If you’re worried about packing your hospital bag, don’t. It should be very simple and doesn’t need a ton of planning.
If you’re like me, you will come up with a list of what you need and maybe a few little extras to be comfortable. And then when you get to the hospital you’ll realize you barely needed a lot of those things and you ask your partner to take it all back and bring you something else when they goes home for a shower, to eat, or to nap.
The hospital provides a lot of essential things so you don’t really need a lot.
What the Hospital PRovides for You
Gown, blankets and pillow, socks, special underwear and pads (its weird but so necessary), 3 meals a day, cup for water or ice, and some a few bathroom essentials.
They can provide you with a hospital grade breast pump as well and bottles and parts during your stay, some of which you get to keep.
Your room should also have a TV if you need some background noise.
what the Hospital Provides for Baby
Pretty much everything!
Your child will be diapered, clothed and swaddled at all times without you needing to bring or provide any of these things. They can also provide formula for baby.
If your child ends up in the NICU, they will provide everything. They may even let you take some extra onesies and blankets home and they will definitely send you home with diapers, wipes, and formula if your baby needs it.
Your Packing Essentials
What you really need to pack are things for yourself.
On average, mommy and baby will be at the hospital for 2-3 days and you will be wearing a hospital gown for most of that time.
You can bring clothing for after the delivery to be more comfortable but its not like you’re going to look your best anyway, unless you plan on doing professional photos while at the hospital.
You will, however, want socks, slippers or sandals, and a good jacket.
Bring your addictive devices (phones, tablets) and chargers for all those baby pics and to watch Netflix of course.
Pack your basic toiletries, like your toothbrush, deodorant, and things for the shower if you choose not to use what the hospital provides for you.
And you will need some essentials for nursing if you plan to nurse (things like nipple cream and nursing bras- check out my nursing essentials post). If you need to pump they will provide everything you need for that.
You can bring a few snacks and water for you and your partner.
Essentially your bag should cover the basics of a sleepover and a comfortable outfit to go home in for you and baby. And don’t forget the carseat!
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What were your favorite things to have at the hospital with you?
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My name is Paula and I’m a mom of two scrumptious cuties. Thanks Mommy Blog became a project for me to help guide other new moms and current moms through any of my own personal experiences and struggles. My hobbies include singing, doing jigsaw puzzles, baking, designing and trying to stay creative.