Unless you have your kids back to back, one question that is asked every pregnancy is “What do I pack in my hospital bag?”
Well, today I’m sharing a free, printable hospital bag checklist to help you tackle packing your hospital bag! (Scroll to the bottom to save the free hospital bag checklist printable – you can easily pin it to Pinterest to help yourself (and other mamas!) find it later.)
When I had Ava, we had an hurricane hit Houston and an unexpected 9 day NICU stay. The roads were flooded to drive home and all the stores were closed either to lack of employees / damage. Needless to say, we had a very unconventional first stay in the hospital. You can read more about her birth story here.
1. Toiletries – think what you’d pack for a night away from you house. Toothbrush/ toothpaste, deodorant, make up, make up remover, mini shampoo, soap and conditioner, hair ties, hair brush.
– TIP: hospital air is super dry, so I’m packing lotion, hand cream and chap stick. Also, pack a straighter or curling iron if you plan to have pictures taken at the hospital!
2. Delivery Gown – I’m bringing this one. As a second time mom, I know I won’t be wearing this as I deliver, but will wear it after he is born in case I don’t want to wear pajamas yet.
3. Robe – Hospitals are cold, so I plan on bringing one to wear after he arrives. It can also be used if visitors are coming and you plan on nursing.
4. Pajamas/Lounge wear – They’re basically the same in the first days after delivering, right? I’m bringing 2-3 outfits – a nursing friendly dress, shorts/tank, and long sleeve pajamas and pants.
5. Slipper Socks/Slippers – The hospital socks are terrible! Definitely recommend bringing one or two pairs. How cute are the ones I’m bringing?!
6. Flip Flops – For the shower. Just get a cheap pair that you don’t mind throwing away after your stay.
7. Nursing Tank(s) – 1-2 of these should be fine!
8. Nursing Bras(s) – Once your milk comes in, these are super helpful!
9. Optional: A delivery gown can be optional. Other items you can add to your bag are: your own blanket and pillow, nursing cover, asdfasdfas
1. Swaddle Blankets (2)
2. Onesies (3-4)
3. Sleepers (3-4)
4. Hat (2)
5. Baby Mittens – I’m just bringing one pair of these
6. Socks (2) – Since he’s being born in December, I want to make sure he is as cozy as possible.
7. Boppy Pillow – Perfect for feeding baby regardless of if you do breast or formula.
8. Optional – The hospital will provide all of the things baby really needs such as diapers, pacifier, formula, etc. Unless you’re set on using a specific type, I’d hold off on bringing these. Also, I’m bringing a name sign for him, but again, this is totally optional.
2. Extension cord – some people recommend a long Iphone charger, but I realize I’ll never use it again, so I just bring a small extension cord.
6. Nurses Gifts
7. Computer / Computer Charger