Monday, February 23, 2015

Pregnancy Hospital Bag Packing List

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Here you are reaching the end of your pregnancy dying to know what your new bundle of joy is going to look like when he/she arrives into this crazy world, but first you want to make sure you have everything you need for both you and your baby before labor begins.  I gave birth to my first child December 2013. My water broke just before midnight and we welcomed her into the world about 3 hours later.  She was 8 days early and boy was I glad we already had our bags packed and ready to go, now here I am 14 months later and 36 weeks pregnant with baby #2 packed and ready to go for whenever he decides to make his way into the world.

I'm one of those people who tends to overpack for vacations because you never know what the weather is going to be like or where you will end up so when it was time for me to start packing for the hospital I had no idea what to put in my bag. Being the first of my friends to get pregnant, I couldn't go to them for advice and oh how times have changed since my mom and grandmother gave birth so I resulted to google searches only to find a few lists that contain barely nothing or a bunch of things I knew I wouldn't need like a hair dryer ...FAIL... so I ended up winging it and once it was all said and done I barely used anything I had packed in my bag. This time around I packed a lot less (to an extent) and a lot faster since I literally just did this a few months ago. Now I'm sitting here awaiting the arrival of baby #2 and I figured I'd share a list of what to pack just incase you're in my boat the first time around and have no idea...


When to Pack your Bag:

I packed my bags several weeks ago because I'm ready for him to be out and I have a feeling he's going to come early but the best time to pack a hospital bag would be around 35-36 weeks of pregnancy. This way you aren't sitting there staring at them forever only making you more impatient for the arrival of your baby, you most likely have already had a baby shower so should have everything you need, plus the doctors will usually allow the baby to come around 35-36 weeks if they decide to make an early appearance.


What to Pack:

Literally all you need is a change of clothes for you and the baby to come home in, a picture ID and insurance cards. The hospital supplied everything else from diapers to a mini set of shower supplies waiting for me when I got in the room. I was surprised that they supplied pretty much everything without me asking so if you don't have time to pack a bag, the hospital will most likely supply you with it, but using your own shampoo and toothbrush will help you feel more comfortable those 3+ days you're at the hospital.

 ***UPDATE: My sweet baby boy arrived two weeks early so thank goodness I already had my bags packed. The hospital I delivered my son at was different than the one I delivered my daughter at. This hospital (St. Joseph East) did not supply me with toiletries like the other one did. I'm sure if I asked they could of brought me some but I already had some packed so I wasn't worried about it. 


    During Labor:

  • Picture ID (drivers license)
  • Insurance Cards
  • Camera & Charger
  • Something to keep you occupied/relaxed if it's a long labor (book, magazine, coloring book, cards, iPod, phone, pillow, etc...)


    For You:
  • 1-2 Nightgown/Pajama's
  • Comfortable Nursing Bra/Sports Bra 
    • Your breast will most likely be tender whether you choose to breast feed or not, plus your going to be laying in a bed for a few days so push up bras are a definate NO.
  • Nursing Pads 
    • My milk came in the second day so I was leaking through my nightgown. The hospital supplied me with a manual breast pump that I packed this time incase the same thing happens.
  • 2-3 pairs of Socks 
    • The hospital will supply you with a pair of socks
  • Old/Cheap Underwear 
    • The hospital supplies you with several mesh panties that are great because they stretch not putting pressure on you and you can throw them away so you don't have to worry about ruining your own underwear.
    • The hospital supplies you with huge pads that reminded me of mini life boats but they definitely come in handy and they supply stuff to help relief the swelling down below but make sure you have several pads waiting for you at home.
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor, lotion, deodorant, chap stick, hair brush, hair band, head band, make-up and perfume (not recommended because the sent may mess with your new baby)
  • Going Home Outfit
    • I walked out of the hospital wearing black sweat pants, flip flops, one of my husband's t-shirts and a coat. There is no need to pack anything nice for you because it will probably get ruined, plus who are you trying to impress? 
    • Also remember that you will still look like you're a couple months pregnant so make sure your going home outfit is loose.
  • Cell Phone & Charger

  


Your Partner:

  • 2-3 Comfortable Outfits
    • They will be doing a lot of standing/walking around and sleeping in the uncomfortable hospital bed/chair.
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, body wash, razor, and deodorant
  • Picture ID 
  • Money for food just incase 
  • Cell Phone & Charger

  


Your Baby: 

  • Hospital Picture Outfit (this can be the same as the going home outfit)
  • Going Home Outfit
    • I packed a couple different size outfits (NB, 0-3M, 3M) because you never know how big or small your baby is going to be. 
    • Baby Scratch Mittens 
    • Socks - They can act as scratch mittens as well if you don't want to buy any.
  • Pacifier if you don't want to use the hospital pacifier
  • Blanket
    • The hospital supplies you with thin receiving blankets but I recommend bringing a warmer blanket for your baby for the car ride home.
  • Carseat: you cannot take your baby home if you don't have a carseat properly installed.

The hospital will supply you with diapers, wipes, body wash, pacifier, booger sucker, receiving blankets, white baby shirt, baby hat, etc... I packed a mini lotion, wash rag, Wubanub, few diapers and wipes just incase I needed them. Also an emery board incase the babies nails are long.



   Optional:

  • Boppy Pillow/Nursing Pillow: If you have a toddler, this may come in handy if they want to hold their sibling.
  • Shower Shoes: because you don't know what's touched that nasty floor.
  • Pillow & Blanket: To make you more comfortable or for your partner thats sleeping in the chair.
  • Snacks: The hospital I had my first baby at supplied the family with complementary snacks and drinks but I hear not all hospitals do that so pack your own or bring money for the vending machine/food court.
  • Medications: I could be wrong but I don't think the hospital wants you to bring in medications. This includes vitamins. If you need medications talk to your doctor and I'm sure they will supply you with them.
  • Gift for the Siblings: I'm not doing this because my daughter is only 14 months old and probably won't have any idea whats going on other than pointing and saying "bay-bay" but I've been told that it's nice to have something small for the new baby/parents to give the older siblings so they don't feel left out and forgotten in all the maddness.

There isn't a ton room in the hospital rooms so don't bring a bunch of bags and extra stuff because it will only take up space making it feel more crowded if you have visitors. Also, leave some room in your bags for everything you're going to get at the hospital (pads, mesh panties, toiletries, diapers, wipes, baby blanket, water jug, etc..). They're just going to throw it away due to sanitary guidelines so you might as well take it!

Remember what I said before,  literally all you need is a change of clothes for you and the baby to come home in, a picture ID and insurance cards. The hospital supplies pretty much everything else. I hope this blog helps you when packing your Pregnancy Hospital Bag. Congratulations and Good Luck!!!

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