When Annabelle was born, I brought three bags to the hospital. I spent quite a bit of time planning what I would pack in Mommy, Daddy, and Baby’s bags. Then I remember opening my and the baby’s bags a day when we got home to see all that was untouched. “What is all this junk?!” I wondered. I had overpacked, but also left out a few key items.
For my second pregnancy, I packed a little more lightly and with more thought. One bag for Mommy and Baby – and Daddy is just going to toss his stuff together when it’s time for us to go.
1. For Mommy
PAJAMAS – After two days in my hospital gown, I finally showered and put on normal clothes. I hated the nursing pajamas I bought to wear after Annabelle was born – so this time, I’m sticking to what I know I like. Victoria Secret’s Mayfair Pajamas are my go-to for comfortable, cotton sleepwear. I don’t understand how girls put on leggings after giving labor (what with the diaper/pads you have to wear), so I’m also packing my favorite pair of maternity sleep pants from GAP.
UNDERWEAR (optional) – If you don’t know already, the hospital is going to give you a couple pairs of mesh shorts that you won’t want to lose. These tight but stretchy shorts hold all the padding you’ll have to wear on your lady parts after you give birth. Personally, I like to put a pair of stretchy boyshorts over the mesh shorts for added support and coverage. My favorite boyshorts are seamless from Target.
NURSING BRA – A good nursing bra is hard to find because it really is all about personal preference. I don’t know what size my breasts will be this time around, so I didn’t go crazy buying bras just yet. Just bring something that looks comfortable – I actually only wore a nursing tank top for the first few days until my milk came in.
SHOES – Slippers for walking the halls and flip flops for the shower – I loved the socks that they give you in the hospital, but don’t trust the funky floors.
BATHROBE – I like to wear a bathrobe over my tank top and pj’s because it can be chilly in the hospital. Plus, if you decide to forgo clothing for a hospital robe, having a bathrobe on hand for when guests pop in is very helpful.
Pretend you are going to stay two nights at a hotel that has zero toiletries… and pack for that trip. Everyone told me to just use what the hospital would give me in the shower and I deeply regretted not bringing my own. No offense to my hospital (I LOVE IT), but their products are terrible. Here is a great toiletry travel set by Burt’s Bees and another cosmetic kit for women. I also recommend hair ties, dry shampoo (in case you don’t want to wash your hair), a razor, chapstick, toothbrush/paste, and your phone charger.
3. For the Baby
Don’t overpack for the baby! The hospital is going to hook you up on baby stuff – diapers, wipes, a cute onesie, socks, a blanket, and a hat. I brought Annabelle 15 outfits and she wore only 1 1/2. She stayed in the hospital onesie for a day, then she wore a personalized onesie, and finally she put on a little coming home outfit.
What To Leave at Home
- Diapers/Wipes – I bet you’ll take home a bag of supplies for your new baby from the hospital.
- Sanitary Pads – the hospital will give you all the sanitary supplies you could ever want, plus ice packs, witch hazel, and a fun spray bottle you can use to clean yourself after going to the bathroom.
- Snacks – our hospital has a family room stocked with treats and guests brought us goodies to eat while we were there. Unless your husband really loves beef jerky and can’t go a night without it, leave the food at home.
- Nursing pads, creams, or a pump – if you plan on breastfeeding, they are going to give you everything you need to get started. The lactation consultant at my hospital even sent me home with new pump parts!
- Baby toys – in case you didn’t already know, newborns only want to eat or sleep.
- Water bottle – one of my favorite takeaways from our stay in the hospital was a ginormous plastic mug for ice water. I used mine at home for months until I accidentally put the straw in the garbage disposal.