Advice · All Things Pregnancy

Hospital Bag: Do’s and Dont’s

Don’t worry, you definitely aren’t alone when it comes to trying to figure out what you should bring to the hospital in your overnight bag.

What do I need for myself? For my SO? Even for my baby? What will the hospital provide? What’s not needed? Am I bringing too much?

The same questions that are lingering through your head were once going through mine, and that’s why I’m here now. Here to help you!

What to Bring for You:

  • Snacks (yeah, that’s right, snacks is the first one on the list. I was preggo once, I know what’s really going through your mind. You have no idea how long you’ll be in labor for, bring something so you don’t have to spend $$$ on hospital food. Your SO will also thank you for this one!)
  • Deck of Cards (We didn’t get to use ours, my labor went differently than planned. But having something to pass the time by is always nice!)
  • Phone
  • Phone Charger
  • Camera (My SO’s sister brought her nicer camera to take pictures after our LO was born. You won’t regret taking pictures and videos of your labor/couple days after.)
  • Comfortable Pants (2 pair – max)
  • Comfortable Shirts (2 pair – max)
  • Socks (1 pair)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, and any other necessity for getting ready (I wasn’t looking all that great when I was discharged, but it sure felt nice to take a shower the day of, and feel clean leaving the hospital.)
  • Water Bottle (Our hospital provided us with one but I used mine instead. It’s very important to stay hydrated afterwards!)
  • Energy drink or coffee for your SO (They encouraged us to keep our little man in our room for both nights. It was a long night… and the day afterwards was even longer. Having some caffeine is definitely beneficial!)
  • Pillow and/or blanket (My SO wasn’t very comfortable laying on the couch in our room. A better pillow and blanket would have helped him!)

What to Bring for Baby:

  • An outfit to bring him/her home – make sure to pack for the weather!
  • Car seat – make sure you have it securely fastened in your car!

Things you think you need to bring but really don’t have to:

  • Pads – the hospital will supply you with more than you will need!
  • Nipple Cream – if you’re planning on breastfeeding, the hospital has you covered with all the necessities you can think of.
  • Diapers – make use of the free diapers they provide!
  • Baby Blanket – they provide you with one there!
  • Excess Food – our hospital allowed a free meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Save some money and utilize it! It’s actually pretty yummy.
  • Necessities to give baby a bath – they will have a nurse bathe your baby for the first time, providing everything and anything they need.

Good luck, mama! You got this!

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15 thoughts on “Hospital Bag: Do’s and Dont’s

  1. As a two-time mommy and soon to be three-time mommy, I’ve got my hospital bag down pat! In the beginning, I remember reading every post I could about what to bring and what not to bring! This will def. help new moms!

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  2. That insight was great. I am planning on having a home birth, but some of the things on that list will definitely be bennificial for me to have.

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  3. Great tips! I always tend to over pack! I agree you should try and use up whatever they give you for free. Ask the nurse for samples of nipple cream and it’s true, hospital pillows are not the comfiest! Same goes with the beds. Pads are a good idea to bring because their pads are so bulky.

    Emily@happymomblog

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