Packing your hospital bag should be very simple and doesn’t need a ton of planning. The hospital provides a lot of the essentials for both you and baby during your stay so you really won’t need much.
Majority of new moms overpack the necessities due to a fear of the unknown. You rather be overprepared rather than underprepared. But because hospitals provide so much for us mommies, there’s a lot you can cross off your list.
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. Then when you get to the hospital you’ll realize you barely needed a lot of those things. And you’ll ask your partner to take it all back and bring you something else when they go home for a shower, to eat, or to nap.
What the Hospital PRovides for You
Hospitals are responsible for suiting the major needs of their patients. It’s not like going to a hotel where they pamper you but they will be providing a lot of your needs.
Depending on the kind of hospital you will be delivering at, they will provide more or less all your basic needs for the entire delivery process as well as your stay afterwards.
- Hospital Gown
- Blankets and Pillow
- Hospital Socks
- Special Underwear and Pads (it’s weird at first but so necessary)
- 3 Meals a Day
- Cup for Water or Ice
- Some Bathroom Essentials (depending on the hospital)
- Breast Pump, Bottles, and Parts
Rooms should also have a TV if you need some background noise or can’t sleep between everything going on.
what the Hospital Provides for Baby
Before giving birth, I didn’t realize how much hospitals actually provide and actually give away for baby care. Hospitals cover 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 baby formula if needed- just make sure to check the expiration.
Bassinets come packed with diapering needs and clothing for your stay and extra for you to keep. Nurses will even teach you how to change a diaper and try to help you nurse your child.
Even if your child ends up in the NICU, they will provide absolutely 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.
This is the perfect time for you to break into your new diaper bag. It will be your first experience using it as a purse for you as well as for your baby’s necessities.
Some moms bring clothing for after the delivery to be more comfortable.
No one is expecting you to look your best, and trust me you might feel like a hot mess after delivery. But you might consider doing some sort of photoshoot while at the hospital, in which case you may want a different outfit.
For comfort, the tops items you should bring include socks, slippers or sandals, and a good jacket or robe.
If you plan to nurse, you may need things like nipple cream, nursing bras, and maybe breast shells for cracked nipples– check out my nursing essentials post. The hospital can provide a pump, milk storage, and bottles if needed.
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.
A few snacks and water for you and your partner may also come in handy.
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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.