A few weeks before my due date with Liam, I shared what I was packing in my hospital bag. Now that we have our hospital stay behind us, I want to share with you what I actually ended up using and what I grabbed at the last minute!
Here’s a review of my original list, sharing what we used and didn’t use from it:
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. I ended up using a couple of my skincare products, oral care products, and lip balm and that was it! I did take a shower there, but didn’t bother with washing my hair. I also didn’t put a stitch of makeup on while we were there, so I used about 25% of the products that I brought with me.
A pair of slippers to wear around our room and some flip-flop’s for any walking or showering. I wore the flip flops for walking to and from the bathroom, but didn’t take the slippers out of my bag. The hospital will provide you with socks that have a sticky bottom (to prevent falling). They’re not the best socks in the world, but they get the job done and will be one less thing you have to worry about washing when returning home! Truthfully, I found myself to run pretty warm during our stay, so I didn’t wear the socks for long anyway.
A phone charger with an extra-long cord and portable charging bank. We used the standard charger, but didn’t use the 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. We didn’t pull this out once! The hospital was pretty quiet and with the frequent visits from nurses and doctors, there wasn’t really a need to try to get into a deep sleep. We do use it all the time now, though!
For Me – To Wear
Long-sleeve sleep shirt – for easy access for nursing and skin-to-skin time. Didn’t wear.
Maternity nursing pajama set – these are great because they’re loose fitting and have the clip-down feature on the tank. Didn’t wear.
Open-front cardigan. I wore this and really liked having it! Definitely recommend, especially if you get cold easily.
Warm socks. Didn’t use these.
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! Didn’t use these! The hospital has everything you need. Truthfully, there’s quite a bit of bleeding happening, so I didn’t want to run through products that I had purchased for after coming home. The hospital supplies got the job done!
*for the first day after Liam was born, I just stayed in my hospital gown. It’s not the most comfortable thing in the world, but between check-ins from the doctor, postpartum care, and wanting to easily use the bathroom, I found it much easier to just stay in a hospital gown that I didn’t have to worry about getting dirty or anything like that. On the morning we were set to be discharged, I changed into a nursing cami for comfort and to feel a little more like myself. I didn’t wear pants or bottoms once during our stay!
Two outfits – one for snapping a few photos to share with friends and family and one for his trip home. We used both of these!
Plain onesie tee. I threw in an additional onesie, which we also used. My recommendation is to keep the outfits simple. Dressing a newborn is a bit of a task (they’re so squishy) and they’ll spend much of their time snuggled up with you or wrapped up in something.
Swaddle blanket. We didn’t use this.
Cozy blanket. I used this to cover him up when we would do skin-to-skin time! It was nice to have something cozy for him.
A hat knit by my grandmother – for photos of him at the hospital.
I ended up tossing in a pair of socks for him, as well as one of these velcro swaddles that we used. Now that I’m several weeks into this thing, I would recommend bringing a pair or two of zip-up footies for outfits. They’re so easy to put on and make regular diaper changes a breeze!
Additional things I brought: