Alright ladies, we’ve seen this post done many times, but I’ve yet to see a post of what you REALLY need in your hospital bag. You know…the stuff that’s really important. I’m talking about the vaginal spray and Maxi Pads! Those are the items that really matter! So today I’m sharing a Hospital Bag Checklist with everything I have packed, and hopefully it will help you when packing your own bag!
You want to find a good sized hospital bag that will also double as a great carry-on or overnight bag for the future. The Herschel Novel Duffel Bag It’s the PERFECT size for a hospital bag
The DockATot® is designed to offer a snug and soothing environment for babies. It’s the next best thing to the womb. Your baby can rest, play and lounge. The DockATot comes in various fun patterns and two sizes DockATot Deluxe (0-8 months) and DockATot Grand (9 – 36 months). Both are great tool to use for tummy time too!
Newborns eat a lot…I mean a lot! Every 2-3 hours you are feeding your little one. The Lux Feeding and Infant Pillow is a must to prop your little one on.
During labor I like to have Pandora Radio on jamming to a little Jack Johnson radio. The Bose® SoundLink® Revolve+ Bluetooth® Speaker is also a great alternative during recovery, rather than watching TV the entire time.
Usually the hospital provides a standard pacifier. If you have one that you prefer your little one to try.. bring it! Brooks really gravitated to the Gerber First Essential Pacifier
Babies loved to be swaddled. Since they are use to being nice and snug in mommas belly, this is something that smoothes them. The hospital staff are swaddle masters wrapping your baby up using a Swaddle Cloths. I don’t know about you but I am far from being a blanket origami master to get the blanket nice and tight for baby. Our saving grace has been the zip up swaddles! Our favorite is the Woombie True Air Swaddle (mesh material) since it’s so hot in Texas during the summer.
Outfit for Baby
Brooks was a peeing, burping and pooping machine starting from day one. I would say bringing about six- seven long sleeve outfits would be safe bet for baby while in the hospital (two days). This leaves room for outfits that baby has accidents on or burps up on. My favorite brands are the Kickee Pants and Kyte Baby, their material is so incredibly soft!
PJ’s for Momma
I recommend loose fitted, button up long sleeve and pants. You need enough room for your new hospital underwear and pads 🙂
Comfortable Shoes & Socks
Slippers are a must have for me, and slippers with GOOD TRACTION. If I’m not in my hospital socks, I’m in my slippers. I’m brought my UGG® Slippers and bought some new Flat Slide Sandals for the trip home.
This was something I forgot the first time and was starving through out the days of recovery. Bringing your favorite snacks is a must, especially if your breastfeeding! Because breastfeeding can take some work! My favorite snack is the Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn. So delicious and only 70 calories per cup!
The Not So Pretty Items
Here is a mini list of must have not so pretty items to help your lady parts during your recovery. The hospital usually will supply you with most of these during your visit, however, once you get home your on your own so stock up!
Maxi Pads – Can wear with the mesh underwear that is provided by the hospital. I always ask the nurse to stock me up with extra mesh underwear to take home.
Depends – Great alternative if you don’t like wear the mesh underwear and ginormous maxi pads.
Disposable Nipple Pads – Use for when you milk comes in. The flow can occur at random times and one boob will leak for me when I am feeding. Usually milk doesn’t come in until after you get home, but you can never be too prepared.
Dermoplast– These help with all the pain down there, so I bought some for my bag since my hospital doesn’t offer it! If you’re looking for a more natural option, there’s also this Perineal Spray.