Lifestyle Blog

WHAT I ACTUALLY USED IN MY HOSPITAL BAG | VAGINAL BIRTH




Being a first time mom is a little nerve racking, you don't know what stuff you need or what stuff actually works and its a new experience. If your anything like me I went to every blog I could find about being a new mommy and read so many helpful posts. I also looked up what to bring to the hospital because I really had no clue. And let me just say the majority of things I brought I didn't use. So I'm here today to hopefully give you some helpful advice as to what you actually will use in the hospital.

Now what you bring may also depend on if you have a vaginal delivery or a c-section. For me I had a vaginal delivery and only stayed in the hospital for 24 hours+ an extra day for my induction time.



For Mommy


MY BAG
For my bag I decided to go with a small rolling luggage. It is so much easier to roll your bag instead of carry it and I was able to fit my stuff and his stuff. I also brought his diaper bag just to keep his diapers and wipes and some extra clothes.

NIGHTGOWN + (robe)
My mom actually ordered me this super cute maternity night gown to wear in the hospital. It has snaps easy for breastfeeding. It covers your entire back and bottom and you don't have to worry about a string to tie like those hospital gowns. I wore the hospital gown for delivery but while I was in post I wore my personal nightgown. I didn't wear any cute robe or pants or anything like that because I was breastfeeding so I wanted everything to be easy access and your "down there area" is sore so you just want to feel free and nothing restricting you. *hospital rooms do get cold so if you want to bring a robe that may be a good idea.

FUZZY SOCKS
My hospital actually provided comfy socks during labor and post partum, but it never hurts to bring your own pair in case you want to change the socks.

PERSONAL BODY CARE (Including Face Towel/Bath Towel)

  • Toothbrush/Tooth Paste
  • Body Wash
  • Lotion
  • Face Wash/Face Lotion
  • Hair Ties
  • Hair Products
  • Brush/Comb
  • Shower Slippers
  • Deodorant 


SNACKS
If you get induced expect to be in the hospital and entire day so definitely bring your favorite snacks. The hospital provided snacks for me but sometimes we have those little favorites.
*At the beginning of my labor I found that chewing gum helped.

PRENATAL VITAMINS
Even after baby is born you will still want to keep taking your prenatal vitamins so bring those with you.

GOING HOME OUTFIT
Your going home outfit should just be some comfy stretchy sweats and a large shirt. I felt so uncomfortable after birth so having large clothes felt nice. You can also bring an extra pair in case you spill or anything like that. If you also don't feel like messing with your hair a hat is the perfect fix.

SLIPPERS
Your going to be going in and out of the bed a lot so if you don't want to walk on the hospital floor with your socks and then get back in the bed I would say bring some slippers. They don't have to be expensive just some slippers so you don't have to walk on that floor.

NURSING BRA
With all the nursing your going to do, if you breastfeed, you definitely want an easy access bra or a nursing cami.

HEADPHONES
This was nice during labor just to listen to some calming music directly in my ear. It may not work as labor gets more intense but it does come in handy.

ESSENTIAL OILS
I brought peppermint essential oil just so I could smell it during my contractions and I loved it. It brought a calm fresh feeling. You can bring whatever essential oil you like. My hospital also provided some essential oils like ginger and lavender.

LIP BALM
With all the heavy breathing your during throughout labor, you lips get really dry and nobody wants dry cracked lips so having a good lip balm for me was essential.

PHONE CHARGER
Don't forget your phone charger!

NIPPLE BALM
Your nipples will be a little sore after breastfeeding so having your favorite or preferred nipple balm is essential to help soothe your sore nipples and help them not crack.

CAMERA+ CHARGER
I love taking pictures in general but having a camera to shoot those precious moments is important. If you don't have a professional camera you can always use your phone or buy a disposable camera. Anything to capture those sweet moments. The hospital also had a photographer that came around to take newborn pictures, for a fee of course. But that can also be an option.

For Baby

ONESIES + (hat, socks, mittens)
Onesies are the most easiest and most comfortable thing to have for baby. When they are born they are still a little scrunched up so some of these super cute outfits are just going to be to frustrating to put on. So I say bring some simple newborn onesies or 0-3 months if your baby is on the larger side. 

DIAPERS/WIPES
The hospital provided diapers and wipes but I don't like diapers with a scent so I'm glad a brought my own. I also really love water wipes and they are amazing with newborn poops.  So if your the same way bring whatever diapers and wipes you prefer. 

NAIL CLIPPERS
Luckily my baby did not have long nails at birth so I didn't use nail clippers or those hand mittens. But you never know if your baby will, so I say bring them just in case. 

BLANKET OR SWADDLE
A nice blanket or swaddle is good to have on the ride home or for pictures. The hospital usually has blankets for your baby to use while there but if you prefer your own blankets, bring them.

BURP CLOTH
It's nice to have burp cloths so you don't end up using baby blankets, they are smaller and just convenient to have.

CAR SEAT 
This is pretty mandatory but don't forget the car seat!

POCKET BINDER
You probably will receive a lot of paperwork or things you want to save. I would suggest bringing a pocket folder to keep everything together and organized.



WHAT THE HOSPITAL PROVIDED
In case you were wondering what my hospital provided below I will have a list of the things they provided. Every hospital may be different so I would suggest asking them when you tour or calling labor and delivery. But I thought this would be a little helpful to know.

MOMMY

  • Birth Ball
  • Essential Massage Oil
  • Labor/Delivery Socks
  • Heat Packs
  • Post Partum Socks
  • Tucks Witch Hazel Pads
  • Perineal Bottle
  • Mesh Disposable Underwear 
  • Large Maternity Pads
  • Vaginal Icepacks 
  • Nipple Cream
  • Toothbrush/Tooth Paste
  • Pillows to help prop baby for breastfeeding 



BABY

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Nose Suction
  • Hat
  • Onesie Shirt
  • Blankets to use (at hospital)








No comments

Post a Comment