The Hospital Bag

My Second installment of All Things Baby

Are you getting ready to pack for the hospital?

Trying to figure out what to bring? Don’t forget that you are only going for a couple days (or maybe 4) so there is no need to move in to the Hospital. Trust me…you’ll be ready to get out of there anyway. I have to say that I LOVED my hospital. My delivery and hospital stay were all great. I had considered finding a closer Dr since I moved halfway through my pregnancy, but after the delivery/Hospital experience I have decided to  stick with my Dr. She is awesome and so is the Hospital (Plano Presbyterian) which is a “Baby Friendly” Hospital. In my mind, when looking for a good Dr., it’s just as important to make sure you like the hospital too. I could go on and on about this place, but I won’t…you get the point.

As for what to pack, here is a list I used to pack my own bags…ahemmm BaG

Packing Your Hospital Bag For Labor And Delivery

Getting ready for the big day?  2 big ticket items to take care of in advance:  1) Install the baby car seat and 2) pack your hospital bag. Avoid over-packing by using the list below.

  1. Health Insurance Card
  2. Ipod/Ipod Charger – Labor mix – I made a playlist of SPA Music. Seriously, I had the hub turn it on right before I started the long arduous 5 minute journey of pushing 🙂 The music was playing for the hour that we got to spend with the babe before bringing the family in to meet him. Talk about relaxing. I wish I had remembered to play it throughout the labor process.
  3. Ipod Speakers – I found a good cheap set at Bed Bath and Beyond…they worked great and were really small.
  4. Snacks for your partner
  5. Camera/video camera/charger
  6. Cell Phone/charger
  7. Laptop/charger – many hospitals have wifi
  8. Books/magazines – I tried to read a bit during labor, but couldn’t focus on it.
  9. Folder or Envelope to organize hospital and birth papers – You will get LOTS of papers/documents. This was a huge help keeping it all in one place.
  10. Bag to bring home hospital issue blankets, diapers, etc. – You get to take home the remaining diapers, wipes, blankets, etc… (make sure you have room in one of your bags to pack these items.
  11. Breast feeding pillow. I brought one, but didn’t need mine. I just set up lots of pillows in the bed to nurse.

Toiletries

  1. Hair brush
  2. Shampoo
  3. Face wash
  4. Toothbrush
  5. Toothpaste
  6. Makeup — you’ll want to look nice in your pictures?
  7. Deodorant
  8. Ponytail holder

Clothes for Mom

  1. Socks
  2. Slippers
  3. Robe
  4. Underwear (2) – you will probably wear the hospital issue disposable underwear
  5. Nursing bras (1)
  6. 1 outfit for hospital, although you will probably wear the hospital gown until you are discharged
  7. Going home outfit – comfy stretchy pants and roomy shirt
  8. Nipple ointment. Lansinoh cream is a must. Your hospital may give you a trial size tube, but it never hurts to bring some of your own just in case.
  9. Breast pads – Brought some, but did not need them as it takes a few days for your milk to come in anyway
  10. PILLOW – You will definitely want to bring your own pillow. Just make sure that any pillows you bring (for you and Hubby) have a colorful pillowcase on them otherwise you are likely to lose them.

Clothes for Baby
Baby will wear hospital issue kimono shirts, hats and swaddle blankets.

  1. Going home outfit – zip pj’s is probably the best option
  2. I kept the little guy in hospital issued shirt the entire time. Some like to bring an outfit or two for the babe to wear while in the hospital. I didn’treally see the need.

Clothes for Partner

  1. Slippers – you can’t walk around the hospital without shoes
  2. Socks
  3. 2-3 Underwear
  4. Sweater/Jeans/Sweatshirt – The rooms can be a bit chilly…Bring a long sleeve t-shirt or sweatshirt just in case.
  5. T-shirts
  6. Extra pillow – Don’t forget the colorful pillowcase 🙂

The hospital will likely issue you disposable diapers/pads for Mom, squirt bottle, disposable underwear, sanitary pads for bed/car/chairs, baby diapers, gauze and vaseline for circumcision dressing, swaddle blankets, hat, kimono shirts.  The hospital may also issue you a bag to take things home, breast shields and tubing, SNS starter kit, formula, and nipples.

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