Before my daughter was born I was obnoxiously prepared. By the time I made it to my third trimester I had her nursery all set up, clothes washed and put away, I read books, cleaned and organized bottles, and had organized the diaper bag.
So, come those last few months I was bored out of my mind. I became obsessed with making sure that my hospital bag was perfect. I organized and repacked sporadically up until the day I gave birth. Once I got to the hospital I realized that I had completely wasted my time. The hospital provides pretty much everything you need. On top of that, I didn’t account for people giving gifts, so I had way too much to take back.
Looking back at it now these are the items that I would have included in my hospital bag.
Honestly, if I could go back I would pack a handful of Chapsticks. By the time I got to the hospital my lips were so chapped they hurt. My husband (of course) didn’t have any Chapstick either. When our family arrived I hadn’t even thought to ask for Chapstick because by then I was just tired and hungry.
2. Fewer Clothes
For both me and Baby. I had this image in my mind of putting Little P in a different outfit every day we were there and me switching clothes each day. I was scheduled for a c-section and ended up having a natural birth beforehand. So, if you consider my packing for a c-section, I packed an okay amount, but once it ended up being natural, I was way overpacked. Either way, one outfit probably would’ve been fine. The hospital provides outfits for your little one and nice meshy underwear for mom. You’re probably not going to want to do much changing into fancy, cute outfits while you’re there and you shouldn’t feel the need to. Also, my main concern was just figuring out Little P while I was in the hospital. She looked just as cute in all the hospital baby clothes.
3. No Makeup
Who was I kidding? I wasn’t going to put makeup on to take pictures while I was in the hospital. I also didn’t care about how I looked in my “going home” pictures. I just wanted to go home.
4. Phone Chargers
This one is a given. Thankfully I managed to remember to pack these. You’ll want to take pictures, make calls, post to social media, etc. Plus you can play your own music and if there’s nothing on the tv you can watch your own movies or shows.
Honestly, you don’t need much more. Chapstick, an outfit to go home in, an outfit for little one, and phone chargers. My hospital provided a toothbrush and toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, and soap. They also have everything you need for your little one. If you want to pump they also provide a breast pump for you. I think anything else you want to bring is more for comfort. It’s nice having certain things from home, but just remember you have to also take it all back and now you’ll have a baby with you. Also, for some reason when packing it never all goes back in quite the same way.
As usual, let me know what you think! Did you overpack or under pack your bag? Did you spend too much time packing your hospital bag like I did?