So, you are sitting around with a bunch of stuff wondering what to pack in your hospital bag? I remember being in the hospital thinking, we packed all the wrong stuff! To my surprise, the hospital (or our hospital at least) provides a lot for the baby. There was no need to pack for pampers or wipes because they supply you with tons and tons…SO TAKE ADVANTAGE! Till this day, the only successful nasal aspirator we use is the one we got from the hospital. They provide you with formula, so no need to pack bottles or formula and we walked out with I believe four hospital blankets. But, when making your checklist, you don’t want to forget these essentials…
This one can’t fit into your bag, but is the most essential. A car seat. It is the law. Your baby cannot go home without one. Have this waiting by the door for the big day. Bring it with you for the entire stay or have someone come back for it. Either way it is a MUST.
Pajamas. Our hospital provided a long sleeve tee-shirt but it was very cold. We packed a few different pajamas in different sizes so we could have Rylee in something nice and warm. Being at the hospital, you just can’t wait to get home so putting Rylee in her own pajamas made it a little more comforting and a lot more real!
Hats/ Hair accessories. Babies lose all their heat from their heads, which is why once they are born they are immediately put into hats. They do provide a hat at the hospital but just like the pajamas, I wanted her in her own stuff. That and she had so many cute hats! I added the hair accessories (of course if you are having a bouncy boy you can ignore this) because in my hospital, we were lucky enough to have a photographer who came around and took pictures of all the newborns and their families.
Pacifier. Brandon and I decided before we had Rylee that we were not going to give her a pacifier. After a month, we caved and gave it to her. Currently at 7 months, she hates the pacifier and has since the moment we tried giving it to her. She chews it for a second and then throws it. So if you are deciding to give your baby the pacifier, make sure you introduce it to them as soon as possible. Even if you don’t give it to them while your stay at the hospital, you’ll always want that back up pacifier in your bag for the future.
Blankets. Again, this is something the hospital provides (and keeps those for future use, like spit up rags or to have when people come visit baby), but they are small and not very heavy. So if your little one is a fall or winter baby, you’ll want to bring one of those cozy blankets with you to the hospital. We had Rylee in her blanket the first full day at the hospital so that we could learn to swaddle her in it before we went home.
Blankets. For us, this was more of an essential for Brandon. My poor fiancé froze those two nights in the hospital. He was fully dressed and covered by a thin sheet. Moms, we are pretty much covered when it comes to blankets, but if you want to pack one of your own for comfort or to feel more like home I highly recommend. If you’re having some stay with you at the hospital, they will most likely appreciate a little added heat.
Shower shoes and accessories. You just had a baby. You feel gross and just want to wash off, but you are also in a hospital and are using a shower that thousands have used. Some flip-flops are perfect to jump in the shower with or if you still own those shower shoes from college, bring those along for the ride. Pack some travel size soap and shampoo and you’ll feel a lot better after that first shower.
Comfortable clothes. After having your baby you can either stay in your beautiful hospital gown or change in your own clothes. After having Rylee, the nurses routinely checked my stomach and vitals until we were discharged. After our first night, I changed into one a Brandon’s shirts and sweats. His clothes were easily accessible for the nurses check up and I finally felt normal in regular clothes.
Chargers. Your bundle of joy is here and you are probably calling your phone provider to upgrade to more space on your phone. You bought 5 different memory cards for your camera and the recorder has been on since your contractions started! Don’t miss a beat by leaving a charger. Plus you will also want to keep yourself entertained while at the hospital. So all these devices are being used constantly and need to be charged along the way. Unlucky for me, I gave birth and then lost my phone in the hospital so while Rylee and Brandon were asleep, I was stuck trying to figure out the TV system in my room for three hours.
Things may be different in each hospital. Talk with your doctor before hand and ask what you will need and what they provide. Make a list and check it twice. The hospital will be your home for just a few days so pack to be comfortable. Most importantly, you soon will have your little bundle of joy to pack with you always <3.