Are you packing a hospital bag soon? If so, what do you actually need to bring in for your stay? I’m here to help! I have a lot of moms and moms-to-be on my page and I get this question all of the time! The good thing about it is the fact that you really do not need to bring much at all – just yourselves and a few essentials. Here is my list of essentials that I recommend bringing with you when you are having a baby in the hospital:
One thing that you absolutely need is all of your essential, important documents. So, this means that you need your insurance cards, any pre-registration paperwork, your ID’s, and your birth plan. What is a birth plan? A list of things that you want to happen at the birth of your child. I believe that this is important so that the nurses, your midwife (or OBGYN), and any of the other support staff all know your preferences. Of course, births tend to steer away from the plan a lot of the time, so be prepared to be flexible, but you can have a tentative plan when it comes to what you want. A few things to consider: epidural, or no? Oral pain medicine, or no? Pitocin, or no (during labor and after)? A first bath, or no? All of the vaccines, or delayed? There are so many things to consider!
This one is obvious, but when you are rushing to pack everything in the car, it’s really easy to forget as a first-time parent. The hospital will obviously not allow you to leave without one, so don’t risk having to run back home to grab it while your wife/partner is in labor. Put it on your check-list and bring it with you the first time!
Going Home Outfit For The Baby
The most important thing, in my mind? The going home outfit for the baby! It’s their first introduction into the world and more than likely, they will be meeting a lot of people that will become very important to him or her during their life. That’s why I love bringing a really thought out going home outfit. By George Baby has amazing options! You can visit them in-store if you are in the New Jersey area, or you can purchase online, as well. You can search by season, gender, and more. I browsed through the girls spring/summer 2020 options and they are adorable! I’m going to scoop up a bunch of clothes during the Little English clothing sale, too, and I’m so excited about it. By George Baby offers luxury name brands for children newborn to 6 years old. Plus, blankets, accessories, gifts, and more. This boutique baby and toddler clothing store in NJ truly has it all, and they are the perfect spot to shop for a going home outfit for the baby!
Any Specific Pacifiers
If you have any specific pacifiers that you really want to use, I highly recommend bringing them to the hospital with you. A lot of the time, babies get stuck on whatever paci is given to them in your recovery room. If you have your heart set on a specific kind, you might as well start off by introducing that to them first. There is a chance that they will not like it, but at least you gave it a shot compared to introducing one that you didn’t want them to use and getting them attached to it!
This is a touchy subject with a lot of people and when patients bring extra pillows and blankets, this is usually when you’ll hear the “Are you moving in” comments. But, I think that in recovery and during labor, you are going to want to be comfortable. For the mom, you will be “waited” on and given as many pillows and blankets as you’d like, but when it comes to the dad, he will not be given much at all. Typically, he is to sleep on a little couch. That’s why I recommend bringing pillows and blankets for him – to help keep him comfortable.
Going Home Outfit For Yourself
Yes, the baby is supposed to have a really cute going home outfit and that is important, but what about you? This takes consideration because you just had a baby and need to be careful with what you wear afterwards. I highly recommend staying in your hospital gown while you are in the hospital. For the way home, choose a large maxi dress, or comfortable leggings and a baggy shirt. One thing that I do want to point out is that if you have a c-section, you do not want pants that are tight on the sutures.
There are not many essentials that you need to bring, but toothpaste and face wash is definitely an essential. You can shower in the hospital too and if you want to do so, bring your own shampoo and soap, but it’s definitely not required. That is up to you!
Comfortable Clothes For Dad
You will both be low on sleep and not the most comfortable, so at least make it better for him by packing comfortable clothes for him to wear during your hospital stay.
Last but not least, snacks are a must! You will be hungry and the hospital food is not the best. If you are allowed to bring visitors (weird COVID rules), then have them bring you food, but if not, make sure you pack all of the snacks!