Today I am sharing everything that I packed in my hospital bag in preparation for baby boy #4. Being that this is my fourth time around, I pretty much know what essentials I’ll definitely be using and needing at the hospital for labor, and after labor.
With just as short as 2 weeks left, I wanted to make sure my hospital bag was not going to be an added stress for when the time comes, so it’s all packed and ready to go!
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Hospital Bag Essentials You Actually Will Use
It’s so easy to over-pack for the hospital, especially if you are a first time mom. As a fourth time mom to baby boy #4, I’m no pro, but I definitely have a good idea of what I will need at the hospital vs. what they will supply that I don’t have to worry about carrying with me.
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I am using THIS canvas travel tote that I scored on Amazon. I chose the black stripes. It is very spacious with both inside and outside pockets, and has shorter straps as well as a long one. This has fit all of my hospital essentials and has plenty of room for the extras that I will be taking home from the hospital.
Postpartum Support Recovery Belly Wrap
This may or may not be something you need to take with you. I say that only because some hospitals will supply you with one. I was unaware that you just have to ask them (silly me!). These help tremendously with shrinking your belly back down in less time. I am still bringing my own just in case my hospital does not supply them. I grabbed my postpartum belly band for $20 on Amazon with the option of prime shipping and available in 3 neutral colors.
You definitely are going to want to bring quite a few pairs of underwear. Things get messy, and you want to have enough back-ups in case you have any leakage. Underwear that come up higher for extra belly support are great too!
I picked up THIS pack of 6 black cotton bikini underwear from Amazon Essentials in size Medium for under $15! I’ve already washed and dried them without any issues of shrinking or coming apart.
Also picked these up in a pack of 2 from Wal-Mart, just in case I wanted a bit more support.
Easy Breast-Feeding Apparel
Clothing that has easy access to your breasts is definitely something you may want. It helps for an easier feeding, while also not exposing yourself too much.
I am taking 2 nursing bras, that have an easy hook that you just unlatch at feeding time, and hook right back on when baby is finished. They are thick and have great support, as well as a nursing tank top. This is actually my first time trying one so I’ll let you know how that goes.
Comfy Loose Fitting Clothing
Believe me when I say you want to bring some really soft, comfy, roomy pieces of clothing to wear throughout your hospital stay. Most people will rock their hospital gown, but I like something warmer, softer, and less revealing.
I’m taking a few options with me just in case of staining. I sized up to a Large for each one to ensure a roomier fit.
- Sweatpants that are super soft and comfy. These joggers in dark grey, as well as these cotton ones in black.
- Pajamas! I can’t find the link to the polka dot set that I have, but this is the same one in solid black. Grab your set HERE!
- Robe for extra warmth, and coverage. I love bringing a robe with me because I’m usually freezing. I got this one in a size small because it is really long and I’m only 5’4. It is perfect with a built in tie, as well as pockets. Definitely a MUST!
- A tee-shirt is something I packed to go home in along with one of the sweat pants above. It’s a v-neck cute camo print tee that is comfy and still stylish. This one is from Target.
Socks And/Or Slippers
I just rock the non-slip hospital socks that they supply while I’m in the bed, but I am also bringing a pair of slippers to put on for walking in the bathroom and the hallway.
I grabbed mine at Dollar Tree, yes, Dollar Tree because I don’t plan on keeping those for home afterwards. Hospitals honestly freak me out with the germs etc., so I really don’t want to bring certain things there, or back with us.
After Birth Saviors
These are things that I’ve forgotten in the past, but have used at home and they are life savers at helping to comfort and ease pain in your lady part area, and breasts.
- Tucks: I bought the 100 pack on Amazon because I can’t be without these. They help ease the burning and swelling of your down stairs area so much. They are cooling and very gentle. The witch hazel does wonders!
- Nipple Cream: When breastfeeding, your nipples tend to get sore, cracked and just beat up from the baby trying to latch, sucking too hard, etc. This cream is safe for baby and you, so why not take the relief.
- Nursing Breast Pads: Once your milk supply comes in, you are going to have a lot leaking from your breasts. These disposable bra insert pads will guarantee that you stay dry.
- Pads: The hospital will supply you with plenty of these, but I like taking ones that I am more comfortable in to wear the day after giving birth when it’s less messy.
- Afterbirth Contraction Relief Drops: I actually just found out about these and am so happy I did. It has awesome reviews from actual mom’s who have had multiple deliveries and know what this pain is. Let me just say, the more births you have had the worse these contractions are of your uterus shrinking back down to size. I honestly thought I was having a heart attack in the hospital because this pain was no joke and unexpected. I’m excited to try these natural drops as appose to taking strong meds. If they work, I’ll definitely be mentioning them again!
My toiletries aren’t anything fancy.
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Face oil
- Lip balm because hospitals are super drying from being so cold.
- Contact Lens Case w/ mirror (bc I’m so extra lol) No but seriously, I love that it has a mirror so I don’t have to get up to go into the bathroom, and it has a container to put lens solution instead of bringing the bottle and all of it fits perfectly in this resold case.
I’m also taking my shampoo and conditioner in these cute silicone leak-proof containers. These are actually TSA approved and great for traveling. It also comes with toothbrush covers, and containers to hold moisturizers, etc. in, as well as a clear case.
Some may take a separate bag for baby, but there is plenty of room in my bag, so I’m not being extra with this.
- Phone charger
- Pre-Natal Vitamins
- High Quality Camera
My last piece of advice would be to take EVERYTHING you can that the hospital supplies. This includes packs of diapers, wipes, A&D ointment, diaper rash cream, burp cloths etc. My hospital usually hooks it up really nice with the extras, so don’t hesitate to ask your nurse.
I hope you found this post helpful, and I’ll be back with a few more baby/mom essential posts soon.
Good luck to all the expecting mama’s 🙂
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