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Checklist: What's in my Hospital Bag


I'm at the final stretch and it is so surreal! I can't believe we'll be meeting our little babe soon. This is my first pregnancy so I really wasn't sure on what to pack since I have NO idea what to expect during labor and after delivery. I did a lot of reading and asked some moms on what they packed in their hospital bags until I came up with a final list on what I think I'd want to have with me. Luckily, we live really close to the hospital...I'm talking less than 10 minutes and that's if we hit every red light, so if we need anything I can send a family member to get it. Everyone's different, every labor and delivery is different and every hospital is different so there may be personal items that you want/need to have that I didn't mention or I might list something that you'd want to have that you didn't think of before. Whatever it is, it should be a personal preference for you and your new bundle!

I will do a follow-up post with items that I loved having with me/I could of left home/I should of brought...when I get the time of course! Good thing I'll have Grandma with me for a few weeks to help out :)

*The list is for 2-4 days:

For Myself

Clothing:

Robe: I want to make sure I have lots of skin-to-skin time with baby after delivery so I have a feeling I will be living in a robe. I opted for a less expensive one just in case it gets ruined (chances are likely). This one from Target is a good price, not too thick or thin, SUPER soft and has pockets! Love me some pockets! I chose baby blue for baby boy and also just in case I end up having pictures taken, it's appropriate for the gender in the pictures.

Nursing Bra: I had no idea what size to get seeing as I don't know how big my boobs will get or when my milk will come in. To start, I kept the cup size I am now but went up one size in the band. I tried the nursing bra on when I got home and it is slightly larger than my boobs are now so I think it will be okay until they become engorged. I only bought one until I know what size I really do need. Also, it was on sale in-store. :)

Nursing Tank: I wanted to have something normal (instead of a robe) for when visitors come. I found this one on sale in my Target store. I went with a size that fits me now.

2 Pairs of Pj's: I went with a loose nighdress and also a two-piece set that is a button down for easy access for breastfeeding. Basically, I avoided anything that was tight or had a high neckline.

2 Loose Tank Tops: These tanks are so soft, stretchy, and have a wider strap so I can wear my nursing bra with it for when guests come (I don't like showing my bra strap). I also like that I can sleep in them too (for naps or overnight). I found them on sale in-store also. I also packed a pair of cotton pj shorts that fit me now to wear during the day.

Shower Flip Flops: I already had these cheap sandals from Old Navy.

Slippers: For walking around the hospital

Granny panties: That's right, I said it. I'm sure you know this already but absolutely no thongs and nothing that doesn't fit you now. I packed 8 pairs but I honestly don't know how many I'll need.

Going home outfit: Most people wear loose leggings or sweatpants and a shirt for going home but it's summer in South Florida so I chose a light swing dress to wear home (it fits me now).

Weekender: There is also a smaller size of my same weekender. [Lacie Weekender pictured below]

Toiletries:

Lip Balm: I love lip balm anyway but I read in a lot of blog posts and even on my hospitals website to make sure you bring it. Huffing and puffing dries you out.

Bag of toiletries for bathroom: *all travel size* shampoo + conditioner, hairspray (I have crazy baby hairs), toothbrush + toothpaste, deodorant, brush, shower cap, pads (hospital provides them but I want my own as well)

Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist: This face spray is made with coconut water and has witch hazel so it doesn't only hydrate my skin but reduces inflammation and puffiness around eyes. This is a personal preference to have. They also sell this in Sephora stores but only in 4oz. [pictured below]

Tula Travel Kit: Because lots of sweating will occur. I use this line every day so I might as well bring it with me to wash my face with and I love that it's travel size. [pictured below]