Less is more when it comes to packing your delivery hospital bag. The hospital stay is short and the hospital provides most of the things you need. Also, the hospital is gross, there’s a lot of shuffling and people coming in and out of your room, so definitely not a place where you’d want your nice things to get ruined or lost. You can’t get too comfortable in your labor and delivery room either, because they move you to a new room after baby is out so don’t unpack all your stuff once you get there. Childbirth and baby’s first few days are overwhelming, and the last thing you want to worry about is your stuff.
Here’s my list:
- Flip flops for the shower
- Zip up hoodie
- Coming home outfit for you and baby
- A couple of shirts, pants, PJ’s, socks, for dad
- Your favorite chapstick
- Hair ties
- Travel-size lotion you like
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Body wash or soap you like
- Shampoo and conditioner – I mean real wet shampoo – taking that first nice shower feels amazing
- Face wash and face lotion
- Makeup: This might sound dumb. I’m not saying bring your whole Kaboodle, but it definitely made me feel better to shower and put on a little powder foundation, blush, mascara and lipgloss a day after delivery the first time around. The second time, this got left behind since I went straight from my clinic to the OR for c-section. My poor post-call hubby already had to meet his crazy, laboring-while-seeing-patients wife and the last thing he needed to figure out was whether I’d be feeling NARS vs Becca blush. I actually did miss it, though.
- Towel from home – Another thing I missed the second time. The hospital towel made me choose between covering my boobs or my butt – not an easy or fun decision.
- Sleep mask! Hubby brought mine on night #2, and it made a HUGE difference. We all know which one I love.
- Boppy pillow with slipcover and waterproof liner
- 1-2 nursing gowns – I felt like this was way more comfortable than PJ pants/shorts since there is so much going on…down there…I keep reading to pack the softest, fanciest PJ’s ever on other lists. I disagree. Once done with nursing, I wanted to throw all my clothes away (and I mostly did). Tossing $100 PJ’s would be painful. I have a couple of these:
- A few snacks – no one needs a hangry husband!
- Phone charger
- List of important delivery info: pediatrician name and number, cord blood choices, etc. – do not expect your husband or mom to remember these details
There are other things you will need but should be provided by the hospital:
- Maxi pads
- Large water cup
- Mesh undies
- Sticky, non-slip socks
- Sleepsack for baby