The time has come to have our hospital bags packed and ready to go “just in case”…
I thought I’d share what I have packed for us in case it might be helpful to you in some way. I will say, there might be some TMI things shared in this post that are female and birth related, so if you are male… you might want to go ahead and excuse yourself from reading any further on this one. Just an FYI.
Here is baby’s bag all packed and ready to go!
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This diaper bag was purchased from Amazon when we had Layten, and it was fabulous so I’m using it again with this baby too! I’m super-picky about organization when it comes to diaper bags. I like pockets and compartments and “everything in it’s place”. This one has like 7 pieces to it, and it’s a very affordable price too!
Here are a couple of those inserts. It also has a changing pad, a bottle holder that attaches, and another smaller bag that I’m currently using in my purse. It has stroller attachment straps as well.
Here are the outfits we’ve packed. Remember, we still don’t know the gender of our baby so we have packed for both. As soon as baby is born, I can send home the un-needed sets with grandparents to make some extra room in our bag. I’m not a minimalist packer for sure. I never have been, and I’m not sure that I ever will be. I just remember that when I had Layten, I’m not sure why, but I actually requested that grandparents bring us more outfits from home because I didn’t pack enough. So I’m hoping we’ll have enough this time around.
I purchased a super sweet outfit that I’d been eyeing on LouLou and Company. It is the softest material I’ve ever seen, yall! It’s a gender-neutral gown that knots at the bottom. I purchased the hat in case this baby is a boy, and I grabbed a coordinating bow from our collection in case this baby is a girl.
I’ve also got another gender-neutral outfit that my mom purchased, and I went ahead and matched bows and socks with it as well.
I included a few other sets of outfits for each gender, and I went ahead and matched the socks, hats, and other accessories that go with each one. Matchy matchy sets like this are my fave for newborns!
Isn’t this the sweetest little outfit ever?! I can’t wait to put it on our sweet baby! If you can’t tell from the picture, it’s cream colored with maroon stripes.
Here are a few blankets I’ve packed for baby. Two are gender-neutral options, and the others match some of the outfit sets from above.
And finally, in baby’s bag – here are few of the other essentials I’ve packed. The mesh bag is for baby’s laundry as they are soiled or worn to take home to wash. There are washable nursing pads and Lanolin balm for nursing. I can’t even remember if I needed either of these in the hospital before, but I packed them just in case. I included our bottle of Honest Company Soothing Bottom Wash to use for those first “really sticky” diaper changes of Meconium bowels. This little spray is great for any of those “sticky” diapers as they get older, but I thought it would probably work just as well for this too. You, mamas, know what I’m talking about.
I purchased a Pat Pat and Cutie Clip from Ryan and Rose for this baby, and I just think they’re super sweet. I don’t know if we’ll even use them in the hospital or not, but I’ll have them just in case. (And yes, I will be washing and sanitizing them first.)
And now – here’s Mama’s hospital bag(s)…
These bags are from Thirty One Gifts. They are a few years old, so I’m not sure if they are still available. There are lots of great bags on their site for organizing so I’m sure you’ll find something there you love if you are in the market for new bags.
Here’s what I have packed for myself…
- 4 Pajama Sets including one nursing gown with robe, and one that is a nursing tank
Like I mentioned earlier, I do not ever pack “minimally”. I just remember when Layten was born needing “extra” pajama pants due to some postpartum things so I’m packing more this time.
How cute is that “Snuggle” Pajama top?! It’s from Walmart, but it’s unavailable online right now.
- Robe for modesty when guests visit
- My own Hairdryer
- Flip Flops for the Shower and Walking around
- Nursing Bras
- Several Pairs of Maternity Underwear
- Comfy, Maternity “Going Home” Outfit
- Toiletry Bag (Flat Iron, Hairbrush & Rubber Bands, Toothbrush & Toothpaste, Makeup, Skin Care, the works… nothing out of the ordinary)
- My Purse: Has my planner, money, hair ties, bobby pins, chapstick, my planner, gum, etc.
- Things that I will make sure we have as we head out the door: (I’ve got a checklist on my phone for these items.) Baby’s car seat, Dad’s bag, Kids’ Bags (depending on time of day and what the plans are), Our Pillows, Our Phone Chargers, Our Toothbrushes, My Shaving Cream from the Tub, Letter Board and Box of Extra Letters, Snacks and Drinks for the Hospital Stay, Laptop, and anything else I might need.Here’s What I DON’T Bring…
- Baby Toiletries
- Boppy Pillow or any other Baby Items
- Breast Pump (not usually needed before my milk comes in anyway; We’re usually home before this occurs.)
- Sanitary Pads
- Medicines like Dulco-Ease or Dermoplast Spray (I never needed these with my natural births – only for my first birth where I had some tearing. I only hope that the hospital provides a peri-bottle, because that’s absolutely necessary… but I’m sure the others are available upon request as well if they are needed.
- I just use what the hospital provides for all of these things while we’re there, and it saves room in our bags.
And that’s pretty much it! Is there something you think I might need but is missing from my list? Be sure to let me know!