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Hospital Bag Packing List

I have been beyond lucky to have so much help prepping our hospital bags. Between close friends forwarding me their exact lists to all the Instagram direct messages that I received with feedback, I can say we are packed and ready to go! There are a ton of things that I probably would have never thought of on my own, so I wanted to share the full lists (all three of them) in today’s post. Keep in mind, I’m a total over-packer no matter where I’m going, so to some, these lists probably look crazy long. But I’d rather be over prepared than have forgotten anything! (Plus, first-time mom here, so I’m not exactly sure how this whole thing is going to happen, haha.) Click through to see my full hospital bag packing list!

PS. Some of these items might be TMI, but I want this post to be as helpful and thorough for you guys as possible!


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Hospital Bag Packing List for Baby, Mom, and Dad

For Baby

Ziploc bags – I ordered gallon bags and have everything labeled and bagged for easy access. We are STILL using these ziplocs for ever day use. I keep a few in the diaper bag too. 

Burp cloths – Muslin cloths for feedings | Updated this link to be the THICK muslin cloths we’ve been ordering from Amazon. With spit up you need thick ones in the long run!

Swaddles / outfit for photos – depending on if you are doing photos at hospital or at home

5-6 outfits w/out snaps / sleep sacks – for easy diaper change access | We ended up needing every single outfit since we stayed in the hospital two extra days.

Socks / mittens – packed white socks and one pair of mittens | We didn’t end up needing either of these, but some babies come out with long nails!

2-3 extra swaddles Bring different kinds to see which one your baby will like!| We ended up needing every single swaddle since we stayed in the hospital two extra days.

Baby books for footprints – would have def forgotten this one!

Blanket for dogs – something for the dogs to sniff before baby comes home

Nail file – bringing one just in case! | We didn’t end up needing this, but some babies come out with long nails!

 


Hospital Bag Packing List for Baby, Mom, and Dad

For Mom

Nursing Pads / Gel PadsBreast Hot/Cold Packs

Nursing Bras (3 pack) / Nipple Cream | 100% need if you plan on breastfeeding/pumping

Boppy Pillow | Definitely needed this + it made it easier for guests to hold him without feeling intimidated

Breast Pump + Supplies – so lactation nurses can help you with pump

Tucks Witch Hazel Pads

Depends / Maxi Pads – some people say they prefer this over the hospital freebies | I was fine with the hospital provided supplies and saved these for when I got home.

Mesh underwear – some people say they prefer this over the hospital freebies | I was fine with the hospital provided supplies and saved these for when I got home.

Fridet Momwasher – some hospitals will supply you with a similar one | I was fine with the hospital provided supplies and saved this for when I got home.

Dermoplast Spray – some hospitals will supply this | Didn’t end up using this much, but some people swear by it

Earth Mama Perineal Spray – some people prefer this over Dermoplast | Didn’t end up using this much, but some people swear by it

Perineal Cold Packs (disposable) – stocked up on these for at home too | Didn’t end up using these much, but some people swear by it

Nursing Friendly Nightgown / Long Robe (both in darker colors) | Bring multiple, I lived in mine those four days we were there, and you’ll want to change and feel fresh

Slippers / Socks – so you don’t have to walk barefoot on the hospital floor | 100% need

Pillow w/ colored pillowcase – so your pillows doesn’t get mixed up with hospital ones | 100% need

Cozy blanket – hospital rooms will be cold! | 100% need

Large towels / Washcloths – hospital towels are not always big enough | 100% need

Blowdryer / Heat tools

Toiletries / Makeup

Brush / Ponytail holders

Chapstick – epidural apparently dries out your lips! | 100% need

Prenatal vitamins – probably would have forgotten these

Scented products / oils – some suggested this to feel more like home | Didn’t need these really

Going home outfit and shoes | You might want to wear something black

Donut pillow for ride home (optional) | Didn’t need this really

Large mug or tumbler – You will be especially thirsty if you plan on nursing. | My hospital provided me with a BIG mug they would continue to come fill with ice and water.

 


Hospital Bag Packing List for Baby, Mom, and Dad

For Dad

Pillow w/ colored pillowcase – so your pillows doesn’t get mixed up with hospital ones

2-3 Changes of clothes | 100% need since Jordan never left the hospital

Pajamas | Since we stayed longer, Jordan almost ran out of pajamas

Toiletries + bag

Sweatshirt/Fleece – for cold hospital

Blanket for sleeping | 100% need

Air mattress – optional, but bed in room can be uncomfy | Jordan ended up just sleeping on the couch

Plenty of snacks – enough for mom and dad! | YOU NEED SNACKS. BRING EXTRA. Especially for those middle of the night feedings – you will be starving!

Comfortable shoes / slippers | Jordan was so glad he remembered his slippers

Camera/iPhone/Go-Pro – get all the photos!

Extra Long Phone Charger Cords – electrical outlets are not easily accessible | 100% need

Extra Strength Tylenol + Motrin | Didn’t need these really since hospital provided

Large garbage bags – for dirty clothes etc

Sleep machine / Ear plugs – anything to muffle hospital noise

Car seat and base – have it installed!

Text List – make sure Dad knows who he needs to text with updates!

Nightlight – optional for night feedings without having to turn on all lights

 


What do you think of my hospital bag packing list, mamas? Did I miss anything? Let me know your suggestions in the comments!


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7 Comments

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Seems like you’re well prepared! Love the photos, too! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    March 17, 2019 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Haley

    Silverette nipple covers saved my life! I wore them for 6 weeks straight and didn’t use nipple cream once. Never had sore nipples either, they are truly magical! Available on amazon too!

    March 17, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply apinchoflovely@gmail.com

      AH, I haven’t ever heard of these. I need to look them up!

      May 22, 2019 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Kristine

    One thing I was SO glad to have was my big giant Tervis with a lid and straw. I was so thirsty after delivery and while nursing, I couldn’t get enough water! The hospital usually gives you a small pitcher and tiny little styrofoam cups to refill, but sometimes while feeding or holding baby, it was hard to pour and fill the tiny cups over and over…. and also hard to unscrew bottles. It was nice to have a big cup that I could keep by the bed and grab and sip one handed. Dad may want one too! It’s something I usually have with me anyway, and you’re probably the same, but if not, I would definitely consider packing one!
    Your list is so nice and organized! It’ll be nice to know you’re prepared with so many personal things and that you have it all labeled and easy to find!
    Good luck! Hope your delivery is smooth and the experience is enjoyable!

    March 17, 2019 at 8:59 pm
    • Reply apinchoflovely@gmail.com

      YES, my hospital supplied an extra large mug and straw, and they would continue to come fill it up for me throughout the day which I thought was amazing. Like you said, I would get SO thirsty especially those late night feedings.

      May 22, 2019 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Did you wear your own clothes or a hospital gown for delivery? I’ve heard mixed comments about the fully open back hospital gown!

    May 20, 2019 at 11:11 pm
    • Reply apinchoflovely@gmail.com

      I wore the hospital gown! I had people tell me not to bother with my own because they would likely get ruined and just thrown away!

      May 22, 2019 at 9:01 pm

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