They say you don’t need to pack your hospital bag until you’re at least 32 weeks pregnant. I took that advice and packed way earlier! To be honest, you don’t need much. But as a new mommy, I packed everything but the kitchen sink! I read so many different posts and opinions on what was necessary and I was so lost. Here you can find what I packed and used and what the hospital provides.
Lo & Sons Bag : I love my Catalina weekender bag. I use it for all my quick weekend getaways. It is lightweight, durable, and easily folds to store when I am home. It’s also so cute! It was the perfect amount of space for my stay at the hospital and the zip pocket on the bottom was perfect for my shoes.
J.Crew Pajamas : I tried to go as comfortable as possible as far as pajamas were concerned. I ended up wearing these only the last day of being in the hospital. Since I had a c section, I was trying to stay clear of anything close to my recent scar. These were perfect because they could stretch above the scar.
Plum Pretty Sugar Robe : You will wear a hospital gown during your stay but I brought my own to feel more relaxed and more myself. It felt good to change and start to get back into my clothes.
Nursing Bras : I was searching for the best nursing bras, considering fabric, convenience, and durability. These are great because they are comfortable, easy to use, and pads are included. I don’t wear the pads every day but I like the fact I can take them out and use them when necessary.
Flip Flops : Once you feel up to it, taking a shower feels amazing. I wore a pair of flip flops in the shower just to feel cleaner.
Mommy Going Home Outfit : (Dress, Sweater, Tank Top, Maternity Leggings, Sneakers) Whatever you decide to wear, make sure it’s comfortable! The car ride may be only 5 minutes, but it feels like forever. Every bump we took, every turn we made, was uncomfortable. Since James was born in the fall, I chose to wear leggings and a sweater. I included this cute dress if you’re delivering in the summer. It’s ideal to have a loose fit.
Serena and Lily Baby Going Home Outfit : I received this from my cousin from my baby shower for baby James’ big debut. It came with everything he needed for his first outing – hat, blanket, and kimono onesie. I loved the white fabric with blue stitching!
Medela Pump : Technically, you don’t really need this as the hospital could provide for you but I brought mine and so happy I did! The nurses taught me how to use the pump and it definitely helped to relieve myself in the hospital during those first few days.
Medela Lanolin : I could not live without this! The hospital will give this to you as well but I thought it was helpful to bring my own since I went through so much during the first few weeks of breastfeeding.
Mesh Underwear : These are amazing and necessary! Take as many as you can get to wear when you get home. Trust me! I wasn’t able to find a similar pair online or in stores.
Everything for baby: Diapers, wipes, outfits, swaddles etc. was given to James which was super helpful so we did not have to worry about running out.