What I packed in my hospital bag

I am a planner. I live for planning and organizing…so I packed my hospital bag at 30 weeks. I had absolutely no intention of giving birth then, but you just never know what’s going to happen. I wanted to be prepared.

For my bag, I packed:

  • Robe
  • Button up shirt
    • These made it super easy for breastfeeding.
  • Sweatpants
  • Socks
  • Nursing bras
  • Cute home coming outfit that I didn’t wear
    • Honestly, I just wore sweatpants and a flannel shirt home. I didn’t care to look cute; I just wanted a shower and to get comfy! 
  • Shower shoes
  • Slip on shoes to walk around in
  • Face masks 
    • Gotta love covid…am I right?
  • Sound machine
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Face wipes
    • I cannot stress them enough. Bring some face wipes! Being in a hospital just makes you feel so greasy and grimy. 
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Glasses
  • Contacts
  • Contact Solution
  • Extra-long phone charger
  • Medication I was taking
  • Ponytails
  • Chapstick
  • Make-up
  • Moisturizer
  • Face wash
    • After growing a little baby and then giving birth, your hormones are flaring. Don’t forget to take care of your face, during this time. 
  • Lotion
  • Snacks- just because with covid restrictions, you’re pretty much just stuck in the hospital
    • You’re also going to get hungry in the middle of the night, whether you’re nursing, or a nurse comes in your room to administer medicine or to check you out.
  • Boppy
    • If you’re nursing
  • Blow dryer/Straightener
  • Nipple cream 
    • because nursing is new & it’ll be uncomfortable
  • Camera 
    • make sure it’s charged before you leave the house
  • Laptop/Charger 
    • We packed this solely for entertainment and it’s a good thing that I brought it. Eliza needed to be in the NICU for a couple of days and there were times that we weren’t allowed to be in the nursery with her. 
  • Diaper bag 
    • I packed a little bit of everything that I didn’t use
      • Diapers
      • Wipes
      • Extra outfit
  • Coming home outfit for baby E

Things that I brought that I didn’t use/need

  • Diapers
  • Underwear 
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Blanket

Just because you’re going to want to get this stuff before you leave for the hospital (for a vaginal birth)

  • Frida mom ice pads
    • waaaay colder than the hospital ones. It felt like Jack Frost was blowing down there.
  • Depends underwear
    • so much less hassle
  • Frida mom foam spray
    •  felt cool and comforting
  • Perineal spray- numbing
  • Stool softener- because let’s be real…that first poop is hecking scary

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