Wondering what hospital bag essentials you that you should absolutely take with you when you give birth? I’ll fill you in on what I absolutely needed, and what I never even took out of the bag!
This post is sponsored by Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
As you near the end of your pregnancy, things can become very exciting. You’re ready to meet your baby, and ready to get the show on the road! Being prepared for the hospital is something I like to do early (by the time I’m in my 32nd – 35th week of pregnancy). This way there’s no wondering what to pack in my hospital bag as I run feel the first contractions and get ready run out the door to the hospital.
With my last pregnancy I was sent straight to the hospital from my OBGYN’s office, and didn’t have time to run home to get my hospital bag. So, having it packed in advance took a lot of stress away from me during that anxious time, because I was able to tel my husband to simply grab my pre-packed bag and head to the hospital!
Wondering what essentials you that you should absolutely take to the hospital with you when you give birth? I’ll fill you in on what I absolutely needed, and what I never even took out of the bag! After birthing a few kids, I feel like I finally know what’s 100% useful, and what is totally useless! Don’t forget to pack not only for yourself, but also for your baby, and your partner, too!
Hospital Bag Essentials – What to Pack for Mom, Baby, and More!
Here’s what’s always inside of my hospital bag:
– Photo ID, Insurance Information, and birth plan
– Glasses or contacts if you wear them
– Slippers or a few pairs of nonskid socks (I personally hate socks and get hot – thanks a lot postpartum hormones, but you may be cold depending on your hospital room temperature)
– lip balm / Chapstick
– hair brush & ponytail holders
– your own pillow
– healthy non-perishable snacks
comfy loose pajamas (with a nursing top if you plan to nurse) and robe
Nursing/maternity bra (with no underwire)
– Nursing pads (even if you don’t plan on nursing this will help with the leaking)
– Personal items and toiletries: phone chargers, toothbrush, toothpaste, little makeup if you’d like, contact lens case and solution, shampoo, towel since it is nice to feel clean before heading home. (bring travel size items)
– Loose and lightweight clothes for going home in.
-Big full bottom underwear (trust me on this one!)
-small bills and change for vending machines
-onesies / newborn outfits (my babies are have all been born under 7 pounds so I always bring some preemie sized outfits just to be sure on sizing!)
-CARSEAT!! (Can’t leave the hospital without one)
-Baby memory book (to get footprints stamped inside of if you want that momento)
My last delivery was at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital. I’ve shared here on my blog about their amazing Hello Baby app. One the app they have a wonderful interactive packing checklist that you can use to create a packing list for 1) pre-delivery & labor, 2) postpartum stay and 3) arrival home. Through the app you can check off pre-loaded items or add your own. This makes things so easy!
Find out more about Winnie Palmer’s Hello Baby app by clicking here. This app is EVERYTHING you’ve ever needed and so much more. In my opinion as a mom who has been pregnant quite a few times, I feel that this app is the best pregnancy app available. It’s essentially taking 4 or 5 different apps that I had on my phone and turning them into one SUPER app! Get this app ASAP, friends!
The app is available for iOS and Android. Visit WinniePalmerHospital.com/app for more information.