I am a HUGE procrastinator. It’s a flaw that I am really trying to work on this year. One thing I knew I couldn’t procrastinate too much on was my hospital bag. With all the excitement about the baby I barely had any motivation to go out and get the things that I needed for myself. What fun is it shopping for Costco-sized bags of Maxi Pads when you know you can be out shopping for adorable baby onesies. However, today I surprised myself… I actually enjoyed going to the store and picking out all of the last minute items that I needed. Perhaps it’s that whole ‘nesting’ thing, huh?
Below are some of my top hospital bag must-haves. I’ve put all of baby’s must-haves in her own bag.
- Pajamas. Make sure you pack some pjs that button up or zip down the front. This will make it easy to have that ‘skin to skin’ contact with your baby. Also pack a button down for your partner as well. Skin to skin isn’t only for the mama!
- Nursing Pads. If you haven’t already needed these (Hello, leaky 3rd trimester!), you will definitely want them for after delivery. Along with this, pack some Lansinoh HPA Lanolin cream.
- A Camera. I get it… you’re going to be in pain and you’ll be sweaty and possibly even screaming at everyone around you. The last thing you’re going to want is a camera in your face. But trust me, you’ll appreciate the documentation once its all said and done.
- Slippers. Ain’t nobody got time to walk around those cold hospital floors barefoot. Notice all the additional socks I packed as well.
- Toiletries. Pack enough for you and your partner. Also, stick with travel sizes. Your bag will quickly fill up.
- An outfit to come home in. No need for anything fancy. I packed some pregnancy leggings and a long sleeve pregnancy tee shirt. Yes, you might still look pregnant after birth.
- Granny Panties. If you are like me, you’ve already been living in these for the past 6 months. You’ll want to pack some comfortable underwear that you don’t mind getting ruined.
- Sanitary Pads. The hospital will most likely provide you with these but if you are picky like me you may want to pack your own.
- Nursing Bras. Pack something comfortable. I chose one without underwire. I also packed a nursing tank.
- Ponytail Holders. The last thing you’ll want is your hair sticking to your face.
Extra things to think about include: Pillows, Sound Machine, Hospital Paperwork, Cell Phone Charger, and Snacks.
What would you add to the list?