What To Pack For The Hospital When Having A Baby

What to Pack for the Hospital When Having a Baby

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Originally posted 10/25/15

I am 37 weeks pregnant today and was making out my checklist earlier on what to take to the hospital.I got to thinking; I might as well make it into a blog post for others who might find this useful. I remember with my first; I was always searching  online for things I might need or what other moms felt were useful. 

I want to start by saying, I’m usually an over-packer, and I love to plan ahead for the unexpected. So with that being said, you may or may not find this list useful, or may want to add or not take a few of the items. This is just my personal list and things I’ve found helpful for myself after having 3 kids.

Mom’s Bag 

  •  2 pair pj’s
  • Slippers
  • Non-skid Socks (2)
  • 1 Gown
  • Robe
  • Flip Flops
  • Regular Shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • 1 Comfortable Outfit to Wear Home
  • Camera
  • Makeup, Hair Dryer, Flat Iron, Hair Ties, Headbands
  • Contacts and Solution; Glasses
  • Travel Size Toiletries:  Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Lotion, Lip Balm, Shampoo and Conditioner, Shower Gel, Bath Sponge, Disposable Razor, Shave Cream, Deodorant
  • 5-6 Pair Underwear
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Change for Vending Machines
  • Snacks and Bottled Water (also hard candy to have during labor) This will also help keep your mouth from being dry. I usually bring lemon flavor
  • Magazines or Books
  • Extra Cell Phone Chargers
  • Laptop or Tablet with Charger
  • Pillow and Blanket from Home
Baby’s Bag
  • 2-3 Sleepers or Outfits
  • Socks (2)
  • Mittens (to use if the baby has long fingernails to prevent scratching)
  • Hat
  • 2-4 Burp Clothes
  • 1 Coming Home Outfit
  • 1 Lightweight and 1 Heavier Baby Blanket
  • A Couple Diapers and Wipes for on the Way Home if Needed
  • A Few Bottles For On The Way Home if Needed
  • Pacifier
  • Baby book
  • Special Gift To Give To Siblings
* There will also be a bag packed for dad, but he keeps things pretty basic with a change of clothes and a few toiletries items. He can also always make a trip home if needed. ๐Ÿ™‚

As you can see, the list for my bag is much longer. Babies don’t really require a lot, and the hospital usually supplies everything you need for the baby. They even supply a lot for the mom too, but I prefer a lot of my own items, to make myself more comfortable.

As I said before, this is just my list after having 3 kids and what I  have found helpful in the past. You may want to bring more or less. I know some people like to have relaxing music or a birthing ball, a birth plan, etc… Of course, your list will also be a little different depending on if you plan on breastfeeding, instead of bottle feeding, and your own individual preferences.

No, I probably will not use everything I plan on packing, but it makes me feel better just knowing I have it if needed. In the end, I would suggest packing the basics, and then whatever you want to make your stay a little more comfortable. 

What are some of the things you found helpful to take to the hospital? 

If you like you can also print off the simple printable version checklist, I made here. 
Hospital Checklist Printable 

Update: Avery Rose was born on 9-22-15 at 37 weeks and 3 days before I could even get this posted. She weighed 6lbs 5oz and was 18.5 inches long. She is such a good baby, and we are very blessed to have her ๐Ÿ™‚  You can see pics here if you’re interested.

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