Hospital BagWhen I had my first baby I was the most informed woman on earth!  I read scores of blogs about hospital bag must-haves for myself, hubby and baby.  I was ready for the big day, and I was counting down the two months remaining so that I could finally use all the stuff I packed in my hospital bag!  In the end, I ended up leaving most of the bags untouched.  Yes, I said BAGS.   Looking back, I packed like I was going on vacation for 2 weeks, not staying in a hospital for 3 days.

Now that I’m getting ready to deliver baby #2, I’m wiser, smarter and more relaxed.  Did I pack two months in advance?  Yes, because you never know when you will go into labor, but the bag is filled with what matters.  Remember, the only package you should worry about bringing home is the little bundle of joy – not the scores of luggage.

Hospital Bag Essentials – For You & Baby

  1. Pretty Pusher Gown. If you can purchase this – do it!  Hospital gowns tend to make most women feel vulnerable and dumpy, but this gown makes you feel powerful and secure.  When you are able to wear what you want during labor it adds comfort during the labor process.
  2. Depends for Women Underwear. Yes, the old lady panties – but let me tell you why. The hospital gives you these huge net boy shorts and extra super long pads, but after awhile they begin to stretch and cause leaks.  Once I changed over to Depends – not another leak.
  3. Your own pillow.  Because your pillow is perfectly shaped to you it can help ease some of your discomfort.  You will be able to help relax and get better sleep.
  4. Familiar PJ’s & Nursing Bra.  Be sure to include a soft, stretchy nursing bra (Bravado’s The Original Nursing Bra) and PJ’s.  After baby arrives, you will be sitting in bed – walking around – talking to visitors – and bonding with baby.  The last thing you want to put on is a loose, scratchy hospital gown.
  5. Your favorite Maternity outfit. Maybe you haven’t heard yet, but most of us still look about 6 months pregnant the day we go home from the hospital. Bring your best flattering maternity outfit.  Remember, you will have beautiful pictures of you leaving the hospital.
  6. Travel size toiletries. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and your favorite lotion for new mom skin (Mama Mio).
  7. Slipper Socks. Hospitals are cold and so are their floors. Keep your feet warm whether you are walking your rounds or recovering in bed.
  8. For Baby – A going home outfit. That’s about it. I’m serious! With my first baby I had a whole diaper bag packed to the gills with everything I could think of, and I didn’t touch any of it! The hospital provides baby with everything diapers, wipes, creams, hats, socks, blankets, mittens, pacifiers and the list goes on – plus they typically send you home with a bunch of it.

Written by:

Cheniese Ruhnke