Hospital Bags

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I started packing up our hospital bags a few weeks ago, but I think I've finally got everything all crossed off the packing list. At least I hope so...

Checklist for My Bag:

  • Insurance Card
  • Hospital Registration form (I mailed ours in early just to be safe)
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • Flip Flops (a lot of lists I found said house shoes you'd throw away, but that seemed wasteful)
  • Posh Pusher (or a robe if you prefer)
  • 2-3 Nursing bras, undies
  • Disposable nursing pads
  • Burt's Bees Chapstick
  • Toiletry Bag (dry shampoo, toothpaste and brush, hairbrush, contact supplies, glasses, makeup, hair ties, bobby pins, Sweatyband, lotion, hairspray, razor...I got all travel sized what I could)
  • Snacks for the hubs (Peanut butter, Mojo bars, granola bars, etc)
  • Cell phone and camera chargers 
  • Camera, video and digital
  • 2 outfits for Juston
  • PJ's for Juston
  • 2 outfits for me
  • Going home outfit...I just brought an empire-waisted, black maxi dress
  • Nightgown (preferably with snaps or buttons on front if you plan to breast feed)
  • Extra change of clothes that are nursing-friendly
  • Breast Pump
  • Books (I've got the new ones by Mary Kay Andrews and Karen White packed up)
  • Jumbo, ginormously huge maxi pads that I've been told are a necessity. I haven't seen a pad since I was 12!

Checklist for Baby Girls Bag:

  • Boppy Pillow
  • White side button tops... I added some cloth flowers I made to the buttons just to add something to her plain white kimono top :)
  • Pink and white beanie cap (paranoid, I know, but I wanted her to have a different hat than any other baby would)
  • Burp cloth
  • Bib
  • Blanket my niece and nephew made and instructed me to bring ;)
  • 1 preemie sized outfit, 1 newborn sized outfit
  • Going home dress with bonnet my sister made
  • Muslin swaddling blanket
  • Receiving Blanket
  • Sanitizing wipes for anyone planning to touch her haha
  • Mittens for her hands
  • 2-3 sensitive skin diapers (I know the hospital provides these, but in case we need to stop on the car ride home, better safe than sorry)
  • Car Seat (obviously not pictured since it's already fastened up in my car)
  • Her diaper bag has a built in paci holder, dirty clothes pouch and changing pad

I'm well aware that I'm an over-packer and the hospital will supply a lot of what I'm bringing most likely, but I like having my own stuff that I know I've washed, ironed, etc.  I've already gone ahead and put her boppy pillow, car seat and hospital bag in the trunk of the car. Our toiletry bags will get thrown into our bag on the way our the door, which is where the bag currently sits, for us to grab on the way out when the time comes. We have packed it along to both of our last two check-ups just to be safe since our hospital is a little more than an hour away.  I can't think of anything else any of the three of us would need to bring, but any suggestions to make life easier through this whole process are much appreciated!


  1. I always bring snacks for myself. My midwife was fine with me eating during labor, and if I didn't then, I definitely wanted my own things postpartum. Hospital food is ick and I'd just gone through the most intense work-out of my life!

    1. That's a great thought, thank you! I'll need a bigger bag yet! haha

  2. Make sure you have enough room to bring extra things home. Some friends and family will bring you gifts and you also will get alot of things from the hospital, like diapers, formula, BIG PADS (hate to say it but you will appreciate having them). Good luck!

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  4. Thank you so much for the hospital bag list. It feels good knowing that I'm not the only over-packer out there.

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