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What to Bring to the Hospital When You Have a Baby

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Delivery Bags Packed You could call this "The Minimalist's Guide to What to Bring to the Hospital When You Have a Baby." I used everything on this list while I was at the hospital. It's still a lot of stuff, but for me it doesn't include unnecessary extras. I brought a lot more things than this to the hospital, only to have to lug them back to our Jeep when we were ready to go home. (Well, someone had to. I could barely walk.)

It's totally embarrassing to think about all the things I brought last time. I think I brought multiple outfits for baby, two pairs of baby mittens (which we never used) and my swimming suit top for laboring in the tub -- ha!

This list is for myself for next time, but it's also for you, if you don't want to overpack.

What to Bring to the Hospital When You Have a Baby

  • Pillows (for you and your spouse)
  • Blanket (for dad)
  • Nursing bra or tank (1-2)
  • Leggings/comfy pants
  • Nursing pads
  • Lanolin ointment
  • Comfy shirts
  • Sweatshirt/cardigan
  • Makeup
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Nail file for baby
  • Going-home outfit for baby
  • Hair bow/headband (if girl)
  • Blanket for baby (we used this to tuck her into her car seat)
  • Car seat (have the base installed before you go)
  • Slippers/socks
  • Chapstick
  • Headband for you
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Face wash
  • Hair brush
  • Deodorant
  • Hair ties
  • Hair product (dry shampoo, gel, spray)
  • Laptop/iPad & charger
  • Camera & charger
  • Phone & charger
  • Extra, empty bag (to pack hospital goodies in)

Our Hospital Provided

  • Mesh underwear
  • Maxi pads
  • Tucks medicated cooling pads
  • Dermoplast spray
  • Ibuprofen & other drugs (if necessary)
  • Stool softener
  • Breast pump
  • Nipple shield
  • Formula/bottles/insulated bottle carrier
  • Nose sucker
  • Towels
  • Body wash for baby's first bath
  • Diapers/wipes
  • Pacifier (if desired)
  • Food for mom (one free meal for dad) & water bottle
  • Baby onesie & hat
  • Baby blanket
  • Extra pillows for nursing
  • Spray/squirt bottle to bring home
  • Many other things...

What to Have at Home for Mom

  • Maxi pads
  • Tucks medicated cooling pads
  • Dermoplast spray
  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetaminophen
  • Stool softener
  • Iron supplement (I needed this from losing so much blood)

Listing this out makes me really excited to go back (when the time comes)! I've thought about a home birth, but there's something about the hospital stay that seems like a mini-getaway! We had a good experience the first time around. There's free food, a nursery, a toilet with a spray wand (trust me) and a whirlpool tub!

What tips do you have on packing for the hospital?