Packing the Hospital Bag

FINALLY we’ve gotten around to packing a bag for the hospital. When we pre-registered at the hospital, the nurse told us to pack one small bag that we’ll want to bring up for labor and delivery and then pack our larger “suitcase” and leave it in the car. Once the baby is born, Steve can run out to the car and bring up the suitcase for when I’m in the recovery room.

SO, give me your opinions.. what are we missing and what don’t we need?

BAG FOR LABOR:

*Laptop (mainly for playing music–also, my uncle plays piano and has an amazing audio visual DVD (see image to the right) I may want to watch! Click here to see! He should totally advertise it to preggos, haha!)
*Hospital gown (from Cover Me Chic, I’m wearing the 5th Avenue print)
*iPhones for phone calls, texting, tweeting…
*Camera
*Birthing ball (should I inflate ahead of time?)
*Baby book for getting footprints
*Tennis ball for massage
*Massage oil
*Flip flops for shower

SUITCASE FOR POST DELIVERY:

*Nursing gown (pjs that button down the front)
*Change of clothes for me
*Change of clothes for DH
*Bathroom stuff: toothbrush/paste, makeup
*Nursing tank and sleeping bra
*Nursing pads
*Maxi pads
*Going home outfit for baby (with hat and socks)
*Blanket for baby
*Burp cloths–do I need those?
*Extra baby outfit and receiving blanket (the hospital photographer is going to take pictures of him and I couldn’t decide exactly what I wanted for that!  So a couple extras are in the bag…)
*Boppy
*Car seat, of course
Do I really need a pillow? I’ve seen that on some lists… what am I missing??? My “change of clothes” includes 2 shirts and my sweatpants… I read not to bring your favorites because they can get dirty/bloody? My sweatpants are definitely favorites, but I figured I’d just be wearing them home and pretty much stay in the hospital gown or nursing pjs while in the hospital. Right? I feel like I’m missing so much, but also feel so over-packed!

Hey, while you’re here, take my poll in the top right sidebar about when lil boy will arrive!! 🙂

13 comments to Packing the Hospital Bag

  • Mindy

    So, I say cozy socks (I like slipper socks), extra underwear, a book, maybe a DVD to keep you distracted (sometimes things don’t happen as quickly as you’d like and it can get boring in the hospital afterward), a hair brush & possibly rubberband. Hmm…I think that’s it.

    What I would skip: makeup, nursing pads, flip flops, burp cloths, maybe even blanket (I would leave in the car) because hospital will swaddle baby up in their blanket and cozy hat.

    My biggest advice: Don’t overload yourself with stuff. By the time you head out with new baby, paperwork, freebies, etc., you’ll have tons of stuff.

    :0) Good luck, mama! This is such an exciting time for you.

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  • Beth

    no burp cloth necessary – it takes the baby a bit to begin nursing plus hospital has that kind of thing. u are so well planned and ready, emily. i am proud of you!!!

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  • Beth

    what is the boppy for -?? i don’t think u need that…. u will be there for such a short time…and no pillow – maybe leave in car. well those are my short little meaningless words of wisdom.

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  • Beth

    How about an Ambiessence give-away dvd Emily?? Let’s post it and begin to sell them!

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  • Kim Huber

    I had Bath & Body Works body spray in my favorite scent to make the delivery room smell nice. There can be a lot of unpleasant smells going on! You won’t need nursing pads until your milk comes in a few days after, but I liked having my boppy there because each feeding takes so long to accomplish.

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  • Kim Huber

    oh- and a robe. I sent my hubby home for mine because I felt a little exposed in my cute nursing PJs when crossing to my roomate’s side to get to the bathroom. She had a lot of company most of the day.

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  • Melissa

    And another copy/paste for me. I was discussing bag packing this morning and still feeling a bit overwhelmed by it! Thanks post just saved me ALOT of time!

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  • Karen

    Don’t forget snacks for your husband.

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  • You probably don’t need to bring your own pads either. I bought a bunch of them with me and didn’t use them because the hospital provided pads and mesh panties. Might as well use theirs for free!

    For your labor bag a rice sock is a great addition to the tennis balls (which are great too). You can heat it up as a compress for your back or throw it in the freezer too. I made one really easily with a man’s tube sock, rice (duh!) and a hot glue gun to seal it.

    I had some hard candies in my bag for labor and I was glad. I wasn’t hungry but my mouth was very dry. I didn’t want that to drink much water either because going to the bathroom was really annoying.

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  • Wonderful suggestions, thank you all so much!! I’ve added most to my list and feel much more prepared now 🙂

    As for snacks for the hubby… that’s fine, but he better be eating in the hallway. If I’m in labor for 20-some hours and am not allowed to eat, I may kill him for his food, haha.

    Also.. suggestions from twitter: emergen c packets for energy, slippers, and lavender or mint scented oils.

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  • chapstick- if you aren’t eating/drinking you will get very dry! Have you read the research based on this? There is really no medical reason NOT to eat during labor…it’s based on years ago when people were put under which is no longer the case. You will need your strength. The medical staff can’t force you not to eat if you are hungry. A massager is great, and anything you find comforting at home. The pillow idea is to have one that you are used to, has your smell. I brought my big pink body pillow for my own labor. You may also not need to bring your own birth ball- most labor units will have them available. I wouldn’t blow up if you do. Are you hoping to use the shower/bath while in labor? If so (and I would really recommend it) have your hubby bring a suit so he can get in there with you. Also, something for the staff to snack on- baked goods or twizzlers are always a hit for some reason is always a huge plus. Good luck!

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    Baby Dickey Reply:

    wonderful tips, thank you!

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  • Extremely interesting blog post thanks for writing it I just added your website to my favorites and will be back 🙂 By the way this is off topic but I really like your web page layout.

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