Whenever I approached the end of my pregnancy, one task on my to-do list was packing my hospital bag. As a mom of 3, I’ve researched and tested what to bring and what not to bring. While there are a lot of recommended items out there, I’ve compiled my own list of essentials that I’ve packed and has worked in my bag.
While the hospital will provide you with a hospital gown, I’ve come to learn that bringing my own comfortable clothes to wear during my stay felt a lot better. I would pack loose-fitting tops, leggings, and comfortable pajamas. I’ve also learned that nursing clothes are a must-have for breastfeeding moms. During my last pregnancy, I wore this nightgown after delivery, and it not only was a hit on the maternity floor, but it was also the easiest for feeding time, as well as going to the bathroom and cleaning up!
2. Comfortable Shoes
Comfortable shoes are a must-have for walking around the hospital during labor and recovery. I’ll pack a pair of comfortable slip-on sandals, but honestly, hospital socks work best for me for recovery. I love that I also get an unlimited amount.
Bringing your own toiletries is a must-have for feeling comfortable during your hospital stay. I’ve packed my favorite body wash, face wash, and moisturizer. I can’t go without my Fenty skin travel set! I’ll also be bringing my own toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant. you can purchase a toiletry bag already prepared for you here.
Labor can be a long and tiring process, and having snacks on hand can be a lifesaver. I’ll be packing non-perishable snacks like granola bars, trail mixes, and crackers. I’m also packing for after delivery. I’m not sure if you know, but once labor starts, you CANNOT eat until you have delivered your baby. some new mommas have big meals waiting for them for after, I usually put my big meal idea in my hospital bag so that my husband knows what to get me right after. I like for it to be a surprise.
While packing snacks for yourself is important, it’s also a good idea to pack snacks for your partner. Labor can be a long process, and your partner may need sustenance to support you. The best place in my opinion to go for snacks is Amazon, with endless options!
Staying hydrated during labor and recovery is important, so I’ll be packing a reusable water bottle to keep by my side. Yes the hospital offers water and an endless supply of ice, but I like my own. I really love this water bottle. keeps my water nice and cold, and its not too heavy!
Labor can also be a boring and tedious process, so having some form of entertainment can help pass the time. I usually pack a book, my iPad with downloaded movies and TV shows, and a journal to document my experience, but honestly, I look forward to sleep. I enjoy the quietness for the moment.
Music can be a great way to relax and distract yourself during labor. Packing a portable Bluetooth speaker can help create a calming atmosphere in your hospital room.
7. Baby Clothes
Of course, I can’t forget to pack clothes for my new little one. I’ll be packing a few onesies, sleepers, and hats, as well as a going-home outfit. the hospital gives you blankets, but I think it’s best to bring your own receiving blankets. I love these from Target. they are large and very versatile.
8. Nursing Pillow
Now if you are planning to breastfeed, a nursing pillow should be by your side. I made sure to have my nursing pillow to support myself and my baby. I’m glad I had my pillow with me because a lactation coach was there and able to properly show me how to hold the baby on/with the pillow and how to help the baby latch correctly. if you want more info on breastfeeding, you can always read Make Breastfeeding, Easier, Better, Less Messy, and Less Painful
9. Birth plan
A birth plan is a document that outlines your preferences for labor and delivery. It’s important to discuss your birth plan with your healthcare provider and pack a copy in your hospital bag. I usually fill in my info on this free template from earth mama to help me stay organized and help better explain what I plan for my birth.
Last but not least, make sure you pack all chargers to keep your devices charged throughout your stay. My phone was the camera, the messenger, the music, and the timer. I didn’t want to carry too many devices with me and I had to make sure it was charged at all times.
Packing your hospital bag can be a daunting task, but it’s important to be prepared for your hospital stay. Including items that are relevant for today’s society, such as face masks, hand sanitizer, and a birth plan, can help you feel more at ease during your hospital stay. Don’t forget to pack items that will help you relax and stay entertained during labor and recovery.
While there are a lot of other recommended items out there, I feel confident that my list covers all the essentials. I was excited and nervous to pack my bag, but with my extensive research, I hope it will be more exciting than nerve-racking for the arrival of your little one!
PS: DO NOT FORGET THE CARSEAT