Packing your hospital bag (or birth center bag!) is one of the rights of passage on your way to motherhood. I see tons of mamas asking what the ‘must have’ items are for their hospital bag, so I decided to write a post about it. Keep in mind; this is based on my experience. If you ask this question 50 times, you are likely to get 50 different answers.
I will say this: you need less than you think.
And also, it depends.
I know that doesn’t seem helpful, but I swear it really is. Every birth is different, every mom is different, hell every SEASON is different. So what you need will be different if you have a planned c-section and will be in the hospital for three days versus if you are giving birth in a midwife-run birth center that will send you home after four hours.
Okay, so now the actual list of what I found useful.
10 Items to Pack in Your Birth Hospital Bag
- Nursing Tanks: Even if you don’t choose to nurse, they are comfy and stretchy. Plus, I was hot as crap after giving birth. I was in a tank top and everyone else was wearing sweaters.
- Loose bottoms: Maxi skirt, pajama pants, yoga pants, something like that.
- Lip balm: Hospitals are dry, yo.
- Extension Cord: So you can charge your phone and use it,too.
- Baby’s Going Home Outfit: We did a zip-up sleeper, which worked well. I do suggest one newborn and one 0-3 month outfit just in case baby comes out bigger or smaller than you expected.
- Depends: Yeap, those adult diapers. They were amazing and stayed in place better than those mesh undies.
- Makeup: Totally up to you, of course, but a little CC cream and mascara made me feel human.
- Snacks: Even if you can’t eat during labor, they are nice to have after.
If you are laboring:
- Music/Speakers: Don’t forget the chargers, too!
- Tennis Balls: To help relieve the tension in your back and hips.
(Got more to add here? Drop me a comment! I didn’t labor very long in the hospital so there might be added items I missed!)
Things NOT To Pack
- Baby Diapers: Unless you have a specific kind you want to use. Otherwise, the hospital will provide these.
- Regular underwear (See the Depends above. Also, mesh panties are provided.)
- Five outfits for you or the baby: You just don’t need it, I promise. Two options are plenty.
- Slippers: The hospital will give you super sexy skid-proof socks. (Plus, think about all the gross hospital germs you’d be bringing home…)
Hell, half the fun of packing the hospital bag (at least for me) was packing and unpacking, the repacking. Just don’t stress out about it and remember you will likely need less than you think.
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