Finally, I’ve packed my hospital bag. I still need to add a couple more items that I’m still waiting to be delivered, but for the most part, I already packed the things I think I’ll need. It overwhelmed me at first, especially when I first listed all the items I thought I wanted to bring, which was why it took me a while before I actually packed my bag.
Ask Questions, Go to Classes, Tour the Hospital/Birthplace, and Read
These definitely helped me overcome the overwhelming feeling I had initially and helped me fine-tune my list. We created a list of questions to ask my providers, which included information about hospital protocols and what items the hospital provided (birthing ball, gowns, post-delivery items, baby outfits, etc.). We also went to a couple delivery/birthing classes at Amma Parenting Center and went on a free tour of the hospital. The instructor and tour guide were very informative and answered a lot of our questions. In addition, I also browsed parent forums and websites that had great suggestions for what to pack for labor and delivery.
- Bag – I picked the Longchamp Le Pliage adjustable travel bag because of its expandability and foldability. I didn’t know how much space I needed for all the things I wanted to bring, so having a bag that expanded to a bigger size seemed practical. I also figured after I give birth, I could use it for travel, especially since I could fold it and stash it into another luggage if I don’t need it.
- Paperwork – I stored important documents such as insurance cards and my birth plan in a waterproof sandwich bag.
- Nursing bras – I probably won’t want to wear one during labor for comfort purposes, but just in case, I’ll be bringing a couple of the stretchy, comfortable, pull-down ones. I don’t want it to feel too restrictive like sports bras or overly padded nursing bras.
- Sleeping gowns (x2) – I am hoping to be able to breastfeed my baby, so I purchased a couple of sleeping gowns geared towards breastfeeding moms (detachable breast cups).
- Pajama bottoms with stretchy bands – Comfort is key.
- Footwear – I’m bringing my Birkenstocks so I can wear socks with them if I want to.
- Post-delivery comfort (disposable underwear, peribottle, cooled liner, ultra-absorbent pads, etc.) – FridaMom has a full set available, but I opted to purchase individual pieces since I found some of them on sale. It ended up being cheaper buying them separately and you can mix-and-match brands and styles/types.
- Toiletries and make-up (unscented lotion, lip balm/tint, moisturizer/face spray, deodorant, under-eye concealer, brow tint, face wash) – I decided to bring some basic make-up items also in case I want to put them on while in the hospital. I probably won’t have the time or energy to do a full-face makeup, but you do you.
- Hair accessories – I definitely want my hair to be out of my face while in labor.
- Snacks – I’m bringing basics such as oatmeal packets, Nuun hydration tablets, crackers, hard candy, and chocolates. The hospital has a cafeteria and a cafe, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get more snacks if needed.
- Labor comfort items – This includes an extra large heating pad, aromatherapy, and phone/tablet with music and movies. The hospital provides the exercise/labor ball, so we won’t have to bring one.
- Water bottle (!!!) – This is a must. Hydration is very important according to the prenatal classes we took.
- My husband’s items – He packed extra clothes, toiletries, and a few snacks he wants to have with him so he doesn’t have to leave me to get food while I’m in labor (unless I ask him to :D).
- Diaper bag/Baby’s bag – Since the hospital will be providing most of the baby’s needs, I decided to just bring the basics: going-home outfit (jacket, full onesie, hat, mittens, socks), wipes, one Life Factory stage 1 bottle, and a few extra diapers. I still packed them separately in the baby’s diaper bag just to make them easier to find. For the diaper bag, we picked the Willow Recycled Ocean Plastic Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag. (I’ll go into more detail about the preparing the diaper bag in a different post.)
What items did you include in your hospital bag? Any other suggestions? Please share below!