It’s Go Time! What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag
I thought that I had put together a pretty good hospital bag prior to having my baby, but after my experience at the hospital, there were a few things that I’d wished I’d brought along with us (like my own shampoo!). If you’re prepping for your first baby delivery, read through the list below of what to pack in your hospital bag to make sure you’re prepared and have the comforts of home with you to make your hospital stay a little bit easier.
Make sure to include hair ties to pull back your hair during delivery in your toiletries kit. You’ll also need essentials like your brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, face wash, deodorant, shampoo (the stuff they have at the hospital is no bueno) and anything else in your arsenal to help you feel a little more normal after delivery.
My phone was constantly buzzing with notifications while I was in the hospital, with tons of people anxious to hear the news of the baby’s arrival. I was glad to have a couple of good movies and books loaded on it for a distraction for me as I was in labor for a looooong time. All of these things added up to major battery drain! Make sure you’ve got your spare chargers in your hospital bag so you are fully charged and ready to go when it’s time to snap those first pics of baby!
I didn’t feel like eating at all prior to, and immediately after the birth of my baby. But, we were glad to have some snacks packed in our hospital bag to keep my husband happy and right where I needed him instead of always leaving to hunt down food. These Sahale snack mixes are great to have around because they’re super tasty, filling and packed with protein to give you and your significant other energy through the long haul of labor.
If you’re normally a contact wearer, I’d recommend bringing your backup glasses with you instead as you don’t want to be worried about taking your contacts in and out while trying to catch some zzz’s. Keep things simple with your glasses, and you’ll be glad you did.
Sleep Mask/Ear Plugs
If you’re a light sleeper like me, you may be in for a rough stay during your delivery. I literally could not sleep with the constant stream of people in and out of my room, and by the time I left the hospital, I was completely exhausted. I wish that I had thought to bring along a sleep mask and ear plugs with me to help block out the outside world to get some better rest during my stay. It would have made those first few days so much easier on me!
The hospital’s bedding was not the greatest, and I was cold pretty much the entire time I was in there. Bringing your own blanket is a good option to make you feel more comfortable and at home during your stay.
My hospital gave me some thick socks with traction on the bottom, but I was not convinced that they had not been worn by 100 other people before me. EWWW! Having my own slippers was a much better option for me.
Like I said before, I was in labor for a loooooonnnnng time, and breathing through my labor pains made my lips chapped like no other. I was so thankful that I thought to pack some soothing chapstick in my hospital bag.
Nursing nightgown & robe
Just because you’re in the hospital doesn’t mean you have to wear a horrendous hospital gown the whole time you are there. The hospital gowns are not designed for modesty and breastfeeding after delivery, so I felt like my boobs were always out any time someone came in the room. Do yourself a favor and bring something like this nursing nightgown and robe, especially if you are going to breastfeed. I was so much more comfortable when I changed into mine, and wished I had done so a lot sooner!
If you’re planning to breastfeed, you’ll need to pack a nursing bra to the hospital with you. I like wearing this one because it’s super easy to unsnap when you need to feed your baby, and it’s so comfortable that you can sleep in it without any issues.
Going home clothes for you
After a long labor, I ended up delivering my baby via emergency c-section (see my story here), and so I pretty much lived in high-waisted yoga pants that wouldn’t rub my surgical scar area. I also loved these nursing tanks because they were stretchy enough for my post-baby body, but still looked good after I started shedding some of the pregnancy weight.
Bag for Baby!
Don’t forget to bring along some essentials for your little one! The hospital will have diapers on hand to keep them dry and cozy, but you’ll need to bring a couple of pairs of pajamas to wear during your stay and to go home in, burp cloths, swaddlers, baby caps, and of course your car seat with you for baby.
What else do you think are necessary items to pack in your hospital bag? Let me know in the comments below!