Well, since my hospital bag(s) are still sitting here awaiting baby time, I figured I would share the contents of what I decided to pack. I found the lists, blog posts, and advice of others to be very helpful as I tried to think through what to include. Maybe this can be helpful to someone else. And… if you have other ideas of something I should bring (or not bring), please share!
What’s in my Hospital Bag:
Go Time Master List
First of all, a list! There must be a list. I started with a list, of course. Multiple lists, let’s be honest. But now that the bags are actually packed I have a Go Time Master List. This is the list to be referenced when we’re ready to head out the door. It includes exactly which bags to grab (ie: floral labor bag, blue carry-on hospital bag, my purse, toiletries in bathroom drawer* (details at end of post), water bottle, my slippers, phone charger…). Knowing my preggo brain, I’m trying to take nothing for granted.
I have two separate bags. One packed specifically for laboring, the other with our overnight stuff. Here’s what my labor bag looks like…
- Nursing Cami and Birthing Skirt – No hospital gown for me if I can help it! I love my Binsi birthing skirt. It’s light and comfortable and completely unsnaps for easy access/removal if necessary. Wearing this combo makes me feel much more confident and in control, and much less like a sick patient. For me, that mental difference is important.
- Nursing Bra – In case I decide it’s more comfy than the cami
- Robe – For warmth and modesty
- Slippers – Warm toesies
- Swimsuit Top – To wear laboring in the whirlpool tub
- Water Bottle – Hydrate!
- Trail Mix – Nom nom nom
- Chapstick & Lotion – Lips and skin can feel so dry during labor. I remember asking for chapstick during transition. And while pushing.
- Deodorant – Cuz ya, labor’s hard work.
- Phone and Charger – My phone is my contraction timer, music player, and family updater during labor. And the battery will inevitably die if the charger is not handy.
- (Camera) – Couldn’t include it in the picture because I was, uh.. taking the picture with it. But yes, loved having my DSLR for those very first baby photos.
Jon’s pretty easy, but I tried to think through a few things that might make his experience a little more comfortable and enjoyable. His list covers both labor and recovery time.
- Lounge wear / Sleepwear – The nurses seem to appreciate when the daddies sleep clothed.
- Slippers – Something easy to slip on for walking the halls or wearing around the room.
- (A Change of Clothes) – or 2. He took care of packing these.
- Laptop / iPad / Phone / Chargers
- Snacks & Drinks – I’ve heard it suggested to bring some dollar bills for the vending machine, but I remember not wanting to let him out of my sight. SO. I packed a bunch of snacks. Cliff Bars & Larabars. Chocolate. Panettone. Energy/Espresso drinks. Iced tea.
- (Toiletries) – Toothbrush, deodorant, razor
- Clothes – Loose, comfy clothes. Nursing bras. Undies I don’t care much about.
- Sweater & Socks – Stay warm.
- Nursing Gown – With leggings, I think this will be a comfy, modest, and practical combo following delivery.
- Breastfeeding Gear: nursing pads, lanolin cream, breast pump.
- Toiletries – Toothbrush / toothpaste / shampoo & conditioner / razor
- Beautification Products – Facial wash & lotion / hair brush & straightener / hair ties, bobby pins / earrings & makeup (These might not be important to some, but I’d like to have them with me just in case. I popped so many blood vessels in my face last time, a little lotion and makeup was nice! Straitening my frizzy hair after a shower and wearing some earrings make me feel a little more put together than the rest of my aching body would have otherwise let me feel.)
I plan to breastfeed and the hospital provides diapers, so packing for baby is pretty simple! But here’s what I have packed:
- Hat / Mittens / Socks – To keep warm.
- Receiving Blankets – Cuter than the hospital ones.
- Burp Cloths – Spit up
- Nail Clippers – those newborn nails can be jagged and sharp
- Onesies, fleece sleeper, and heavy sleeper/snowsuit for going home!
- (Car Seat) – already installed in the car.
I put off packing for a while because there were so many things I still needed to use but also needed to pack. Toiletries were one of the biggest culprits. For starters, I bought travel size shampoo / conditioner / toothpaste. Then I designated one drawer in the bathroom that would need to be packed for the hospital. When it’s go time, everything in this drawer goes: brush & straightener, face cleanser & cream, makeup, etc. All the contents of the drawer can get scooped into a bag, and off we go. No brain cells to be burned.
Well, I think that about sums it up.
(Oh, I also have a couple snacks for big sister’s visit, and I may grab a book and stuffed animal to have for her as well. I’ve heard suggestions of having a gift for big sister and a gift for her to give baby as well. Love the ideas! Just haven’t acted on them yet.)
So… what am I forgetting?! Any other ideas or suggestions for me?