Hospital Bag Essentials

I know this post is long overdue, but I’ve been quite busy with my little Luna that I didn’t have the time to sit down and write it. The little two-week old boss is now finally asleep, so I’m going to jump right at it.

Hospital bag checklist for me:

1. My own robe

The hospital will provide you with a robe, but if you want to feel more cozy and comfortable I strongly suggest you bring your own. I got my stylish robe from Gift Gowns. Some women also like to bring their own pajamas. I did bring mine but didn’t end up using it. I actually changed after labor into the hospital robe; it was just easier to breastfeed in it.

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2. Going-home clothes

You probably already know this, but women can look up to 6 months pregnant after giving birth. So bring loose and comfy going-home clothes - this isn’t the time to look fashionable. My outfit consisted of a long-sleeve shirt, a hoodie, sweatpants and Converse shoes. You’ll thank me especially if you end up with a vaginal tear.

3. Toiletries

Toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, moisturizer, shower gel, lip balm and deodorant. Don’t forget to pack nipple cream if you plan on breastfeeding. I also packed shampoo and conditioner and a hair brush but didn’t end up using it since we were discharged the following day.

4. Snacks

Since you don’t know what kind of food will be available once you arrive at the hospital, I strongly suggest you pack a couple of snacks. I packed granola bars, nuts and seeds and a couple of Getorade bottles for energy.

5. Postpartum underwear

Instead of bringing your own underwear and maxi pads, it’s much easier if you get yourself incontinence underwear. There are many brands out there like Depends or Always.

6. Flip flops

You’re going to want to walk around the hospital a bit and shower at one point, so flip flops are a must.

7. Cell phone and charger

This is probably a no brainer but it was in my hospital bag so I’m including it in my checklist. I also brought my laptop thinking I’d watch movies or write blogs. Let me just laugh at it now!

8. Documents

Don’t forget to bring all your necessary documents like your ID, medical card, hospital card or whatever your country requires.

Hospital bag checklist for baby:

1. Car seat

I’m sure you know this, but the hospital won’t let you leave without an approved infant car seat.

2. Diapers and wipes

I was actually really disappointed that my hospital didn’t provide diapers and wipes. Perhaps your hospital will, but I’d pack a few just in case if I were you.

3. Long-sleeve pajama and going-home outfit

I packed so many outfits for my baby and it was all for nothing. The first couple of days your bundle of joy won’t be receiving much breast milk, which means he or she won’t have many wet diapers. Thus, you don’t have to worry about pee-soaked clothes.

3. Breastfeeding pillow

If you plan on breastfeeding then you should definitely bring your breastfeeding pillow. The hospital nurses will teach you how to use it and trust me you want them to.

4. Warm blanket for the ride home

This evidently depends on the weather, but it was quite chilly here in Montreal when I gave birth so I was glad to have packed a blanket.

I’m sure you’ll find blog posts that list a lot more stuff, but I personally think you don’t need more than that. It’s now really up to you to pack whatever you think you’ll need.