The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist - Mama Bear Bliss

The Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist - Mama Bear Bliss

Heading to the hospital to meet your new bundle is so exciting! Figuring out what to pack in your hospital bag is no easy feat. Especially when you’re preparing for more than just you. I remember thinking it was especially difficult packing my hospital bag for the very first time. I didn’t know what to expect! I wasn’t sure what to pack… or better yet, what to leave at home. My bag was packed, then repacked multiple times. One minute, I think I have everything, then the next, I had too much, then I had too little. Woofta! Packing your baby, in addition to preparing everything for baby at home, is quite the task. This checklist will go through hospital bag must haves for yourself, baby, and dad. Hospital Bag Essentials Hospital bag list for mom Labor and postpartum come with their own set of needs. However, one common trait they both require is comfortable clothing. As a third time mom, my postpartum recovery leggings and silky robe were my saviors. And, if I’m being honest, bring stretchy, cotton undies. I know, I know, granny panties. Trust me, they’re essential. I was surprised to see that the many articles I read prior to packing my hospital bag didn’t suggest a breast hot/cold pack or nursing pads. Without a doubt, pack them both. The hot/cold pack will keep your breasts comfortable if you’re milk comes in early (although generally, your breasts will produce colostrum at the hospital and milk will come after you return home, but it can happen.) Robe. Flipflops. Slippers. Nursing Bra. 2 Nursing Tanks. Nursing Pads. Nipple Cream. Breast hot/cold pack. Breast Pump (just in case). Comfortable, flowy top. Pajama/yoga pants. Granny Panties. Pads. Camera. Phone/phone charger. Insurance card. Photo ID. Snacks. Make up. Toiletries – I brought the following: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, face lotion, face wash, body wash, hair ties, and brush. A few PRO packing tips: I put most of my toiletries in a small bag so that if anything leaked, it wouldn’t spill all over our clothes and other necessities packed! What I love about this all-in-one bag, was having my make up AND toiletries all in one area! When packing valuables like a camera, wrap it in clothes for optimal protection! What to pack in hospital bag for baby Car Seat. Going home outfit. 2 Onesies. Swaddle Blanket. Baby Blanket. Nursing Pillow. Diapers. Wipes. Diaper rash cream. Zip-up Sleepers. Newborn Hat/mittens. Pacifier. During this part of the packing, don’t OVERpack. It’s easy to overthink, but you don’t need much more than what I mentioned above. Your baby is going to sleep quite a bit in the hospital so pack as minimally as possible. The swaddle blankets were my favorite item to bring. Your newborn is going to naturally crave tightness when sleeping since they’re used to being cuddled up in your womb! This sounds a little funny, but the nursing pillow helps in two ways: 1. Obviously, staying as comfortable as possible while breastfeeding your baby. 2. Sitting on during the ride home. When we were on our way home from the hospital, the worst pain I felt post-labor was the hard, rough bumps on the uncomfortable car seat. I finally felt relief when I took our boppy nursing pillow and put it under my bum. Packing the hospital bag for dad I would definitely make sure your significant other has some sort of water bottle and more than a few snacks packed. Hospitals don’t feed you during labor (eeeeek) and your nurses aren’t generally paying attention to anyone else but you in the room. So, make sure he’s prepared for long hours. Have a comfy outfit packed for him too! Here is your FREE Hospital Bag Checklist Printable! This list helped me incredibly when finally packing for the hospital; I hope it helps you the same! What did you pack in your hospital bag that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

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