My bags are packed for our hospital stay when we have our baby – things are feeling very real! Since I’ve never done this before, I referenced a lot of online sources for what is good to pack in a hospital bag. Additionally, with the current circumstances in our world, our hospital stay is going to look a little different than I originally thought. We won’t be having any visitors, so I wasn’t concerned with packing any clothes that I would want to be in for visits or photos with family…that sort of thing.
I’ve packed for myself and the baby, and Mike will pack his own bag. I opted to use packing cubes to keep things organized and separated. I’ve kept it very simple, opting for the “less is more” approach. Everyone is different, of course, so I’m just sharing what I think I’ll want for my first time ever doing this. Knowing myself, I may throw a few additional things in over the next couple days/weeks, just in case of a longer-than-anticipated stay or if I think of anything I may want to have there.
For Me – To Use
I’ve got a variety of toiletries packed, including my skincare products, oral care products, cleansing wipes, lotion, lip balm, dry shampoo, nipple cream, and some hair ties and clips. I’m thinking that I may throw a couple makeup products in, like my under-eye brightener, brow pencil, and mascara, to liven up my face a bit for whatever photos we take of us. I’ll probably throw in some shampoo and conditioner, just in case I end up washing my hair during our stay.
A pair of slippers to wear around our room and some flip-flop’s for any walking or showering
A phone charger with an extra-long cord and portable charging bank
A small, portable sound machine – we got this to use for on-the-go with baby boy, but I think it may also be nice to have in the hospital to drown out a little bit of the din
For Me – To Wear
Long-sleeve sleep shirt – for easy access for nursing and skin-to-skin time
Maternity nursing pajama set – these are great because they’re loose fitting and have the clip-down feature on the tank
Disposable underwear + Depends – I know the hospital will have everything that I need for recovery, but I’ve heard mixed reviews on the underwear the provide, so thought I’d throw a couple of my own options in, just in case!
Two outfits – one for snapping a few photos to share with friends and family and one for his trip home
A hat knit by my grandmother – for photos of him at the hospital
And that’s pretty much it! As mentioned above, I may toss in a couple extra things between now and actually leaving for the hospital, but this is the gist of what I’m bringing with me. If there’s anything you brought with you or wish you’d had with you that I haven’t shared, I’d love to hear!