Packing for the hospital when you’re about to have a baby is like packing for vacation: You have to start early, pack and repack, and make sure you have everything you need just in case there is no Target around! I read plenty of blog entries about what I should pack (yes, we established before that I have (HAD) a ton of free time on my hands.)
My hospital bag:
Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, contacts case/solution.
Makeup bag: I did apply a bit right after they put me on pitocin (judge me, I dare you.)
Chap stick: LOVE Eos
Hand Sanitizer: LOVE Scentsy sprays because they aren’t alcohol based.
Granny panties: New and in dark colors!
Going home dress: I ended up being: too lazy/tired/sore to change into it.
Socks: Bring more than one pair!
Long sleeved shirt
Hospital gowns (2): One for before delivery and one for after
Pads: With wings because the hospital ones do not have wings!
Night light: I did not need this because they had one in the room.
Old Navy flip-flops
Snacks: Yogurt bars, pop tarts, Special K bars.
Camelbak water bottle
Mints: To munch on while in labor
Jimmie’s diaper bag:
Wipes: Thank goodness because I had to add water to their wipes…really?)
One outfit for his only full day in the hospital (he peed on it)
Two hats: Hospital hats fall off
Going home outfit (s)
Pacifier (just in case)
Nipple Cream: Motherlove
Nursing pads: Lansinoh
Nursing bras (3): I am now a Target nursing bra super fan!
Sleep shirts (with side snaps)
Big pads (without wings)
Weird underwear: These were actually useful!
Socks: Just in case you only brought one pair!
Random stuff I also brought:
Boppy: Great to SIT on after delivery!
Small Pillow Pal: I have to hug something while I sleep. Also worked to prop up my head.
Pillow: For Jim to sleep on.
Boppy wedge: Used it while in labor so I could still feel my numb foot, and after delivery for my back.
Carseat: We left this in the car until the last day