Knowing what to pack for your hospital stay can be stressful and confusing, especially if you are going into labor with your first child! As your due date approaches, you will have to set aside some time to pack your overnight bag. Packing a bag is difficult enough, now you must consider what you and your little bundle of joy are going to need for the hospital and the journey back home.
The most important thing to keep in mind while packing is comfort! Pre-planning for things that you will need to keep you comfortable and relaxed during your hospital stay will make the situation as easy and stress-free as possible. We know you have a lot going on during this exciting time, so we made a list of the top ten essentials you are going to need! Read on to see what you are going to need when the time comes to meet your sweet, little baby.
#1. A Robe
The easiest and most comfortable item of clothing for both labor and postpartum is a big, fluffy robe. You won’t have to fuss with zippers, ties, or pullovers. Just wrap it around your body when you have to use the bathroom or need some super comfy to hang out in while you are in the hospital. This is an item that you will never regret packing!
#2. Comfortable Clothes
After you have given birth, or when it is time to leave the hospital, the clothes you pack should prioritize comfort and convenience. Just think, your body just went through a very difficult and incredible experience, but it needs time to heal and relax. Soft, loose-fitting clothes are the best option for new mommies. You should feel secure and comfortable, so stay away from constricting options.
The shower you take after giving birth is going to be the most life-changing shower of your entire life. Make sure you pack all your favorite toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, moisturizing soap, toothpaste, your toothbrush, and anything else you need to make you feel clean and pampered. Don’t forget deodorant, a hairbrush and hair ties, and of course any glasses or contacts you may need!
#4. A Very Long Phone Charging Cable
Hospital beds are notoriously far away from an available outlet, so if you forget this one you may find yourself in a frustrating situation. Purchasing a longer charging cable will give you the freedom to relax in your bed at the hospital while you surf Pinterest in between contractions. No shame in that game, use as much screen time as you want – you deserve it!
#5. Moisturizer and Lip Balm
Hospitals have quite a reputation for leaving your skin, hair, and lips dry. Because the air is constantly being cycled to increase ventilation, it can pull much of the moisture from your skin. Most moms will agree, these items go forgotten quite often, but are completely necessary to maintaining your skin’s moisture during your stay.
You may be doing a lot of pacing during your labor to help move things along, and take a break from laying in the bed, of course. Hospital floors can be very slippery, especially if anything has spilled on them. Make sure you pack a pair of non-slip socks or slippers with a strong grip on the sole. This way you can walk around comfortably and safely while waiting for your newest addition!
#7. Nursing Supplies
If you plan on breastfeeding, you will want to be prepared for everything you need to make it as easy and comfortable as possible. Nursing pads, a nursing bra, nipple cream, whatever you are going to need to make the transition and new experience as smooth as possible.
#8. Pads, Underwear, and Diapers
While most hospitals provide mesh underwear and pads to help keep you clean and comfortable while your body heals, it is always best to bring a few extras! Some new mommies prefer to bring adult diapers as they are incredibly convenient, while others prefer high-waisted underwear (think grannie panties) and thick, super-absorbent pads. Whatever your preference, just make sure to pack a few so that they are ready and close-by when you need them.
#9. Snacks and Drinks
Most hospitals aren’t known for their great selection of snacks, so make sure to pack some for yourself! While it is possible that you aren’t able to eat during your labor, afterward it good to have some of your favorite, go-to snacks to munch on. Don’t forget your favorite drinks, as well. Packing drinks that are high in electrolytes can be revitalizing and restore some of your energy after giving birth.
#10. Clothes for Baby!
Possibly the most fun and exciting option to pack – your new baby’s clothes! The most important thing to remember is to pack clothes that are comfortable and seasonally appropriate. Remember, your new baby can’t regulate their own body temperature yet, so if you are having a winter baby make sure you are packing warmer clothes. And of course, make sure they’re cute for all of the pictures your will be taking!