Being that this is my 3rd time packing for a 3 night, 4 day stay in the hospital (I have C-Sections), I feel well prepared for what’s to come and know just what I need for our time there! I wouldn’t say that I over-pack but I definitely like having my stuff with me so I don’t take advantage of a few items that they provide (such as feminine pads and pillows)- I prefer to bring my own. These are my hospital bag must-haves, tips and suggestions!
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Pillow (not pictured)- I sleep better with my pillow. Period. It may be bulky but it is totally worth bringing; especially for C-Section mamas who are there for more than 1 night!
Toiletry Bag: In my toiletry bag, you will find- Toothbrush, toothpaste, Q-Tips, face-wash, cream, body & face soap, eye makeup remover, chap-stick, shampoo/conditioner, hairspray, hair ties, nursing pads (Lansinoh is my fav), feminine pads, deodorant, perfume.
Pajamas- Loose pajamas are a must-have and if you plan to nurse, pajamas that have easy access is even better!
Robe- Nice to have for the early morning and late evenings when visitors aren’t around and you’re just lounging in your room with your new baby!
Clothes- (Orange Sweatsuit & Yoga Pants & T-Shirt) Bring clothes that won’t make you feel gross about your belly. You will most likely look around 5 months pregnant after delivery so wraps, cardigans & loose fitting button downs are always nice to have.
Socks- Whatever time of year it is, you’ll want to pack comfy socks; whatever ‘comfy’ is to you. I like tight, ankle socks and packed 4 pair.
Nursing Bras/Nursing Sport Bras- If you plan to nurse, having a nursing bra with you is good to have.
Full Bum Underwear- Hey thong mamas ; ) It won’t happen. Buy some cotton full bum underwear. End of discussion.
Note-Pad & Pen- You will need this next to your bed for little notes, reminders, info, etc. Even to use as a temporary journal for yourself!
Your Favorite Snack- Though you won’t be able to eat during labor or for some time after a C-Section, you’ll find yourself wanting your favorite snack when the time comes to eat! For me, I wanted a pack of Lance Toasty Peanut Butter Crackers and packed a box for our stay!
Make-Up Bag- Yes, I’m one of ‘those moms’ that has to have my make-up bag with me. I’m there for 3 nights, 4 days and a little make-up goes a long way in how I feel so I definitely suggest to other moms that they bring it along!
Flip-Flops- While some say to pack slippers, I say pack flip-flops! For my first delivery, I brought slippers and ended up throwing them away when I got home because of how dirty and germy they felt from walking around in the hospital in them for 4 days. For my 2nd birth (& this one), I packed flip-flops. Not only did I wear them in the shower but I wore them around the room as well when I wasn’t in bed.
Chap-Stick (in little polka dot bag)- Hospitals are dry. Chapped and cracked lips are no fun! Bring a handful of your favorite chap-sticks; my fav is softlips!
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2-3 Swaddle Blankets- aden + anais are my favorite
Boppy Pillow- Even though I won’t be using this around my belly (to nurse) after having a C-Section, many moms love having it with them to assist with nursing. I remember Roman laying on it when I got to the recovery room and I was thankful to have it!
Nursing Cover- If you are like me, you may not want to uncover your breasts in front of men and women to nurse every 2-3 hours. I imagine us having a lot of visitors so I’m bringing my nursing cover that I have from the boys.
Diaper Clutch- You won’t need diapers and wipes in the hospital but its good to have a couple of diapers and wipes with you for the ride home! If you forget, no worries; the hospital will be more than happy to supply you with some when you leave!
Going Home Outfit- 1 for boy, 1 for girl (Honestly… I packed a few more outfits since I’ll be in the hospital for 3/4 days) but if you are having a vaginal delivery, you really only need 1-2 outfits! Something cozy for the first day and a going home outfit for the next.
Hat- 1 for boy, 1 for girl
Car-seat & Blanket (not pictured)- Make sure your car-seat is properly installed before bringing baby home and bring along a light or heavy blanket (depending on the weather) as babies are much more sensitive to the outside air no matter what time of year it is.
iPad and/or Laptop
Video Camera (if your camera doesn’t take video)
Chargers: Cell Phone Charger, iPad and/or Laptop Charger, Camera Charger
Extra batteries (if your camera takes batteries)
Did I miss anything? What else would you include/exclude? I’d love for you to comment below!