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My hospital bag for labor (what I brought vs. what I needed)

Posted Nov 14 2012 10:08pm
Home Baby My hospital bag for labor (what I brought vs. what I needed)

1 comment Nov 14/12 Baby

When I was packing for the hospital, I did some research online, in books, and turned to some friends for advice.

For the most part, it was a very helpful exercise, but I also ended up bringing a lot of things that I didn’t need.  There were also one or two things that I wished I had with me.

 

Clothing Slippers
Warm socks
Bath robe
Sneakers (I wore these to the hospital.)
Night shirt
Flannel pajama bottoms
T-shirt
Coming home outfit
Several pairs of “grandma” underwear from Wal-mart
Clothes for MT (since he stayed at the hospital with me)

Toiletries Shampoo & conditioner sample pack
Dry shampoo
Comb
Hair dryer
Hair ties/headband
Bobby pins
Vaseline
Face wash and moisturizer
Makeup (mascara, tinted moisturizer, and blush)
Cocoa butter
Loofah
Travel sized body wash
Deodorant
Travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste
Sanitary napkins

Food/snacks/beverages Larabars
KIND bars
Hard candy
Gluten-free yogurt-covered pretzels for MT
Wine/bottle opener

Baby items Coming home outfit (which came with a hat)
Receiving blanket

Entertainment DVD (Father of the Bride Part II)
Kindle
Laptop
iPhone
Book on baby care
iPhone charger
Laptop charger

Miscellaneous Hospital binder (per my doctor’s instructions)
Birth plan (two copies)
Heating pad
Michael’s baby book
Hand sanitizer

Looking back, I definitely could have packed lighter, but since it was my first time having a baby, I didn’t really know what I’d need ahead of time.

Here’s the same list again, but the things that weren’t necessary are crossed off along with an explanation of why I needed/didn’t need certain things.

Clothing Slippers (The socks were more than enough)
Warm socks
Bath robe (It was too hot to wear one, and it would have gotten ruined anyway with the residual bleeding)
Sneakers
Night shirt (So glad that I packed this!)
Flannel pajama bottoms
Over-sized t-shirt
Coming home outfit
Several pairs of “grandma” underwear from Wal-mart (Didn’t need these until I got home because the hospital provided some.)
Clothes for MT (since he stayed at the hospital with me)

Toiletries Shampoo & conditioner sample pack (I never washed my hair.  I just threw it up in a bun and called it a day.)
Dry shampoo (very useful)
Comb
Hair dryer
Hair ties/headband
Bobby pins
Vaseline
Face wash and moisturizer
Makeup (mascara, tinted moisturizer, and blush)
Cocoa butter
Loofah (There were wash cloths in my bathroom.)
Travel sized body wash (I used my own, but the hospital provided soap.)
Deodorant
Travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste
Sanitary napkins (The hospital provides an endless supply.)

Food/snacks/beverages Larabars (I was cool with the hospital food and never needed my own snacks.)
KIND bars (same as above)
Hard candy (These were so great to have handy because my throat got super dry.)
Gluten-free yogurt-covered pretzels for MT
Wine/bottle opener (an obvious necessity ;) )

Baby items Coming home outfit (which came with a hat)
Receiving blanket

(We obviously had a car seat too.)

Entertainment DVD (Father of the Bride Part II) (Between visitors, constant check-ins from hospital staff, trying to get some sleep, and taking care of a newborn for the first time, watching a movie was not on my radar.)
Kindle
Laptop
iPhone
Book on baby care (I consulted with my doctor and nurses instead being that I had 24-hour access to them.)
iPhone charger
Laptop charger

Miscellaneous Hospital binder (The nurses at my OB’s office insisted that I’d need this, but all it did was take up valuable real estate in my suitcase.)
Birth plan (Very useful)
Heating pad
Michael’s baby book   (The nurses gave me a paper with his footprints and some other keepsakes.  I just added them to the book when I got home.)
Hand sanitizer (This was great to have since it wasn’t always so easy to get out of bed to wash my hands.)

What I could have used An extra little bag for all of the diapers and sanitary supplies the hospital gives you to take home
Pacifiers

 

If you’re an expectant mother, I hope that this list was helpful to you.  I’m curious to hear if other moms have anything to add to the list as well, so feel free to chime in! :)

Happy Wednesday!

  1. You were prepared, which is better than not being prepared. What a great list – thanks for sharing! I remember bringing my nephew home and besides him and mama there was a haul of products to get to the car – at least his car seat was already installed. Happy Hump Day:)

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