Having a baby? Here’s a REALISTIC new baby hospital bag checklist. You won’t be there long so you don’t need to pack a ton.
I was browsing Pinterest today and reading some articles and came across one I thought was interesting: What should you pack for the hospital when you’re having a baby?
Since I have 3 kids, I figured that nothing on the list would be particularly surprising. Wrong! As I was reading this article, I was laughing…50 things to bring to the hospital, really? Fifty things, you aren’t going on vacation–you’re having a baby and you’ll only be in the hospital for about 48 hours, at most.
Here are just 3 items that were on the list:
- extra bag– Are you really going to accumulate enough stuff to need an extra bag?
- family photos– Can you imagine walking into a hospital room and seeing a group of frames sitting next to the patient.
- takeout menus– Do you need to research and gather takeout menus? Update: Now you can do all this from your phone!
Realistic New Baby Hospital Bag Checklist
I decided I needed to make my list of items that were REALISTIC and what you really need while you are at the hospital or birthing center with your new little one.
When your due date is approaching you start to plan your delivery and what you’re packing in your hospital bag should not stress you out. Scroll below to see what I recommend bringing to the hospital.
Remember: Your partner can always run out and pick up anything you forgot.
Many times you have to walk the halls to jump-start labor. Slippers are good to have. You will have to get up to go to the bathroom too. My feet are always cold so I added in socks. Flip flops for you crazy people that aren’t cold all the time. 🙂
Your cell phone and charger
You aren’t packing your phone since you probably have it with you at all times, but don’t forget your charger. This is probably the item you’ll use the most. You can watch Netflix, call your friends, take pictures, FaceTime, text, and play games.
I’m a snacker and it’s nice to have your favorite snacks while you’re in the hospital. After giving birth you will be starving!
- Nipple Cream– I used Lansinoh and used it from the very beginning for all 3 babies.
- Nursing Bras or Tanks- I LOVE nursing tanks. I wore one under my clothes for each of my children every single day. The hospital supplies the gown so I never worried about bringing other pajamas or sweat pants because I didn’t want to get them messy. I loved being able to throw on my tank and take the gown off when I knew there would be no visitors. They are so comfortable and convenient when nursing. You also don’t feel exposed.
- Nusing Pillow– Take your nursing pillow to the hospital even though it’s bulky. The nursing consultant will be able to help you learn to use it. I never used one when nursing. I felt it was always in the way, but some people swear by it.
- Nursing Pads– You can purchase a disposable pad, but I recommend reusable ones.
You’ll need toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, soap, face wash, lip balm and other basic hygiene items to freshen up. Don’t forget any medication that you noramlly take.
Going home outfits for mom and baby
One of your cute pregnancy dresses is the best for mom to wear home, so comfy when you’re sore. Comfortable clothes is key!
Baby Car Seat
Don’t forget your car seat and make sure you have installed it probably and know how it works.
That’s about it. Just let me know if you think of anything I’m forgetting
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