When it comes to packing a hospital bag for birth, I know that the task can seem a bit daunting, especially to new parents.
For me, I kept trying to keep a mental list going, trying to remember everything I would need, and trying to make sure that I wasn’t forgetting anything as well. I also wanted to make sure that the diaper bag was packed with everything I would need for baby, so I wouldn’t be worried about my stuff being mixed with baby stuff, I would be lost without the organization!
When it came to actually getting everything out on a physical list, I love to use an app on my phone that I find super helpful for reminders, grocery lists, to-do lists, and in this case, a packing list. If you have a google account, I love to use the Keep Notes App. Everything is connected to your account, and I find that it is a super convenient way to keep everything in one place and organized.
When packing my hospital bag, I looked at about a thousand different lists, trying to figure out what was an absolute necessity and what was something I could live without. I was also looking back at what I had brought to the hospital when I was giving birth to Sophie, what I didn’t use, and what I wish I had brought. Something I wish I had thought of when I was having Sophie was to remember my own comfort. This time around I wanted to make sure that I brought some things that would help me comfortable for an overnight stay, and if need be, longer. Having a baby is something that you can’t be too prepared for, and you honestly never know how things are going to go.
I made a mental note to bring things from home that would make me feel more at home. This included my own pillow, and my own towel (hospital ones can be scratchy). A few other things I wanted to bring consisted of coconut oil, maternity leggings, postpartum underwear, perineal spray, comfy pajamas, and a postpartum girdle. I know that this item can be quite controversial, but honestly, I loved it after I had Sophie! It helped my mid-section feel stronger and more supported throughout the day, as well as helping my squishy skin feel firmer. This of course is just my own experience, but I really do recommend trying it! Coconut oil is an awesome alternative for nipple butter, and is also a great moisturizer in general! I chose to take maternity leggings for my going home outfit because after giving birth, you do not immediately go back to have a slimmer belly. The rule of thumb that I learned was pack something as if you are 5-6 months pregnant. That is normally the size your belly will be. Something I also made sure to bring was a comfy bra to wear during labor. When I was in labor with Sophie, I felt pretty uncomfortable wearing the hospital gown, so this time around I wanted to make sure I was as free as possible. The bra I decided to wear was the most comfortable and supportive bra I have ever owned! Click the link here to check it out!
When it came to baby boy, one thing that I found so helpful with Sophie that I wanted to bring again were baby nail clippers. Newborns nails can be surprisingly long, and you don’t want them scratching their sweet little faces. I really didn’t feel the need to bring too much for our little man because our hospital provides a lot, such as wipes, diapers, blankets, etc. A few things I decided to pack was a gownie, a going home outfit, a muslin blanket, socks, and a couple props to take photos with. Packing for Joshua was pretty simple.
Click down below in order to download a more in depth hospital bag checklist as well as links to a few other awesome items!
I hope you all enjoyed this post and Happy Packing!!