Packing for the hospital for the arrival of your newborn can be overwhelming especially if it is your first child. I remember I have no idea what was necessary as I started to research what to pack. Then I began to panic because the baby could come at any moment and that thought alone was worse than what to pack?!? But not to worry, I am here to help.
I was hospitalized quite frequently during my pregnancy with MVM. Each hospital stay, I found something I was in need of. This helped me fine tune and curate this list over my stays. I hope you find this useful and are able to tailor a packing list to your needs.
LET’S START WITH THE CAR
First things first, the car seat! Have it installed and practice how to use ahead of time. You Tube is an excellent source for instructional videos and your local fire station will usually have some sort of class or demonstration if you need reassurance.
Cash for valet. I highly recommend using the valet so you or your hubby don’t have to worry about remembering where the car is parked or how to get the car while being discharged from the hospital. It will also be beneficial when loading/unloading.
Stroller but not necessary. The stroller may come in handy if little bub is asleep when it is time to make the big transition from car to house when you arrive at home. You can snap the carseat into the stroller (we have the Britax B Agile) to make it easier on you to get the little one inside. again, I would practice using the stroller.
NOW for BABY
This may seem like the scariest category to tackle but trust me it is the easiest! The hospital typically loads you up with supplies- seriously. But that being said I know everyone wants to use all the cute stuff they registered for. All i am saying is, if you forget that sweet monogrammed beanie- the hospital has you covered and your babe will survive!
Stock diaper bag for departure. Don’t stress about this one. You will have all the supplies you need at your disposal while in the hospital and your journey home will not be long enough to need a pleather of items. But this will help you feel at ease… just in case your little one has a blow out on the ride home.
Going home outfit… you know you have one in mind!
Outfits for hospital stay if you don’t want to wear the plain white onesies the hospital provides. My son was in the NICU so i never bothered with cute outfits and he was just as adorable 🙂
Swaddle sacks or blankets.
In my experience the hospital provided the following…
- Bulb suction
- Swaddle Blankets
- Burp Cloths
- Formula and Bottles, if necessary
- Breast Pump and Accessories, if necessary
Top of my list is hands down CHAPSTICK! My lips were extremely chapped every single hospital stay and I have no idea why?! Maybe from the liquid restrictions?
Robe/Hospital Gown. I had both. I used the robe from my wedding and my sister in law’s mother gifted me an adorable monogrammed hospital gown. It stayed secured with snaps so I wasn’t left feeling exposed and was actually cute if you can imagine that!
Nursing bras, pads and cream. nursing bras isn’t something I would go crazy on buying ahead of time just because you never know what will work for you once your milk comes in and secondly, if breastfeeding is right for you and your little one. That being said this 3-pack from amazon was my absolute favorite and priced right! As for the nursing pads, I leaked A LOT so i used them frequently. I was provided cream by the hospital and did not use much but I would have some on hand just in case you get sore nipples.
Most other lists I read put something about flip flops or slippers but i am going to be honest… I love hospital socks so I lived in mine. Feel free to pack something in case you don’t.
Wallet with identification and insurance. You all know the drill.
Toiletries. I would recommend travel size for most items.
- Dry Shampoo
- Hair Tools- brush, ties etc.
- Body Cleansing Wipes- comes in handy when you are too exhausted or in too much pain to shower.
- Make up if you feel like it. I think I packed my make up but never put it on. However, I did do my hair a few times to help myself feel better.
- Contacts/Glasses, if needed.
- Razor/Shaving Cream. I had my husband shave my legs while I sat on the weird hospital shower stool.
Going home outfit. Search for maternity clothes that fit you at the 5-6 month mark.
Panty Liners. the hospital will provide larger liners but it may be nice to have options on size/absorbency.
BIG OLE GRANNY PANTIES! Enough said.
10’ long iPhone Charger. Trust me on this one. Outlets are extremely far from the beds so this was a life saver.
Digital and/or Video Camera
LAST BUT NOT LEAST… D A D D Y
Snacks! Even though you won’t be able to eat/drink most of the time- Dads will naturally be STARVING!!! Bring snacks so you don’t have to hear about it.
Outfits. I would lean toward layering attire because the hospital always seems cold.
Going home outfit
Wallet with identification and insurance
Now get to packin’ so you can meet your new bundle of joy!