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{Having a Baby: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag}

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So you’re having a baby huh? And, of course, you are wondering to yourself “What in the heck do I need to bring with me?” Well, I just had a baby a month ago and I thought I would share with you my experience in packing a hospital bag. Now keep in mind, I had a c-section, so what you need may differ based on whether or not you deliver vaginally or via a c-section. Additionally, I packed a bag, and I didn’t use half of what was in it {yep, I read blogs just like this one to get the skinny on what to pack}. So, I figured I would give you the low-down on just exactly what you’ll need to pack and have ready to go for your hospital stay.

  1. Lip Balm – I think I slathered my lips with lip balm a thousand times a day. It wasn’t like I had to do any breathing to push the baby out or anything, it was just that my lips were dry and I was drinking so much water, and all of the meds. Blah blah, bring the lip balm! {Shameless plug for my awesome Rodan+Fields Lip Balm that I’m obsessed with, can be purchased here}.
  2. Colace Stool Softener – Now, they should give this to you in the hospital. However, I went through excruciating pain when I got home {from constipation} and I do not want the same for you. Go out, buy some, and double up on your dose. You can thank me later.
  3. Hair Bands – Nope, not the ones from the 80’s. The kind you put in your hair. I had to pull my hair up when I went into surgery and pretty much never took it down from that point on. If you are delivering vaginally, I’m certain you’ll want to pull that hair back as well. There is nothing more annoying that your hair, on your neck, or in your face, or in the way when you are trying to nurse, or you child gripping tightly and pulling with their new little hands.
  4. Maternity Maxi Dress – I thank the heavens above that I bought a cheap maxi dress from Walmart and had it in my bag {total last-minute online purchase}. I had planned to wear it while I was in the hospital, however you will not be changing your clothes. Promise! I wore those hospital gowns like they were going out of style. They are so comfy and easy to maneuver when you are attempting to go to the bathroom, nurse, etc. That being said, I ended up using this dress when I headed home from the hospital. Because of the c-section I couldn’t handle anything on my incision/stomach/body {laughing}. This dress was easy to walk in, slipped right on, and was super comfy for the ride home.
  5. Phone Charger – DO NOT FORGET THIS. YOU WILL HATE YOURSELF. Mine was unfortunately left in my prep room and never to be seen again {insert sad face}. However, my awesome in-laws brought me another one. My phone was dead by midnight the night I delivered – phone calls, text messages, Facebook, etc. If you forget your charger I will be so sad for you.
  6. Your Own Toiletries – Yes, the hospital will provide you with a toothbrush, toothpaste, etc., but there is just something about your own deodorant, face wash, toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, and hair brush. I was so thankful I had thrown my toiletries bag into my hospital bag. It was just nice to have a little bit of “home” and normalcy.
  7. Slippers – The hospital is going to provide you with those sweet socks with the grippers on the bottom. Those are nice for the first night. But when I got up to walk around {sweet jezus the pain} over the next few days, I wanted my cozy slippers to shuffle myself down the hallways and walk around the room. Plus, once you get home, your feet will be so swollen they will be the only thing that fits. My slippers were awesome to wear to doctors appointments and around the house.
  8. Maternity Hoodie – Again, this was another last-minute online purchase from Walamrt {yep, I was over spending $$ on maternity clothes} but I’m still wearing that bad boy. It gets a little chilly in the hospital and when you are heading home. It was so nice to have this warm hoodie I could wear in the hospital, on the way home, and when I got home. It still provides enough room for your tummy, but doesn’t rub on the incision. One of my better, unplanned, $10 purchases.
  9. Boppy – If you have a c-section, you are not going to want anything resting on your stomach, including your child. This thing was a life saver. You can use a pillow, but this is just a lot firmer and provides the right support in the right places. It also allowed my husband to feed/hold the baby as well without his arm/shoulder getting tired. We love our Boppy here in the McBailey house. Ours was a hand-me-down from my sister, but you can find them anywhere. Invest in one, I promise you won’t be sorry you did.

So there you have it, my list of hospital bag must haves. Let me tell you what I did pack that I didn’t use:

  • Makeup
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Hair Dryer
  • Robe
  • Don’t pack these things, you won’t use them…well I didn’t. Don’t forget dad will need to pack a bag as well. He’ll be showering and living with you at the hospital for a few days. Additionally, you’ll most likely want to put baby in an outfit to head home. While it’s not a necessity, throw it in your bag, it makes it fun.

    Are there any items you would add to this list? Any you would remove?


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    7 thoughts on “{Having a Baby: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag}”

    1. Amen to the hair ties–I forgot them and Rick had to run out and buy some for me! I’d put camera as a must-have…with memory card. Leaving the memory card at home is a bummer and results in your husband having to go out and buy that, as well. (Speaking from experience?) And I had read to pack comfy clothes for coming home, which at the time to me meant leggings, but did I want anything hugging my privates after delivering vaginally? NO. Saggy sweatpants were a much better option…good thing I was over-prepared like you. 😉

      1. Truuuueeee about the battery. I refused to bring my Cannon to the hospital b/c I just knew someone was going to break it and/or it would be stolen. {laughing} So we resorted to iPhone pictures instead. They turned out aiiiggghhhttt. And yes, nothing clingy for God’s sake NOTHING CLINGY!!!

    2. Totally already stocked up on my prunes and prune juice (blech)– was the worst part post labor with Max…I shall be prepared this go round!!!

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