So I thought I would write out some things that I know are commonly asked in pregnancy and thought the first one would be what I thought is needed in the hospital bag. This way if someone asks, I have something to reference.
I started packing ours around 30w–yes, I’m a tad early on planning. That’s just how I roll. But I’m glad I did because it was kind of a rough draft that I took away and added to over time up until about a week before delivery. I packed for John, myself, and Kellen.
- 3 basketball shorts (his go-to lounge wear)
- 1 pair of lounge pants (he wears them over his basketball shorts when cold)
- 3 pairs of white socks
- 3 pairs of boxers
- 1 pullover fleece
- 3 white Hanes t-shirts (he has to wear one under all shirts as his undershirt)
- 3 dry fit t-shirts
- 1 pair of slides (his lounge shoes)
He ended up using the fleece and that was it because he ended up going home once every day to shower and change clothes. I’m not sure if he would do that next time or not. He needed to go home because he needed to pull up the trash cans from the curb, and we were waiting for our parking passes in the mail since the first home game was that Saturday. Next time I just might bring 1-2 of each thing and he can go home if needed.
- 3 pairs of yoga/lounge pants
- 3 nursing tank tops
- Fuzzy socks
- 5 pairs of granny panties (just cheap Hanes ones I bought at Target)
- Zip up hoodie
- Make-up bag
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash and poof, face wash, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, toner, face lotion, body lotion, chapstick, brush, pick, hair serum, hair ties, bobby pins, pads, nursing pads, lanolin)
- Flip flops
- My pillow with a black pillow case
I brought her diaper bag and fully stocked it. I would not suggest this–I didn’t listen when everyone said that the hospital had
everything you need. The only thing I really used was I put her in one extra outfit besides her going home outfit. But if we didn’t end up staying an extra day, I probably wouldn’t have. I did use the diaper bag as my purse also, so it had my wallet, my point and shoot camera, and some chapstick. So really all you need for the baby is a going home outfit and car seat. I didn’t bring the boppy b/c I didn’t want to get it dirty, but it would have been nice. There were plenty of pillows though, so it is not a must have. And bring home everything you can. If they put it in your room for your use, you will get charged for it, so take it home when you leave. I took one of the receiving blankets as a souvenir–they aren’t very soft, so I don’t think I will end up actually using it.
We also brought:
- Laptop bag which had: laptop, charger, baby book for footprints, notebook and pen to write down anything–also had a list of things we needed to do once Kellen was born. We never used the laptop–just surfed the internet on our phones.
- Camera bag with my Nikon camera for Lindsey to take pictures during the birth. My point and shoot has nothing on my Nikon 🙂 Didn’t use this camera or my point and shoot again for the rest of the stay. Used the cameras on our phones. I wish I used my Nikon camera more though to get some good new-newborn pics, but the ones on my iPhone are sufficient.