What's REALLY in my Hospital Bag

Happy Monday, y’all.

I’m still here.. and still very pregnant. We hit 39 weeks yesterday, and I was just so sure Baby C was going to make his/her big debut before this morning. But nope! I have my weekly doctors appointment tomorrow, so we’ll see what she says!

I wanted to go ahead and share this post with you all just in case we do end up heading to the hospital in the next few days. I’m not sure when I’ll be posting on the blog again, and I’ve promised to share what I’m bringing along to the hospital with me. It’s not all pretty or glamorous, but I’ve heard you’ll need most of these things during labor and for recovery. I hope this helps, even if it is just to compare to your checklist if you’re an expecting mama.

So, I’m going to go ahead and preface this post by saying that I’m an over-packer. Always have been, always will be. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have anxiety about this whole labor & delivery process. I think this is the first time in my life that I have absolutely zero control over the entire situation - when it happens, how it happens, etc. Although I know I just have to let go and leave it up to God, packing a few extra things makes me feel a little more prepared and at ease, so that’s what I did. With that being said, I know I probably won’t use the majority of the extra things I packed.

Also, I want to thank all of you who sent me recommendations for my hospital bag packing checklist! That was so helpful, and in case you missed the list on Instagram (saved to my highlights), I’ll go ahead and share those responses again at the end of this post. So.. let’s get to it!

Hospital Bag Must Haves

FOR MOM:

Clothing:

  • Robe - I’ve heard you want dark (black), but I also packed a pretty one for pictures

  • Sweatpants & Tee

  • Socks & Underwear

  • PJ’s - I’m bringing a pajama set (top & pants) and a soft button down nightgown (nursing friendly)

  • Going home outfit - comfy - I’m not sure what I’ll feel like wearing, so I brought leggings & an oversized top and a t-shirt dress in case I don’t want anything touching me.

  • 2 Nursing Bras - unpadded and padded

  • Cozy Cardigan - I love wearing my cardigans around the house, and I thought I would bring one along that I can throw over whatever I’m wearing. Cardigans are also a good choice because they’re nursing friendly! I’m bringing this one and this one.

  • House Shoes - I brought some I can just throw away after.

  • Shower Flip Flops - super cheap ones so I can toss after.

  • Belly Band - I’m not sure I’ll want to wear this immediately, but brought it along just in case.

toiletries:

  • Face Wash & Lotion

  • Body Lotion

  • Chapstick - my favorites are Aquaphor & BabyLips

  • Prenatal Vitamins - you’ll want to continue taking these even after you’ve had the baby!

  • Stool Softener - my doctor (and many of my girlfriends) told me to start taking these before you go into labor or you’ll regret it later on.

  • Minimal Makeup - I’ll probably just bring concealer, cc cream, bronzer and highlighter to make me feel a little better when people come to visit.

  • Hair Brush

  • Blow Dryer - I asked my mom if she thought the hospital would have one and she replied, “It’s not a fancy hotel, Megan!” haha.

  • Shampoo/Conditioner - travel size - anything is better than what they have at the hospital, I’m sure.

  • Body Wash - also travel size

  • Nipple Cream - I obviously haven’t used this yet, but will let y’all know how I like it.

  • Diapers/Pads - I’ve been told by many that these are the best diapers and much better than the mesh undies they provide at the hospital.

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste

  • Belly Oil - not sure if I’ll use this but I’m addicted now and thought I would bring along (just in case).

  • Deodorant - travel size

  • Hair bands and a hair clip - I love these hair bands and Teleties!

  • Earth Mama Spray

extras:

  • Camera

  • Pillows & Blanket - I am such a germophobe that we will probably leave these at the hospital. So I just bought cheap pillows/blankets to bring.

  • Extra Long Phone Charger

  • Nurse Gifts/Goody Basket - full of snacks, hand sanitizers from Bath & Body Works, mints, etc. just to say thank you!

  • Anything I want for photos of baby - ex: letter board, name sticker, swaddle blankets, etc.

Hospital Bag Must Haves - Baby

FOR BABY:

FOR HUBS:


Packing List Recommendations (from Instagram Stories):