Being a first-time mom, it feels overwhelming to think about everything that needs to get done before our baby arrives. I struggled with finishing my to-do list for weeks and one of the last tasks I had to finish was baby’s hospital bag and my own.
At first, I held off until after our baby shower to see what key items we might have received (up to and including the diaper bag, itself!). Then, I was just overwhelmed with questions, such as: “What is neccessary to take baby home? What will the hospital provide? Am I over-packing?!”
At one point I realized I needed to stop procastinating and to just pack the d*mn bag! So, here’s what we are bringing! I will be sure to update you on what we needed and what we could have done without!
Also, if you’d like to see what I packed for my husband and I, check out my post HERE!
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What’s in my baby’s hospital bag?
Your birthday suit refers to you being naked for a reason – you come into this world without a shirt on your back! Obviously, you will need to pack a few outfits for your baby’s hospital bag.
We are not taking professional photographs for our newborn child, so I focused on our “going home” outfits. I chose 2 outfits – one in a newborn size and one in 0-3 months (my youngest brother was 9lbs and 10 oz’s – I was not taking any chances!).
I also packed two sleep sacks with zippers to keep Baby G warm & snug while at the hospital. They were also recommended because it will be much easier to change his diapers and keep his umbilical cord fairly free from disturbance.
Finally, we have 2 pairs of socks, a pair of mittens, and a cap to keep him warm. Remember that babies aren’t used to being without the insulation of mom’s body!
Packing for comfort
Even though we shouldn’t be in the hospital for long, I decided to pack three receiving and swaddling blankets for our baby boy. From what I was reading, this should be more than enough blankets, however I have a good reason!
We have three pitbulls that we love dearly. Therefore, we plan on acclimating them to baby the best we can. One of the more common ways of getting dogs to calm down before meeting their new sibling is to take a blanket or article of clothing that smells like the baby home for the to smell.
While acclimating our dogs to our new bundle of joy could be another article in and of itself, I am packing extra blankets to take home to the dogs before baby and I make our grand entrance!
To learn more, you might be interested in this AKC article on Introducing Dog to Baby.
Items for Feeding
Although I plan on breast-feeding my baby, there are still a few items I decided to pack for him. Firstly, I decided to pack one 4-ounce bottle, just in case medical professionals mention formula supplementation might be useful.
However, we did purchase nipple shields at the recommendation of a friend. These Medela Contact Nipple Shields are supposed to help with any issues with latching or nipple tenderness. I also packed two pairs of washable breast pads in the baby’s hospital bag, instead of my own.
Finally, it was highly recommended to pack a Boppy pillow to make nursing and feeding easier! While I washed the Boppy pillow‘s removable case, I did put it back in its package for easy traveling (it has handles!).
Things the Hospital will Most Likely Provide
Everyone says that hospitals will provide you with a lot of useful supplies for baby’s first days. However, I wanted to feel like I at least tried to pack my diaper bag for a baby.
So, I kept the changing pad that came with our Ruvalino Diaper Bag Backpack packed inside. I also packed a handful of diapers and a small sample-sized package of wipes.
I also threw in a travel-sized baby powder and baby lotion. Finally, there is a hand-sanitizer that I was sure to use shortly after leaving the hospital!
Although I am packing these items, I mentioned in another blog post that I am also bringing a reusable shopper to take home whatever the hospital might be providing us.
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I made sure to make an easy check-list to help you out while packing for your loved one’s arrival. While I’m asking you to opt-in to my emails, I promise I do not plan on spamming you or selling your information! (Seriously, I would hate that myself!)
The printable checklist also comes with a set of checklists for mommy’s hospital bag, too! Although, if you’d rather see what I packed without signing up for anything, I’ve got you covered! Here’s the link for that blog post!