If I could repack my hospital bag? Maybe “If I could pack my hospital bag!”
I never had the chance to enjoy that part of the nesting process since Oliver decided to make his appearance 6 weeks early and being cooped up in a hospital 2.5 hours away from our home didn’t give us the opportunity to run home to grab necessities, we had to rely on willing visitors (thank you so much family!!) to rummage through our home and bring along what they thought we were asking for. It was a nightmare – underwear that was too small, a bra that was broken, no hairbrush, moisturizer, or lip balm and Ryan having to run out to the nearest shoppers to buy baby items with absolutely no knowledge or even myself to help him. It was rough, but we didn’t know any different so we got through it. Looking back now, I would never want to EVER experience that again. I just wish I had packed my bag the night before my water broke rather then planning to back it the next day! A day too late!
After spending a good week (over Christmas) in a hospital with nothing, I have a good list of items that I believe are necessities to pack in your hospital bag. I have broken it down into 3 list; one for baby, dad and mom.
WHAT TO PACK FOR MOM
A Robe or Gownie– I never want to spend another night in those uncomfortable open back gowns provided by the hospital. If there is a next time I will be sure to grab my self a comfortable and pretty robe to lounge in while bonding with baby and healing.
Lounge Pants – I am not a huge fan of loose pyjama bottoms but I love lounge pants. Anything that is stretchy and soft is perfect for nursing, skin to skin, and comfort no matter how you delivered.
Extra Long Cell Phone Cord
Toiletries – A towel, lanolin cream toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, hair elastics, blowdryer (if you want), etc. trust me on this one, you’ll want your own and not the hospitals’ version of these. you’ll feel half human again after you freshen up after delivery with your own toiletries.
Maxi Pads – I used the hospital’s while I was there but had a hard time getting more from the nurses so it’s always good to bring your own. Ryan unfortunately bought light pads while at the pharmacy which just didn’t do!
A Nursing Pillow
A Nursing Bra & Pads – I didn’t bring my nursing bra and I wish I had, and those nursing pads are a must as well!
Blanket – I was FREEZING every night and I wish I had a warm comfy blanket when I was able get a few minutes of sleep.
Snacks – Snacks are a must! The vending machine and cafeteria food gets old and a bit pricey fast.
Going Home Outfit – I would probably pack a maxi dress to go home in next time. It’s loose and easy to get in and out of the car, plus who wouldn’t love looking a little classy on their way out from having a baby?!
Full bum underwear – Something needs to hold those mammoth pads in!
WHAT TO PACK FOR DAD
Pillows & Blankets – If your hospital room was anything like ours the chair in our semi-private room was more comfortable then the pull out bed chair in our private room (so he says), so at least two blankets and a pillow is probably a good idea so dad can get some rest as well.
Change of Clothes – Dad needs a refresh too!
Comfy Clothes for Sleeping
Flip Flops – Dad needs a shower too!
Snacks – The more the better!
WHAT TO PACK FOR BABY
Diaper Bag – Fully stocked and ready to go. If you are anything like me the first few weeks, your diaper bag will be overstocked!
Onesies – I would bring 2 or 3 depending on how long your stay is
Sleeper – I’d bring 2 just in case
Baby wipes & Diapers – Each hospital is different but we didn’t have to use ours since the hospital supplied them
Going Home Outfit – Hat, socks, onesie, and a cute comfortable outfit
Car Seat – Make sure you have familiarized yourself with your car seat so you know how to adjust and have baby safely strapped in. Most nurses will help you if you need help. Your car seat base should also be installed properly in your car.
Car Seat Cover
Swaddle – The hospital have tons but you can bring your own.
Hopefully you found something that can help you on your big day! There are no wrong choices and nothing can take away from the miracle of life that you are about to experience. I wish you nothing but health and happiness in your journey, good luck to you and your growing family!