Based on my experience from last time, there’s quite a few ‘essentials’ you’re going to need for that visit to the hospital, and it’s always good to be prepared. A lot of people say to get your bag packed by 34 weeks just in case, and this isn’t a bad idea, but in reality, I’m 38 weeks and I’m still piecing together my bag (I know!)! BUT I do know exactly what is going in it! Anyhow, I thought I’d share my list with you in case you’re looking for a little help!
What YOU will need
Portmantos Luggage c/o | Ugg Slippers | Socks | Blush Dagne Dover Wash Bag c/o | Black Bravado Nursing Cami c/o | Grey Pink Blush Maternity PJ Bottoms c/o | Cake Maternity Nursing Bra c/o | Black DKNY Bath Robe | Marilyn Monroe PJ Bottoms | Canon Camera | Macbook Air Laptop | Boppy Wedge Pillow | Boppy Nursing Pillow | Snoogle Body Pillow
So this is my list based on my experience with Grace last time…
PJs And Nursing Camis – After the delivery you may be in the hospital for another couple of days. It’s usually your choice, and you can leave earlier if you like. If you’ve had a C-section your recovery time may be longer. During the delivery you’re most likely to be wearing the hospital robe they provide you with, but after this you are able to change into your own clothes. I recommend a couple of pairs of pajama bottoms paired with a couple of nursing camis for easy nursing access. If you’re more of a nighty kind of girl, just make sure the nighties you bring have the clip-down straps to allow for easy nursing access because (if you choose to breast feed) you’re going to be nursing A LOT in the first few days.
Nursing Bras – Bringing a couple of nursing bras alongside the camis is a good idea. You may feel you need more support than the cami can offer and if your wearing a pajama top or nighty that doesn’t have the extra support you’re going to need a bra to wear under.
Underwear – Pack a few pairs of comfortable underwear. After you give birth the hospital will most likely provide you with their own (disposable) kind, but by the time home day comes around you’ll likely want to get back into your own so bring a few pairs of comfy undies!
Bath Robe – You’re probably going to want to walk around the hospital once the baby is born (when you’re able) so it’s a good idea to bring something to throw over your PJ’s such as a light weight bath robe. It’s also a good idea to have one on hand so you’re able to cover up comfortably when visitors come.
Slippers And Cozy Socks (With Grips) – During labor you want to feel as comfortable as possible, so a good pair of cozy socks is a great idea. The hospital may give you a pair but to be prepared I would pack a pair or two of your own. Socks with grips on the bottom are a great idea for when you have to get out of bed. Bring a pair of slippers too for when you want to get up and walk about the hospital.
Toiletry/Wash Bag – Make sure to bring your own toiletries for when you’re able to shower and get dressed. Also bring your make-up with you too so you can put a little on for any pictures you plan on taking after the baby is born.
Chap Stick / Lip Balm – Bringing chap stick or some kind of lip moisturizer is a good idea. You do a lot of mouth breathing when in labor and your lips quickly get dry. Keeping them moisturized is important.
Boppy – To nurse the baby on.
Body Pillow – For your own comfort in the hospital. I’ve used mine my whole pregnancy and couldn’t be without it in the hospital!
Phone and Speaker/Earphones – To play music while you’re in labor. I played Pandora’s Relaxation Channel last time and I can’t tell you how much it helped me relax. Also, these headphones are amazing! I spoke with the company and they have agreed to give my readers 15% off any headphones or earphones from their website. Just use ‘missbethanykate’ at check out.
Camera – If you own a good quality camera you’re going to want to bring it to capture the first few days with your newborn.
Outfit To Wear Home – Bring something cozy and comfortable. A pair of leggings, flip flops or slip on shoes, a nursing cami and a long cardigan to wear over the top is an outfit idea.
Birth Plan and Hospital File – If you have a birth plan make sure to bring it along with any hospital documents you may need to provide the hospital with while there.
Phone and Phone Charger – You’re going to want to bring your phone for all the obvious reasons, but don’t forget to bring your charger too!
What the BABY will need
Black Dagne Dover Diaper Bag c/o | Gerber Pacifiers | Little Bunches Swaddle Blanket c/o | Carters Body Suits | Baby bow Club Headbands c/o | Pampers Newborn Diapers | Pampers Wipes | Gathre Changing Mat c/o | Little Giraffe Blanket | Baby Gap Garter Hoodie | Baby Gap Garter Booties
Car Seat – Installed and ready to go
Diaper Bag – It’s a good idea to bring your diaper bag with you and fill it with the essentials you’ll need while there and to bring the baby home with. The hospital will most likely provide you with a few diapers, a pacifier, blanket and hat, but if you prefer your own brands make sure to pack them. This is what I will be packing for the hospital:
Pacifiers – 2/3 pacifiers. I will be taking Gerber and Avent pacifiers. Two brands in case the baby prefers one over the other. Although Grace wasn’t, some babies can be quite fussy about the type of pacifier they take.
2/3 Swaddle Blankets – For the hospital. The hospital will provide you with theirs, but I like to bring my own too.
2/3 body suits – to wear under the receiving blanket if needed.
Outfit for going home – A bodysuit with arms and legs, socks, booties, hat
Cute head bands – If you’re having a girl (for pictures)!
2/3 Newborn Diapers – I prefer Pampers
Blanket – For car journey home
Changing Mat – Just in case you need a stop off on the way back home!
Wipes – I prefer Pampers