I have written a few blog posts on packing your hospital bag checklist in the past 7 years but wanted to do another since it has been updated slightly! The hospital will provide you with many of the things you need for baby and yourself but I pack the below items to make me feel more “at home”. I am only about 30% packed right now because I am waiting on a few things to arrive and then finishing up! I created a printable list that you can use to guide you through your own packing as well! CLICK HERE to download it or just click on the image below!
The Mama Essentials:
Nursing Pajamas x 2 sets || I am LOVING these nursing friendly striped pajamas that you guys have seen me wearing a lot lately. They are perfect for postpartum in the hospital too! I also love these dresses from Kyte Baby & Dwell Slumber! The one from Kyte Baby is a bit more “put together” and allows you to wear it on a day to day basis for errands too! 🙂
Nursing bras || I packed these for my bag this time around, they are SO comfy!
Nursing Tanks || these always come in handy to wear underneath things or just alone with pajama pants!
Going Home Outfit || you can check out my “5 outfits for mom and baby to wear home from the hospital” HERE || I plan on wearing outfit #1!
Lightweight Robe || I have this nursing gown and robe set and LOVE it! The robe is perfect but if you want simple & neutral, this is my pick!
Body Wash/Lotion for after birth shower || I use these reusable bottles and put in the body wash/shampoo and lotion that I use on a daily basis inside!
Chapstick || I have this amazing slightly tinted one (in honey) that I love and I have it in regular as well!
Hair Brush/hair ties
Deodorant || you know I love my clean Native deodorant!
For the Labor/Birth:
Yeti Cup || I bring this with me everywhere because it keeps my water ice cold and I love it!
Twinkle Lights || per a suggestion from the hypnobirthing class I took! Setting the mood and making you feel more relaxed! I packed these!!
Playlist || I am currently working on my labor playlist and I will share it on stories once it’s finished!
Room Spray | an essential oil blend that I will share!
Affirmation Cards || you can print out the ones I made here! To make them sturdier, print them out on cardstock!
For the Recovery:
Postpartum Undies || I live in the underwear from the hospital with a pad OR better yet, these which means you don’t need to attach a pad to your underwear every hour 😉
Nipple Balm || this brand is my favorite!
Perineal Ice Maxi Pads || These are awesome in the hospital underwear that you get!
Perineal Medicated with Witch Hazel Cooling Pad Liners || these are freaking amazing inside the “diapers” I linked above!
Upside Down Peri Bottle || NOT a necessity since the hospital will give you bottles that they have but this one is a bit easier to use!
Dermoplast || reliefs itching, pain and burning – pretty great for recovery!
Hemorrhoid Treatment || this you really only need for home!
Going home outfit || you can check out my “5 outfits for mom and baby to wear home from the hospital” HERE
Change of outfit x 2
Phone charger & extension cord
Camera if you want to bring one
Car Seat || the one we have has a built in stroller so it doesn’t take up room in your car – GENIUS!
Wallet/Drivers License/Insurance Card
Healthy Snacks/gum || I always bring a milk boosting snack too!
Towel (if you don’t want to use the hospital one)