Motherhood,  Pregnancy

Hospital Bag: What I Packed to Keep it Simple

I couldn’t tell you what I packed in our hospital bags when we had our first son, but I can tell you that I’m pretty sure we overpacked. Once I hit around 30 weeks in my second pregnancy, I started thinking about how I wanted to go about it. I knew one thing; I wanted it to be simple. And because I think it might help other pregnant women reach the same goal, I want to share what I packed in our hospital bag.

And if you really love it, I’ve included a free hospital bag checklist at the bottom of this post.

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Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission if you choose to use one of my links to make a purchase, and as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. BUT, I really want you to know that I only mention products/services that I personally use and find beneficial or love! If you do decide to use one of my links, I couldn't be more grateful since it helps me keep this blog up and running! <3

So, what did I pack in my hospital bag?

I didn’t want a bunch of extra stuff in our bags. Having our first gave me a pretty good idea of what I used last time so I based what we packed the second time on the first time.

Here is what I packed for me:

  • 1 nightgown (I suggest one that allows easy access for breastfeeding – mine is a button up)
  • bring home outfit
  • 1 shirt
  • pair of sweatpants
  • 2 pairs of socks (for walking around)
  • 3 pairs of underwear – (expect them to get messy)
  • toothbrush
  • hairbrush
  • toothpaste (travel size)
  • shampoo & condition (both travel size)
  • body wash (travel size)
  • loufa
  • ponytail
  • maternity bra
  • breast pump (in the event baby had a hard time latching)
  • bathing suit (in the event I wanted to use the shower/tub they offered during labor)

I barely wear makeup as so as it is, so I left that out. Some women are adamant about taking theirs with them, which is totally fine. You just have to decide if it should be an important part of your hospital bag.

Now, what about the baby’s Hospital Bag?

Again, I didn’t want to over pack. There are some things you don’t need in excess because the hospital will supply them during your stay. A good example of this is diapers. So keep that in mind when you’re packing. If you’re unsure what they’ll supply your doctor may be able to tell you. Here is what I packed for the baby:

  • wipes
  • diapers (for the car ride home)
  • 1 hat (hospitals usually provide hats there too)
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • bring home outfit
  • 4 onesies (2 pajama style)
  • 1 pair of pants
  • 2 burp rags
  • 2 receiving blankets
  • 1 blanket
  • mittens

I suggest only a few diapers. I packed less than five and we live an hour from the hospital. My plan was to repack the diaper bag after we got home from the hospital because I put my stuff in the same bag as the baby’s stuff. Half of the onesies I packed had the sleeves that could be rolled up over the baby’s little hands. I thought this was perfect because it meant one less thing to pack. And baby’s nails are sharp so they’re notorious for scratching. I made sure to bring a warm and heavy blanket for when we left, especially because I wasn’t sure how the weather would be when the baby decided to come.

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission if you choose to use one of my links to make a purchase, and as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. BUT, I really want you to know that I only mention products/services that I personally use and find beneficial or love! If you do decide to use one of my links, I couldn't be more grateful since it helps me keep this blog up and running! <3

What about my husband’s Hospital Bag?

His was probably the easiest to pack. There’s not much to include since he’s mostly there to support you while you’re in labor, delivering, and spending time with your baby after. Most of your husband’s attention will be on you so he just needs the basic necessities. Here is what I packed for him:

  • change of clothes (pants and shorts)
  • 1 pair of pajamas
  • 2 pairs of underwear
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 2 tank tops
  • facewash
  • loufa
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste (travel size)
  • shampoo and conditioner (travel size)
  • body wash (travel size)

To save space, I planned for us to share the travel size containers of toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. I packed pants and shorts for his change of clothes because of not knowing what the weather would be like in the middle of seasons changing.

Did we really need all the extras in our Hospital Bags?

I knew this was a no for me/us since I wanted to keep things simple.¬†When I was in labor with our first son, I focused on resting. I did bring a book with me but I couldn’t concentrate on reading so I decided to leave that out this time. But, if you want some entertainment then you can consider adding these things to your hospital bag too, but know that you may not end up using them.

  • book
  • headphones
  • magazines
  • computer/tablet

25 things to pack in your hospital bag

There are a few other things you should consider packing in your Hospital Bag or keep close by.

These are things that you will definitely need (mostly). Keep your bags and these things by the door, ready to go.

  • wallet (insurance cards)
  • cell phone charger
  • car seat
  • breast pump

How to make sure you don’t forget anything…

The last thing you’re going to want to do when you’re in labor is think about what you need to pack. So, make sure that you have as much of this done as you can do before labor happens. I think it’s good to have it done by 35-36 weeks just in case you go into labor early.

Before you start, create a list of everything you want to include in each hospital bag. Write it out on a piece of paper. While packing, highlight or cross off the things that you have packed. This way you know what you have and what you need to grab. There may be things you’ll have to grab before making your way to the hospital. Having a list will keep things as stress-free as possible in the hospital bag packing department. You can read more about lists and whatnot here and why I think they’re important.

If you want your very own checklist of what to pack in your hospital bag, then be sure to grab my free Hospital Bag checklist below.

 

 

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