The Ultimate Hospital Bag List

This past weekend, we got a ton of baby stuff done, including almost finishing the nursery, buying everything left on our registry and setting up a few things like the baby swing. I also packed my awesome diaper bag:

So far it has:

  • 5 Newborn diapers
  • bebe au lait nursing cover (knocker blocker, hooter hider, whatever you prefer to call it!)
  • wipes
  • lansinoh sample of lanolin
  • Prince Lionheart Knot it bags and dispenser for dirty dipes (or soiled clothes or anything else)
  • a Spare onesie
  • Diaper Cream

I’m sure I’m missing a few things, feel free to make suggestions!

Speaking of packing bags, someone posted this great list of things to bring to the hospital. I thought it was very useful so I’m posting it here in case it helps anyone else.

Experienced moms, do you have anything to add?

The Ultimate Hospital Bag List

At least one month before due date:

*Install car seat
*Keep Hospital Bags in the car you will use or by the door you will be leaving from.
*Have a neighbor or designated person to watch the house/pets/ or other children.
*2 pillows with garbage bags over the pillow like a pillowcase, then w/ pillowcase
*barf bag or two, since people in labor may throw up
*A list of last minute packing items (ID, license, fruit, frozen items, etc…)

In General
*Your Birth Plan
*Your insurance card and any hospital papers you will
*Pediatrician info
*folder for new paperwork
*cell phone

For Labor
*Warm socks
*Lip balm – All that puffing and panting and also dehydration, lip balm is a must)
*Loose underwear (did not use, the mesh underwear the hospital gives you are a godsend, ask for extras to take home)
*Snacks (fruit, nuts, popsicles, etc….)
*Sour Suckers (sour ones curb thirst where the sweet ones will make it worse)
*Hair band or tie (unless you want sweaty matted hair stuck to your forehead)
*Video/still camera (for your lovely shots of labor)
*Pillow (From home with not so good pillow case……..fluids…enough said)
*Pen and paper (if you are in the early stages, you are a list maker, journal writing, or well anyways, just in case)
*Ipod or music
*Roll of toilet paper (hospital paper is cheap and scratchy)
*Slippers (non-slip and once again take them off when things start to get nasty)
*talismans (picture of someone or something you love, anything you find reassuring)

For your partner/coach
*Change of clothes (especially if they plan on staying the night)
*Pillow/blanket (check with the hospital first – however, your own will be more comfortable)
*watch with a second hand for contractions (did not use, the monitor tracks your contractions anyway)
*mints/gum/mouthwash (sometimes the birth partner needs to be really close during labor)
*remember your partner can leave the hospital…pack light

For after delivery
*Fresh nightgown (with openings in front if you plan on breastfeeding)
*Nursing bra (if planning to breastfeed)
*Nursing pads (even if you plan to bottle feed as you may still leak)
*A going home outfit for mom
*Lanolin cream (if you plan on breastfeeding)
*Bathrobe (for the trips to the nursery)
*Baby Book (for all the vitals and getting the feet and hands stamped)
*Boppy nursing pillow
*Dermoplast/Proctofoam: for numbing your sensitive parts
*Spare nightgowns you don’t mind ruining (you will leak)
*Nursing Tank

For Baby
*Going home outfit for baby
*hat/cap (babies lose so much heat thru their heads…even in the summer)
*receiving blanket
*CAR SEAT!!!!!!!
*You may want to bring an extra cute outfit for the picture

Extras or Activities (usually non-essentials)
*Make-up (No one looks good after, but you can pretend)
*Towels (Dark towels….most hospital towels are scratchy)

Extra tips
*Bring your baby book…and let the nurse know you have it and they will stamp it for you
*You may want to bring an extra empty bag just in case you get gifts at the hospital
*Some hospitals charge for parking…beware
*Hospitals usually will take pictures of your newborn….bring some extra cash for these (did not use, at our hospital, we wouldn’t have paid for pics at the time anyway)
*You can usually wear the same clothes home you came to the hospital in.
*Some Hospitals will give you a pre-labor tour of the nursing center,take it.
*Get a list of things the hospital will provide.
*Wash the baby clothes you’ll bring to the hospital
*Remember gowns = easy access
*Make sure your labor shirt is short sleeved (They will check your blood pressure a lot and those pesky i-v’s.
*Fill out the forms during your last trimester…makes admittance so much quicker.
*Most important* Your baby MUST travel home in an infant car seat. Have it installed in plenty of time
* For a Caesarean make sure your partner knows where the extra maternity pads are.

What Not to Bring
*Jewelry (unless it’s a religion symbol)
*Lots of cash, credit cards, or any other valuables

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