What's In My Hospital Bag?

GRAB EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK AND THROW IT IN A BAG. 

SIKE. That's what I did and didn't use half of it. So today I am going share everything I brought and what I actually needed :) 

I am a woman of LISTS so below are my three lists that I made, for baby, for mom, and for dad. 

BABY:

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  • Diaper Bag
  • Car Seat
  • Going home outfit
  • Socks
  • MITTENS (I forgot these and he came out with nails longer than mine.)
  • Hat (It was december and it was COLD when we went home.)
  • Blanket/Swaddle 
  • PACI'S - The hospitals are not huge advocates but if you think you might use one BRING IT. 
  • (3) sets of onsies ( I prefer zip ups others prefer snaps.) New born size / Maybe 1-2 zero-three months just in case your babe comes out bigger than expected. 
  • Boppy - Everyone will be holding your new babe this is the easiest way to make sure they do it safely :) 
  • Burp Clothes

MOM :

  • Drivers License
  • Insurance Card
  • PJS - Easy breastfeed accessible. (2 sets) 
  • Robe - I purchases a cute robe because ALL the pictures will be taken in it. 
  • Socks 
  • Slippers 
  • underwear- NOT SEXY. take your hubby to your local Walmart or target and find the biggest ones you can find ;) 
  • Makeup - If my face is done I feel better, so just for good spirits
  • Going home clothes. Easy to put on and comfortable. You have no one to impress you just birthed a baby be practical. 
  • (3) Nursing Bras. My favorite are the target sports/nursing bras.
  • Facewash 
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste 
  • Lip Balm - after heavy breathing for a while your lips will thank me. 
  • Water bottle
  • Hair dryer ( YOU WILL NOT NEED THIS)
  • Straightener (ALSO NOT A NECESSITY)
  • Hair Tie 
  • Deodorant. 
  • Nipple Cream
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (I felt like a new woman after I showered the next day)

DAD:

  • Change of clothes
  • PJS - something comfy 
  • PILLOW
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant

OTHERS:

  • Snacks. (I wish we would have brought snacks for late nights / you are starving after breastfeeding.)
  • Phone / Charger
  • Camera - Take all the pictures! Even if you think you took enough take one more.
  • Diffuser. (For all my oil moms out there, I didn't have time to use this and I wish I would of!)

 

THINGS I DID NOT NEED: 

The hospital really has everything you need as a new mom. But there are a few things that you'll be happy you brought from your own home.

  • My Pillow. We brought one for Kev but didn't bring mine, because I thought the hospital pillows would be enough. (WRONG)
  • The cute outfit to go home in. Be comfy. You just birthed a human.
  • That cute hospital gown you bought. Yeah I did. I bought one and literally laughed at myself at the thought of putting it on while in labor. 

THE THINGS I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN:

Honestly there wasn't anything I absolutely had to have that I didn't bring. I prepared about a week before our due date, however that stressed many people out. Kevin (My Husband) told me over and over I do not want to be packing a bag when you're in labor. HE WAS RIGHT. If I would of known what I know now, one week was probably pushing it. The LAST thing that would of been on my mind mid contraction was " Hey, don't forget the toothbrush." Because hygiene is the LAST thing on the brain. So do me a favor, pack the bag, be prepared and you'll thank me later. 

Happy packing ladies! 

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