What Should You Pack In Your Hospital Bag
Updated: Jul 15
Hi diary readers! As a first-time mommy, life can be very overwhelming. Especially when you’re preparing for the birth of your baby. When you’re all new to this, even packing your own hospital bag may seem like a difficult task. Here are 4 categories that details items you should pack in your hospital bag.
1. Labor “Tools”
Birth classes are an awesome resource. If you are a first-time parent, I would highly recommend attending birth classes, because the instructor gives you awesome strategies and tools to approach labor pains. With the current circumstances of the pandemic, I wouldn’t be surprised if birth classes are either cancelled or limited. Here is a list of my favorite labor tools:
· Fitness Ball-great for bouncing, rotating during contractions
· Tennis Ball- great for labor back pain
· Diffuser & Essential Oils- depending on the essential oils used, can encourage calmness, reduce nausea
· Pool Noodle- roll firmly on back, great for back relief
· 7.5 fl oz Soda Can- best if cold, great for rolling on neck and back
Just remember, your labor tools may vary depending upon your preference.
2. Travel Size Toiletries
Toiletries don’t matter until labor is over with, but if you are being induced then there’s a possibility that you will have time to freshen up before the party starts. I was induced and my induction didn’t start until the next day. So, I had time to worry about brushing my teeth and washing my face. This is what to include in your mini toiletry bag:
· Face Wash
· Body Wash
· Contact Solution (if you wear contacts)
· Hair products (if you don’t have a protective style)
· Comb, Brush, Hairbands
Remember, all of these items listed above (except for the last bullet) should all be mini. Don’t overcrowd your bag with standard sized products—it’s just a temporary stay.
If you are planning to breastfeed, I highly recommend that you bring your breastfeeding pillow. The Lactation Consultant at Piedmont recommended purchasing the “My Brest Friend” nursing pillow, which is available for purchase at Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Buy Buy Baby. Having your nursing pillow present will allow the Lactation Consultant to guide you on how to use the pillow properly and how to position the baby on the pillow so that you are nursing effectively.
The Mama Frida Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit is a very popular item on registries, and rightly so. Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary for your hospital stay, because they will provide you with pretty much everything that’s in that postpartum kit—perineal bottle, perineal ice pack, maxi pads, and disposable underwear. However, this is an acceptable item to pack in your bag, but just remember you can save your coins by using the products provided by the hospital.
Depending on the hospital, they may be open to allowing you to wear your own clothing during labor, but this is a topic that’s typically discussed in birthing classes. However, coming from experience, you will not be worried about any type of clothing if you plan on having a natural birth. In my opinion, just rock with the gown and slip resistant socks that they give you. The only item that I suggest for when you’re in labor is a pair of Crocs. They’re great for when you’re walking the halls or walking around the room.
After delivery, my clothing recommendations are at least two comfortable pairs of pajamas and slippers. If you plan to breastfeed, then I would definitely suggest purchasing nursing/maternity pajamas--I didn't worry about a nursing bra while at the hospital. I purchased my nursing pajamas from Target and Walmart.
And last but not least, you’re going to need “going home” clothes. Depending on the weather, you will need to dress accordingly, but as far as size, I would recommend clothing items that you wore mid pregnancy to accommodate your postpartum body. And of course, don't forget your shoes and/or socks.
I hope this blog post provides some relief to the first-time mommy and a reminder to the OG mommy as you prepare for the arrival of your bundle of joy. I'll be back tomorrow!