We had our hospital bags packed when I was around 34 weeks pregnant. It seems a little early for some, but we just wanted to be sure we’re getting everything in order. That, and we were also taking a quick trip to Philadelphia (about 2.5 hours from where I’m going to give birth) on my 38th week– yikes, I know!– for a wedding I planned and coordinated. Fun fun fun! But that’s another story! Today I’m sharing with you the items we packed to bring to the hospital. We have these 2 bags and little Pnut’s car seat now inside the car and ready to go!
I have read soooo many blogs and watched so many vlogs on what to pack for the hospital. Thankfully there’s so much information shared out there. So much, that it actually confused me at some point. Lol. Our birthing class back in August offered the simplest and shortest list– as the hospital will actually provide a lot of the newborn’s basic needs such as diapers, swaddles, etc. They said we should take advantage of these freebies so we shouldn’t pack our bags full in order to hav space for the items we can bring home. So in the end, this is what we followed, with a few personal additions that we feel are essential to us in the 48-72 hours of stay in the hospital.
Bag #1: Baby’s Bag
We received this bag from Kevin and Joana, a Skip Hop baby backpack. It’s gender-neutral, light, and we absolutely love it, especially Warren, so he can bring baby’s stuff easily. Here we packed the following:
- 4 pieces of washcloth
- 2 swaddles
- 4 burp cloths
- 3 bibs
- 2 onesies in newborn size
- 2 onesies in 0-3 month size (as we don’t know how big she’ll be)
- 2 full onesies, one in newborn size, one in 0-3 month size for going home
- socks and mittens
- 1 blanket
- a few pieces of newborn sized diapers (just to be sure)
- My medical records (I have this on hand for the Philadelphia trip– just in case baby decides to come out during that weekend!)
- My toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, cotton swabs, cotton balls, sanitary pads, and Earth Mama New Bottom Spray (for postpartum vaginal soreness and swelling).
- Not in photo: Nursing pillow, given by my sister-in-law, Evette
Since we washed all of Pnut’s clothes, towels and blankets on the same week we packed them, I had them all in separate ziplock bags with labels so Warren can just easily grab them as needed.
Bag #2: Mommy and Daddy’s Bag
We got this bag from our good friend Drew. It’s the JJ Cole Satchel Diaper Bag in stone arbor. I love it because it’s girly yet functional, and very light with lots and lots of pockets!
Here we packed the following:
- 2 pajamas for me
- Going home outfit for me (leggings, a top and jacket)
- Fuzzy socks, underwear
- 2 outfits for Warren
- Wash cloths
- Medela nursing pads
- Quarters (lots of them!) for the vending machine, in case Warren gets hungry in the middle of the night and there’s no food available
- Not in photo: Clarins Huile Tonic Body Treatment Oil and Medela Tender Care Lanolin, lip balm
- Other stuff: Laptop, phone chargers, small snacks, water bottle, and extra pillows
There you have it! I’ll keep you posted on the things that we may have missed, and the things we didn’t actually get to use. But meantime, I’d appreciate it if you can let me know if there’s anything else I need to bring! 🙂