If you are going to deliver soon, this is everything you might want to consider for your hospital bag and stay.
Keep in mind that this is just a list I made for myself and that you may or may not want or need everything. My goal is to share with you my experiences. What you take from it is solely for you to decide 🙂 and ps. I’m SO excited for what you are about to feel and live. The day I birthed Gio is the best day of my life. The best feeling ever.
I initially made a list of everything I needed to pack. I broke it down into 4 different categories (bags):
1. Mommy Bag
I used polyvore to put together some of these items together so it looks nice 🙂 Most of the items are not the exact items I got, but rather an example of the particular item you might want to pack with you. For example, the hair brush that’s in the picture, is not the one I use, but the point is to show you that you will need a hairbrush with you. Hope this makes it a bit clearer. Some other items however are exactly the ones I did get. So you choose which ones you actually want to get.
The birthing gowns I got were from Milk And Baby. I got a total of 3; one for each night I would stay in the hospital (although I ended up staying 5 nights). I also got matching pillow cases and one bath robe with my name on it. To be honest, it’s not all that necessary but I was just excited for it especially since it was my first time giving birth.
Travel size anything is ideal for this kind of thing. I made a small bag with all of my bathroom necessities and they were all travel size.
As far as pads go, the hospital will provide you with all the pads you can ever need. I brought my own but never ended up using them. So I don’t recommend it. Same thing with towels. They will provide you with plenty. I did bring my own washcloths however. I felt better having my own.
The hospital bag I chose is the one on the picture above. It comes with a laundry bag inside of it. They also sell a smaller bag I bought and used it for the baby bag I packed along with mine.
I didn’t bring any make up with me. Some women like to get dolled up for the pictures at the hospital but I honestly wasn’t too concerned about it. Plus I didn’t want to get it on my child and I figured he was going to be on me majority of the time. I’m glad I didn’t because I ended up holding Gio the entire time and rubbing my cheeks against his and sniffing him haha.
I would recommend you bring a baby journal book to record all of those first moments and details. They come with pockets and places to put the hospital tags and first pictures and so on. Pretty cool memory book I think.
You’ll notice I listed pop tarts on the picture. The hospital I delivered in allowed me to snack so I decided to pack one of my fav snacks ever! I also put a camera on there just to remind you in case you want to take pics or tape, but if you have a smartphone, that’ll do as well.
Please don’t forget your charger and your wallet (with your ID and insurance card). I didn’t list any outfits in the picture above because it all depends on what season and what time of the year you give birth. But personally I packed 1 outfit with me. One that I checked in the hospital with, and the other I wore when I checked out.
2. Baby Bag
These are the necessary things you will need:
I packed 3 outfits: one for 5-7 lbs babies, one for newborn size, and the third one for 1 month old size. Reason why, is because I had no clue how big Gio was going to be. They told me he was going to weigh around 6-7 pounds. Well, he came out 8.4 lbs. So you never really know. What I wish I did differently is pack outfits that were simple and easy to put on. I went with fancy shmancy stuff and it was a pain to put on him. I eventually ended up just putting him in a onesie and called it a day. He looked so much happier too! So if you must, just bring one cute outfit for picture but that’s about it.
I’m really happy I bought the Hand Crocheted Baby Cocoon And Matching Hat on Etsy. It was perfect for his hospital pictures. I definitely recommend it.
Most of the stuff you need for your baby will be provided to you at the hospital. I brought a hat with me and blankets too and ended up using the ones the hospital gave me only because they seemed to fit so much better (esp the hat).
3. Diaper Bag
A lot of my Stiletts have asked about my diaper bag and what I keep in there. One of my fav diaper bags is the Louis Vuitton Palermo GM bag. At first I thought it was going to be too big but so far it’s been AMAZING size wise. It fits everything! (I do have the tendency to overpack lol).
I like being organized and unfortunately this bag doesn’t have a lot of pocket space so I purchased a purse insert to place inside my bag which keeps everything neat and in its place. I purchased it from ConquerAndDivide shop on Etsy. She can make you custom ones to fit your exact purse.
The two blankets on the side are from Kissy Kissy. Sooooo soft and perfect for diaper bag.
Some things I keep in my diaper bag:
bamboo diapers or honest company
zoli nail trimmer
burt’s bees facial wipes for mommy
mustela facial wipes for baby
aquaphor travel size for mommy’s chapped lips
mustela barrier cream
mustela SPF 50 lotion
mustela cleanser and lotion
babyganics natural insect repellent
sophie the giraffe teething toy
nipple pads and lanolin nipple cream
baby lip balm
mommy’s bliss gripe water for gas relief
vaseline travel packs
babys first aid kit
mittens and hat
extra shirt for mom
wallet, glasses and keys
bottle of expressed milk for Gio
Purse insert purchased from DivideAndConquer on Etsy. You can choose different colors, sizes, custom etc. All the products listed can be found on amazon for the most part.
Now this is what I prepared before Gio had arrived. 6 months later I can tell you this….this bag with EVERYTHING I included above will be great for when you travel. (Check out Egreis Gjergjani – Traveling With A Baby Post) Otherwise, for day to day use all you will need is a bag (any will do, even your own purse), some diapers, an extra change of clothes for the baby, and some wipes. LOL. The less the better because having a baby is already a lot to handle. Simplify the rest as much as you can!
4. Daddy Bag
This will ultimately depend on the kind of partner you have and what his essentials are. Mine likes his magazines (fantasy football ones especially) and his gadgets. So I packed him his iPad, iPhone, speakers, headsets, you name it. Too bad for him he didn’t get to use ANY. But your labor may be different than mine so always best to have it just in case.
Men and their vending machines…so don’t forget some quarters! I can never find any when I really want them, so I made a ziplock bag full of them and packed it way before we headed to the hospital.
As far as outfits go, generally it’s good to pack a tshirt and bottoms (shorts or sweaters depending on the weather) for each day at the hospital. I packed 3 tshirts and 2 sweatpants. Speaking of Tshirts, the best one I got is the “I’m The Daddy” tshirt from http://www.daddyncompany.com
I included a pair of swim trunks in there as well, because I chose a hospital room with a bathtub in it so I could use it during labor to ease the contractions’ pain. I got my husband to go in there with me and rub my back so I could relax. If this is something you are interested in, you might want to get him a pair of swim trunks. Nurses tend to come in at all times so it might be a good idea 🙂
I think I’ve covered it all. I prepared all of this when I was 7.5 months pregnant just in case I had to go to the hospital earlier than expected. I also put everything in the car to have it ready. Don’t forget you will need a car seat installed and ready to go too. They won’t release you without checking to see if you have one.
Hope this helps!