What to Pack for the Hospital

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Hi loves, so it’s that time again to get all packed up for the hospital! You’d think the second time around things would be a lot simpler…but no, not much changes! I’m a typical over packer as is, and since I know I’m having a c-section and staying at least 3 days at the hospital I want to be fully prepared for this exciting time!

Not sure what to pack for the hospital? Well, I’m finally all packed up and ready to go! So I wanted to share with you guys from past experience and being that I know whats to come what I’m taking with me. Here’s my little list, and I hope it can help new mommies for the occasion.  If you guys think I’m missing something PLEASE let me know.

For Baby

  • Swaddle Blankets from Aden + Anais.  I have ton of these and used them so much with V. To be honest, I didn’t use them as much to swaddle, but more as a lightweight blanket, to cover the car seat or stroller or to use while feeding the baby. Of course you can use it as a swaddle blanket and they are great! However, V. was a super hyper baby and she just wouldn’t stay put in this swaddle. So I’m taking just one or two of these to use during the day, but at night I”ll use a different swaddle.
  • Swaddle by Swaddle Me, this little guy is a life saver! Super simple to use and will keep baby nice and swaddled all night long, no matter how active the baby is!
  • Newborn Diapers from The Honest Company.  I know my hospital provides diapers (check with your hospital if they do), but I’m a sucker for all things natural and organic so want to make sure to take my own diapers from since they are free of chemicals, chlorine and many other harmful little things.  Plus, how cute are they!?!
  • Baby Wipes from The Honest Company.  Now, my hospital does not provide baby wipes and asked for us to bring our own. Check with your hospital to make sure what they do and don’t provide for the baby so you can be prepared.
  • Diaper Cream, Also from The Honest Company. I’ve used this and still use it with V and she has never (knock on wood) had a diaper rash. I do use it very liberally and I definitely can’t complain since it’s worked so well for us
  • Hats I’m bringing quite a few, but my favorite is the one I got from Melondipity. Baby hats can be tricky as a lot of times they are ony one size and guess what….wont fit your newborn baby’s head. Melondipity (which is available on amazon prime!!) are fail proof! They are super little but stretch just right and without hurting your baby. Hats are pretty important in the first few days/weeks since their heads are so fragile. So I wouldn’t miss out on this one!
  • Socks, because baby socks are adorable and hospitals are always freezing! haha
  • Touch Ink Pad from Pearled. I know the hospital will do this for you a day or so after the baby is born, so I figured I’d get her little footprint out of the way and as soon as possible.
  • Nursing Pillow from Boppy so you can start nursing properly in the hospital.

For Mom

My list might be a little different than most moms because I know I’m having a c-section. For me loose clothing is a must, and honestly not as much walking around as I’d like – so no, you wont see me getting a starbucks in the hospital lobby in the morning – but you’d see the husband getting me one! 😉

  • Loose fitting dress I got a few from ASOS and Target. Nothing fancy, just dresses that I know would be easy for me to breastfeed, be loose on my c- section and cute enough to receive visitors.

