Packing my Hospital Bag

I packed my bag for the hospital bag today! Wow, that really felt like a big milestone…. I’m ready to go! When I was at my hospital tour, they said you truly don’t need to bring anything with you, because they have everything there for you at the hospital. But, that you may be happier to have some of your own comforts from home — clothes, toothbrush, etc.  They also recommended having 2 separate bags: 1 for labor and delivery, and 1 for recovery, so they’re seperate. I ended up just packing one bag inside the other.  So, here’s what I packed:

Labor & Delivery

  • Birth plan
  • Chapstick
  • Hair bandpregnant woman with suitcase
  • Nightgown
  • Slippers
  • Sweatshirt
  • Lozenges
  • Advil (for birth partners — they can’t get medication in the hospital)
  • Balance bars
  • Camera and charger
  • Docking station to play music
  • Tennis balls in tube sock for massage
  • Water bottle (I love my water bottle)
  • Phone charger
  • Handheld fan (I’ve heard this is amazing during delivery)
  • Fuzzy socks

Recovery

  • Computer (and charger)
  • Bath towel (better than the postage stamp ones at hospital)
  • Sanitary pads (hospital ones are apparently uncomfortable)
  • Magazines
  • Dollar bills (for food machines)
  • Tank top (nursing type)
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask
  • Flip flops
  • Underwear
  • Toilet Paper (again, bad at hospital, and it’s not a time when you want to use sandpaper)
  • Makeup
  • Bras
  • Sweatpants
  • Pillow
  • Baby outfit
  • Baby blanket

Is there anything I’m missing? Let me know!

6 thoughts on “Packing my Hospital Bag

  1. I actually liked the huge sanitary pads they had at the hospital, and the ugly mesh panties they give you to go with them. LOL I got an extra supply to take with me when I went home. :) I love the nursing tanks – so great. Make sure your sweat pants have wide waist bands, you won’t want anything tight across your belly. I don’t think you’ve missed anything, though. Exciting!

  2. You might want some “boy short” underwear. The kind with the wide bands around the sides. And yes, the pads they give you are great, they also give you (at least mine did!) these underwear that were like.. frozen. When you squeeze them, it activates the ice and feels soo good on!

    • Thanks for the comment! I’ve heard the boy short underwear is good, so thanks for the reminder!

  3. Granted, I was at the hospital for a the long haul, but i brought my pillow with me. Made it easier to sleep and better than the ones there.

    • Funny you say that… it’s on the list, but I was thinking of getting rid of it. I figured I’d be so tired it wouldn’t really matter! :)

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