Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Growing Peanut: The Hospital Bag

I wrote this way back in March and never got around to publishing it, you know for obvious reasons. Since I'd already almost finished this one, I figured why not. If you're looking for some other resources for ideas of what to pack for your hospital trip, there are a couple of links at the bottom of the post.

I'd like to think that I'm pretty good at packing. I rarely bring more than I need to and I've never left anything important behind. When it came time to figure out what I would need for my hospital bag, I started by asking an equally pregnant friend where she found her checklist. After that, I set about refining the list for my own purposes and then consulted another friend who has done this a few times.

Ultimately, this is what I ended up with after taking into consideration that my hospital is in a major city and that it's also only 15 minutes from our house. I've added some notes about what I actually used and what I could have done without.


  • Maternity PJ pants for lounging around when/if there are visitors. 
    • I didn't use this. I could hardly get out of bed for the first two days postpartum.  2.5 hours of labor and a vacuum assist makes for one hell of a sore set of pelvic floor muscles.
  • Fleecy Robe from the clearance rack at Target - capable of being sacrificed if necessary
    • Extremely useful item, very glad I took it. Hospital gowns never close enough in the back and are so not warm enough.
  • Two pairs of cheap sticky footed socks - also capable of being sacrificed
    • Did not need to bring these! Hospital provided.
  • Nursing nightgown
    • I used this my last night at the hospital and it was a huge relief to be able to put on clothing that wasn't the hospital gown.
  • Nursing bra and underpants 
    • I used the nursing bra for sure. I just don't like going without a bra so the cheap cotton ones I got from Target worked great. As far as underpants, I didn't need to pack them because the hospital provided plenty of mesh ones.
  • Cheap flip-flops for showering
  • Expandable bag for bringing home anything that the hospital allows me to take.
    • Definitely useful! 
Baby Stuff

  • One gender neutral (super cute) froggy sleep'n'play with matching mittens and hat for bringing the baby home
    • I bought this in a 0-3 size and it was huge on Cecilia, who was only 19" at birth.
  • One swaddle blanket
  • Baby's first squirrel stuffed animal (this is totally frivolous, I know, but still bringing it!)
  • A tiny tube of Aquaphor to help with that first yucky diaper
    • Not really necessary for us. Cecilia pooped three times before she was even handed over to us and all her meconium poops were handled by Eric. Hehehehe.
  • Approved car seat already installed in the car (not pictured, duh)
  • Click-in stroller for the car seat.
    • Both the car seat and the click-in stroller were very handy for leaving the hospital.
  • Car Seat safe cover to keep the little Peanut toasty (not pictured, because it's in the car)
    • Used a hospital blanket and swaddle blanket instead.

  • Chromebook and charger
  • Camera, both lenses and USB cable
  • Extra memory card
I didn't use a single one of these items during my stay in the hospital. I was far too exhausted to get up and take nice pictures of her after birth. I spent all of my time staring at the cute baby and attempting to sleep.

Personal Hygiene Products

  • Toothpaste, disposable toothbrush and floss
  • Chapstick
  • Travel sizes of all my favorite shower products
  • Hair elastics
  • Bag to carry it all in
I ended up using all of my basic toiletries. That first postpartum shower was the best.
  • My preferred brand of heavy flow sanitary pads in case I hate the hospital maternity pads
    • Didn't need these because of this! I didn't have any foam though.
  • Depends for if I hate the mesh underpants that much
    • The mesh underpants from the hospital were great, didn't need these.

Not Pictured for Obvious Reasons
  • Marriage license - I doubt that I'll need this but in choosing not to take Eric's last name, sometimes I have to prove that we're really married.
    • Didn't need, but still glad I had it in my important documents.
  • Birth Preferences Sticky Note and important health facts (blood type, etc.)
  • Insurance information
  • Driver's license
Other Resources