I mentioned my hospital packing list in a post last week. I recently found the list I made for my hospital bags when I was about to have Hudson, so I thought I’d share the list with everyone and let you know how I’ve modified it a little after my first hospital experience.
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*I’m assuming it’s understood that there is lots of bleeding post-baby
- Socks- hospital floors are cold and yucky
- Robe- you will wear the hospital gown for a little while
- Cute Pajamas- something with lots of coverage. Pajama pants are good because they hold in all the absorbent pads and stuff you have to wear after the baby is born. It’s also nice to put on your own clothes for the 1-3 days that you may be in the hospital.
- Pads- the hospital gave me some heavy duty absorbent pads, but I also brought my own just in case
- Going home clothes (definitely still maternity clothes for me)
- Full coverage underwear (no Hanky Pankies)- if you’re wearing pads, you need full coverage undies
- Nursing bras or tanks
- Flip flops- for just walking around your room. My feet were so swollen (it was June) that I was so happy to have flip flops that were easy to get on and off.
- Make up- duh.
- Shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, etc.- I didn’t wash my hair in the hospital because I’d had an awesome blow out the day I went into the hospital. But I did shower and it was nice to have my own shower stuff.
- Personal documents/identification/insurance information- you never know when you’ll need it
- Folders for new documents for you and baby- we had to fill out a lot of paperwork and came home with lots of documents for Hudson, so it’s good to have a place to keep up with all of that.
- Notebook and pen- for recording details about the birth story, baby’s height and weight, gifts you receive in the hospital, and most importantly, keeping up with the baby’s feeding and sleeping schedule in the hospital.
- Ponytail holders
- Boppy- this was helpful for when we had visitors who wanted to hold Hudson and after a long labor I was really weak, so I loved having the Boppy to support him while I fed him.
- Snacks- for you and for Daddy. I was in labor for 25 hours and TC never left my side. He loved having snacks. It was also nice to have some of my favorites for after the delivery when I could finally eat again!
- Phone charger
- Laptop- assuming you’re a blogger! hee hee!
- Laptop charger
- Video camera
- Chargers for camera and video camera
- List of who to call after baby is born
- Going home outfit for baby
- Swaddling blankets- the hospital has their own swaddling blankets, but my favorite swaddling blanket is Swaddle Designs and I wanted to practice swaddling with that blanket in the hospital
- Diaper shirts for baby- the hospital where I delivered puts babies in the little paper shirts, so I brought the snap-on diaper shirts and gave them to the nursery for Hudson to wear so he could wear something softer
- Lovie for baby- I had been sleeping with the lovie for a couple of weeks before Hudson was born, and he kept it in the nursery when he was away from me.
- Pillow and blanket for Daddy (or whoever stays with you in the hospital room)- the hospital provides some stuff, but it’s hard to sleep when you’re hot or cold, so we brought extra just to be safe.
* I wasn’t allowed to wear my own, prettier version, of a hospital gown. I also wasn’t allowed to wear my rings or earrings. All hospitals are different, but those were the rules where I delivered Hudson.
*I brought Hudson’s baby book to the hospital for his birth and it really got in the way. I just ended up recording everything I needed to remember in the notebook and transferring it to the baby book when we got home.
Any of you moms want to add to the list?