When I was preparing for Bryant’s birth, I looked up a lot of information about what to bring to the hospital, and I was honestly shocked at how extra some of these mommas were. No offense to any of my mom friends who brought everything but the kitchen sink with them to the hospital, but I felt like all I needed were the basic essentials.
Of course, this is just one new mom’s opinion, but I wanted to share what I needed and actually used in the hospital!
The Bag: Buffalo Plaid Weekender
The bag came from Jane.com but in case it isn’t available anymore here is the same bag from a different site: Buffalo Plaid Overnight Bag
I loved this bag. It was really big inside and I loved the buffalo plaid design. At this point, we still didn’t know the gender of Baby Harpe, so I wanted something gender neutral, but also stylish. I was really happy with this bag! I did end up having to pack 2 bags, but this one held most of my stuff, and the other bag was just for my toiletries/makeup (yes, I did my makeup almost every day in the hospital— don’t judge).
I know this seems really random, but hear me out. Once I got my epidural, I coudn’t eat or drink anything and my mouth was SO DRY. The chapstick distracted me from my inevitable death by dehydration, but also kept my lips moist when ice chips just weren’t cutting it. I personally love Carmex, but you do you.
Again, I realize that this is so random, but I have a great explanation. I hate sleeping in socks, and I really don’t like wearing them underneath a blanket either. I just get so hot and I cannot deal. So, flip flops were great to have by the bed to put on quickly when I went to the bathroom or had to do my twice-daily walks around the maternity hall. Also, my feet stayed swollen for a few days after I gave birth, so the flip flops were the most comfortable thing for me! I just got some basic flip flops from Old Navy.
Obviously, putting on a bra after you deliver a baby doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing in the world, but you gotta do it. So, I wanted to find some bras that were comfortable and supportive and these bras were THE BEST. They were comfortable like a sports bra, but gave good support at the same time. I didn’t breastfeed, but they have a clip that gives you easy access for nursing, too! I was so pleased with them, and I still wear them postpartum. Win-Win!
Loose Night Gowns
I get very hot when I sleep, so I wanted loose and thin pajamas to wear in the hospital. I also wanted something long enough that everything would be covered when we had visitors. I loved these gowns. I got one in grey and one in navy. Like I said earlier, I didn’t nurse, but these have easy breastfeeding access, too!
High Wasted Pajama Pants
I absolutely love these pajama pants and have already ordered another pair post-partum. They are high waisted so they were comfortable even with my c-section incision, and they have so many cute designs to choose from! I will say, if you order these, they run extremely small. Based on other customer reviews, I ordered 2 sizes up from my regular size and they fit me perfectly. Just a heads up!
So, for the times that I wanted to look a little more put together for visitors, both in the hospital and at home, I wanted a pretty robe. I LOVE this robe and I still wear it all the time. Again, I am hot-natured, so I didn’t want anything plush or thick, so this was perfect. They have so many different designs on Amazon, too which I loved!
Folder, Notebook, & Pens
So, maybe I am just a little bit extra because I bought a set of folders that matched my overnight bag… Oops! :) But, even if you don’t order a special set, you will probably need a something like a folder to keep all your paperwork in! I felt like the nurses were constantly giving us paperwork and information, so I was glad I had something to put it all in. I also suggest bringing a notebook and some pens to write stuff down, because sometimes it is straight up information overload in there! And trust me, you will not remember anything they say, no matter how hard you try…
I only brought Bryant’s coming home outfit with us to the hospital and I honestly don’t know what I was thinking. Thankfully my mom went to our house and brought back some outfits, socks, hats and blankets for us to use in the hospital. They did give us a few onesies, a pair of socks and a little cap, but it was nothing cute or cozy like we had for him at home! I suggest bringing at least 5 or 6 pajamas or outfits for your baby, just so you can have backup for the (inevitable) spit up/blow outs/etc.
I know this probably seems like it’s not necessary, and I realize you may not want to bring a 24 pack of water bottles with you to the hospital. I actually had to get a friend to go get a pack of water bottles for us to keep in the room, but I suggest having a game plan for this. There’s only so many times you can ask the nurse for an 8oz styrofoam cup of ice water, before you realize you’re single handedly destroying the ozone layer. I was SO THIRSTY after delivery and I was so happy to have bottled water easily accessible.
Phone Charger with an Extension Cord
Bringing your phone charger may seem like an obvious thing, but the extension cord: WHAT A REVELATION. You never know how many outlets will be in your room or how close to the bed they will be, so come prepared!
I really hope someone finds this list helpful! I remember packing my bag the week before my due date… I (thought) I was ready!
Of course, there are so many things you may have taken with you that I left out or things on my list that you think are unnecessary… So, let me know in the comments! What are your hospital bag must haves?!