If you’re stressing over packing your hospital bag for you and your baby there’s no need to worry. Usually people over pack, and I certainly did two years ago- somehow missing some important items that I really did end up needing. These are some things if you’re asking yourself “what do I need for my hospital bag?” when you go into labor.
If you’re a new mom, or just excited in general it’s so easy to bring too much with you to the hospital. I can totally see it too if you know the gender of baby you’re having and having all sorts of cute outfits with you, but honestly the hospital gives you most of the basics. They supply onesies, diapers, wipes, cream, a hat, blankets, etc. for the baby. And for mom, they have the very basics as well.
All I can tell you for advice, and this is my opinion, to make sure it’s packed EARLY. I was in labour last time, at 38 weeks, running around my room having horrible contractions throwing everything into a bag- a lot of which ended up being unnecessary. I even packed speakers to hook up with our phones thinking soothing music would help, it’s funny to think back now since it didn’t even come out of the bag.
Here is what I have packed in my hospital bag–
- Swaddle Blanket- If your baby love swaddling this can come in handy, and can double as a blanket on the way home
- Diaper bag- with some diapers, wipes, etc. Also doubles as my daughter’s diaper bag.
- Infant Car Seat
- Good Nursing Pillow- at the hospital I remember just using regular pillows propped up, this would have been much more helpful
- Two going home outfits
- 0-3 Month and Newborn Sized Outfit (my daughter fit into newborn clothes but who knows this time around!)
- Granny Panties- for real. Don’t mess around with anything cute, they will be no good.
- Comfortable Nursing Bra. People come in and out of your room a lot, so it’s nice to have the option to be covered up if necessary.
- Compression nursing tank, or regular nursing tank
- Girdle (these are AMAZING)
- Going Home Dress or Outfit- anything loose is best
- Pj’s or sweatpants and comfortable clothes
- Heavy duty maxi pads- Trust me
- Flip Flops
- Lip balm/hand cream/ mini toothbrush and toothpaste/deodorant/shampoo/conditioner.
- One set of nursing pads
- iPhone Charger
The only things not shown is my insurance card, and MAYBE some makeup. That’s it!