What's In My (Hospital) Bag

Just a few of the many items in my Mary Poppins-esque hospital bag.

After a lot of procrastination I decided that the time had finally come to pack my bag for the birthing center. I am officially 38 weeks pregnant and since Fern could come at any time, I thought it would be nice to have one less thing to think about when that time actually came.

I scoured the internet for suggestions along with stealing ideas from my mama friends and came up with a list that I think covers most of my bases. In all reality, I’m pretty certain I’m overpacked, but better to be over prepared than under prepared, or at least that’s what I think.

See what’s in my (hospital) bag after the jump!

  • Birthing Clothes 1 of 14
    Birthing Clothes
    At a hospital they give you a gown, but at the birthing center you choose your outfit. Some women prefer to go au natural, but I am not one of them (or at least I don't think I will be). So my birthing clothes will consist of a tankini top and a bath robe. I may throw in a loose skirt as well, but I imagine that much of my time laboring will likely be in the birthing tub, so the swimsuit top should be just fine.
  • Comfortable Pajamas 2 of 14
    Comfortable Pajamas
    Loose comfy pants, top and slippers for snuggling up with baby in.
  • Under-things 3 of 14
    Comfortable "mom underwear" that can hold a ginormous pad and be thrown away afterward were on my must-have list. I've heard the net underwear they give you are less than desirable. A nursing bra is also a must.
  • Mom’s Going Home Outfit 4 of 14
    Mom's Going Home Outfit
    Choose something comfortable yet presentable to wear home. My going home outfit is only a slight step up from pajamas, but looks a little more pulled together should any photo taking commence. Leggings, a v-neck t-shirt and a cozy sweater should cover my bases.
  • Beauty Products 5 of 14
    Beauty Products
    I'll be bringing along makeup, hair ties, bobby pins, a head band, chapstick and mousse.
  • Toiletries 6 of 14
    My toiletries consist of an herbal mixture sitz bath, shampoo & conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Baby’s Going Home Outfit 7 of 14
    Baby's Going Home Outfit
    A cozy little dress and leggings along with a hat will protect her from the January weather. The cozy zip-up bear suit will provide even more protection from the chill.
  • Assorted Baby Clothes 8 of 14
    Assorted Baby Clothes
    I may not need this many changes of clothes (most likely I won't), but I wanted to have options, so I'll be bringing along a gown, two sleepers, a hat, a pair of fuzzy socks and little mittens.
  • Miscellaneous For Baby 9 of 14
    Miscellaneous For Baby
    My miscellaneous category includes an Aden + Anais swaddle blanket and Fern's baby book so we can stamp her little baby footprint in it.
  • Car 10 of 14
    Obviously we'll be bringing along a car seat (not pictured), but I also wanted to make sure we didn't forget the car seat mat and mirror, since I'm sure we won't want to take our eyes off of our little lady any time soon!
  • Snacks 11 of 14
    I chose snacks that would be good energy boosters for both my husband and myself since the birth center where I'll be delivering allows you to eat. My snacks include: trail mix, peanut butter crackers, Luna bars, Clif Chock Blocks and Vitamin Water to replenish those electrolytes.
  • Techie Gadgets 12 of 14
    Techie Gadgets
    Laptop, camera, camcorder...and don't forget chargers and SD cards!
  • Entertainment 13 of 14
    I know a lot of people say they didn't actually end up tapping into the entertainment portion of their hospital bags, but just in case, you could fill it with DVD's, magazines, books, playing cards...anything that you think might provide you with a good distraction.
  • Comfort Items 14 of 14
    Comfort Items
    A favorite cozy blanket or pillow or a candle (if your birth center/hospital will allow it) may be just the thing to keep you feeling calm and comfortable.

Is there anything you think I should add to my bag?

What’s in your hospital bag?


Article Posted 5 years Ago

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