There is so much that goes into delivering a baby – and I’m not even talking about the whole growing and carrying him for nine months part! I’m talking about preparing for his arrival, making phone calls, and packing our bags. So, let me help you by sharing what’s in my hospital bag.
In case you weren’t sure what I mean by a hospital bag, I’m referring to an overnight bag that is packed and prepared a few weeks before your bundle of joy is expected. If my “March 2020 Due Date Sisters” facebook group has taught me anything, it’s that baby can come when you least expect it. You don’t want to send your birthing partner back home to gather the right comfort items!
This post is all about what I’ve packed for myself and my husband. However, if you were interested in knowing what I packed for baby’s hospital bag, you can read that HERE.
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What’s in my Hospital Bag?
I am usually a heavy packer. To be honest, I use a full-on checked-luggage sized rolling case for any vacations that are over five days (and don’t you dare expect me to share!). So, I didn’t have a weekender that would be the perfect size for a 24 to 72- hour stay in the hospital.
I decided to borrow a weekender from my parents, but there are so many cute options available, if you wanted something new and to yourself! Below are two examples I found on Amazon when I searched “Weekender Bag“.
Luckily, my overnight bag was able to be shared with my husband. So, let’s get into what we packed, shall we?
What Mommy Packed for Herself
I tried to pack as conservative as possible. Therefore, my magic number of items was two (or so).
So, I packed two camisoles and 2 pairs of leggings for the days I might be stuck within the confines of the hospital. I also packed 2 nursing bras and 3 pairs of underwear. However, I doubt I will wear them and may just opt for the hospital-provided mesh underwear the entire visit.
Based on several recommendations, I packed two pairs of non-slip socks. Many people recommended them because (1) they are more comfortable than the scratchy hospital-grade socks and (2) hospitals are generally cold!
Finally, I packed an oversized zip-up sweater from one of my favorite retailers (Aerie). I packed this jacket in lieu of a robe for several reasons. First off, I am simply not a robe person. When I do wear one around the house, it’s to keep me warm. Secondly, this oversized jacket seemed appropriate enough to cover up when I had visitors and to wear out when I am ready to leave the hospital. It was simply a practical option for me.
Toiletries for my Hospital Bag
Personal hygiene is important A.F. Therefore, I had to make a decision: rush to pack what I could remember as an essential the day we were ready to jet off to the hospital or purchase travel-sized items to be prepared for the three weeks leading up to my due date.
I chose the latter. I did try to be as conscientious as I could while perusing the travel-sized aisle in Target, but I’ll admit it did get slightly pricey.
First off, I bought a Travel-Pack of empties to fill myself. I filled these with my shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and facial night cream. I also purchased a travel-sized tooth brush and tooth paste. Next, I added travel deodorant, body lotion, and a tube of Aquaphor (as mine was running low!). I love Aquaphor because you can use it for your lips, dry cuticles, and even as a hand cream!
Luckily, the rest of my toiletries were ones that I had extras of at home. These included extra hair pins, pony tail holders, a travel sized IGK Dry Shampoo and chapstick.
All I’m hoping to remember to throw in the bag at this point is my hair brush! I refuse to buy a second one of those!
No makeup for my hospital bag?!
Nope! I am not packing any makeup for myself. While I plan to have very light makeup on (such as contour, eyebrows, and mascara), I am not packing makeup myself.
The reason for this is because I use my makeup every day. I can’t have it hanging out in my hospital bag for three weeks. It would also be too expensive to buy two of everything.
Finally, I am really lucky to have a makeup artist for a mother. So, I told her to pack her makeup bag with stuff for me, too. She will be one of the two people allowed in my delivery room, so my plan is to have her touch me up before any visitors arrive. It’s lazy, I know, but I consider myself lucky for it.
Pro-tip if you are packing makeup:
So, if you are someone who wants to pack makeup for yourself, I would suggest making a check-list on a post-it note and tacking it to your mirror until your labor day! That way you don’t forget something important – like your primer or mascara!
What Mommy Packed for Daddy
I kept daddy’s necessities to the bare minimum, since I know he will have to stop by our home at least once before I am discharged. So, I packed him one outfit consisting of jeans and a nice shirt for the day. He also has a set of sweat shorts and a comfortable shirt for the evening, along with a change of underwear. Finally, I threw in an extra deodorant and spare toothbrush for him.
We kept my husband’s needs light because he will come home to familiarize our dogs with baby’s scent. We will have a family friend feed our dogs and let them go potty, but my husband will stop by once during my hospital stay, with baby’s blanket in tow. Our hope is to let the dogs know that baby’s fragrance is “OK”. I mentioned this just a bit in my last post, What’s in my Baby’s Hospital Bag?
I have one larger pocket in my hospital bag dedicated to our miscellaneous items. The first of these items is my birth plan. While I am not certain I will need one, I did type it out to be on the safe side. I also packed a reusable shopper to fill up with all the hospital extras we will be given – such as diapers, wipes, and postpartum care items.
Finally, I took care to pack a very special blanket I plan on cozying Baby George in on the car ride home. My late great-grandmother took the time to knit me a blanket well over a decade ago for my first child. My grandmother kept it safe in her own home and when I unwrapped it at my baby shower I cried like a baby! It is an item of great sentimental value to me, so it seemed fitting to take our baby home in it.
Get a Printable Checklist for your Hospital Bag!
I want to make preparing for your baby as easy as possible. Therefore, I made several printable checklists just for you!
Sign up for my emails, and you will get two copies of my check-list for your hospital bag. One version has a column for “Daddy” and one has a column for your “Birthing Partner”, because everyone’s family and birth story is unique!
You will also receive a check-list for baby’s hospital bag, as well!