I was planning on doing a post before the baby was here about what I packed in our hospital bags, but that didn’t happen! I suppose that’s what happens when you wait until the 39th week. 😉 Oh well. Now is probably a better time anyway, because there were quite a few things I’d do differently. I figured I’d share them here for you guys as well as for me for any future babies we have. When I was pregnant, I Googled things like this all the time and it was so helpful. Hoping this is beneficial to you, too!
I packed a bag for the baby and a bag for us. For us, I just decided to use our small suitcase. It worked well because it was easy to transport AND organize.
Here’s what I packed:
- 2 Robes
- 2 pairs of Blanqi Postpartum Leggings
- Toiletries (shampoo, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.)
- 1 nursing tank top
- 2 nursing bras
- Earth Mama Nipple Butter
- A going home outfit (yoga pants and sweatshirt)
- Maternity yoga capris
- Hair ties + bobby pins
- Eye mask
- 2 extra long phone chargers
- Instax camera and film
- 2 towels
- Flip flops
- Hair brush and makeup
- Blanket for James
I ended up not using the longer/warmer robe I packed and skipped wearing the leggings all together. I never thought about the temperature it would be in the room! We had a summer baby (June) and the doctors and nurses tell you to keep it fairly warm for the baby as they regulate their body temperature. We had to keep the room at 70 degrees or warmer and we usually keep our house pretty chilly. Plus, with the postpartum hormones, I was just burning up the whole time. The Blanqi leggings were wayyyy to warm for me (but are now what I wear every.single.day). James ended up going home to grab a few things and I requested normal tank tops (nursing ones didn’t work for me) and my Nike shorts. Once I had those, I was a happy camper!
The long phone chargers were super helpful as the outlets seem to be so far away from the bed and sitting areas! We were so glad we had those. The fan helped us sleep and drown out the noise of the hospital. And snacks! The snacks were great to have for my mom and James while I was laboring. We got to the hospital at 10am Wednesday and he wasn’t born until 12:10am on Thursday. The cafeteria isn’t open 24/7, so the snacks were nice to have. I’ve heard a lot of women say that they made their husband eat outside because they were so hungry and weren’t allowed to eat, but I didn’t feel hungry at all during labor, so I didn’t mind that they ate in the room.
I’m also glad I had my makeup, even if it was just to toss on a bit of mascara. After a couple days of laboring and then birth, it felt so nice to do something that made me feel a bit more put together. I also made it a point to shower every day at the hospital – I love warm showers and it was a great little way to treat myself.
I saw a tip on a blog about using clear pouches to organize small items and this was SO helpful! I just ordered these from Amazon. It was great because when I was in bed, I could ask James to grab something and instead of fumbling through everything, it was easy to see where the little items like hair ties, chapstick, bobby pins, etc. were. Now I’m reusing a couple in my diaper bag and then storing the others with our travel gear so that we can use them when we travel!
Probably my most favorite thing I packed was my eye mask! Even though you can control all the lights in your room, there was a ton of light coming in from the hallway. This made resting and sleeping much better, as I’m a NO lights kind of a sleeper and this really helped. I used it during labor after I had my epidural to get some rest. With so many lights and sounds in the delivery room, not to mention all the people coming in and out, this was a lifesaver! I used it over the next couple of days and nights, too. My labor and delivery nurse thought it was hilarious. 😉 She’d talk to me and I’d respond all while wearing my silly mask. It really did allow my eyes to rest and was great for sneaking in lots of little naps.
Another helpful tool for sleeping at the hospital was our fan! We took a small one, the one we use at night at home and it was great to have.
If I were to pack again, I’d add in comfy shorts and tank tops. I’d bring the My Brest Friend pillow, too, for sure! I heard a lot of people say “Don’t bring the Boppy! It just takes up too much space!” and others say “Oh, definitely bring the Boppy!” In the end, I decided not to. I SO wish I had, but, I later discovered the My Brest Friend pillow and I’d definitely recommend it. It works so much better than the Boppy for me. Nursing in the hospital was hard. I had no idea what I was doing and it required about 1,000 pillows being tucked around me for comfort and positioning. Ha! Other than that, I had what I needed and the hospital provided everything we needed for baby along with things for my recovery. I’m glad I didn’t spend a bunch of money on postpartum/recovery items, because I ended up using what the hospital provided and was happy with it! The only thing I’d add to be sure you have at home would be coconut oil. It really, really helped me in more ways than one.
Things I definitely won’t leave home without next time:
- Earth Mama Nipple Butter
- My Brest Friend Pillow
- Long Phone Cords
- Instax (this was so fun to have)
- Flip Flops
- Eye Mask
- The Starbucks app on my phone (My mom ran to Starbucks for me and grabbed the drink I preordered on my phone. It was glorious!)
- And of course all the “main” things I need like clothes and toiletries