While I understand that some people have a longer stay than others, and that some people prefer to have all of the comforts of home when they’re away, this is one trip I don’t really want to overpack for. Why? Because it’s more stuff you have to carry to and from. It’s more clutter to deal with in such a short time. I’m all for being prepared, but I just don’t see the point in bringing tons of stuff for what should be a 48-hour trip. Plus, I want Jake to go home and get a night’s sleep before we bring the baby home so at least one of us has gotten some rest (just so you know, you do not sleep when you’re at the hospital- they’re in and out checking things all the time).
Disclaimer: I know that things can and do come up. However, in the event that something does come up we live close enough to the hospital and to both sides of our family that it would not be a problem to have someone get whatever it was we needed.
On top of that, I’m a low maintenance person. And that’s why for me sticking to the necessities just made more sense; I just don’t need a lot. So let me share with you my hospital essentials! And if nothing else, this list can be something for you to build from if you want to bring a little more than I do 😉
In the delivery room –
- Any paperwork you need to bring
- ID & Insurance card
- Bluetooth Speaker (This speaker is my favorite)
- Camera & charger (I use this camera)
- Phone charger (This portable phone charger works great!)
- Warm socks
- Face wipes (I use these)
- Hand lotion
- Ponytail holder
In the recovery room –
- Basic toiletries
- Hairbrush/hairties/bobby pins
- Nursing bra
- Tee shirt (or nursing tank)
- Loose sweatpants
- Nursing pads
- Lansinoh Nipple Balm
Going home –
- Tee shirt
- Comfy cardigan or wrap
- Nipple shieldthis will be especially helpful if your baby has a hard time latching on)
- Nursing pillow
- Going home outfit
- Swaddle blanket
- Infant car seat (leave it in the car until it’s time to go home)
- Packed diaper bag
*this is more of an idea- like I said I don’t plan on having Jake sleep at the hospital because I need one of us to have some energy, so he’ll have some options as far as grabbing what he needs or wants.
- Phone and charger
What’s on your hospital list? Are you an over-packer or a minimalist? Is there anything you absolutely need? I’d love to hear about your experience!