What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag For Mom & Baby: A Complete Checklist
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Are you ready for the most exciting vacation of your life? Yes, there are other ways to describe what could be a long labor and stay at the hospital—but when it's all over, you get to take home a baby, and there's nothing better than that!
Here is the complete hospital bag checklist all mamas need aka my most memorable vacation packing list:
What To Pack In Hospital Bag For Labor
Just like any other vacation, you need ID! Have your purse with you with photo ID and health insurance card.
You don't want to forget chapstick. It's hard enough to get comfortable at the hospital, don't punish yourself with dry lips too. Throw it in your purse if you don't have some in there already.
If you plan on nursing, you'll definitely want a nursing bra. The hospital will provide you with nursing pads and nipple cream, so don't worry about that. If you don't plan on breastfeeding, just pack a sports bra.
Originally, I was like "nah, I don't want to be extra and buy a fancy robe just for giving birth."
I changed my mind. Do it. Treat your self. Get a cute, comfy robe! You deserve to feel cozy and refreshed. Plus, if you plan on having visitors, it is an extremely efficient way to cover-up quickly.
You don't want to go home in the hospital gown they give you where everyone can see those sexy mesh undies you've got on underneath! Bring a spare outfit to wear on your way out the door (something that would fit you at around 6 months pregnant).
Stretchy pants aren't a terrible choice, but If you have a c-section, you don't want anything rubbing against your scar, so I recommend a flowy nightgown.
Socks or slippers: you don't want to be walking around the hospital barefoot. You'll make several trips to the bathroom and possibly even take a shower. These socks are PERFECT for the occasion.
Bring the longest one you have, just to make sure it reaches your bed from the wall.
You'll be trying to pass time, making lots of phone calls or sending lots of text messages... and then let's not forget about the pictures! Your phone's battery won't be able to handle the excitement. Bring a charger.
This is obviously dependent on your situation. Maybe your phone takes incredible pictures, maybe you are hiring a photographer, or maybe you own a nice digital camera. For me, it was the latter, so we made sure to pack ours!
This vacation might be a few days, so pack accordingly. Bring a toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorant, face wash, dry shampoo, and any essentials that you like to use at home. The hospital has things for you to use, sure, but most women prefer their own. Personally, I did not shower at the hospital, so dry shampoo was my best friend. You'll be in a lot of photos, and if you are like me, you don't want to look greasy in every picture.
The hospital will provide you with mesh undies and maxi-pads (which you should totally stock up on BTW), but I brought a pair of granny panties to wear home anyway for my own comfort.
I brought a cute swaddle for my baby so I could get a cute picture.
That's it. That's the only reason I packed it. And there are so many amazing options out there.
Depending on your location and the season, you may want to pack a baby blanket too.
Remember, the more you pack, the more you have to unpack, so don't overdo it. I packed one outfit (newborn size) and one outfit (0-3 months size) just to be safe.
I like to think I keep things pretty simple, but feel free to pack whatever else makes you feel more comfortable on your exciting vacation. It will be one you never forget. If you are ever unsure about what your hospital will or will not provide, call them!
"Does my partner need to pack anything?"
If you're packing for your significant other, I would say bring one change of clothes for them and any toiletries they want. You might tell them to bring themselves a snack or at least have spare change for the vending machines.
"When should I pack?"
To be safe, I would pack a month in advance. You never know!
- Samantha Colandrea