I don’t think I wrote my hospital bag last time around, which is probably because I just threw things into a suitcase and hoped what I took was what I needed. Honestly, I don’t even remember what was in there because I took so much stuff. I think I looked at every list out there and added every item to it. Then, of course, I only used about 10% of what I took, and my poor husband had to lug everything in and out of the hospital (if I recall, it took him at least two trips, because we took so much stuff). I should also mention that last time we were stuck there for 72+ hours, because it was a military base and they did not have their act together, but that’s another story for a different day.
This time around, I’m basically starting from scratch, and I’m going with a less-is-more approach. In one, carry-on sized suitcase, this is what I’m taking:
+ Toiletries in one bag. (I basically raided the travel-sized section at Target)
shampoo and conditioner, loofa, body wash, face wash, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste
+ Nursing tanks x2. Bringing two, since spit up and blowouts are a drag and I want a backup just in case I need an extra. I basically lived in these the last time. (These tanks from H&M are my favorite)
+ Long sleeve sweater and cardigan. To cover up, and in case it’s chilly.
+ Comfy pants x2. A pair of gauchos and maternity yoga pants since I still looked/felt 6 months pregnant when I left. (Yoga pants and gauchos from Old Navy—I can vouch for the pants, but the link to the gauchos are new; the ones I have are from two years ago)
+ Nursing sleep bras x2. One to possibly wear in the pool for laboring and another clean/dry one. (These from Target are comfy),
+ Yoga shorts. For the pool. (Also from Old Navy)
+ Flip flops
+ non-skid socks. To keep my feet warm, and so I don’t slip if I’m holding the wee little one
+ Small bag inside suitcase with “extras”: Hair brush, chap stick, mints (because sometimes you forget to brush your teeth—lesson learned from last time), nipple cream (I know they’ll probably have some, but this is my favorite, so I’m taking it with me), extra hair ties, anti-bacterial sanitizer, face wipes…to wipe off the sweat—labor can be like running a marathon, folks!
+ In the front pocket: Birth plan, family contact info, my favorite water bottle, cell phone, a book/kindle…just in case there’s downtime (one can hope).
+ electronic stuff. Laptop, phones, cords, etc.
+ set of clothes. In case he comes from base and needs to change out of his uniform
+ Father to Bee hat. Because, tradition
+ Toiletries. Toothbrush, (he’ll use my toothpaste), and deodorant
+ Some loose change. The hospital has on-call room service, but sometimes you just need a Snicker’s bar.
For the New Baby:
+ Coming home outfit. The same one I wore home, and the same one Julia wore home
+ Two onesies. Not really necessary, but I can’t resist teeny weensy little clothes. I’m taking a cute little number that says “Love Bug” on it, and another that says “Little Sister.”
+ Cute accessories: An adorable headband (that I still need to buy ASAP), and an itty bitty hat for the hospital photos
+ Car seat. Stays in the car, actually, but I’ll put it on the list
+ blanket. Will also stay in the car for the ride home
And that’s basically it. It’s a vast difference between the first time around, and I feel good about it. I’m skipping the ginormous Boppy and I’m not bringing any “care” items for myself; the hospital will have all I need until I get home (yup, huge mesh undies and all). I’m skipping the makeup (I don’t put it on normally, so why apply it during one of the most exhausting days of my life?), and I see no need for a robe or night gown. The only thing I’m undecided on taking is a yoga/exercise ball. I hated using it when I was in labor with Julia, but I’m wondering if I’ll want to use it if I take a shower while laboring. I may throw it in the car just in case.