The time has come. The classic “What’s in my Hospital Bag” type blog post has made It’s way on to my website and I am not sorry. For a new mom, It’s difficult to figure out what a person needs to bring to the hospital and what is provided for them. I have had a hard time remembering exactly what I was given at the hospital that I shouldn’t have brought, but I think I’ve pegged down just what I NEED this time around.
A few tips for first time moms:
Buy yourself a robe for after delivery. You’ll be in the hospital for a while and nurses will constantly be coming in to check your lady parts, so I wouldn’t recommend pants. Also, robes are perfect for breastfeeding. For more reasons on why you need a robe, click over to my post “10 Things you owe your postpartum self”
Labor takes a while. Bring something to entertain yourself and make sure your husband does too. I’m usually content playing on my phone for hours, but some other great options to bring are: books, your iPad/computer, iPod, or whatever else.
Don’t forget a camera… because pictures! These are special memories that you’ll want documentation of. I wish I took more pictures in the hospital. If I could afford it, I’d get a professional to snap some photos for me, but since I’m poor (haha) I’m going to take my own. Either way works.
You can never have too many snacks- especially for the stir-crazy hubby who is so patient with us through all of the chaos that is delivery. Husbands are the best.
When I gave birth Russell, I was too uncomfortable to stand long enough to take a shower, which worked out fine for me. I don’t plan to shower during my stay at the hospital this time either. I am only bringing face wash, a toothbrush, deodorant and some basic products to freshen myself up because I don’t care to shower. If possible, I’ll shower before I head to the hospital.
When your baby is born the hospital supplies a swaddle, a hat, diapers, a binky and other basic essentials that your little muffin will need while you’re there. I’m bringing my own diapers and wipes just because I want to, but if you go without them, the hospital will provide.
One thing I notice that a lot of people add to their hospital bag list is a boppy, but I personally am fine with using pillows while I’m at the hospital. I don’t feel It’s necessary when the hospital provides a plethora of pillows- but that’s just my own preference.
Side note: When I get home with my new baby I’ll be using a Moonwomb for breastfeeding instead of a Boppy. I love mine and I’d highly recommend it to any new mom.
I’ll be packing an outfit and a couple hygiene items for my husband just in case the baby comes before my mother gets into town. If baby comes on or after his due date, my mom will be able to come to the hospital to be with me, so my husband can run home and shower, change, etc. If you live near family then you might consider having a loved one visit you in the hospital, so your husband can run home to shower and change. Then you’ll have less to pack in your hospital bag.
Here’s my completed hospital bag list: