So, you’re about to have a baby! Congratulations! That’s a big deal. And one of the first things you need to do is pack your hospital bag.
Now, I’ve been through this three times now, so I’ve got a pretty good handle on what you need to pack (and what you don’t). So here’s my list of hospital bag essentials, from a third time mom to a first time mom:
Labor and Delivery Hospital Bag Must-Haves:
A copy of your birth plan. This is important, even if you don’t think you’ll need it. You never know what might happen during labor, and it’s always good to have a plan in place. I have mine printed out and ready to go!
Your insurance card and ID. The hospital will need these to admit you. Seems like a no brainer, but a lot of people forget!
A phone and charger. You’ll want to be able to stay in touch with your loved ones, and you’ll also need your phone for entertainment during labor. Download your favorite apps like Netflix and Hulu to stream your favorite TV shows and movies.
A change of clothes for yourself. You’ll change into a hospital gown pretty soon after you arrive to the hospital, but you’ll need a cute going home outfit and a couple of comfy nightgowns and loungewear options during your stay. Newborns and breastfeeding can by messy, so I’m bringing a couple of different options like these from Seraphine.
A nursing bra and nursing pads. If you’re planning on breastfeeding, you’ll need these. I all about comfortable sleep bras the first few weeks of breastfeeding.
A robe and slippers. You’ll be spending a lot of time in the hospital, so you’ll want something comfortable to wear.
Toiletries. Bring the basics, like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and deodorant. You might also want to bring a hairbrush, makeup, and other personal care items. I personally do my makeup in labor to pass the time. And lip balm is a must because your lips will get dry!
Snacks and drinks. The hospital food is usually pretty good, but you might want to pack some snacks and drinks for yourself and your partner. It’s super important to eat during the early stages of labor. I always bring dates, bananas, almond butter and yogurt drinks.
A camera. You’ll want to capture all the memories of your baby’s birth. You can use your phone of course or bring a point and shoot camera or a DSLR.
A going-home outfit for your baby. You’ll want something comfortable and stylish for your baby to wear home from the hospital. I love this newborn outfits from CadenLane.<
A birthing ball. This can be helpful for getting into different positions during labor. I highly recommend for the early stages of labor!
Extension Cord.Plugs can be pretty far away from your hospital bed, so bringing your own extension cord is a great idea!
Padsicles. These are frozen pads that can help with pain and swelling after giving birth.
Postpartum Underwear.The hospital will provide you with mesh underwear and massive postpartum maxi pads. I’m a fan of disposable postpartum underwear because it is SO much more comfortable!
Sticky Socks. I love to wear to wear these cozy socks with sticky bottoms around the hospital room and to talk short walks after delivery.
What Not to Pack
Too much stuff. You don’t need to bring your entire closet to the hospital. Just pack the essentials and leave the rest at home.
Anything that’s bulky or heavy. You won’t want to be lugging around a heavy bag while you’re in labor. You will most likely be in at least two rooms.
Anything that’s flammable or hazardous. The hospital won’t allow you to bring these items into the delivery room.