Packing a hospital bag, the second time around

I have to tell you guys – packing a hospital bag the first time around was an ordeal.  I packed outfits for myself, Jon packed a ton of clothes, we packed snacks, drinks.  We packed the baby outfits, the diaper bag, the camera bag, my pumping stuff, the nursing pillow.  And you know what we used?  About 10% of it.  Tops.  So this time around, we’re smarter.  And more efficient.  So here’s what we’ve packed the second time around.

For the mom:

  • Sweatpants/capris, aka something loose and comfortable to wear in that hospital bed
  • Nursing tank tops
  • Sweatshirt/loose comfy sweater (I prefer these to a bathrobe)
  • Comfortable underwear (I like the boy short kinds from wal mart that I won’t mind throwing away afterwards.  Trust me on this one)
  • Socks (although I actually prefer the hospital ones with the slip free bottoms)
  • Minimal make up (because I take a lot of pictures, but I won’t be putting on anything other than mascara or lip gloss)
  • Chap stick (a must)
  • Deodorant, face wash towelettes, and lotion (plus whatever else is a must on your list)
  • Contacts, contact solution, and glasses (for those of us who are visibly challenged)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner (I hate the soap kind at the hospital)
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Hair brush and elastics
  • Nursing bra and nursing bra pads (I love my Bravado bra and these nursing pads)
  • Any insurance/short-term disability/other paperwork you may need the doctor to fill out

For the dad:

  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirt
  • A couple of t-shirts
  • Hat
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Snacks (we just go for these simple breakfast bars…you don’t even want to know what I packed last time, but let’s just say it was a full bag)

For the baby:

  • A couple of cute pj outfits (because I love pictures)
  • A couple of onesies (because I love those “just born” pictures)
  • A couple of hats (although I love the hospital ones, but just in case)
  • Sleep sacks (we swear by the Halo sleep sacks and used those every minute of every day we were at the hospital with P)
  • A couple of swaddle blankets (again, this is mostly because I’m picture obsessed)

And if you’re really into electronics/photos like me:

  • Camera, with fresh, clean card, charged battery and just one versatile lens
  • Phones and their chargers
  • iPad and Mifi (because, well, we are who we are)

Just two bags.  And, as you can see, one of them is practically empty.  I have reasoning for this.

The hospital supplies.

You guys, when you’re at the hospital, you’re going to get diapers, wipes, pads, boob cream, and anything else you will need for the first couple of days for you and baby.  Our insurance already pays for all these supplies so we take anything we don’t use home.  I highly suggest that you take their diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and the Medela cream for nursing moms.  Then you don’t have to worry about having all those items ready when you get home.

And now we just have to install the car seats and we’re kinda mostly ready.