It is February 1st which means I will literally deliver our second baby ANY day now! My goal was to have our hospital bag pack around week 36, which is the 9 month mark. But some time-absorbing small human has been in super-cling mode as he cuts his molars, so that didn’t happen, and thankfully it wasn’t necessary! Toddlers really have a way of laughing at your plans.
I was able to steal a few minutes during naptime yesterday to get things organized in our hospital bag. Although we didn’t overpack much with Wyatt’s delivery, I definitely made some adjustments this time. Knowing what to expect really sets your mind at ease AND lightens the load. Remember, this year I am all about less! Keep in mind every experience and every hospital is different. My list of what to pack in your hospital bag is for a vaginal delivery and standard 2-3 day stay for mom, dad, and baby.
What the Hospital Provided:
You can see my post on What to Take Home from the Hospital here, but these are the things they provided last time:
- Post partum undies & pads
- Cool peri pads
- Pain reliever meds & stool softeners
- Dermoplast spray & hemorroid pads
- Peri bottles
- Sitz bath/Donut pillow
- Diapers, dry wipes, vaseline
- Breastfeeding essentials such as lanolin, breast pads, therapy gel pads, pumps if you need one
I am not going to bother bringing my own underwear this time because they are genuinely not necessary. With my last delivery the nurses informed me that they do not want us bringing our own vitamins, pain reliever or laxatives because they need to keep track of all of those things. Just use what they have at the hospital.
I brought my breast pump last time, but did not need it. If you have to pump because your baby is in the NICU, you are experiencing latching struggles, or have decided to exclusively pump from the get-go, the hospital is stocked with pumps to use. You may choose to bring yours if you have questions about its use, but this is ultimately up to you. I am also leaving my Boppy home. I lugged it to the hospital last time but found the hospital pillows just as effective.
Lastly, take all the diapers they will give you! We had such wonderful nurses last time and they sent us home with several packages.
Mom will probably take up the most space in the hospital bag. This list covers all the essentials that I truly did use, and leaves out the fluff I didn’t need.
I received an adorable Gownies delivery gown from Ev’s cousin. I do not plan on using it for the actual delivery because things get messy, but this is perfect for photos after. The best part is that this delivery gown is nursing friendly! I also purchased this pretty robe from Pink Blush Maternity. The longer length is perfect with or without a bump (the one I brought last time was too short!) and again, this will be super pretty for photos. I LIVED in a robe with my last delivery, and threw on pj pants when I had visitors. Nurses check in frequently, especially the first 24 hours and having just a robe on made things so much easier for everyone.
If you are nursing, one, maybe two nursing friendly bras are all you need. I kept the girls free until I had guests, took photos, and towards the end of my stay when the heavy duty goods started flowing and I needed the support. Again, comfort and accessibility is key so no need for a whole bra wardrobe.
I found the most comfy, convenient dress at Nordstrom for my going-home outfit (I got the light grey). It was only $45 and something I can wear while nursing (the wrap front opens!) I am pairing this with my favorite Jessica Simpson maternity leggings and Vince Camuto black lace camisole (sold out but similar, less expensive option here that I just may buy!) My Belly Bandit will be more comfortable with full belly maternity leggings. I’m bringing my bamboobies washable nursing pads to go home in and I will most likely wear the overnights since the milk will be coming in at that point.
Here is why I am packing the Belly Bandit. After my last delivery, I REALLLLLY did not like the feeling of my organs sinking back into their proper place. Something about that sensation really skeeved me out. Wearing a post partum girdle kept everything supported so I didn’t feel it. I took it off to shower and immediately felt things moving. I had a lot of lower back pain from delivery, mostly due to sitting for 6 hours. My first delivery was VERY short compared to most, and I still felt this discomfort. Wearing a supportive girdle helped with posture and pain. When you are tired or large-breasted, it is easy to hunch over during nursing, and the Belly Bandit helps align your spine and bring awareness to your nursing posture.
Lastly, I recently got into essential oils. I always thought the concept was a gimmick, but I have seen tons of benefits in the month I have used them. Ev’s aunt is a doTERRA rep, and I feel confident in this brand because the oils are really pure. They have a Deep Blue Rub, which is essentially (see what I did there?) their version of Icy Hot. It is completely natural so it’s pregnancy and labor safe. The tingly pain relief should really help during unmedicated labor.
The best suggestion I ever received was to pack a zipper hoodie for dad to use during skin to skin time. Keeps baby (and dad!) nice and toasty in the chilly hospital.
All you really need is a going home outfit and a cozy blanket for the ride home. No need for daily outfit changes unless you are having professional newborn photos taken in the hospital. They will provide diapers, wipes, ointments, snap tees and receiving blankets or swaddles. Most importantly, a rear facing car seat must be properly installed.
Our nursing staff was so supportive last time so I wanted to bring a little thank you for them. I kept it simple and put some Starbucks Via, caramel creamers, and Ghirardelli dark chocolates in a gift bag for the nursing station.
I added a printable, savable, pin-able checklist graphic below of what I packed for you.