Packing the Hospital Bag

Its about that time.  Time to get a hospital bag packed for the trip to the hospital!  I get very emotional thinking about this trip to the hospital.  It seems to surreal that Stephen and I will leave our house as a family of 2, and return as a family of 3.  Unreal.  I have thought a lot about what we will need while we are in the hospital.  I tend to over pack. A lot.  I will bring 7 bathing suits for a weekend trip to the beach.  I will bring an entire rolly suitcase full of going out outfits for an overnight trip with friends.  So I expect my hospital bag will have lots of items we will never even touch.

Here is what I have set out so far:

For baby:

  • Going home outfit
  • hat (it will be COLD!)
  • a few pairs of newborn pj’s
  • Special blanket from her great grandmother
  • burp clothes, swaddles, and muslin blankets


For me:

  • Socks
  • 2 pairs of sweat pants
  • 2 nursing tank tops
  • 2 nursing bra’s
  • Bath robe
  • Maternity jeans and a nursing shirt for the ride home


  • Gigantic pump style container of hand sanitizer (this flu epidemic is no joke)
  • Chocolates for the nurses on both the labor and delivery and postpartum floors (I’ll buy this closer to D day)
  • Travel size toiletries (shampoo, body wash, lufa, lotion)
  • Nipple cream

I believe that is about it for now.  I’m sure it will change a thousand times in the next 3 weeks, and I am sure some things will not be used and I will realize I totally forgot something else.  This is usually the case with the first child!



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