Hospital Bag Essentials

Hospital Bag Essentials

Now that Connor is 4 months old, I've been reflecting on the whole last baby experience! It was a whirlwind and it's hard to imagine what our life before he arrived. As a mom of 3, i've packed my hospital bag with different things each time. This last time we didn't know the gender so I included some items that would be used for girls or boys. I will say not knowing the gender helped me buy less stuff before he was born! With my first I definitely overpacked my bag and the bag for the baby and I streamlined my packing with my second and third. Here is the list of what is making the cut this time around! I'm the packer in my family and included what I threw in my husband's bag as well (if I didn't he'd be using my deodorant and trying to steal my toothbrush)

Hospital Bag Essentials

My Bag: I used my old Stella and Dot (does anyone remember going to those parties?!?!) the last 2 times but just ordered this cute faux leather one since my old bag is nearing the end of it's life. 

  • Robe - I wore a robe over a nursing tank the majority of the time I was in the hospital after delivering my first 2. I went with a simple gray one this time that I can wear at home after! 
  • Socks - The hospital can be chilly, so I always pack a pair of cozy socks with grips!
  • Slippers - I have these knock-off Uggs slippers and they're perfect for the hospital and home!
  • Pajamas - Wearing dark colors at the hospital is always a good idea (no one wants to see any leaks!!) so I ordered some of my favorite Modal Joggers and a loose pajama top from Gap in a size up. I also ordered the matching shorts too since this is my first warm weather baby! 
  • Clothes to Wear Home - September in Chicago is a toss-up, so I packed a loose-fitting dress and dark joggers and nursing tank with a long cardigan over it.
  • Nursing Tank - These target nursing tanks were my fave the last 2 times so I ordered a few to replace the old ones!
  • Nursing Bra - I am not a fan of underwire nursing bras and prefer soft, seamless options!
  • Shower Shoes - I throw in a pair of cheapo flip flops to wear in the bathroom and shower for rinsing off post delivery.
  • Deodorant - No brainer!
  • Dry Shampoo - I don't wash my hair in the hospital so dry shampoo to the rescue.
  • Makeup Remover Wipes - I look like a trainwreck after labor and it feels so nice to wipe away all the sweat and grime post delivery!
  • Brush 
  • Hair Tie
  • Phone Charger
  • Makeup
  • Chapstick - I DESPISE having chapped lips and the hospital air makes mine so dry! I always pack backups!
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Lotion

Baby's Bag: (I'm planning on buying the swaddles and outfits at 37 weeks so I have the 30 days to return the other gender once the baby comes!)

  • Boy Outfit - I brought this Burt's Bees option and this Milkbarn one but we ended up using the same going home outfit that I brought Gavin home in because the others were too big!
  • Girl Outfit - Aden & Anais or this Floral Option
  • Boy Swaddle - Copper Pearl is my favorite for first swaddle pics in the hospital! I brought this striped one and this green gingham one and ended up choosing the gingham
  • Girl Swaddle - I love the florals so I brought this one and this one 

Husband's Bag:

  • Deodorant
  • Clothes to Sleep In
  • Change of Clothes
  • Computer
  • Computer Charger
  • Contacts
  • Glasses
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Phone Charger
  • Ear Pods



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