What I Packed (& Used) in My Hospital Bag


This post is LONG OVERDUE considering Everly just celebrated her eleven month birthday(!), but I’ve been meaning to share my tips for packing a hospital bag. I did a lot of researching when I was pregnant, and I’ve narrowed it down to the must-haves that you’ll (hopefully) actually use. 

I packed three bags: one for me, one for Everly, and one for Zac. I originally tried to cram everything into one bag, but keeping our stuff separate made it so much more organized.

FOR EVERLY:

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Work Bag turned Diaper Bag: Tory Burch Perry Tote



Bag Organizer: ToteSavvy - this purse organizer is versatile enough to be used for anything
Going Home Outfit - cute onesie for pictures :)
4 - Onesie or Footie Pajamas: I brought both (2 of each size) Newborn & size 0-3 months. 
Diapers and Wipes (DID NOT USE): The hospital provided these for us! The wipes were soft "paper towels" that they wet with water. 
2 - Swaddle Blankets: We brought one from Milkbarn Kids (pictured below) & Aden + Anais
3 - Pairs of Socks: To keep those little feet warm
Hat (DID NOT USE): The hospital gave us 2 as presents :)
One with the hospital logo, and a pink as an annoucement after her birth.
Boppy: perfect support to help with breastfeeding. If you forget to bring yours, the hospital shows you how to create one with regular pillows


FOR ME:

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Weekend Bag: Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote Bag
No-Skid Slipper Socks: if you don't want to walk barefoot or forgot your slippers
Going Home Outfit: loose T-shirt & Leggings
Nursing Top (DID NOT USE): if you plan on breastfeeding, this is a must. For me, I wore my hospital gown the entire time so I just it pulled it down
Nipple Cream: absolute must-have. Breastfeeding was very uncomfortable (and painful), but only until your body gets used to it. Also doubles as a chapstick if you forgot yours.
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Nursing Pads: not necessary unless you plan to wear a regular bra following delivery, but they’re  good to have on hand in case of leaking.

I didn't need this until a week after delivery.
Click HERE to read my story about Disposable vs Reusable Pads.

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Belly Compression Wrap (DID NOT USE): mine didn’t fit until about one week post-partum.
Oversized Undies (DID NOT USE): the hospital provided “hospital panties” 
Robe: I used it as a blanket and cover up while breastfeeding.
Pajamas (DID NOT USE): I lived in the hospital gown. Pushing a 9 lb baby out of my hooha made it difficult for me to walk, let alone move around. 
Toiletries: the hospital will provide these things, but of course I preferred having my own products to make me feel more normal.
Skincare products (cleanser, exfoliater, moisturizer), shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrush, and hair brush!
Makeup (DID NOT USE): I was too tired to put on makeup, and I regetted it. The hospital had a photographer come in to take newborn pictures and I looked haggered. 
Flip Flops: cheap ones for the shower.

MISCELLANEOUS: 

Camera: phone pictures are most convenient, but I loved having my camera to take photos for the baby scrapbook. 
Chargers
Snacks: Zac munched on the snacks while I was in labor.
Drivers License, Insurance Card
Birth Plan: if applicable
Carseat: the hospital will check your car and confirm you have a car seat before they allow you to leave with the baby, so be sure that is installed and ready prior to delivery. 
Pillows: for Hubby when he sleeps on the pull-out couch

WHAT THE HOSPITAL PROVIDES:

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Absorbent Pads
 - And I'm not talking about Pantiliners. Like Puppy Training Pads. 
Pantiliners - thick like Depends
Disposable/Mesh Underwear
Pain/itch reliever Spray - perfect for when you need to go Doo-Doo.
Diapers - FREE Diapers!!! 

All of these are a lifesaver. I wouldn’t even bother bringing your own. I found that the pads the hospital provides are more soft than store bought ones. 
Don't be afraid to ask for extras. The Discharge Nurse gave me 2 weeks worth of Pads & Underwear, and 2 packages of Diapers! 

Be sure to leave extra room in your bag (or bring a large reusable bag) for all the goodies.

WISH I HAD PACKED: 

Heating Pad: I use our electric heating pad all the time for head and back aches. I always forget how good they are until you use one! I did use it right when we got home.
Towels: Hospital towels aren't soft, so bring your own if you want something softer. 
Extra long Charger: so it reaches your bed.

Am I missing anything? Let me know! :)