When I was around 20 weeks pregnant, I was already thinking about my hospital bag. What do I pack? How many outfits should I bring for our baby? What toiletries do I need? The list went on and on…
I searched all over the internet looking for answers. I read that many moms claimed they “overpacked.” Wait. Overpack?! Is that even possible?! Yes, it is possible… Once we had our sweet boy, I realized I packed too many things that weren’t necessary! I broke down my list into five categories for easier packing.
~Must Haves for the Mama-to-Be~
- Insurance The last thing you want to deal with when you’re in labor is trying to find proof of insurance!
- Going Home Clothes Pack loose comfy clothes! I delivered in February so maternity leggings were a staple in my closet. I brought maternity leggings, a nursing camisole, and an oversized cardigan.
- Nursing Bras/Nursing Camisoles I would pack 2-3.
- Disposable Underwear After having a baby, you’ll want big and breathable underwear. I loved my Depends! They felt secure and comfortable. https://www.depend.com/en-us/incontinence-products/women/moderate-fit-flex-underwear
- Nursing Pads Even if you choose not to breastfeed, you’ll appreciate the protection from leaking.
- Toiletries Chapstick, travel size toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, deodorant, razor, face wipes, makeup (if you choose to wear any), hair ties, and contact lens/solution.
- Slippers/Non-Stick Socks These will come in very handy when you’re walking around the cold hospital floors!
- Snacks/Drinks You’ll want to pack some of your favorite goodies, especially if you end up delivering when the hospital cafeteria is closed. *Some hospitals have food/drink policies, so be sure to see if yours has restrictions.
- Birth Plan (if you have one) My birth plan consisted of making it to the hospital and having a healthy baby! Here is the link to a basic birth plan. https://www.thebump.com/a/tool-birth-plan
- Eye Glasses If you wear contacts, more than likely you will want to bring your eye glasses. You will be TIRED and more than likely, you won’t want to spend the energy putting in contacts.
- Phone/Long Charger Bring a 6-10ft charger so you can plug your phone in near the hospital bed.
~Nice to Have~
- Nursing Pillow I loved my Boppy! It made nursing in a hospital bed a little easier. My arms were so tired from being generally exhausted, so the extra support was nice. Here is the one I have. https://shop.boppy.com/b2c/product/boppy-luxe-feeding-infant-support-pillow
- Nipple Cream
- Breast Pump Most hospitals will have a lactation consultant visit you to ensure baby is latching correctly and to show you how to use your pump. Before buying a pump, be sure to check your insurance to see if they cover the cost for you!
- Baby Book
~Must Haves for Baby~
- Approved Car Seat We were not allowed to leave the hospital until someone checked our car seat to make sure baby was safe!
- Receiving Blankets You want your sweet little one nice and warm on the way home.
- Coming Home Outfit Keep the weather in mind! Baby is not allowed to wear a jacket in the car seat
~Nice to Have for Baby~
- Onesies It won’t hurt to bring a couple onesies that vary in size. You won’t know for sure how big he/she is until they are born! Bring a newborn size and 0-3 months size onesie. (The hospital will usually provide you with a couple onesies as well.
The hospital should have diapers, wipes, and pacifiers available to you. Make sure you leave extra room in your bag to take these home with you!
~Items to Bring for Significant Other~ (Don’t forget about them!)
- Extra Clothes
- Pillow (My husband slept on a cot in our room, but he still appreciated his pillow!
- Phone Charger