With two weeks left until my due date, it’s officially time to pack my hospital bag! I learned from my first labor and delivery what I needed for my stay at the hospital.
Here’s what I’m packing in my go bag the second time around.
Nursing Tanks and Comfortable Pants
I lived in nursing tanks and yoga pants for the first several weeks postpartum. And I will certainly be packing a few tanks and my favorite bottoms for after delivery and the ride home. I have several nursing tanks from Target, and I really like them!
Travel size toiletries are a must! My favorite shampoo, lotion, essential oils, and toothpaste are packed in travel size bottles and ready to go. Make sure to pack any of your favorite items that will help you relax after delivery. I really loved having my bottle of favorite essential oil for some aromatherapy.
Protein Packed Snacks
My daughter was born at 6:30pm. By the time we got settled into the recovery room, it was 11 p.m. I was starving! The cafeteria was closed. And even though my husband and I raided the mini fridge for sandwiches, pudding cups and pretzels, I wish I had packed something other than trail mix. This time around, I will be sure to fill my bag with more filling snacks like high protein power bars, beef jerky, apples, and nuts.
Flip Flops and Socks
Flip flops for the shower and comfy socks for walking around the room will be in my bag again for sure. I was glad I packed a few pairs of warm, fuzzy socks for relaxing in bed after delivery.
Newborn gowns are so convenient! Your baby will be getting lots of routine health screenings and diaper changes in those first hours after delivery. The gowns also have little mittens that will protect your babies’ faces from getting scratched by their tiny fingernails.
What else would you add to the hospital bag checklist?
Originally published June 2017.