are NEVER close enough to an outlet, and let’s be real, your phone is going to be blowing up with texts, phone calls, FaceTime sessions, AND now you have a precious little babe that is going to need to be photographed every 2 minutes, so you gotta keep that phone close by and all charged up!
#8. Comfy/Nursing clothes. I went to my favorite store…Target, obviously…and browsed all their nursing tops and bras, and decided on a Gilligan & Omalley nursing camisole in black with a matching pair of shorts, and these super comfy gray pj’s by xhilaration. I’m bringing both with me, because sometimes hospitals are super hot and sometimes they’re crazy chilly, so I wanted to have options. Both outfits are super stretchy and roomy for a postpartum body, and will be really great for nursing, if you choose to do so.
#9. A robe. You’re going to want something to cover up with when walking the halls or when you have visitors come to see you, and because I’m a firm believer in the importance of making yourself feel fabulous, (whatever that means to you), I knew I wanted to have something a little extra “pretty” to lounge in. My mom bought me this AMAZING robe from Plum Pretty Sugar, and I cannot wait to wear it.
#10. Going home outfit. I decided on a swing/shift dress (I had this one from American Eagle, pre pregnancy), and a cozy cardigan to wear over it if it’s chilly. I’m very well aware that I will be looking at least 6 months pregnant when I leave the hospital, so I wanted to bring something that was loose and comfortable on my tummy.
#11. Baby items. I’m pretty sure my baby will be in hospital clothes the majority of the time, but I wanted to bring one “cute” outfit to be able to take some hospital pics in, and of course his going home outfit (purchased from H&M). I also added in there a couple of extra soft simple swaddle blankets, like this gray one and white one, along with some socks, and pacifier (and clip). The hospital will provide all the diapers and wipes you need, and trust me, you’re going to be paying enough money for those suckers over the next couple of years, so you might as well take all the free stuff you can get.
#12. Misc items/Things I will throw in my bag before we head to the hospital. A brush, my toothbrush/toothpaste, small makeup bag, my camera, and pillow. If you’re going to be in the hospital longer than 24 hours, I suggest grabbing a few snacks to pack as well, but I know I’m just going to end up making my hubby go out and buy me a hundred beef ‘n’ cheddars and blueberry muffins, so I’m not too worried about the snack issue. 😉
Don’t bring underwear. The hospital undies are THE best, and you might as well just ask them to give you a million pairs to take home, because post-birth bleeding is no joke, and no one wants ruined undies.
Don’t forget to take home the peri-bottle!!!!! I cannot stress this enough. And if you don’t know what a peri-bottle is yet, trust me, you will, and you will become best friends with it. Seriously!
If people are wanting to send flowers, balloons, etc. to congratulate you, AWESOME, but if you can, ask them to wait to have them delivered to your house. Getting those gifts is so great, until you have to carry everything out of your room, down to your car, with a newborn.
If you’re considering hiring a birth or fresh 48 photographer, DO IT. You will never have this special time with this baby ever again, and capturing those memories, precious moments, and the tiny newborn details is something you will never regret.
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I’m sure there’s more I could add in my bag, and I may end up kicking myself for not bringing a hair dryer or a giant cozy blanket with me, but I’m working on minimalism this year, and also I live 5 minutes from the hospital so I can just have hubby run home for all the things I forget ;). Overall, I think this is a pretty solid list for first time, second, third, fourth time mommas. And if anyone has any other questions or things I may have missed, comment below!! I love talking about birth and babies!