Friday, February 22, 2013

Packing the Hospital Bag

Wanted to share one of my favorite moments: my husband meeting our son for the first time. He was traveling in Philadelphia (playing baseball professionally) and missed the birth...rushed home...and this was his first glimpse of our baby boy. Love at first sight.

If you are "Type A" {like me} you probably want to have your hospital bag packed ahead of time. Unless you want your hubby packing the bag...which could certainly prove to be interesting! I would suggest having a bag packed when you are full-term (37 weeks) just in case your little stinker tries to "break free" {like mine did}! These are the things that I would suggest you bring...along with a little list of things you should "snag" after your hospital stay.

  • 2-3 comfortable outfits - remember to keep it loose around the belly-button area. I would suggest preemie or NB sizing {you will not believe how tiny they are}.
  • Socks
  • Mittens
  • Fingernail file
  • Carseat (recommended that its already installed and been inspected)
  • Blanket + outerwear/sweater (depending on weather)
  • Swaddle
**The hospital will provide you with diapers, Vaseline, diaper creams, flannel swaddles & hats - but bring your own of these items if you would prefer cloth diapers or petroleum-free or natural products.

Hats (the ones they give you are the perfect size and so so stretchy)
Flannel blankets/swaddles
Halo sleep sack (my hospital provided one of these)
A couple newborn diapers
Used products (they can't reuse the opened diaper rash creams, Vaseline, etc - so snag it!)


  • Insurance Information/ID (probably in your wallet)
  • Robe
  • Comfortable pajamas/lounge wear
  • Yoga pants/sweats/maxi dress to wear home from hospital (I would suggest bringing two outfits)
  • Nursing bra (under wire free)
  • Comfortable/cotton underwear (several pairs)
  • Slippers and/or socks
  • Toiletries (remember gets dry in that hospital room)
  • Pillow
  • Blanket (to share with baby)
  • Nursing Pillow
  • Maxi pads (only bring a few - they will have some provided for you)
  • Breast Pump - have the lactation nurses show you how to use it! And ask for help when you begin nursing your baby. They are free {and wonderful} resources - I would suggest you use them!
  • Squirt bottle
  • Ice pack
  • Pumping and breast feeding supplies (storage bottles, breast shields, etc.)


  • Snacks
  • Pillow
  • Change of clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Music, books, games, iPad - things to keep you {both} distracted before baby arrives
  • Camera
  • Electronic chargers (for phone, iPad, camera, etc)
  • Pediatrician name/contact information
  • Sentimental items (hospital bracelets, name tags, etc. for scrap booking, etc.)
  • Medical Paperwork
  • Prescription Drug Instructions + follow up appointments

If having C-section:

  • Loose "Grandma Panties" - get one size up of a package of Hane's from Walmart. Trust me - low rise undies will hurt your incision. You won't care that you are not want them loose (and almost baggy).  
  • Robe
  • Maxi dress for wearing home...I found my incision to be sensitive and preferred to wear a flowy dress home (as opposed to pants).
  • Small/compact pillow to hug incision when laughing/sneezing/coughing - push it against the incision to help with pain.
  • Gauzy Underwear - these hideous underwear that they provide after a C-section are amazing. They don't put pressure on your incision and are so comfortable. They are U.G.L.Y...but I would still ask your nurse if you can snag a few pairs.

Hope this little list helps! Did I forget anything?


  1. If you have any pets at home, be sure to snag a used (unwashed) and worn baby t-shirt/hat/diaper to bring home and let the animals sniff. It sounds weird, but it's good to get them used to the new little person's scent so they are not surprised when s/he enters the door.

    1. Great tip! Yes, we did this with our bulldog, Annabelle :) Worked great!


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