Now that I’m 36 weeks pregnant (!!!), I’m getting all of the last-minute things checked off my list, including packing my hospital bag. While I’m sure I’ll end up being one of those mamas who doesn’t deliver until 42 weeks like so many first-timers, I hear it’s best to be prepared—and thus, I’ve compiled a list from friends and the Internet and decided on the following items to bring with me to the hospital…
A comfy outfit to wear home. I’ve been told to bring something that 1) would fit a 6-month-pregnant body since obviously the body doesn’t bounce back to it’s pre-baby size in a matter of days, and 2) is comfortable to wear with the giant undies and pad I’ll be wearing underneath when I leave the hospital. Though I haven’t officially decided, I’m thinking my trusty black ASOS swing dress might be the most comfortable option to get me from point A to point B.
An outfit for Jack to wear home. I’ll be packing something in a newborn size, and something in a 0-3 months size because you just never know how big your baby is going to be, right? I especially love little footie pajamas like these.
Throw-away slippers. I hear that you don’t really want to touch anything you brought to the hospital with you after you’ve given birth (apparently it’s quite a messy process), so I purchased an inexpensive pair to wear while I’m there and toss when I leave.
Hair ties. Gotta keep these long locks of mine tied back for labor and delivery! I personally love these soft ones since they work for any which way I decide to pull my hair back. That being said, I’m thinking a braid is going to be my best option—maybe all the sweat from the delivery will help create dreamy postpartum mermaid waves? (A girl can dream.)
Lip balm. Because hospitals are dry—and honestly, when do I NOT want lip balm? I’ll be packing my trusty EOS lip balm in Honeysuckle.
Insurance info. Very important :)
Toiletries. Brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion all in tiny travel sizes for convenience. A friend recommended that I pack these in a tiny zipper bag for easier access so Brian and I don’t have to find everything in my huge hospital bag when I need it. Also, my hair dryer—I might not use it at all, but I might want to just take a hot shower and dry my bangs afterward to feel refreshed for a moment.
A soft blanket for Jack. While the hospital will obviously have everything we could need and more for Jack, I’m going to pack one or two of my Aden + Anais muslin blankets just in case.
Entertainment. Namely my iPad for watching shows, my iPod for listening to tunes, and my Kindle for light reading. I’m planning on an epidural, and I’ve been told there definitely will be down time. Oh, and of course an iPhone charger!
Eye mask. For daytime sleeping—gotta rest when you can, right? I’ve had this one for years and think it’s truly the best eye mask out there. Worth every penny!
A nursing bra (or two) + toss away undies. I got this adorable and ultra-comfy nursing bra at my shower and it is totally going into my bag—and perhaps this pretty number that Cosabella sent me a few weeks ago. Also, though I’m probably going to wear the mesh undies provided by the hospital (and try to snag some extras to bring home with me), I’m planning on grabbing some inexpensive boyshort undies this week that will be used specifically for the post-baby recovery phase.
Snacks. Specifically, Larabars (my favorite!), dried fruit, and cashews to hold me over between when I can get meals.
Belly Bandit. The Belly Bandit people so kindly sent me a bamboo one to try out and I can’t wait to see how it works! Though there’s a decent chance it won’t quite fit by the time I leave the hospital, I hear it’s best to start wearing it as soon as possible, so I’m going to have it on hand to start wearing just in case.
What did you pack (or are you planning to pack) in your hospital bag?