  • Socks, your feet will be freezing in the hospital (so they say), so bring a few nice and comfy socks you like.
  • Pajamas from A Pea in the Pod and Target. I bought some cheap pajamas I won’t mind getting dirty to take with me.  Between blood, bandages, and other hospital things you don’t want to take something super nice.  So I’m keeping my nice pajamas at home.  Just be sure they open in the front for easy breastfeeding and are slip-ons to make it easier to take care of bandages etc.
  • Slippers  for walking around the hospital, going to the nursery etc. Love these from Urban Outfitters.
  • Paperwork – Make sure you gather all the paperwork you will need for checking in at the hospital and keep it in your car with your suitcase.  In my case I have my birth plan, c-section paperwork, paperwork my doctor gave me, my pre-registration hospital packet, information to give my nurse about the Cord Bank for the baby and also information regarding my placenta since I will be having it made into placenta pills.  So put together whatever it is you need the nurses to know –  you probably won’t want to explain yourself when you are in labor.
  • Ziplock Bag. Why you ask? Well, we have a dog and one of the best ways for your dog to prepare for the arrival of baby is to have the nurse put the cloth she used for the first bath of the baby into a zip lock bag.  I’m then going to have my mom come to my house and slowly open the bag so Lola (my dog) can smell the cloth and know the baby has arrived.  Leave the cloth near your dog so it can get used to the baby’s scent. I did this when V. was born and I think it worked really well for Lola.
  • Headbands, because I doubt I’ll have time to make my hair look pretty. So I figured this is the best way to look presentable to anyone visiting.
  • Nursing Bra, Definitely something you need to bring, especially if you are already lactating a little bit and baby isn’t even here yet! I got a couple of comfy ones also from Destination Maternity and this one from Target. Comfort is everything during this time, so like the ones I got, make sure you get unlined bras…you’ll thank me later! However, don’t go and get too many because I know once the milk comes in you’ll probably need an entire cup size bigger…if not more.
  • Undies form Destination Maternity, not the cutest ones in the world that’s for sure – but these post pregnancy undies are a must. They must have a back…no thongs ladies.  Sorry, but you’ll thank me later.
  • Robe from Macys.  I’m a sucker for robes, I love love love them and used it a lot at the hospital when V was born. and I don’t want to walk around in my pajamas. I don’t want to bring my favorite robe from Barefoot Dreams since I don’t want to get it dirty, so I opted for this affordable one, which is actually amazing!

Toiletries For Mom

I love everything travel sized or sample sized and always have them at home. I’m the queen of saving samples, and they will come in super handy in a 2-3 night stay situation like this one.

  • Deodorant
  • Nipple Balm from Mama Mio
  • Dry Shampoo from Amika which is by far my favorite ever!  Washing your hair at the hospital won’t be something you want to do, unless you have to. So I’d rather be safe and have this dry shampoo so I can try to look a little more human again after delivery.
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Bottom Spray, I personally wont need this since I’m having a c-section, but super recommend it for all other moms. I heard this one from New Mama is great
  • Hair ties, clips and pins.
  • Make up Remover. With all the crying that will be going on, I can see this being a must! haha
  • Nursing Pads from Medela
  • Lip Balm is a must. Hospitals are super cold so definitely you definitely want to keep your lips from drying up. I will also take one from Sugar (for a little hint of color).
  • Travel Size Body Wash, Body Lotion and Face Wash
  • Mouthwash/ Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Sample Face Creams
  • Makeup – I just packed a little makeup bag of some of my little favorite things and am keeping it in my purse.  I figured the last thing I’ll want to do when It’s time to head to the hospital is put a little make up bag together.

For Dad

For my husband I packed practical and comfy things. So he can look good to anybody visiting but still be as comfortable as possible while sleeping in a most likely very uncomfortable couch.  Not pictured here are a pair of jeans and sneakers that I’ll be leaving in a separate bag in my car, just in case we have to rush to the hospital while my husband is still in his suit.

  • Comfy shirts he loves his Lululemon shirts which are a little softer and more comfortable.
  • Camera/ Camera Charger/Phone Charger
  • Socks
  • Flip Flops for showering
  • Toiletries
  • iPad and/or Laptop That way my husband can still do some work and keep his sanity while we are in the hospital.
  • Sweater – Let me tell you something, when I was in labor with V. my hormones were out of control and I was so freaking hot! I had our room freezing, even for my husband’s standards. So a sweater for him is a must!
  • Sweat Pants so he can sleep in.
  • Protein Bars or any snack your husband really likes. These are actually super important for the Labor/Delivery period.  The process can take super long and I know he’s not going to want to leave my side to go grab something to eat – especially because I won’t be able to eat anything either.  So packing these protein bars will keep him from starving.

Ride home

  • Car seat from Maxi Cosi.  Make sure you have your car seat all set up in your car.  They won’t let you leave the hospital with the baby without a proper car seat.
  • Car seat Blanket from Little Giraffe

Sounds like a lot right? But honestly once you pack everything it’s not that bad. I hope this little list can help some new time mommies get organized and feel prepared.  Please let me know if you guys think I might be forgetting something essential.  Now it’s just a waiting game for my little man to arrive. We are ready!