As I mentioned, I didn’t actually put together a hospital bag the first time around, and I totally regret it. What was I thinking, really? Honestly, I thought hospital bags were kind of BS, and I didn’t get why I would need a blowdryer or makeup, or why everyone makes such a big deal about the coming home outfit. The only thing I really understood from the list was the phone charger. LOL. How I learned!
First, you definitely want to pack your bag in advance, because when you’re in labor, you really don’t care what you’ll be wearing at the hospital. But as I discovered, you will wish you had some cute, presentable outfits and something to brush your hair with, so you look somewhat cute for visitors and pics. Don’t be like me and not want to look at any of the pics you took at the hospital because you look terrible and are wearing gross college sweats, glasses, and sporting some crazy hair. It’s a special moment, and no matter how you feel, you’ll want to document it. Ok, and so you don’t feel like blowdrying your hair, doing your makeup, or changing out of the hospital gown? No worries. You can just not use that stuff, but if you decide you want to, you’ll be glad you have it.
My other advice would be to have some cute outfits for baby in both newborn and 0-3 months in case you go early, a cute swaddle or two, and a cute going-home outfit for yourself. I had yoga pants and a sweatshirt to go home in because I packed at 3am when I was in the middle of intense labor, and I just threw some crap in a bag and I looked like a disaster leaving the hospital, which just made me feel really gross and again, not want to document the special moment. I was also embarrassed waiting for Andrew to pull around the car wearing gross sweats, and sweating because it was a hundred degrees outside and I was dressed for winter. A maxi dress that I had worn during my pregnancy would have been just as comfy, a lot less hot, hid the diaper (and wee wee pad, no joke!) I was wearing, and made me feel a lot better. But hey, that’s just me. You do you, and no judgement here. I guarantee no one looked like as big of a mess as I did, and I don’t think anyone cared but me.
But if you want to be better prepared than I was the first time around, here’s everything I’m packing in my hospital bag for Baby #2.
A cute robe is a nice way to cover up the hospital gown if people come like five minutes after you give birth, and to cover your pajamas when you attend the mandatory classes etc. This one is sweet and lightweight enough since I’ll be given birth at the end of summer, or I might get this matching set for baby and me.
These are nice to have because they make nursing so easy.
Easy to throw over nursing tanks and pajamas because the AC in hospitals is blasting. I love this one, which I’ll wear for my entire maternity leave on repeat and probably all the time after, and it’s currently on sale.
I’m loving these and this soft and nursing-friendly pair. This gingham pair is also adorable and would look cute with the coming-home outfits for baby. I’m also tempted to get this super cozy set from my favorite maternity brand.
I’m bringing two phone chargers this time — one for me and one for my husband. Also will probably bring my laptop and charger.
This is my new favorite two-in-one blowdryer. It’s also the one every blogger has and raves about — and for good reason.
Cosmetics and Makeup
Just picked up this cute monogrammed bag to house them all.
Flip Flops (for Shower)
I actually think hospitals are pretty clean, but it’s still a shower hundreds of other people have used, so I’ll be doing the shower shoes thing. These flip-flops are less than $3, making them a no-brainer.
Present for James from the New Baby
Everyone told me to do this to get James on board with his new sibling. Thinking of getting him something Cars related (he’s obsessed with the movies currently) like this set, or maybe Toy Story-related (another movie he’s currently into, like these. Of course, dinosaurs are another favorite so may do this set instead. Thoughts?
Going Home Outfit for Mom
Going Home Outfit for Baby
Cute Receiving Blanket for Baby
These are totally just for my husband. You aren’t allowed to eat during labor (or at least where I gave birth), I was nauseous for hours after, and then when I was finally hungry, I wanted sushi, pizza, and a big caffeine-filled latte.