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Hospital Packing List for mom, baby, and dad
It is major baby-prep week here for me. In fact, if this girl comes the same timing as my other two girls, she will come today. So this week I am posting all things baby and baby prep. Today is the hospital bag.
With Brayden, my first, I scoured every suggested list I could find and packed accordingly. After he was born, I realized we had way too much stuff and then amended my list. When Kaitlyn was born, we had it all just right. When McKenna came along, we went off of our perfected list, but her labor was so much longer that we realized we would have liked some things we had packed with Brayden.
This is my current list of things I think I need for the hospital. What you will need will vary based on your own personal preferences and your hospital. My hospital seems to provide a lot of what is found on many lists, so I don’t need to worry about it. If you are delivering in a hospital you have never delivered in, it would be a good idea to ask the hospital or a friend who has delivered there what to expect for your stay.
I would love to hear what you find essential for your hospital/birthing center/homebirth. Please share in the comments!
Essentials For Me
- Phone charger
- Notebook and pen
- PJ pants
- Going home outfit
- Nursing bra
- Nursing pads
I have my entertainment items. My phone and various i-things along with my scriptures and a good book or two is more than enough to keep my mind entertained. My husband and I typically spend a lot of the time visiting with each other anyway, so I don’t really need much. My notebook and pen are so I can keep notes of things that come to my mind. When I sit still, my mind starts planning.
I love having my own pillow with me no matter where I am sleeping. I even took my own pillow to Hawaii. I sleep best with my own pillow, so it comes along. I also sleep best at the hospital with earplugs to block out any hospital noise.
With Brayden, I didn’t have my own PJ pants or a nursing bra. It was okay–I survived without it all, but by McKenna, I had those things with me and just liked it so much more. I like my hospital’s gown just fine, but I like to have some pants on underneath and a robe is nice if you want to get up and wander about.
I have always had a boppy for each child, and I love it. The lansinoh and nursing pads are not necessary–the hospital has them–but I bring mine along “just in case.” In case of what? I am not sure. I just do. The pump is something I bring because my pump hooks up to the hospital’s several-thousand-dollar electronic pumps. I can use those for free, but it will cost my insurance about 100-150 dollars if I don’t bring my own pump along.
The camera and going home outfit are obvious.
Oh, and let me just say, I shower every day at the hospital. I can never tell you enough how much I love to shower. Showering makes me happy.
Essentials For Husband
My husband is obviously a little less maintenance than I am, but hey, I am the one who just gave birth right? He has no breastfeeding issues going on (among other things).
Essentials For Baby
- Going home outfit
- Diaper bag
- Finger nail clippers
This is really an area the hospital pretty much covers. I basically only need what I need for the drive home.
That is my list. What is on your list?