When you’re a new mama, you do so much research that you go cross eyed and you stress over everything little thing, and your hospital bag is always included in that list of stressors. What the heck do I pack? What if I forget something important?
As small as it may seem, I was riddled with anxiety over this when I was pregnant with my first born. I finished packing our bag around 25-30 weeks (so early, I know) and had much more than I needed. I packed too much of everything and a few extra things to do like read or color, which I ended up not caring about or having zero time to do. With my second pregnancy, I was nearing 35 weeks and still hadn’t had everything in the bag but we did end up packing the necessities. When you come back home, you’ll have your hands so full that you won’t want to have to unpack more than totally necessary, so while getting your bag together just remember – less is more.
While everyone has different preferences, I learned what was totally not needed the hard way – I’m pretty sure that first bag stayed packed up for days after we got home. So I’ve decided to make a check list of must have items to go in your bag to help you minimize the stress. These are items that I personally didn’t want to go without.
Some of the things on the list may be provided by the hospital for your stay. For example, if you plan to nurse and have to pump while you are there, many hospitals have pumps for you to use so be sure to double check! They’ll also have pillows, blankets, receiving blankets for the baby and a few other essential items (mine even had small sample tubes of lanolin nipple cream) but I’ve included those in this checklist anyway because they don’t always have the comfiest things (I’m totally talking about those pillows, y’all).
There are a lot of things I didn’t include that are usually included in other lists I’ve seen like diapers + wipes and maternity pads but the hospital will give you plenty of these for your stay – just be sure to have them ready at home!