Having a hospital bag ready for the delivery day is an exciting time in a mom’s life.
Overwhelmed with an upcoming beautiful change in your life yet challenging, and you must be wondering what are the hospital bag essentials for a delivery day.
First, you have to be prepared for your baby’s arrival by packing up your hospital bag having all your essential items for mom and the baby.
However, you actually want to know what to pack in your bag for your stay at the hospital. You can’t really be sure when you are going to be in the hospital for delivery, for that reason, your bag has to be ready by 34 weeks.
I am going to tell you what you really need to pack for your big day so that you don’t overpack out of sheer excitement. Hospital is going to provide you with pretty much everything.
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What you need in your hospital bag for Delivery
Here is the list of things you need in the hospital even if you are going for a C-section delivery. You can read about Postpartum care and recovery after a C-section. How you can heal better and faster.
1. A Medium Size Bag
I would suggest a reasonable size four wheels hand carry. It would be easier to stroll, either it’s you or your partner.
2. Trousers, shirts, and slippers
A comfortable couple of loose trousers and shirts. Well, It can’t be certain enough if you gonna end up having normal or C-section delivery, you still got to prepare for keeping both in mind. In the case of C-section delivery, when you are bandaged down there, you should not wear anything that is tight.
Your shirts should be comfortable, airy and about the size of your 7 months of pregnancy. It highly depends on how much you had gained in your pregnancy.
A large size cardigan is essential just in case you have visitors.
These super cute maternity gowns are great while you are at the hospital. They are comfy and very convenient for breastfeeding.
A couple of no-slip pair of socks and slippers that is comfortable
A favorite comfy pillow or blanket you may want to take with you.
- Body wash, deodorant,
- body lotion,
- face wash,
After all that sweating you actually look forward to taking a shower until your doctor gives you a “Go Ahead”. In short, you have to have everything ready.
Well, we never know how long we get to stay at the hospital but in case you have to deal with facial hair issues keep a facial wax strip only if you are bothered. A razor in case you care.
A hairdryer is a must-have for your hospital stay. The biggest mistake I made I forgot to put one in my bag.
Read more about Postpartum essentials for moms.
Makeup essentials and a Lip Balm
Well, it is not advisable to pack all your vanity items for your hospital stay. Rather just pack on your make up essentials to have you look more natural and fresh.
Eyeliner is something you might need the most if you wear that in your daily routine.
A good lip balm is a must for dry lips because if you opt for epidural/spinal, you won’t be able to eat or drink anything until you deliver.
Okay, that’s the real deal now. The toughest part when you become a mom. Breastfeeding is a pure motherhood experience but it is really going to be painful in the beginning until you get your milk flow. When you latch your baby on your breast, it is going to hurt initially, your breasts may get a cracky itchy, bleed. But it is all going to pass soon in a few weeks. But to keep pain and discomfort bearable, you have to keep your nipples moisturized with a good nipple cream that is safe for baby.
Have them dry for some time once your baby is done. You need a well-supported nursing bra until you get your milk flow. For a c-section, it takes a few days to get the right milk flow. Once the flow is there it is recommended to wear a well-supported nursing bra to avoid sagging of your breasts.
Learn more about how to fight breastfeeding discomforts for the first few weeks.
Gadgets and their chargers
Whatever gadgets you use, be that iPad or iPhone, iPod, you should have a charger for them and a long cable charger. If you have a C-section neither you can help yourself with chargers nor you can call nurses for that. They have to watch other patients too.
Long cable charger is a must.
Have a toy or an activity book for your toddler
If you are not a first-time mom then you might have a toddler with you. Keep his needs in mind just in case if he visits you in the hospital like keeping a tablet, toy or activity books for him.
Just to avoid sibling jealousy, have your child’s favorite toy wrapped as a gift in your bag, and you can give to your older child (under 2 most likely) comes to visit you at the hospital.
Things you don’t need in your delivery bag
No Sanitary Napkins: You don’t need to take any sanitary napkins with you. Hospital is going to provide you with the giant size pads you need.
No Panties: You don’t need to take any panties either. Hospital is going to take care of that too. If you want to keep one it is totally up to you. You can bring home some of those with you because that underwear is lightweight, breathable and absolutely comfortable.
Please do not use any liquid-locking sanitary pads or tampons after delivery if you get stitches down there. You are vulnerable to get infections so you better be very careful with every product you use.
What do you need for your baby
Well, to be honest, you don’t need too many clothes for your baby to take with you. Hospital is going to provide you with everything.
- syringe bulb,
- and a couple of newborn outfits.
- If you are not breastfeeding, the hospital is going to provide you ready to use formula bottles so you do not want to pack feeding bottles.
They have pretty much everything designed according to Baby’s needs.
The hats are non-slipping hats. The sheets are thick enough to be wrapped in. You must bring those home with you as they are the best hats for newborns.
Do not forget to pack a going-home outfit for baby and for yourself too.
A couple of newborn outfits: Make sure those outfits have cuff sleeves as newborns have sharp nails and their hands are too small for mittens.
In the beginning, the baby’s temperature has to be maintained, so they want you to do skin to skin with your baby and they usually keep her undressed just wrapped up in a sheet.
They dress up your baby once they give a sponge bath. But every hour nurses keep coming for baby’s checkup and they have to undress her anyway. They just wrap her up nicely. So keep any outfits handy if you have visitors. Just to be precise they don’t bother to dress her up again.
No pacifier for your newborn until your baby gets the hang of breastfeeding.
Check out baby’s first-year essentials you are going to need.
If dad is staying at the hospital with you, for him you need;
- Pair of jeans,
- a couple of shirts
and whatever they like to wear. He knows already that he has to take his gadgets along. I am pretty sure he won’t forget bringing his laptop along.
If your hospital is close by, it is always a good idea just in case if you are comfortable to let him go home, change and bring the stuff you may need.
You may want to check with the hospital what documents they require at delivery time. Your insurance card, ID card, and everything related to billing purposes.
Read more about what moms need to eat after delivery.
More on Newborn care
Just to avoid making mistakes with newborns, stay more informed with these mommy mistakes to avoid.
Although nurses take care of mom and baby at the hospital still staying there is not really a pleasant thing to do. Every other minute nurses keep coming and you can hardly rest. It is always better to keep your stay short at the hospital if you and the baby both are healthy and your doctor is comfortable enough to let you go home.
Doctors won’t let you go home unless they know you are in good shape to handle yourself and your baby.