Friday, 19 April 2013

Mama's Hospital Bag Must Haves

Packing your hospital bag can be very overwhelming!
You don't want to over pack but it is a nightmare to under pack as well!
Our 3rd baby is due to arrive in 11 short weeks!
Before we know it we will be a family of 5!!!!
Since our house closes just a month before my due date I felt I should have my bag packed well ahead to be extra prepared as I know it will be a chaotic couple of months before our sons arrival.
Here is what I will be packing in my hospital bag.
(I use a small carry on luggage suitcase for my hospital bag - easy to transport and just enough room)

Hospital Bag Must Haves
 
8 Pairs of Maternity Underwear
It may seem like a lot of underwear but trust me you will need this many pairs of underwear even if you are only in the hospital a couple of days. I made the mistake of not bringing enough underwear after having our first daughter - won't make that mistake again.
Maxi Pads 
I recommend bringing a full pack of pads.
I use Kotex Unscented Overnight Pads with Wings.
After having a baby you will need a lot of coverage as your flow is generally pretty heavy the first couple of days.
2 Nursing Bras and Nursing Pads
If you plan on breastfeeding you will definitely need nursing bras and Nursing Pads.
I recommend bringing disposable and fabric nursing pads.
Slippers & Socks
You don't want to walk around the cold hospital floors in your bare feet so make sure you bring your most comfy pair of slippers and a few pairs of socks. Even if it is the summer you will want to be cozy! 
Night Gown & Pair of PJ's
I like to bring both so I have the option. You don't know how hot/cold your room will be.
Night Gown
To stay warm and cover up your behind when walking to the bathroom in the hospital gowns!
Make Up BagThere will be many pictures taken of you and baby by friends and family and if you are anything like me you will want to look your best.
ToiletriesToothbrush, Toothpaste, Dental Floss, Mouth Wash, Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Baby Wipes (I use these for makeup remover), Deodorant, Lip Chap, Shampoo, Conditioner
Hair Straightener, Blow Dryer, Brush
Giving birth is not an easy task! Chances are you are going to look and feel like you haven't showered in weeks after. You will want to freshen up to feel human again afterwards.
Towel and Wash Cloths
Again, you are going to want to be clean after giving birth!
Lounge Outfit
You will probably be in your hospital gown or PJS most of your hospital stay but I like to bring a cute lounge outfit. Usually the second day you are feeling icky and want to change into some clothes after showering so you can feel like yourself again but you want to be comfortable as you will be sore from giving birth!
Going Home Outfit
Something comfy! Even though you just gave birth you will still look like you are 5 months pregnant for quite some time. My go to outfit after giving birth is leggings, an over sized shirt, a cute scarf and flats!
Wallet 
You are going to have paperwork to fill out, you will want to have your ID on you.
And you will need your bank card or credit cards.
Pillow and Pillowcase
You will want to be comfortable and lets face it - those plastic pillows they provide you with in the hospitals are less than comfortable!
Phone and Charger
No need to explain this.
:)
Camera and SD Card
You will want to take 5 million pictures of your new bundle of joy.


What did you pack in your hospital bag?I'm linking up over at Wifessionals  today.
Hop on over to find out what some other mama's pack in their hospital bags.

 

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for this!!! I am so excited for you and #3!! We hope to have at least that many little ones in the future. For now, I have to focus on getting through the first one (:

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    1. Thank you :)
      We always wanted at least 4 but I think this blessing will be our last :)

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  2. I didn't think about bringing undies and pads; the hospital gave me some when my son was born, and I guess I'm just assuming that this next hospital will too!

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    1. Oh they are a must :)
      You are lucky...the hospital I delivered my daughters had provided me with nothing!

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