No matter how many times I’ve done this, I still find myself looking up what I need to bring to the hospital. I sent messages to all my friends asking what they brought over and over again. With Birdie, I had my bag packed, but A panicked and forgot it at home. He had to go back and get it the next day. With Tot, I didn’t have a bag. I kept procrastinating and even though he was SO late (42 weeks), I just never had one. My sister ended up packing a bag for me, and she packed it with the good stuff. I’ve packed and unpacked my hospital bag for Dumpling so many times.
I was told that I might have to get induced because of Cholestasis, so I packed my bag. Then they decided against it, so I ended up back home and taking some stuff out. So it’s been repacked a few times. My doctor always tells me to have my bag with me when I go in for my NSTs – just in case.
I pack separate stuff for Dumpling. Dumpling gets their own bag, full of his or her own stuff. I love that we decided not to find out the sex – it made buying stuff hard. But I feel excitement about just that. I get a baby and then we find out the sex! We have a lot of gender neutral things and we plan on getting a lot more once we know. The bag in the photo above is a diaper bag by House of Flynn. I LOVE THIS BAG.
- Body suits (also known as onesies) – the hospital has these, but I know some people prefer to bring their own. I decided to go with snap tops, because of the umbilical cord. I love these. They’re the perfect size for a newborn. (June & January)
- Gloves – babies end up scratching themselves in the face, no matter what. Their nails always seem to be long. I know some tops and long sleeve suits have the little hand covers, but I prefer to bring my own gloves just in case.
- Booties/socks – Cold toesies, enough said. (June & January)
- Hat or bow – I’m bringing one of each, so when I found out the sex, I can throw one on. The hat will work both ways though, just in case Dumpling is cold. (TeenieBeeBoutique)
- Baby Carrier – Some hospitals don’t allow this, so you might want to double check, but I love having a carrier in the hospital with me. We aren’t allowed to roam the halls with the baby, unless they’re in their bassinet – but I was allowed to wear in the hospital room, late at night when babe was supposed to be sleeping. I love ring slings for the newborn phase. (Poppet)
- Going home outfit – Whatever cute little outfit you want them to go home in! Photos will most likely be taken so I recommend something cute.
- Burp cloth – They gave us some in the hospital, but I know some people prefer to bring their own.
- Pacifier – Our local hospital gives out Soothies. If there’s a specific brand you like, I recommend bringing it.
- Blanket – We have a special blanket that we are taking with us. Semi-custom done by Emmeline Textiles.
- Car seat – Should be installed in the car at this stage of the game. When the nurse wheels you out, she or he will visibly check to see if it’s installed in your car.
- Birth Plan – I wrote up a birth plan with Birdie, but after that it was kind of spontaneous with Tot. So I don’t plan on writing one anymore. If this interests you, make sure you have a copy in your bag.
- Insurance – You should be pre-registered at the hospital, but if not, make sure you have your insurance information.
- Labor outfit – Something with easy access that you don’t mind getting messy in. I will just use the hospital gown.
- Bath robe – I used mine after birth, when walking around and when I had visitors. I’m expecting to do the same. You could probably use this while laboring as well.
- Socks/slippers – The hospital supplies nonslip socks, but I prefer to use my own. (Woven Pear)
- Comfy clothes – After labor, I hung out in the hospital gown since I was messy and they have to check you and your uterus repeatedly. But once that subsides, comfortable clothes to hang out in the hospital in was all I wanted. I’m packing a night gown, that had buttons up top for easy access for nursing and so I can be checked down below by the nurses.
- Going home outfit – Something stretchy and comfortable! Your uterus should be approximately the size of your uterus at 18 weeks. Don’t expect to be able to fit in your pre-pregnancy clothes.You’ll probably still look a little pregnant when it’s time to leave.
- Nursing Pads – I swear by the bamboo ones by Bamboobies. They’re my favorite. I used them with all my kiddos.(Bamboobies)
- Nipple Cream – The hospital supplied this for me. I needed this badly after all the attempts of breastfeeding at first.
- Nursing bra – Yes! I already started using my nursing bra. It works well for the ever changing size of my breasts while pregnant and they’re comfortable. I love the Yoga Nursing Brahhh by Bamboobies. (Bamboobies)
- Disposable undies/pads – The hospital supplies the mesh ones and different size pads. I know a lot of moms love these, but they’re actually my least favorite. They slide around and I think they’re messy. I LOVE Always discreet Boutique – they’re for leaks and they fit well under clothes. It’s not obvious that you’re wearing a giant pad. Plus you get to toss when you make a mess.
- Abdominal binder – The hospital supplies one for us here, but I LOVE the MamaStrut. These are basically to hold your insides together – since I felt like mine were falling out after delivery. It helps bind your ab muscles back together, kept my hips together, applied pressure to my uterus. The MamaStrut does all of this, has a spot to hold the pad in and also comes with heating/ice pads. (MamaStrut)
These options are for when you’re laboring. Tot was completely spontaneous and I labored at home for a short while, so I didn’t really need any of these. I’m not sure what I’m expecting for Dumpling.
- Massage lotion
- Contact Solution – If you go in for a c-section, I know they make you take out your contacts. I don’t know from personal experience though.
- Lip balm – I remember my lips being awfully dry. All I wanted was some lip balm.
- Shampoo/conditioner – The hospital offers an all in one body wash and shampoo. It dried out my hair so bad.
- Body wash
- Other toiletries – I wanted toothbrush and toothpaste. The hospital gave me some, but I just really wanted my own. Also razor – so I could feel a little bit more like myself after my first shower.
- Hair tie/headband
Electronics. I know some people prefer no electronics in their room, but I want to make sure that I had a little bit of everything. I lost a lot of photos with my older two, so I want to make sure that I don’t miss any opportunities for photos.
- Cell phone
- Phone charger
- Camera charger
- Memory card
- Laptop/tablet charger
Here is a printable PDF version of my checklist: Hospital Bag List – Makes it easier to print out and you can check off as you pack your bag! Hope this helps.