At the time this post goes live, I should be in the hospital for my scheduled induction, perhaps in the midst of active labor. One thing I never documented for myself with my first pregnancy is what I brought with me to the hospital, and in retrospect, I regret not having that information available to me now. So, in case we do end up having a third child, I wanted to be sure to write down my hospital bag’s contents; plus, I thought maybe some other mamas-to-be might find it helpful (even though I know there are about a million of these type of lists floating around Pinterest!).
To begin, I used this list, although I added/modified it based on my needs and what I know from my first labor + delivery experience. I also did not pack a bag for my husband Seth, because, well, he’s a grown man who knows what he needs better than I do. As for timing, I put this all together by about 37 weeks, although clearly I could have waited a few more weeks!
Clothing + Undergarments
- 3 sets nursing-friendly pajamas, preferably a dark color (to hide, um, leaks from various orifices)
- Slippers (these are Target cheapies…there is a very real possibility they will get stained by you or baby)
- Nursing bra and/or tank
- Grannie panties (to hold the gigantic pads the hospital provides, or you can just bring some Depends!)
- Towel (for that first glorious postpartum shower…or if your water breaks en route to the hospital)
- Going home outfit (in my case, stretchy leggings + nursing tank + button-up + sneakers)
Toiletries: Don’t count on the hospital to provide anything except soap and a towel!
- Disposable razor
- Micellar water
- Hand sanitizer
- Prescription medications (although the hospital will likely provide this for you)
- Coconut oil packets (I use this to moisturize my face, but it’s also good as a natural nipple balm)
- Makeup (I didn’t bring any last time, and I look a little dead in all the photos following Caleb’s birth)
- Hair ties
Other Postpartum Essentials: These are items I Amazon Primed from my hospital bed last time that I wished I had known to pack.
- Waist wrap
- Nipple shields
For baby: You’ll notice that diapers, wipes, and pacifiers are absent from this list; our hospital happens to provide these.
- 4 zip-up onesies in slightly different sizes (nobody got time for snaps at 2 am, and different sizes to accommodate a slightly larger or smaller than anticipated baby)
- Going home outfit (same as what Caleb wore!)
- Nursing pillow (still debating whether this is necessary)
- Car seat
Snacks (not pictured): These items will obviously vary according to preference, but I always struggle to find sources of healthy fats and protein on hospital menus, so that’s what I focused on for our snack bag.
- Mixed nuts
- Nut butter squeeze packets
- Shelf-stable protein shakes (I bought Vega due to moderate carb content and decent ingredients)
- Bone broth (single servings)
- Jerky (we like Vermont Smoke + Cure)
- Tuna packets
- Whole food bars (I packed RX bars)
- Snap pea crisps (not exactly health food…we just like them)
Miscellaneous Items (not pictured): Most of these are items I will not pack until the last minute, as they are items I need and use on a regular basis.
- Chargers for phone/tablet
- Insurance card
- Change for vending machine
- Cord blood collection kit
Hopefully that provides the necessities (and then some) for our hospital stay. Hoping and praying for a smooth and speedy delivery!