Hospital Bag: What You Really Need to Pack
Mommas, who else out there has thought for months about what to exactly pack in your hospital bag? Now that the countdown to our sweet baby girls arrival date is coming, I am sharing exactly what I am planning to pack in my hospital bag.
We have less than a week until baby sister gets here and honestly I am still in shock ha. I feel like it literally snuck up on me as crazy as that sounds. I decided that it was probably time to pack my hospital bag, ya know just in case I happen to go into labor on my own. When I had King I swear I took everything with me and honestly didn’t use much of it so with baby sister I have really tried to only pack the necessities so I don’t take a ton of extra things with me and it will make unpacking/laundry a tiny bit easier when we get home.
|| 1 A Delivery Gown ||
Some of you may know and others may not, that I am a nurse. I work pediatric home care now, but did a ton of hours at the hospital to get my license. With working so many hours at the hospital, there is just something about hospital gowns and knowing all the different possibilities that can happen with them that just isn’t my favorite. Plus I don’t feel very comfortable in them either. I knew with this baby I wanted to have a delivery gown, but I wanted something that would truly be functional and with nursing experience I know that there a few things that have to be a must in a hospital gown and why they use them. I researched a lot and found this Kindred Bravely gown and it hit all the points that I knew that it had to have. First off the shoulders have snaps to them so your IV can go through them, genius right!? My second favorite part of it is that it velcro’s all the way down so it can be easily removed and they even thought to do velcro that sticks to itself/folds over so it won’t stick to everything that it touches. It is comfortable and so much cuter than the regular gown that they have you wear so I am super excited to give it a run and let you guys know how it works!
After you have your baby you are going to take pictures in the hospital, it is just how it goes right? I want to feel good in what I am wearing after I have the baby, be comfortable, and have it be functional to be able to nurse in. These pajamas are the softest thing that I have ever felt, they are nursing friendly, and I think they are stunning. The cross over detail on the chest is super flattering and they are perfect to wear after having the baby & for months/years to come!
|| 3 NURSING BRA ||
When I had King I took a nursing bra that was slightly padded, clipped up and down, etc. I regretted it the second that I put it on. I needed something more like a sports bra, something comfortable and not fussy. I knew the first thing that I needed when I started planning my hospital bag was a good comfortable nursing bra. This bra is super crazy soft like the pajamas, pulls over, and is more like a sports bra. Let’s be honest your boobs change a lot the first couple weeks you have a baby. Your milk is coming in, your body is regulating, and you need something that will allow all of that and this bra is perfection for it.
|| 4 NURSING PADS ||
I didn’t pack any nursing pads when I had King and I regretted it. I needed something to soothe my nipples and to keep me from leaking through my shirt (yes it happened that quick for me with King). I opted for reusable nursing pads with this baby because they are so much softer and hello you can save so much money by washing them and re-using them! Plus these came with a darling bag that I can keep in my diaper bag for when we are out and they need to be swapped.
|| 5 TOILTERIES ||
These are a must, a couple days before my induction date I start putting the things that I use in the morning in my makeup bag so it is packed and I don’t have to think about packing. I use the product (toothbrush, deodorant, etc.) and then put it in the bag. It makes sure that I have everything because as I use it I pack it, but it doesn’t over complicate things either!
|| 6 ADULT DIAPERS ||
These are a must if you ask me. I snagged the Always brand but I don’t think there is a right or wrong brand. Just snag yourself some adult diapers to put those big ‘ol pads in after you have the baby and I promise you that it will be so much better than the mesh panties that they have for you at the hospital, PROMISE!!
|| SOME THINGS THAT AREN’T A NECESSITY BUT ARE GOOD TO HAVE ||
Gripper socks – The hospital socks are super uncomfortable and they won’t let you walk around without having grips on the bottom so you don’t slip and fall. This pair is super comfortable and they have the funniest sayings on the bottom which I love.
Laundry Bag – This will make unpacking so much simpler if you have all your dirty stuff together. If you snag the right one like this one you can wash your nursing bras and nursing pads in there! I love that this one is big enough that I can fit a couple bras and some nursing pads in it.
Phone Charger – If you don’t have this it won’t be the end of the world, but it is for sure something that I will be packing!
Computer & Charger – I am going to try to get some things done work wise while I am getting antibiotics, but others love to watch Netflix, etc.
Camera & Charger/Extra Battery – You will want your camera, this is a huge day in not only your life but your little ones too! Make sure to pack the charger for the battery, extra battery, and an extra memory card too!