Top 10 Key Items to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for the Big Day
Hey there, soon-to-be superstar momma! So, the big day is approaching, huh? First of all, major kudos to you for getting this far – you’re a total rockstar. Now, let’s talk about that hospital bag. You know, the magical bag that’s gonna be your sidekick as you embark on the incredible journey of bringing a tiny human into the world. We’ve got your back (and your bag) with these 10 essential items to pack.
1. Snacks and Drinks – Because You’re Gonna Need Fuel
Labor can be a marathon, and trust me, you’ll need all the energy you can get. Pack some of your favorite non-perishable snacks like granola bars and protein bars. Oh, and don’t forget a water bottle with the essentials or maybe some tea – hydration is key!
2. Toiletries – Freshen Up Like a Pro
Bringing life into the world is a messy business, so having your favorite toiletries on hand will make you feel like a million bucks. Think toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, hair ties, and a mini skincare kit for a quick refresh. You may even consider adding deodorant, lotion, belly butter, and this beauty kit for the beautiful momma!
3. Comfy Clothing – Goodbye, Hospital Gowns
Pack a couple of loose, comfortable outfits for your stay. Something that screams “I’m still fabulous even though I just gave birth.” Pajamas, oversized shirts, and comfort robes are your new BFFs. You may even consider a comfy jumpsuit, lounge pants, tanks, and t-shirts for easy nursing – like this one.
If you are planning to breastfeed, you’ll want to consider new bras. It’s time to say goodbye to those Victoria's Secret bras for a bit, and hello to Hatch nursing bras or this ballet nursing bra from Bravado. But, don’t worry – it’s only temporary and then you can get back to your sexy lace!
4. Postpartum Essentials – The After Party
Okay, so you’ve got your adorable baby, but there’s also postpartum recovery to think about. Include essentials like maternity pads, healing herbs, perineal spray, and a few pairs of company postpartum underwear (yep, they’re a game-changer). These ones are especially great for c-section mamas! Speaking of c-section mamas, Frida Baby has an amazing c-section recovery kit and labor and delivery + postpartum recovery kit.
5. Support Squad – A Little Love Goes a Long Way
Bring along a charge for your phone – you’ll want to keep your squad updated on your progress, as well as take all the pictures of your new little bundle of joy. Plus, don’t forget headphones for those Zen playlists or calming podcasts to keep you company during labor. Let’s also not forget about support in the literal sense. This belly wrap and shorts got you.
6. Breast Care Supplies – TLC for Your Bosom Buddies
If you’re planning to breastfeed, throw in some nipple cream, nursing pads, soothing gel pads, and nipple and lip care. Your body is doing amazing things, and a little extra care goes a long way. Breastfeeding a literal pain-in-the-boob? Don’t worry. There’s a kit for that!
7. Feeding Supplies – For Your Hungry Little Human
If you’re going the breastfeeding route, consider packing a nursing pillow for those cozy feeding sessions. If you’re opting for formula, have a few bottles and formula packets ready to go!
8. Items for Baby – Baby’s First Packing List
Really, your baby’s first trip is their entrance into the world! That means that your bundle of joy needs a mini packing list, too. Pack a few baby outfits, receiving blankets, diapers, wipes, no-scratch mittens, and a baby hat. They might not care about fashion yet, but you’ll want to capture those adorable ‘just born’ pics! Consider some of these brands: Magnetic Me, Quincy Mae, Kissy Kissy, and Zutano Booties. You may also be considering swaddling your newborn. Consider the following brands for those: Copper Pearl, Mushie, Freshly Picked, and Aden & Anais wraps and swaddles.
9. Entertainment – Channel Your Inner Zen
Pack a book, a magazine, or even a puzzle to keep your mind occupied during those waiting periods. Plus, they’re a great way to take your mind off the nerves.
10. Important Documents – The Nitty-Gritty
Last but definitely not least, have your ID, insurance information, birth plan (if you have one), and any necessary paperwork ready to roll with you to the hospital.
So, you have all your items ready to go – but now what do you pack it all in? Consider The Original Diaper Bag from Fawn Design, or even this Companion Carry Love Tote by Twelve Little! Both great options to quite literally carry you through this time!
There you have it, mama-to-be! These 10 items are your hospital bag’s VIPs. Remember, this bag is your sidekick through one of the most magical times of your life. So, pack with love, excitement, and a sprinkle of anticipation. You’ve got this, and you’re about to rock this delivery room like the superstar you are!