Hospital Bag Check List
If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you’re pregnant so CONGRATULATIONS! Packing a hospital bag toward the end of your pregnancy with little to no energy and the paranoia of forgetting something…or everything you need is rough.
I am no hospital bag expert, but this ain’t my first rodeo and I’m certain I have a few ideas you may not have thought of. Exhibit A: prune juice! You’re probably wondering why I’d suggest that, so let’s just go ahead and dive in. Childbirth, especially if you get an epidural or have a c-section, can cause you to get extremely constipated. With my first, I remember the postpartum number two hurting more than giving birth. With babies 2 and 3, I wasn’t willing to go through that again so I brought prune juice to the hospital and drank it like a mad woman with every meal and in between meals to help get things moving. They do give you stool softener in the hospital, but they might as well be giving you skittles, because it does nothing. Moving on…
For Mom (what I brought):
First things first, and probably the most obvious, you need a bag. I used this $34.99 duffle from Target:
Two button-up night gowns to make it easy for nursing. Darker colors are typically better in case your postpartum bleeding happens to overflow during the night. Here is a gown similar to what I bought from Target! I also bought a lighter color for family photos with the baby. I’m super pale right now and felt the dark would be too harsh on camera, so consider something for photos if you’re having them done and you don’t like dark colors.
Sweats, a tee shirt and sandals to go home in. Some people want cute outfits for going home, but I just wanted something comfortable. I usually buy mediums, but I snagged a large for comfort. I didn’t want anything hugging my stomach too tight. Pack whatever you think you’ll be most comfortable in for the car ride home.
Skincare routine products! Your body (and skin) will go through the ringer. Bring whatever you use at home to make your skin feel beautiful. I use Vivant Skincare religiously and I made sure to bring my travel size products with me. You can use code CHRISTINE18 for a free green tea travel size face wash.
Nipple Cream! If you plan on breastfeeding, bring some nipple cream with you (some hospitals have this, but not all so maybe call ahead and ask). My favorite brand is Motherlove Nipple Cream. It’s organic and has zero icky chemicals or products in it. I suggest using this immediately to proactively stay on top of the health of your nipple instead of using it after damage has already started to happen. To piggyback on the breastfeeding theme here, I suggest a Boppy Nursing Pillow . Breastfeeding can be tough to get the hang of and tiring out your arms or poor position can affect the overall experience. A Boppy is a great way to help start your breastfeeding journey off on the right foot.
Additional Necessities: hair ties, shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, body wash, lotion, deodorant (without aluminum…aluminum can get in your milk ducts and breastmilk via your armpits), toothbrush, toothpaste. I’d include one nursing bra, but I’d wait until your milk comes in and you see what size you’re going to be prior to purchasing multiple. Also wait until your milk regulates a little before investing in several bras. Your chest will go from pregnancy boobs, to milk coming in (possibly engorged boobs), to regulated milk boobs (what your new norm while breastfeeding will be).
Optional: razor, shaving gel, breast pads (usually your milk doesn’t come in until day 3 so leaking will likely be very minimal, if any), granny panties, extra large pads, squirt bottle. I brought granny panties, but didn’t end up wearing them at all because the hospital sent me home with so many of the mesh pair. Make sure you ask your nurse for additional mesh panties, pads, squeeze bottle, lidocaine spray for comfort down there, witch hazel pads for hemorrhoids, etc. They’ll usually stock you up really well if you ask.
2 Solly Baby outfits, 1 Little Luna sleep gown, 3 swaddles (1 muslin from Clementine Kids and 2 stretchy from Little Luna), 1 Copper Pearl carseat/nursing cover, Tubby Todd body wash you can get 10% off here (I don’t like the ingredients in Johnson & Johnson that the hospital uses), organic bamboo washcloths (I got mine on Amazon because the hospital ones are rough), bows from Alice & Josie for the newborn photoshoot, 1 Doddle & Co pacifier and 1 Newborn Nest (this includes a sleep gown, hat, burp cloth, swaddle, and a bassinet sheet for the hospital bassinet…all organic) see photo below for our Newborn Nest!