One of the most fun and exciting times for a new mom-to-be is packing the hospital bag. Preparing the hospital bag signals your precious bundle will be making his or her first appearance soon. Carefully choosing the items and organizing them into your bag feels so magical. As you and your partner choose the perfect outfit for baby to come home in, your heart swells with love and excitement–and then so does the hospital bag. Because, what these first time moms don’t usually realize is they are often drastically overpacking, or forgetting important essentials!
Us Mama Wolves are all about making things EASIER for mama. So here is a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to packing the hospital bag. Read our list, and download and print our handy PDF so you don’t find yourself with a bag full of things you don’t need, and a huge chore of unpacking and laundering when you get home!
Do: For The Mama
- Have a support system in place for you and your partner. That means, if possible, have a babysitter arranged, as well as someone who can bring you anything you may have left behind.
- Pack bag around 37 weeks, 35 if your doctor has given you reason you may deliver early.
- Call the hospital and find out what they provide.
- Bring breast pads.
- Bring a nursing bra and or tank.
- Bring going home clothes (Make sure they are loose and comfortable).
- Bring Snacks and drinks.
- Bring cellphone, laptop and chargers.
- Bring the birth plan, ID, and insurance cards.
- Toiletries: Prescription medicines, Deodorant, Lip balm, hair ties, glasses/contacts, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, face wash/cream, nipple cream.
- Bring massage oil or lotion.
- Bring an eye Mask and Ear Plugs for light sleepers.
Do: For Dad–yes, dad will need some stuff too (this could be whomever the birth partner is, grandma, friend…etc.)
- Bring a change of clothes and pajamas.
- Bring snacks and drinks.
- Bring Swim trunks for shower/tub.
- Bring Cellphone, laptop and chargers.
- Bring Camera/Camcorder and chargers/batteries.
- Toiletries: Prescription medicines, deodorant, glasses/contacts, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner.
Do: For Baby
- Bring a pacifier (if you choose to use one).
- Pack going home outfit.
- Bring seasonally appropriate clothing (hats for winter, short sleeves for summer…etc.).
- Carseat (but don’t install it–just put it in the car when yo leave for the hospital).
- Bring a seasonal appropriate blanket.
Don’t: For everyone
- Bring extra blankets, pillows –This is just extra laundry to do at home! We found that we were fine with the hospital pillows and blankets, we were too exhausted to care!
- Bring extra clothes, pajamas –Bring one pair of extra clothes, but this isn’t a Beyonce concert! You’ll also still have the clothes you arrived in) We way overpacked! We just stayed in the hospital gown, it made breastfeeding easier!
- Slippers (Hospital should have no-skid socks).
- Yoga Ball (Hospital should have a few of these).
- Nursing Pillow (Hospital Should have these as well).
- Diapers (Hospital should have).
- Pads (Hospital should have pads for the mama).
- Extra blankets/swaddles–We just used what the hospital had and only dressed baby and used babies blanket when leaving the hospital.
There you have fellow mama, a clear cut list of what is needed and isn’t needed in your hospital bag. But wait! There is more, just for reading our article today we have provided you with a FREE printable PDF checklist to make packing your bag easier on you! Because as you all know, we are all about making things EASY!