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The baby room is ready, baby clothes are washed and put away, diapers and wipes are waiting, and now it’s time for me to get ready for the big day!
One of the easiest things I did during my first pregnancy to help with the stress of the big hospital day, was to pack a hospital bag early on. I’m talking around week 34. At this point, there are only a few weeks left and baby could come early so it pays off to be prepared.
My hospital bag during my first pregnancy had most of the stuff I needed, some useful, some not so useful. But after going through this once, I know exactly what is truly necessary this time around.
So if you are a mama getting ready for the big day, don’t fret, just take 30 minutes to pack your bag, set it by the door, and let the waiting game begin!!!
Hospital Bag Essentials
For the New Baby
- 2-3 onesies (newborn and 0-3) – preferably with buttons or wrap around instead of zipper to accommodate baby’s umbilical cord stump.
- Muslin blanket
- 1-2 burp cloths
- Mittens – this is important as newborns have sharp nails and tend to scratch their faces a lot.
- Hat (optional since most hospitals provide one)
Considerations: Most hospitals provide a receiving blanket, hat, diapers and wipes. I like bringing my own muslin blanket, burp cloths, and a hat since there is a chance we could be there for 3 days but this is up to you.
- Homecoming outfit – 1 loose dress. Something loose and comfy (still maternity) to go home in.
- Comfy clothes – 1 comfy pants, 1 large tee shirt and 1 loose nightgown.
- Robe (optional)
- Undergarments – 2 or 3 nursing bras, large undies, and socks.
- 3 Nursing tanks
Considerations: The hospital will provide a hospital robe but I am bringing my own robe this time because I love mine and it’s so soft! But this is definitely optional. The hospital will also provide mesh pregnancy undies but I like bringing my own just in case.
- Wallet – ID, cash and health insurance cards.
- Glasses and/or contacts – I want to be able to clearly see baby!
- Snacks – granola bars, and energy balls. If you have hospital visitors, they can bring snacks too!
- Nipple Balm
- Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, razor, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, brush, hair-ties/clips, hair band, and some anti-frizz in case of photos.
- Entertainment – movies, phone, phone charger, and journal/pen.
- Water bottle
Considerations: Books and magazines are also a great for entertainment. This time around I might bring my camera but this is definitely not a necessity.
For Your Partner
- Snacks – granola bars and a box of crackers
- Pillow – since the hubs will likely be sleeping on an uncomfortable couch, a comfy pillow is really nice.
- Entertainment – phone, phone charger, and book.
- Extra clothes – 1-2 change of clothes
- Extra boxers and socks
Have a Plan for Other Siblings
We have a plan in place for our toddler. Basically when I go into labor either we take her to the hospital and grandma comes to get her OR grandma comes over to our house and takes her while we are at the hospital. Having a plan in place will give you piece of mind knowing your other kids(s) are will be taken care of.