What I Brought (and actually used) in my Hospital Bag

When I started reading other blogs about what to pack in my hospital bag I got allll kinds of ideas. I wanted to bring so many things! I wanted to look good (needed makeup), wanted to be dressed cute (needed outfits), wanted selfies with the baby (hmm what would he/she wear?), etc. I quickly set out to pack all of my favorite things!

I read one blog that suggested you bring a strand of indoor Christmas lights to hang around your bed to create a peaceful ambiance when the lights were off. I quickly texted all of my mom friends to see if I needed to buy Christmas lights? They laughed.

The truth is, you could legit go to the hospital with nothing and be completely fine. I mean maybe you’d have to send your partner out to get a toothbrush, but besides that, you’d really be okay.

***This doesn’t really have anything to do with your hospital bag - BUT, EAT BEFORE YOU GO. I don’t care if you’re in level 10 pain and puking - EAT. Once you get to the hospital you cannot eat anything except jello, popsicles, ice chips and drink water/ginger ale. I hadn’t eaten since dinner Saturday night, got to the hospital around 1pm on Sunday and she wasn’t born until 5:17am on Monday. I was STARVING. Do not make the same mistake I did, haha!

Okay, so what did I pack?

Hair

First things first, I showered and washed my hair on Saturday when I felt like something might be happening (strategic move), which meant my hair would be clean for all the days to follow. I did not pack shampoo, conditioner, blow dryer, hair products (except dry shampoo), etc. because I didn’t need them. So I can’t speak to that, but I’ll throw it out there as these may be things that you need to pack if you need them?

  • Dry shampoo - used it every day

  • Silk hair scrunchies - used during labor, at night time and whenever I was breast feeding. They don’t leave a mark on your hair and don’t pull at all!

  • Brush

Toiletries

  • Face wash/lotions

  • Makeup - didn’t use any of it except concealer (I did break out a little bit the day after labor - hormones!)

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste

  • Contacts/contact solution

  • Body wash - I still body showered but didn’t wash my hair (Luke used too!)

  • Peter Thomas Roth eye patches - I kept these in the fridge in our room and used them every am!

  • Eye mask (for sleeping) - didn’t use, honestly forgot I brought it.

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Apparel

  • Sleep shirts - wore these every day I was at the hospital! When I would sit down in the bed I would pull them up around my waist, that way if I leaked nothing got on my clothes. Super convenient!

    • *I own/wore these in every color, but if you’re worried about any leaking I’d recommend getting 2 or 3 of the black ones so nothing shows through. Also a reminder that these run big! I wore a size small while 9 mo. pregnant.

  • Thick socks

  • Flip flops - for getting up to use the bathroom and showers

  • Robe

  • Thick sweater

  • Nursing bras - this is a cheaper option too!

  • Going home outfit - I had no idea how swollen my feet would be and how much like a big sack of potatoes my stomach would feel like. Don’t try to be cute, just plan to wear something comfy! I wore Luke’s sweats home with flip flops and a long sleeve shirt. It was not glamorous!

  • Underwear - didn’t use them, I used the hospital underwear until I got home.

  • Sports bra - I spent some time in the tub during labor and kept a thin black sports bra on just to have some coverage with doctors and nurses in and out.

General

  • Pillow - Luke and I each brought our own to use. I bought striped pillow cases (and washed them) in advance so our pillows didn’t get mixed up with the hospital’s because their pillow cases are also white.

  • Blanket - Luke used this! I’d recommend a thick fleece one as it can get pretty cold in there

  • Long cell phone charger - one for you and dad!

  • Snacks - for both mom and dad

  • Towels - we brought our own and used them because we both prefer our big blanket towels. The hospital will provide but they are pretty small.

What the hospital provides for mom

  • Mesh underwear

  • Pads

  • Ice packs

  • Witch hazel

  • Hemorrhoid cream

  • Nipple cream

  • Soothies

  • Peri bottle

  • Water bottle

  • Breast pump

For the Baby

The hospital has everything you’ll need. They provide diapers, wipes, hats, socks, onesies, swaddles, etc. No need to bring the diaper bag either! Everything listed below is strictly preference to use your own vs. what they provide you.

  • Swaddles - if you want something cute for a photo / general use - we did use ours!

  • Sleep shirts - easy to use / tie at the bottom. Did use ours!

  • Hats

  • Bows - if it’s a girl and you want some cute pics. Yes, I used these haha!

  • Pacifier - we didn’t use one but I heard these can come in handy on the ride home!

  • Car seat - not preference, mandatory! haha!

For Dad

Most things Luke and I were able to share, but just in case I’ll re-list the items here so you have them! Also, not sure what it’s called at every hospital, but at ours it was called the “Dad Pad” - make sure dad’s request this! It’s a pad that goes over the pull out couch. Luke said it was actually pretty comfortable. For some reason you do have to request it separately and it’s not just provided, not sure why!

Also, it’s a good idea to scope out some restaurants in advance. We ordered from Stage Coach (SOOOO GOOD) for breakfast and lunch every day. Food is provided for moms, but not dads. I did end up getting food each time Luke ordered though. My mom brought dinner each night, but if you don’t have someone to do that you’ll need to think about dinner too!

  • Toiletries

  • Flip flops

  • Underwear

  • Joggers/tshirts

  • Pillow

  • Blanket

  • Hats - guys have it so easy to just cover their hair!

  • Socks

  • Laptop/laptop charger

  • Long cell phone charger