When you are nine months pregnant and your due date is approaching it can be difficult to decide what to pack in your hospital bag for delivery. At this point, it was hard for me to think of the little details… I could barely remember to put on my shoes before leaving the house! There was also the fact that as a first time mom, I had never delivered a baby before and had no idea what I would need.
When I had my son I was induced on Tuesday and he finally made his appearance on Thursday, by C-section. We were finally released on Sunday to go home, spending five entire days in the hospital during and after delivery.
I also had a horrible experience with kidney stones during my pregnancy, which led to a four night hospital stay when I was in my sixth month of pregnancy. If I know one thing, it’s exactly what you will need at the hospital during pregnancy, throughout labor, and after childbirth. I can tell you exactly what to pack in your hospital bag for delivery!
What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag For Delivery
If you have your own birth plan, bring along a hard copy for your doctor’s and nurses.
The hospital will provide gowns but you can also choose to bring your own. These gowns are SO cute, comfortable, and perfect for nursing! You can also choose to bring a robe or other comfortable clothing, you never know how you will feel or what you will want to wear after childbirth.
Bring along several pairs of your own comfortable socks to keep your feet warm on cold hospital floors. You may also want to bring along flip flops to wear in the shower.
Hospital pillows are not the best. Bring along your favorite pillow so you can feel as comfortable as possible during your stay. You may want to bring your own blanket to make your hospital bed a little more “homey”.
Bring along a reusable water bottle so you can stay hydrated during your time at the hospital.
If you are nursing you may want to bring along covers to create more privacy when nurses and doctors are in and out of your room.
Be prepared for some soreness at first during nursing. Lansinoh was the best cream that I used.
Going Home Outfit
Bring along something comfortable for your ride home. This will be your first time out with your baby!
Bring along shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, etc. These items will help you feel more like yourself when you take your first shower after childbirth.
Phone With Charger
The last thing you want is for your phone to lose charge when your baby has arrived and you are ready to share your first photo with friends and family!
Don’t forget the basics! Don’t forget to pack your health insurance card and ID in your hospital bag.
I hate the feeling of chapped lips! Bring along your lip balm so you can be a little less uncomfortable during delivery.
Pack plenty of snacks to stay nourished in case there is extra time between meals.
Bring along books, laptop, Ipad, whatever Dad will need to stay entertained, there may be more downtime than he imagined.
Unless you live nearby, pack enough for a few extra nights, it’s better to have too much than not enough.
Pillow and Blanket
Some hospitals have better sleeping arrangements for guests than others but you will definitely want to bring along a pillow and blanket for Dad. You will need him well rested when the big moment arrives!
Depending on the length of your hospital stay and how far you are from home, Dad may want to bring along some of his essentials.
It’s easy to forget the basics in the heat of the moment. Dad will want his wallet for walks to the vending machines during downtime.
Newborns don’t need much as far as clothing. Bring along a few onesies for your baby to keep your baby warm in their swaddle. Bring along a hat and socks to keep them extra cozy! The hospital will supply diapers and wipes.
Your baby will love being wrapped in a swaddle! Your hospital will provide them but my baby loved being wrapped in a muslin blanket like this!
Going Home Outfit!
You will have so much fun choosing your baby’s going home outfit! Be sure to take plenty of photos, they are some of my favorite pictures from when Artie was first born!
Make sure your baby’s carseat is properly installed before you leave for the hospital. Your little one will need a safe ride for his first trip home!
If you haven’t heard of the Boppy Pillow you can check it out here! It’s great for providing support for your baby, especially if you are nursing or have had a C-section.
If you aren’t nursing bring along bottles and the formula that you chose for your baby.
The hospital will need to know who your baby’s pediatrician will be and once your baby arrives you can go ahead and schedule their first appointment!
One item you will need that won’t fit in your bag is your baby’s car seat! Make sure it is properly installed before you leave for the hospital. You won’t be able to go home without it!
Congratulations on your new arrival!!!
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