Baby Jackson is now a week and a half old, my family and I are getting settled into a nice routine, and I’ve finally unpacked my baby hospital bag. I wouldn’t consider myself an over packer, but I do like to be prepared for any situation. I guess you could call me a just-in-case packer.
Depending on the hospital you visit, some of the things listed below may not be necessary. Some hospitals have all the supplies in the world to give you (plus more to take home), and others require you to bring an entire pharmacy with you. I can tell you from personal experience that giving birth on a Caribbean island is very different from giving birth near a city. So find out what your hospital will provide, and then throw in a few just-in-case must have items. This time around with Jackson even though I felt like I was giving birth at the Four Seasons, I was prepared for a Motel 6 kind of experience=)
~ danzo canvas tote baby bag ~
Here’s the list of things I packed in my baby hospital bag as well as a few tips of what I didn’t use and, more importantly, what I couldn’t live without.
Half of the items on this list I didn’t use, partly because the hospital provided them, but also because I simply didn’t have the time to make myself all pretty. So aside from the deodorant and toothbrush, mouth wash and floss, I could have done without the rest.
- shampoo + conditioner
- toothpaste + toothbrush + mouth wash + floss
- face cleansing wipes
- mousse + hairspray
- hairdryer – borrowed my mom’s tiny travel one
- comb or brush
- 3 overnight feminine pads
just for mom
Now this was a list I could not live without! Used it all, loved it all, would pack it all a thousand times over. Item number one: a celebratory treat for recovery (if permitted, of course)! I recently read a blog where the writer brought margaritas to the hospital; now that’s a way to celebrate!
- id + some cash + credit card
- disposable nursing pads
- nipple cream
- nursing cover
- 2 magazines
- laptop + charger
- phone + charger
- camera + charger
- ear plugs + eye mask
Aside from the going home outfit (which was also my arrival outfit) and the flip flops, I proudly wore the hospital gown the entire time as well as the socks they provided. They had the cutest little grips on the bottom to prevent me from falling, so thoughtful!
- 2 nursing tank tops
- 2 nursing bras
- 3 pairs of comfy undies
- 1 going home outfit
- flip flops – for the shower and walking around
I used the boppy, pacifier, and swaddle blanket, but everything else was kindly provided by the hospital. Too bad you can’t take the hospital staff home with you.
- newborn pacifier
- baby body wash
- baby lotion
- swaddle blanket
- travel wipes
- 2 newborn diapers + cream
Although the hospital had a few things for baby boy to wear, I’m glad I packed what I did. These items were used and made for great pictures.
- 3 onesies
- 3 pjs
- going home outfit
The snacks definitely came in handy! One KIND bar went to my five year old, a few jolly ranchers for my sweet tooth, and gum for those bored moments.
- 2 KIND bars
- handful of jolly ranchers – in case you’re allowed to have candy during labor
for my other baby
My daughter was so enamored with her baby brother that the coloring book was not needed. The big sister tool kit was an incredible hit and I’d highly recommend it to parents with young kids.
- coloring book + crayons for Gwyneth
- big sister tool kit
The only thing I felt I was missing was a pair of nail clippers for Jackson. I’d forgotten how long babies nails can be when they’re born, so my parents came to the rescue and brought me a pair.
One last tip: We weren’t allowed to bring in our baby hospital bag until we went up to the recovery room, so I took a few of the items I wanted for labor and placed them in a small back pack that my husband carried. I guess they don’t want large suitcases to get in the way when in labor, and in fact I was in four different rooms before I even got to my recovery room, so it’s completely understandable that they try to limit what patient’s carry with them. So just remember, separate out your labor items from your recovery items and you should be set!
Then at the end of your stay, if all goes well, you’ll have tons of free stuff to take home including a cuddly, little man (or lady).
What’s on your hospital list?