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If you want to know what you need to pack in your hospital bag then you’ve come to the right place!
Packing for the most important trip of your life: to the hospital to give birth.
The famous HOSPITAL BAG! I read so much about it! Too much and I ended up buying stuff I did not need. I browsed through so many lists that you can’t even imagine.
You need a hospital bag for sure, but don’t go too crazy!
If I were to do it again, I would do it differently just. The whole idea is to pack ONLY what is necessary correct?! Don’t spend too much money and pack wisely.
I made a list of items that I consider essential.
Hospital Bag Checklist:
1. BABY CLOTHES
I would recommend 3-4 outfits size newborn/3 months and choose something cute for the pictures.
*swaddles – you can bring some, but after 24 hours they told me not to use any hats/blankets/swaddles, just onesies
*onesie/footed sleepers – always choose full-length zipper, 100% cotton, safety tab for the chin, with mittens already attached
2. BABY CLOTHS
You will find indefinite uses for these: wipe mouth, hands, etc.
*DIAPERS – WIPES – FORMULA – will be provided by the hospital, so one less worry for you.
3. BABY NAIL CLIP
My baby was born with very long nails and I was so happy I had a nail clip (a friend advised me).
I bought a pair (if you get a pair buy one that opens in the front and has easy access, the nurses will come and check on you a million times; also, choose a dark color – a lot of body fluids will be around) and I never used it.
I used the one from the hospital for the 3 days I stayed there. And to be honest I didn’t even take a shower because I was in too much pain.
*If you plan on showering, bring shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, shaving blade
*Bring this type of underwear because you will surely wear pads
I wore the special disposable underwear they provide from the hospital and the huge pads because I was bleeding heavily.
5. ADDITIONALS – Here are several items that are absolutely NECESSARY:
- Hairbrush/flat iron if you use one
- Dry shampoo (Batiste is very good)
- Hand lotion
- *mouthwash optional
- Going home outfit (I used the one I came with; make it comfy)
- Flip flops (to walk around)
- Hair ties
- Lip balm (EcoLips is my favorite: all natural and very thick)
- Socks (it is very cold in the hospital)
- Breastfeeding bra
- Phone charger with extension cord (trust me on this)
- Make up bag – for pictures and visitors ( I did not use any makeup, I was too sore and tired)
- Breastfeeding pump if you plan on using one
- Snacks – in case you get hungry in between meals (protein bars)
*When possible, make the items travel size so they do not take up a lot of space in your bag.
If your baby turns out to be crying a lot and you end up holding him/her constantly (my baby would not stay in her crib at all, I had to constantly hold her, that is why I could not get any sleep while I was there), you will thank the universe for this.
I used a pillow but I was still not able to sleep because I had to watch her (the pillow was not as safe as DockaTot).
As you are reaching full term make sure you stay in a good shape because you never know when the baby is coming (mine was 2 weeks earlier than due date).
Have your hair done, have your mani-pedi done. You want to look your best on the best day of your life!!!