Deciding what to bring to the hospital for delivery can be a daunting task. It was a daunting task to decide what to pack for a two, possibly three night stay- especially as a first-time mom.
Joshua asked me multiple times—weeks before my due date— if I had packed my hospital bag; every time the answer was the same: No.
Finally, a week before my due date I threw a few items in a bag.
The reality that I was about to give birth overwhelmed me. At the same time, I was in a funk because I had analysis paralysis-I didn’t know what to bring to the hospital and thinking about it overwhelmed me.
The videos I wanted suggested items that seemed overkill—I mean, this wasn’t a spa vacation: why did I need aroma therapy diffusers in my hospital room?
So, in my paralysis, I waited until I began having contractions to pack my bag.
To be honest, this was a nice distraction in the beginning hours of labor.
Whether you wait until you are in labor, or pack weeks in advance (which is probably the better thing to do), the below items are – in hindsight—all I really needed for the hospital.
What to bring to the hospital for delivey
Toothbrush and toothpaste: I preferred to have my own toothbrush and toothpaste.
Shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and soap: I packed small bottles, but it was nice to have a semblance of home– smells that I liked and made me feel like myself when my entire body had just been through a war.
Deodorant. You will be tired and exhausted. You may not want to shower every day. Make sure to have deodorant so you are covered (literally and figuratively).
A lounging outfit for the hospital (if you don’t want to wear the hospital gown). The hospital gown was not that bad. When my friends came, though, this made me feel pretty, comfortable, presentable, and more like me. I used this one. I love the different patterns and the easy access for nursing. It buttoned in the back, so the nurses could easily check me (which happens every few hours post delivery).
Underwear (if you don’t want to wear the mesh underwear the hospital gives you). I actually bought one size up that breathed easily once I was 30 weeks pregnant. I was hot all of the time and this underwear was affordable and breathed easily.
A phone charger. You will be using your phone take pictures of your baby and to tell people your exciting news!
Your cell phone. I used my phone to listen to music during labor and delivery. If you decide to do this, I would bring a speaker.
An outfit to come home in. I just wore my lounge wear in this pink pattern.
Makeup (for when people visit). I found the make-up was really for me. Putting on make-up made me feel more put together and alert, so this was nice simply for my own emotional well-being; A semblance of normalcy and put-together-ness amidst a time of no normal and complete exhaustion.
This is it. And even the lounge wear, underwear, and makeup are debatable.
The hospital gives you everything you need. It is nice to know that if you mess anything up, it is okay; you won’t be taking it home.
Note: The mesh underwear at the hospital was a MUST for my entire stay… and even a few weeks after I returned home.
So, there you have it.
Less was more when it came to what I packed. I already had so much swirling through my mind with a new baby– the last thing I needed to have to worry about was whether I grabbed all of my hospital items.
To learn what I suggest for baby’s bag, check out my article, “What to pack for baby’s arrival at the hospital”.
To learn what the hospital provides, check out my article, “What the hospital provides”.
Let me know your thoughts? What are things that were must-haves for your time in the hospital?