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Hospital Bag Must-Haves

Hospital Bag Must-Haves

Nursery finished? Check. Car seat installed? Check. Your hospital bag packed? Um…

If you’re one month from your due date, it’s time to put yourself back on the to-do list. You’ll have plenty of other things on your mind when your contractions start and packing your bag shouldn’t be one of them.

Read on for tips from new moms who know exactly what to pack.

Monica + Andy Layette

“So easy to just pack a Monica and Andy layette!  loved that I didn’t have to think about what specific types of clothes and blankets I needed for baby in the hospital (and made for such cute newborn photos :)). ” @lesa822

Cozy Slippers

“Slippers!! Those floors are cold!!” @kt1418

An Extra Bag

“Bring along an extra empty bag! The hospital will give you so much paperwork, you’ll probably receive some gifts, and you’ll need a way to bring home all the free diapers (and ice packs!).” @jessie_mash

Cute Robe

“Bring a soft wrap/robe to throw on when visitors arrived! Otherwise it was me and the babe just breastfeeding all the time”  @holly0033A

“A nice robe! Good for many reasons: forgiving fit, skin to skin access, breastfeeding access, looks good in pictures, and last but most important COMFY!” @lecarleton

Tealights

“Three fake candles that flicker to recreate home vibes at the hospital!” @julieinbk

“I packed battery-operated tea lights at the recommendation of a nurse. It was so nice to have ambient light in the evening and prevented my newborn from being awakened by the fluorescent hospital lights being turned on anytime the nurses came in at night (which is often!) They were the best suggestion and I never would have thought to bring them otherwise. Having a really nice pair of slippers and my pillow from home was a great comfort too.” @kaleahpI

Shower Flip-Flops

“Trust me, you’re going to want to rinse off at some point during your hospital stay and you’re not going to want to go barefoot in those showers!”  @lindsayholden

Snacks, Snacks and more Snacks

“Mommy’s fav snacks and drinks coz you will be famished once all the hard work is done.” @rusticmint

“Snacks! We arrived at 7:30pm after the kitchen had closed. It didn’t open until 7am and I didn’t deliver my girl until 1:26pm. We were both starving. The nurses rounded up some bananas, jello, applesauce, and graham crackers, but I was still regretting not bringing anything to eat.” @sweetdeewehrs1122

Nipple Cream

“Learning to breastfeed essentials – nipple butter, nursing tank, nipple shield, gel relief packs…and lip balm!” @parentalpivot

Chapstick

“Chap stick was so important for me and a sweet outfit to bring our new baby girl home in. <3” @susandaggy1

Memory book

“baby scrap book so we could add their hand/foot prints when the nurses take them!” @meg_pruitt

Babies clothes

“Mom washer, snacks, and of course my Monica +Andy blankets and outfits for baby and big sis” @essentialohana

Clothes for you

“More comfy clothes than you would think to pack. I had an emergency c section and our stay went from 2 days to 5” @jesslaniew

“Oh and clothes you don’t mind ruining with lanolin! Wish I had known that…it was everywhere!” @jesslaniew

Small Speaker

“A nursing/pumping bra! A speaker for labor music!”  @theplantwife

Water bottle, Pillow and Sticky Socks

“My hospital must have was a water bottle that didn’t require two hands to open and a good pair of sticky socks (I brought a pair of pure barre socks)! And a good pillow – the hospital ones suck!”  @whatsfordinneresq

Toiletries

“Lots of (travel sized) mommy goodies like fancy face lotion and face wash. Anything to make you feel a bit more “normal” and taken care of!” @mekanebassi

Hair ties

“Hair ties! Snacks and a robe.” @andylreynolds

Adult diapers and a soft blanket for mama

“Relaxation music, Depends adult diapers (those huge pads just aren’t big enough), baby shampoo with non-toxic ingredients, a big fuzzy robe or blanket from home, yoga pants, snacks for you and your birthing partner!” @sadiecarol28

Charger (for Everything!)

“So cute! We are expecting #2 in a few weeks and I definitely had to pack the USB extension cord for my phone charger so I can use it while in bed! That’s my big must have.”  @samanthajym

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