When I gave birth to my babies, I had three....yes three hospital bags. I think I read every "what to pack" article I could find while I was pregnant and I packed EVERYTHING. I was way over packed.
I only used the things listed below. In my years of being a doula, I have come to realize that less is more! ;)
So, to help all of the new mommies out there, here is my simplified version of what to pack.
Cell Phone & charger~ for a variety of reasons. Labor can take a while so why not have something to keep you distracted. With current technology phones can do pretty much anything, so why not multitask? Contact family/ friends/ or to call your doula ;) , to take pics/ video, music, and video entertainment….from my experience, the TV at the hospital rarely gets good picture or sound and has about three channels to choose from.
Socks & Slippers~ hospital floors are gross, no other reason. LOL
Light weight robe~ in case of hospital gown drafts and they are easy to throw on if you have visitors.
Nursing tank~ my fav! They are super comfy and allow quick access for a hungry baby.
Nursing pads~ the washable kind. They were more comfortable than the crinkly disposable ones.
Going home outfit~ I chose yoga pants and a nursing shirt. *the hospital will supply sanitary pads and some not so sexy mesh underwear. Honestly every momma swears these are the most comfortable underwear around.
Snacks~ for you and your partner. Hospital cafeterias usually close from 7pm till 7am so all that’s left is the vending machine with few satisfying options.
A change of clothes for partner
Toiletries~ toothbrushes for you and partner, toothpaste, mouthwash, razor, travel shampoo & soap, cosmetics, and nail file (for you or baby)
Receiving blanket for trip home
Going home outfit for baby~ the hospital will supply diapers, wipes, hospital onesie
Car Seat~ most important….they will not let you leave the hospital without one!
What are some of your must haves? What would you add?
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