This post is sponsored by Degree Women but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.One question that never goes away in the mom community is “What do I need to pack in my hospital bag?” Well, today I’m sharing a free printable to help you tackle packing your hospital bags! (Scroll to the bottom to save the free checklist printable.)
- deodorant: One thing that was horrible for me both times I was postpartum was my sweating. Seriously. I felt like I was so gross and sweaty all the time. Thank God for Degree UltraClear Black+White Pure Clean Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorant. It goes on instantly dry for a cleaner feel, up to 48-hour protection against wetness and odor, and Motion-Sense Technology releases bursts of extra protection whenever you move. (MUST HAVE postpartum because you’re basically always moving.) Save on Degree Ultraclear Spray Deodorant.
- toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body wash: Blaire, my first, was a scheduled c section. I showered the morning before we went to the hospital. I didn’t realize how badly I’d want to shower after being there for three nights. I didn’t bring shampoo or conditioner and Jason had to run out and get me some!
- make up remover wipes
- moisturizer/makeup/chapstick/lotion: I brought some makeup basics with me each time: concealer, mascara, bb cream and chapstick. The hospital air (in our hospital, anyways) is SO dry! I kept chapstick and lotion next to me bed because I kept applying them all day and night.
- hair ties/hair brush
- hair dryer/curling iron: Optional. I didn’t take them when Blaire was born. Of course we ended up doing photos in the hospital and my hair looked bad. But then I took them when Ben was born and didn’t end up using them.
- glasses/contact case & solution
- baby wash: If you have a specific brand you want to use. When Blaire was born the hospital had Johnson & Johnson, so I took a travel-size for Ben, but the hospital had switched to an organic baby wash, so we just used that one.
- nipple balm
- nipple pads
- nursing pillow: also helpful for siblings visiting when they want to hold baby
- nursing cover: totally optional, but I liked having mine.
- slipper socks (2-3): The ones in the hospital are fine, but I liked changing mine a lot since the floors are so gross.
- robe: Something comfy to wear throughout the day and at night. After my C Section I wore mine over my pjs when I had to go out and walk the halls.
- maternity pjs (2-3): I took nursing nightgowns and I also took comfy nursing tops with maternity pj pants.
- nursing tank (2-3)
- cardigan or cozy sweater
- comfy top and dark maternity leggings for trip home (or comfy dress)
- flip flops (for shower)
- sleepers (2-3)
- onesies (2-3)
- swaddling blankets
- sleep sack
- baby mittens
- burp cloths
- car seat (install base in car ahead of time)
- carseat cover
- nail file
- tee shirts (2-3)
- sweat pants
- socks (2-3)
- baby book: With Blaire, we remembered to take hers and they did her hand prints and foot prints in it. For Ben, we didn’t have one yet (second child problems!) so they did them on a piece of paper for us to take home.
- healthy snacks
- phone chargers (extra-long to reach the hospital bed!)
- video camera
- camera/video camera chargers
- memory card: buy a new one if you have to! Just make sure you have room on it.
- computer charger
Did I forget anything? Let me know in a comment below!