Hospital Bag Essentials
I reached out to all the mamas on social media and asked what items they would recommend as hospital bag essentials for labor and delivery. I’ve been researching for a couple of weeks now as I really enjoy being prepared-it helps ease my mind, which helps eases my anxiety. I don’t want to overpack, but I also want to be comfortable and have what I need to make my stay easier on myself as I know this will be a big transitional time.
At the end of the post I’ll share some things I’ve purchased or packed for my hospital bag, but since I’ve never done this, I wanted the expertise of mamas to help me out.
Here’s what the mamas recommend for hospital bag essentials.
- Flip flops/Slides
- Organizers– this was suggested and I would recommend as well. Pack your toiletries in an organizer, and other things in specific containers so you or someone else might quickly grab the item in the specific bag needed instead of having to rummage through everything.
- Comfy clothes
- Your own pillow and blanket
- Nursing tanks and/or nursing bras
- Your own toiletries for a shower
- Dry shampoo
- Hair ties (or something to hold your hair back)
- Chargers-portable or extended (bring chargers for all of your electronics)
- Nursing pillow/boppy
- Adult diapers/depends or comfy underwear in case you don’t like what they provide at the hospital
- ** Many of the mamas advised that the hospital does provide a lot of your essential items. You can always reach out to your hospital and see what they may provide if that would help you to feel more comfortable. **
What I personally purchased/packed for my hospital bag:
- Comfy blanket
- Slippers– a comfy pair of slippers for walking around if needed
- Slides-mainly for shower, going to the hospital, and home (I’m just bringing one pair for all of the above so I don’t have to think too much about it)
- Extended charger– I got a 10ft charger, but I also have a portable one I may bring as well.
- Nursing tank– I liked this as an option for going home in with lounge pants or if I felt like “getting ready”.
- Nursing bra/bralette– I didn’t go overboard, but I did want to pack one bralette in case I didn’t want to wear many clothes and also one padded nursing bra if needed.
- A portable fan– may seem unnecessary but I get super hot especially when I get anxious. So, sometimes getting some flowing air feels nice and helps me to breathe a bit better. . It may come in handy, it may not.
- One pajama set: Since I’m not sure what will be most comfortable for me whether I stay in the hospital gown, or I put on something of my own, I got a very simple pajama set to wear if needed. If not I will def wear it once home.
- One robe: I figured if I have visitors I could throw on a robe over my bra/bralette if needed, or if I wanted to get up and walk around the room.
- Toiletries: this may vary on the day but in advance I packed, makeup removing wipes ( even if I’m not wearing makeup it may feel nice to cleanse my face), deodorant, toothbrush, dry shampoo and light makeup on hand ready to go. I might be throwing other things in my bag on the day depending on how things go. I’ll also have my relax wellness oil roller in there as well.
- Snacks: I packed just a few non-perishable snack items in my bag- snacks that don’t have a strong smell. Nothing worse than smelly food. So, popcorn and granola bars are what I chose.
- Games: Since there may be a possibility of needing to pass some time while in the hospital, I brought our Uno cards to play.
- Going home outfit: So far, right now, I packed a comfy, loose, lounge set. But I may throw in some leggings as well to go with a nursing tank. I got in these postpartum leggings from Blanqi.
- Baby’s home outfit: I don’t plan to bring too much for baby as I know they won’t need much, and the hospital will provide most essentials. I have a cute going home gown for him that I’ll put him in and take pictures before we leave as well. I may bring one other option just in case.
- Don’t forget about the partner: he may want to bring a change of clothes, pillow and blanket as well. I won’t bother too much with this because we live 5 minutes from the hospital, and also I know it won’t take too much for Jacob to throw something together and go when the time comes. Once we get a little closer, I may have him put a couple of things in his backpack just to be ready.
- Other random but not essential items: a few depends, minimal makeup ( small portable mirror, brow gel, concealer, stick blush, stick highlighter, chapstick), body lotion (just to smell good), and I may throw in a few nursing pads. I may also bring my pump and leave it in the car, but bring it in to have the nurses show me how to use it.
6/22/2020 UPDATED– I have updated this post for the things we actually used at the hospital. Since babe was delivered via c-section I thought it might be help to make notes of things I used or didn’t use. I still recommend using this post as inspiration for your hospital bag I know it really helped me.
Items from my hospital bag I used having had a c-section delivery.
- Comfy blanket was a total must have. It really helped me to feel comfortable and more “at home”
- My pillow from hope was another comfort item I loved having
- Extended charger came in handy we did use that since our “set up” was not next to outlets.
- I didn’t wear any of the clothing items I packed except for my robe and going home outfit. My robe was just nice to put on when I felt up to it after my “first shower”. Getting out of the hospital gown made me feel a little more comfortable-plus it was the same gown that I had surgery in and I just wanted to out of it. Of course, I did put on Caden’s going home outfit.
- Portable fan was a total must have. I got so hot. Especially dealing with pain, sleepless nights, and fluctuating hormones.
- SNACKS, BRING ALL THE SNACKS. I can’t say this enough, get plenty of snacks. Hospital food isn’t great. With Covid going on, they shut down the cafeteria, any food machines, and many hospitals don’t allow visitors so you can’t bring food in. So, bring lots of good snacks for you and your partner.
- Items that made me feel comfortable were of great value in my bag. Little things like dry shampoo, eye cream and moisturizer just helped me feel more put together even though I didn’t leave the bed much.
- Flip flops/Slides- These were great to have walking around and during shower time.
- The hospital gave us lots of items for baby and postpartum. I actually liked the hospital mesh underwear, I think they were most comfortable for after the c-section they even gave me extra to take home. They gave me lots of various sized pads, and lots of diapers, wipes, and other items for baby.