What kind of things do you really need when you have your baby? I wasn’t sure what I needed to bring when I had my son. Looking back, I probably would have brought some more stuff and left some stuff at home!
I definently would have brought a second blanket! I brought one for my husband which I ended up stealing. 😜 We also brought about three pillows from home and I’m SO glad we did. I had so many pillows in my bed to prop up on but it was nice to have my own for my head and my husband appreciated having his own pillows, too! 😊 Make sure if you bring your own pillows that the pillowcase is not white or you might lose them at the hospital!
My husband also had the AWESOME idea of bringing my fan. I can’t sleep without it and I can’t believe I didn’t think to pack it! Plus during labor it is soooo hot and most hospitals have a limited number of fans. (Which means, you may not be able to get one) Plus I just think white noise is calming and helps drown out the noise of the hospital like beeping. It helps your baby sleep better, too! I grabbed my Vornado fan which is pretty small so it was easy to pack and it cools down a room so fast!
Another thing hospitals usually have limited quantities of is a birthing ball, so if you want one you should probably bring your own.
I made sure and packed lots of snacks although I probably packed too much because we barely made a dent in them. I also brought a bag of change for the vending machines, which we did not use but I still think it was a good idea to have! You can’t really eat during labor and afterwords the hospital provides food for you, so don’t pack much for yourself. Check with your husband or whoever is in the delivery room with you and pack what they would like to have. And trust me, no matter how hungry you are before giving birth, you will not eat a whole lot afterwords for the next couple days!
I also brought a lot of toiletry items that I didn’t use. I think I just grabbed everything that I might possibly use just in case! 😉I brought my makeup just in case but I never wore it, but I did bring makeup remover wipes and I am glad I had those. I also brought mini travel bottles of my own shampoo, conditioner, and face wash. It was nice to have my own products that I was used to, but it wasn’t a necessity. I would definently pack it again, though.
I brought PJ’s for myself but was afraid of ruining them so I never wore them. But do make sure you pack yourself clothes to go home in! I brought a pair of my maternity jeans, a maternity shirt I wore at about 6 months of pregnancy and a zip up jacket. You will not want to wear anything super tight so pack for comfy, not fashion. You’ll thank me later!
Although you are probably the one packing the hospital bag, it is really mostly for your husband! The hospital provides pretty much everything you need except an outfit to go home in. So check with your husband and see if there is anything he would really like to have! I packed my husband’s clothes, PJ’s, his toiletries, snacks and his camera for him to take pictures. If this is your first child or you will probably need a c-section, make sure to pack more then one days worth of clothes. You usually spend two nights at the hospital if it’s your first or more if you have a c-section.
I also packed up and dragged along our ENTIRE diaper bag and we didn’t use a thing except a blanket. My son was born at 5 lbs 10 oz so the going home outfit I picked did not even fit him! My mom ran out and bought him a preemie outfit. 😊
The hospital provides pretty much everything you need for baby besides a going home outfit, a blanket for the car and the car seat. Save yourself the trouble and don’t drag around diapers and wipes! You won’t need them. (In fact, grab all the ones in your room and take them with you!)
My husband and I did do our own newborn pictures of the baby so we brought a cute blanket to swaddle him in and take pictures. It was the same blanket he used in the car, too! Also it’s a good idea at about 35 weeks to go ahead and install the car seat so it is ready to go. Can’t leave the hospital without it! 😊 Plus ask around in your area, many places like fire stations and such will check it for free and make sure it’s installed correctly and safe. It’s also a good idea to play around and see how the straps work and stuff, you won’t want to have to figure it out at the hospital!
When you do pack up your stuff, try and use the biggest suitcase you have and pack it all together rather than having 12 small bags. It’ll make packing up and carrying it all around SO much easier!
If this is your second child, considering packing a small gift and some toys so the big brother or sister doesn’t feel left out! Plus they will just need stuff to keep them busy and entertained.
What did you pack with your child? Did you forget something important? Or is there something you are really glad you packed? Comment below! If you know someone who is having a baby be sure and share this with them. 😊