After my doctor’s appointment this week, things got real. This baby is coming soon. I needed to whip myself into shape and start packing my bags for the upcoming trip to the hospital. I know everyone is pregnant, so I wanted to help you out with a little what to pack inspiration/real life need!
Obviously you need a cute weekender bag (vintage Diane Von Furstenberg anyone?). Nothing too big or small since most hospital rooms are tiny.
Last time I packed normal nightgowns, and they weren’t ideal for breastfeeding. If you want a nightgown, I’d go with one specifically made for nursing. Hospital gowns aren’t stylish, but they do have snaps on the shoulder that are convenient for breastfeeding. Bring a nursing bra if you want to stay in the gown. It’s something you will use for as long as you nurse anyway.
I actually bought this robe. It’s jersey (on clearance in store) and super comfortable. You don’t want the room to be too cold for the baby, so a robe is a great solution. Plus if you stay in the gown (which you probably will for at least several hours after delivery), you can at least use to look more put together. Get some cheap flip flops instead of slippers. I wasn’t up much at the hospital after Ramona anyway, so $2 flip flops worked great for bathroom trips.
I am a big fan of nursing tanks with pajama bottoms. I would bring a few tanks for in the hospital and the way home. If you are having a c-section, obviously go the nightgown route instead. For me the tanks and pj bottoms with a comfy robe were the way to go. You will need to buy bottoms that are still maternity since you’ll still look about 5 months pregnant.
Regardless if you go the gown + bra, nightgown, or tank + pjs look, you will need nursing pads. You might want to bring a nursing cover in case you have male friends (your dad/father-in-law or heck female friends too) come to the hospital. You never know when baby needs to eat and for how long, so it’s best to at least have the option of feeding while still visiting with friends.
Don’t forget your electronics and cords. Super important while waiting for baby and all the social media you’ll be engaging in after to show off the precious bundle. Camera with a way to video is a must too. You can always take video on your phone as well. Just be thinking about how much you will run your battery down, so you might want a few video options just in case (i.e. camera and phone).
Snacks!! You can’t eat while you are laboring, so you will be starving after you’re done. Make sure to pack some high protein snacks, so you don’t have to wait on food.
Toiletries (I even packed my makeup), nipple cream, and Chapstick are all necessary! I wouldn’t pack my razor or anything. Let’s not get too ambitious, but you might want to squeeze in a shower and some primping before heading home or having people over at the hospital.
If there is an older brother or sister, you probably want to bring a gift for them from the baby. I know that might sound silly, but people will be all over the new baby. You don’t want them to feel left out or resentful from the start. Plus you have to stay overnight without your other kids, so it’s the least you can do.
Besides mittens and a cute beanie, I didn’t pack much as far as outfitting the baby. Most of the time they are swaddled up and in hospital clothes since they are constantly being unwrapped and checked on by the nurses.
It was very important for me to have a special going home outfit for the baby. It’s the first trip out into the world, dress them for it!
My bags are packing and we are ready to go…okay well not really but at least this part is done! Hope that helps all you pregnant mama since I know there is a ton of you!
Have a great weekend loves!