Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Packing List

Once you hit the 3rd trimester, my doctor alerted me it's smart to have your "bag" ready. This bag should contain all of the "necessities" you'll need in the hospital. The hospital is well-equipped to take care of baby - all diapers, wipes, blankets, etc. will be covered, but much less so to take care of you. Most insurance companies pay for you to be in the hospital for up to 48 hours after delivery, and I expect to take advantage of every last minute. After reading countless blogs, I've compiled my own list and have my bag (mostly) ready:
  • Toiletrees (shampoo/conditioner, body wash, mini loofah, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, chapstick, hair ties, brush, face wash, moisturizer) IMPORTANT NOTE: Put all items in plastic baggies, I already had an epic fail because my conditioner leaked all over the place even though it was brand new.
  • Basic makeup
  • Super Pads (the one the hospital provides apparently aren't great)
  • 3-5 pairs of granny panties
  • 2-3 pairs of PJ's - I went for 2 pairs of yoga pants and 2 built in bra nursing tanks that way I could go home in one of those outfits
  • Nursing bra
  • Lightweight robe
  • Flip flops/slippers
  • Coming home outfit for baby (bring newborn and 0-3 size)
  • Installed Car Seat/blanket for ride home
  • Socks

These items will be last minute grabs - I put the list on the fridge so J will know what we're missing:
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
  • We're debating bringing my kindle/computer to watch movies
  • Pillow (I'm a pillow freak and can't sleep without mine)


  1. I read somewhere that you should bring an empty duffel bag because the hospital may give you a bunch of free samples or you may accumulate gifts while you're there, and then you have an easy way to get it all back home. Otherwise it looks like a good list to me (as someone who knows basically nothing about this).

  2. Good hint! :) I need as many tips as I can get!

  3. I can't wait for the phone call saying baby weeks is on the way!