My favorite video to watch or blog post to read regarding pregnancy has always been “What’s in my hospital bag”. Even when I wasn’t pregnant. I guess I’m nosey, ha! I just loved knowing what the essentials were but also what the extras that made you feel special were. I hope you watched my video on IGTV! If not here it is: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CCl3jV7JemT/
I read, I watched, and I even reached out to you amazing ladies for advice and tips to achieve the following list. I hope you find it helpful and it makes your trip to the hospital during labor & delivery more enjoyable. Even if it’s just slightly more pleasant 🙂
Here’s the running list and below I will link the specific products I personally purchased or received as a gift.
- Hospital Bag (duh, but you need one if you don’t have one!)
- Packing Cubes
- Nipple Cream
- Nursing Gown, Thick Socks (1 hospital pack I received)
- Disposable Flip Flops
- Disposable Slippers
- Nursing Pillow
- Nursing Pads
- Nursing Bra
- Pillow & Blanket
- Toilet Paper
- Lip Balm
- Skincare bag– facewash, toner, moisturizer, toothbrush, toothpaste
- Makeup bag – mascara, concealer, compact mirror
- Shower Essentials: towel, dry shampoo, body wash, soap, hairbrush, deodarant
- Perineum Care: underwear, cooling pads, tucks, depends, perineal spray
- Massage Oil
- Extra Bag – for hospital goodies
- Eye Masks
- Heating Pad
- Large Water Bottle
- Sucking Candies
- Coconut Water
- Husband: change of clothes, slippers, socks, toiletries
- Baby: Few swaddles, burp rags, pacifier, few onesies, socks, mittens, shusher, formula
- COVID: clorox wipes, gloves, masks, hand sanitizer
Hospital Bag: I chose this Calpak carry-on suitcase because a) I’m extra and am not a light packer and b) because of covid I MAY have to check into the hospital without Marat and I’m not going to carry a huge duffle bag at 40 weeks pregnant. The dimensions of this particular suitcase were perfect for my needs, love the different pockets, it’s lightweight and comes with a great clear case to protect the suitcase from getting scratched but also from germs. Easy to clorox that up post hospital. Also, it’s chic AF which helps. I’ll definitely be using this once traveling is allowed again.
Packing Cubes: This isn’t a necessary item per se, but if you’re OCD/neat freak and/or terrified of COVID/Hospital germs…this just makes your life so much easier. I may have gone a bit overboard and got three different types of packing cubes.
- Amazon (cheaper, plan to probably throw these out if thrown around the hospital floor)
- The Daily Edited (super chic and monogrammed, keep forever)
- Calpak (sturdy and cute, keep forever)
Nipple Cream: Bringing this Earth Mama nipple butter. I was determined to make sure the one I used would be natural and organic since I plan to breastfeed.
Pajamas: Bringing two pairs of pajamas, both have easy access for nursing, and both are chic enough in case we end up taking a photo (which I don’t anticipate worrying about in those moments)
Pair 1 by Storq
Pair 2 by Eberjay (you guys know it’s my go to for pajamas) I got a size medium
Nursing Gown: I received the hospital box from Hatch and would’ve 100% bought it myself it it wasn’t gifted. It comes with so many essentials that you need: nursing gown, t shirt (to wear with mesh undies if you’re hot), robe, comfy undies and socks. Material is so good. I asked for a medium but really should’ve gotten a small (my usual size).
Slippers/ Flipflops: I decided to go with disposable flipflops and slippers due to covid (flip flops for the shower, slippers to walk around). Here are the cheapest/decent quality ones I found: Flip Flops, Slippers
Nursing Pillow: Spoke to a bunch of my mama friends and this is was the most recommended pillow. You don’t have to bring this to the hospital but esp. if you had a c section, it may make breast feeding more comfortable (if you choose to BF of course).
Nursing Bra & Pads: I started wearing nursing bras as soon as my regular bras stopped fitting. Luckily my regular bras are not TOO tight but it was tight enough that I didn’t want to wear them / add to my uncomfortable state lol. The pads are for after baby comes- lots of mommas said you leak (some more than others) and its handy to have.
These are the nursing bras I got. I love them, they’re SO comfy. I got a size medium (I’m a 32 DD for reference). These are the nursing pads that came recommended to me.
Skincare/Makeup Pouch: I’m using my favorites from TDE. THIS for makeup, THIS for toiletries/skincare. I love everything from TDE but the clear pouches are just an essential for me. I love being able to see what’s inside instead of digging for things. I’m not going to link everything I’m going to bring inside because thats overkill BUT in the list above I’ve listed the items I deemed necessary to bring with.
Water bottle: I read that you need a large water bottle that has a straw for labor and delivery so I bought this one and have been using it everyday. Never realized I needed one with a straw!
I hope this list of what to bring to labor and delivery was helpful for you ladies! Wishing you all a smooth and safe delivery xoxo
To watch my entire “what’s in my hospital bag” video, see my IGTV!