Hospital Bag Necessities:
If this is your first time around you may have packed and repacked the bag 100 times in anticipation of the big day. You may have it next to the door and ready to go. But what do you really need in that hospital bag for you and for baby? Should you do two separate bags? Here is what worked for me.
I used one very large duffle bag. Since the babies stuff is so small I got away with packing it in same bag, less to carry and worry about the day of. I just divided the sections on side for mom one side for baby. Dad was on his own, easier that way.
Slippers or Flip Flops. When you leave the hospital your feet may have swelled. The shoes you came there with may no longer fit you.
Socks- lots of socks, you don’t want to walk around barefoot at the hospital, in fact your probably no allowed to.
Nursing bra- this is helpful if you are leaving the hospital you may not want to put it on during the stay and that’s ok
Pajama sets- if your stay is 2-3 days you will want a clean set for each day. When visitors come in and out its nice have. Keep in mind these need to be a little loose fitting, don’t bring your pre-pregnancy sets unless it’s a night gown.
Baggy t-shirt, nursing tank or tank top. Tanks are the best if you are nursing, you just slide it down and you’re done
Cell charger- we only had one when it was my fourth and we forgot it because it wasn’t packed up don’t believe you will remember it just put it in the back before labor day.
Wallet – When they wheel you in to labor and delivery even if you are already registered you may need your ID.
Underwear- you may not want to wear the disposable one home, so buy some bigger than normal ones to make room for the large pads and ice packs that may also be in there!
Hair ties- you don’t want your hair in your face while you’re trying to delivery that baby!
Toiletries – deodorant, toothbrush you may want to throw in a few pads with wings, although leaving the hospital you may still have to use the thick ones they supply for you.
Baby hat- the hospital give you one but they are so tiny, just throw another one in.
Baby book- they will do the footprints for you
Baby outfits- depending on the size of your baby newborn sized should be ok but make sure they are comfortable and if possible have the covers for their little hands that may scratch their face
Baby blanket – they give you receiving ones. One regular one should be fine.
Baby car seat- you can’t take your baby home without it. Install it beforehand
If you are formula feeding, call the hospital ahead of time and ask what to bring or if they supply it.
The hospital does a good job of supplying the other things you may need like diapers and nasal aspirator. If you need to know what to pick up for yourself when you get home check out my postpartum essential list here. Still have questions?Join the New Private Facebook Community called new mom group