Friday, January 4, 2013

Hospital Bag Essentials. Mama, Baby, and Technology.

1. A ziplock bag of undergarments. Let's be real here. Not the pretty victorias secret undergarments that you save for the bedroom. The granny panties and oversized-double D breastfeeding bras.

2. Small ziplock of essentials. Cotton balls. Razor. Tweezers. Pads. Hair ties. 

3. Hospital gowns. I purchased two. Cute. Last time though? I had cute little robes that I brought from home. These would be great as well! Anything but those hideous green hospital gowns. 

4. Going home outfit. Plan that out now. Yes, you will have lost some weight after delivery, but believe me... you still look very pregnant going home. Leggings, boots, and a loose-fitting top will make you feel golden. Or just human. And not pregnant!

5. Blow dryer. Straightener. Hairbrush {you'd be amazed how easy it is to forget something so essential}

6. Makeup bag{s}. I have two small little bags {that I could probably conform to just one} with my makeup essentials. I am that mama that puts makeup on first thing I wake up. Wait? I don't sleep at the hospital... so when the sun rises.

7. House slippers. Or flip flops. Anything so that you aren't walking around barefoot in that hospital. Seeing as how I work in one and see the nasty that lands on the floor {bodily fluids}... trust me on this one.. don't ever walk around barefoot. Yes rooms get cleaned... but not enough to ever make me brave around to walk it out in there.

8. Shampoo. Conditioner. Loofa. Body Wash. Bring your own towel!

9. Lounge clothes. Although I have to admit this.. I will most likely be hanging out in just robes and my pretty little gowns. Like I did last time.

10. License. You better be who you say you are. :)

1. Hats. One personalized and the rest just cute little hats to put on his noggin.

2. Going home outfit. This list isn't in any order, but if it were... this would be number one. Choose which outfit to bring this bundle of joy in home. Graham's outfit? Much different than Elliana's. No fancy hairbows and fancy dress. He's a newborn. I will be throwing on a monogrammed sleeper {the one piece kind}, his cute hat, and throwing blankets over him :)

3. Outfits. Again, just stick with cozy. Onesies, sleepers, and so forth. You will be changing a lot of diapers.

4. Receiving blankets. Swaddlers. Anything to wrap around their little bodies

5. Booties and mittens. Keep those little piggies warm and those hands from scratching that sweet face.

6. Regular blankets. Especially since we will be bringing Graham home in the middle of winter... it is essential to have some thicker warmer blankets to throw over him when we go home.

7. Nursing Cover. Hello family and friends to the masses. And yet, baby still needs to eat.

8. Swaddler. You know, the ones made for those slow mama's like myself who cannot for the life of me figure out how to swaddle properly with a regular receiving blankets. This contraption? Works like a charm.

Optional: Diapers and wipes {if you prefer not to use the hospital ones provided, such as organic or even cloth}. Also pacifiers. They aren't in our baby's bag because we don't plan to use them right away {if at all} for the first month.

 Camera. Video camera. Laptop. Ipad. And chargers for all! Don't forget the SD card for the camera, and make sure you charge ahead of time {thanks hubby}.

Oh and remember... Make sure your hubby or significant other packs his/her hospital bag as well. They tend to forget that ah, yes, they live at the hospital as well. 


  1. Newest Follower!

    I packed way too much with my first and not so much with my 3rd lol

  2. Great informative post - and it's awesome that you included little pictures of everything.
    I can't remember for the life of me what I took to the hospital when I had my first son. The ONE thing I remember taking was an outfit for going home that was smaller than it should have been. I don't know what I was thinking and when I tried to put it on and it didn't fit, I cried.
    When my sister-in-law told me you leave the hospital still looking some-odd-months pregnant. She wasn't kidding, so I'll be much better prepared this time. Clothes wise and mentally wise.

  3. LOVE this post! Hopefully it will be of use some day soon :)

  4. What a great post! I thought I had our bags all figured out with L, but there were quite a few necessities I didn't think to pack and wished I had. And since it has been so long since L's birth, this post will come in handy next time. I won't have to worry about unneeded excess! {I shared this on Twitter and Facebook, too. Great info!}

  5. Get boards! Where are those amazing boots from??

  6. I like that you kept it simple and practical!! Many I see posted are overwhelming. Really, you don't need to pack 6 pillows and your favorite quilt knitted by your grandma! lol

  7. thank you so much! Saving this for later, i'm due in June with my first! :)

  8. Great list!!! Did you bring the big sister a gift too? I think doing a gift from the new baby is SUCH a great idea!!

  9. I'm totally one of those mammas too! Gotta have the make-up! ;) i really need to start planning the bag!

  10. this is perfection! so much helpful advice :) thank you becky! so happy to see you at home with your new family! congrats!

  11. Congratulations again to you and your family! Thanks for sharing your packing list, I am in the process of packing things for when I have my first baby in a few short weeks! This list is very helpful! :)

  12. Very useful info. Don't need it now but I'll have to remember this for the future. XO Jill

  13. Amazingly helpful, and something I will need in just 5 months :)


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