Photos by Jessica Jane Photography
Now that we are home and settled, I wanted to updated the items from my hospital bag post that I actually used! There are only a few changes and if anything, I would have packed more. As a first time mom, I had no idea what I would need and what I wouldn’t but thanks to y’alls help, I had pretty much everything!
We ended up spending four nights in the hospital. I went into labor on Sunday night and Collins was born first thing Monday morning. We then spent the additional two nights the hospital requires and were hoping to get discharged on Wednesday. They ran a few additional tests on Collins and saw that her Jaundice levels were high and wanted to keep her overnight so she could be under the bilirubin lights. I was already discharged and thankfully the hospital wasn’t full so we were able to keep our room as a “nesting family” so we could be with her during her treatment. Thankfully her levels went down the next day and we were able to leave on Thursday.
I tell you all this to say that I actually wished I had packed more clothes for myself. Obviously you will have no idea how long you will be staying in the hospital or if an extra night might be added to your stay for whatever reason. In my opinion, it’s better to have more than what you need instead of not enough.
Based off that info, I will adjust my list accordingly. You can view my original post HERE if you want to pack based off my original suggestions.
- Robe/Pajamas – I’m excited to wear this robe! \\ I only ended up wearing the robe for our photos in the hospital but did wear the pajamas to sleep each night. Highly suggest something with buttons if you plan to breastfeed.
- 2 pair loose pants – the softest pants ever \\ I wish I had an extra pair of pants – joggers are ideal. I was really cold so I preferred wearing pants once we got settled in our room
- 2 nursing tops – Just ordered this cami \ \ I didn’t wear any camis in the hospital.
- 2 nursing bras – Purchased this bra \\ Really wish I would have had more nursing bras. Breastfeeding was a little messy for me to start so having a clean bra each day would have been ideal.
- Pajamas – I’m bringing this sleep shirt
- Go home outfit if different from above \\ I wore joggers, a tee and sweater with running shoes – you’ll want to be comfy!
- Nursing pads \\ Used these every day in the hospital.
- Cardigan \\ It’s chilly in the hospital room!
- Flip flops & slippers \\ I mostly wore the hospital socks
- Makeup \\ I only wore makeup for our Fresh 48 Photos
- Facewipes, Deoderant, Lotion
- Shower items (face wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, razor) – I stocked up on several shower sized items \\ I showered twice in the hospital and was glad to have my own products.
- Earth Mama Nipple butter
- Hair: brush, ties, blow dryer, dry shampoo
- Toothbrush, paste, mouthwash
- Tylenol, Tums (heard that some hospitals let you take your own and some do not. They will offer but you also pay for what they give you) / Bringing these items regardless for Chris, if needed \\ Chris did end up using these items!
- Collace (stool softener) \\ Ended up not bringing, the hospital gave this to me.
- Dermoplast (spray numb)
- Depends/Mesh Panties (I also heard to ask for extra ice pack pads to go home with) \\ Didn’t bring with me because hospital supplies but did use them at home!
- Chapstick – heard this was a MUST REMEMBER \\ 10000% bring this!
- Essential Oils / Diffuser \\ Didn’t use this
- Your Own Shower Towel – Saw this on Ashley’s List and thought it was a great add! \\ Chris and I both used our own towels from home and it was a game changer!
- 2 changes of clothes / boxers / socks \\ Would have packed 3 of everything for him because we stayed longer.
- Sweats and hoodie / pajamas
- Shirt for in hospital photos – something casual
- Computer / Tablet for downtime (IF there is any of that) \\ He didn’t use this.
- Twin Sheet Set \\ Highly recommend – We bought jersey sheets from Target and they were really comfy for Chris to sleep on in the hsopital couch.
- 1 pajamas \\ Didn’t use these but would suggest bringing a few long sleeve white cotton onesies. I brought cute swaddles for her and ended up putting her in the white cotton onesies I brought from home.
- 1-2 hats – I am loving this hat from Top Knots
- 1 go home outfit \\ The newborn option I brought her didn’t fit so make sure to have a backup option!
- 2 Muslin blankets \\ The hospital gives you the receiving blanket but I wanted a few “pretty” options so I brought my own!
- Swaddle Sets – Love this one from Copper Pearl and this one from Posh Peanut
- Boppy pillow \\ I used this and it was helpful for figuring out how to breastfeed.
- Car seat (bring in later, not when you first arrive)
- First picture props
- Nail clippers \\ I didn’t use them and they actually recommended not using them for a few weeks. Use a thin nail file if needed.
- Also heard that you should take home as many supplies as you can for the hospital (you are paying for it). Some of our friends told us to bring a separate bag to take home the supplies they bring in each day. I’ll share more on this after she is here and we test out the situation!
- Snacks (trail mix, granola bars, fruit snacks, cheese its) \\ BRING ALL THE SNACKS! You will eat them once you are in the room you are staying in overnight.
- Snacks / Gifts for the Nurses – I have a few friends who made treats for their nursing staff and thought the idea was really cute and I’ve heard they really appreciate it! \\ Our nurses loved this! We made 10 bags and handed them out throughout our stay!
- Drinks: Gatorade for labor, bottled water, Red Bull (for Dad), Yeti with straw \\ They provide you with a cup and gatorade and water but if you want anything else you can bring it!
- Small extension cord \\ Didn’t use
- 2 iPhone cords, long if possible \\ Highly recommend a 10 foot cable!
- Camera / Charger
- Bin to carry flowers home in \\ This was so helpful to carry the nurses gifts in and then we were able to use them to carry random things when we left!
- Two pillows that we can leave behind (two pack at Target for under $20) \\ It was nice to have a comfy pillow but you’ll want to leave behind because of hospital germs.
I hope this list helps! Like I mentioned before, in my opinion, it’s better to overpack then not have things you need. We thought we were able to leave on Wednesday so my mom took a bunch of our stuff home that day. Turns out we stayed another night and I really wish I had had extra of some items. You can never be too prepared!