Hospital Pack List

A couple of days ago I began writing a blog about what I was going to pack in the hospital bag. I found out on Friday that our baby will be coming a little sooner then we thought, 3 weeks sooner! They are actually going to induce me in a week!

I feel like our blog has been overran with baby things, and I apologize for that, but I thought it would be nice to have a list of what I would plan to take to the hospital and see if anyone has any more suggestions. Here is what I have come up with so far:

Eye Care- If you are like me and wear contacts, don’t forget an extra pair, solution, and your glasses.

Personal Items- Toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brushes, lip gloss, deodorant, makeup, and anything else you might need to make yourself somewhat presentable in those pre/post delivery photos.

Nightgown-
I have heard that it is nice to wear the hospital’s gowns pre-baby, to prevent your nice ones from getting dirty. Post baby though, it has been suggested to bring your own so you can be a little more comfortable. I purchased this nightgown called La Leche Wendy Nursing Pajamas from diapers.com. It had really good reviews and people said they would just wear it around the hospital/house and didn’t feel like it showed too much and was very functional for breast feeding.

Slippers-
These slippers are by far my most favorite shoes of all time! I purchase them from Target and I have gone through several pairs of them over the years. I am just hoping that the swelling in my feet will have gone down enough that I can fit in them.

MP3 Player- I will have my player loaded up with some of my most favorite tunes. I haven’t quite decided if I am going to go for the hard rock or the folk music. I know, two TOTALLY different genres of music, but it’s what I like to listen to depending on my mood.

Books/Magazines- I am going to pack my copy of What to Expect the First Year for some quick and easy reading and maybe a couple of magazines.

Camera- For all of those lovely pre-labor pics and post-labor pics. You don’t want to miss all of those moments for the camera!

Snacks- This is not for me, but for my husband. I have read that many doctors won’t let you eat much during the whole birthing process. I haven’t actually decided what snacks to pack but I think anything is a good alternative to vending machine food.

Cell Phone/Charger- Obviously to deliver the good news!

Don’t forget your purse/wallet. They will need to see your ID after all 🙂

Nursing Bra with some nursing pads

Undies- Can’t for get the necessities and I am sure that it will be a good idea to have a few of these on hand. I have heard to go with a little larger pair for comfort reasons.

Pen & Paper- What could this be for? Well in the many of hours in the room, you and your hubby might decide you should make a list of things to do after the baby is home. Also, I was thinking it might be a nice idea to write the little person a letter to let them read when they are older.

Going home outfit for you- I figure some comfy pants, a cami, and a zip down sweatshirt should do the trick!

Going home outfit for the baby- Depending on the season, you might have to pack the whole shebang…clothes, coats, hats, socks, blankets. Pick out something cute because I have heard they take some pictures in the outfit.

Car Seat- I guess they won’t let you leave the hospital without a car seat installed in the car. I am not sure if that is true, but it is probably a good idea to have it all set up and ready to go.

And for the husbands-(hint, hint!) Don’t forget the birthing gift! I am hoping for something in the color of diamonds 🙂 You know diamonds are a girl’s best friend and after the labor I will be going through, I am sure I will deserve some!

Any feedback you can give me on what else to add to my packed bag please let me know. I would love to hear any suggestions you might have!

~Beth