Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What's In My Hospital Bag

This post would not be possible without the help of my Instagram friends - thank you, thank you, thank you!  Last night at about 8pm, all I had packed in my hospital bag was two mini bottles of champagne and a pair of pajamas.  Ha!  I had no idea what else I really needed and Pinterest was a bit overwhelming with 'bring all the things!'  Naturally, you guys hooked me up with the must haves and I'm feeling much more prepared this morning.  Which is good, because tomorrow I'll officially be full term and this baby could truly come at any time!

Here is what I've got in my hospital bag now.  Feel free to leave any more suggestions in the comments or let me know if I forgot something crucial :)  And you might notice breastfeeding stuff is let off the list, I actually won't be able to breastfeed due to a medication I'm taking.  So if you've strictly formula fed, let me know about that, too!

-Loose fitting pajamas
-Tank tops
- Camera and charger
-Phone charger
-Flip flops for the shower
-Maxi dress for going home
-Makeup remover wipes
-Stretch mark cream
-Toilet paper
-My own pillow
-Underwear (that I won't mind throwing away ;))
-Belly binder

-Going home outfit
-A couple of extra outfits just in case!
-Swaddle blanket for pictures
-Bows & newborn hat
-Baby book
-Boppy pillow

Possibly a baby bottle so she gets used to the kind we're going to use at home?  I'm sure I'll add or remove a few things here and there before we go, but I feel like this is a good start.  And I definitely plan on doing an AFTER the hospital post on what we actually used!  

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  1. Instagram/blog friends are the best! There's definitely a wealth of knowledge out there! :)

  2. I don't think toilet paper is needed as you will be using an awesome spray bottle for the first couple days.

  3. no need to bring your own toilet paper (you wont be using some for a few days) or pillow (might get mixed in with hospital pillows, or the pillow case accidently changed and lost)

  4. Sounds like you are ready!!
    I will say, my friend that I got to be in the delivery with her - she went through 4 pairs of socks just in a few hours - her water breaking kept leaking & every time she'd get up to go to the bathroom, it'd run down her leg into her socks... so I'll say, take LOTS of socks ;)

  5. Ahhh, it's getting so real! Can't believe that you're full term tomorrow. Sounds like you have all the basics covered to me!

  6. I think one of my friends who wasn't breastfeeding was told to bring a tight sports bra so her milk didn't come in. I don't remember all the details but you might check with your doctor!

  7. I can't believe you're already full term! I definitely over packed some things, but your list looks pretty good. Make sure you have big pads on hand in case your water breaks because it continues to leak after it breaks! Not pleasant. I took my own pillow and was glad to have it. And cute/comfy pajamas, but you might want lightweight pants because it gets cold in there!

  8. So exciting. Don't forget some pads (and extra undies), my friend sent me out to get her some because the ones are the hospital were terrible.

  9. Great list!! I can't believe it's time to pack our bags...ahh! The only other things I would recommend is chapstick and lotion (its so dry in hospitals!), a night gown or shirt (just incase you have to have a c section, they are just more comfortable. But, praying you don't have to have one!), slippers or comfy socks and a few extra onesies for baby. Yes, I think it's a good idea to bring whatever bottle you plan on using to the hospital to try them out! Can't wait to 'meet' your little girl!!

    1. Oops! Just saw you already have slippers on there :)

  10. Yay for having your bag ready!! This is a great list to keep tabbed away for me! Champs isn't on the list, but from your Instagram post...I'm sure it's in there ;)! I definitely think anything that will make your stay feel more comfortable is best :)!

  11. Ahhh!! I am so excited for you!! I know nothing about what to bring to the hospital - I guess I would just want a little makeup and dry shampoo to make myself feel a little more presentable. And cozy socks :) ~Hannah

  12. I recommend packing your hubby a bag too! I know many friends who did that because they'll need stuff as well - quarters for snack machines, magazines, techy stuff - they love it!

  13. Great list!! I was totally stocking your instagram post last night - jotting down everything that was suggested!! So glad you posted this today - I'm going to start packing this weekend!!

  14. I forgot to give you one more suggestion! For our dog, Mat wore and old T-shirt and then snuggled with James Robert for a while. When he went home, we let Major sniff it and lay with it for the night. When James Robert came home it was a very smooth transition. I imagine it will be with your golden too, but someone gave us that tip and for all it's worth, we will probably do it again!

  15. So smart to ask instagram and bloggies, so many smart people out there that have been through this. Marking for one day!

  16. Instagram friends are the best! Your list looks great, to the point.. I'll make sure to look forward to your after to see what you actually used! I'll be packing mine in a few weeks! Xo

  17. Yes!!! I've started thinking about what to pack and Pinterest is SO overwhelming. Can't wait to hear what worked and what didn't!

  18. Love the bag you packed in - perfect for anything - I use mine all the time! I am definitely remembering to come back to this post and the comments once this time occurs for us!

  19. Sounds like you're really ready! I especially love the bag itself!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

  20. Awesome list, yay for Instagram friends! Definitely saving this for a few months down the road <3
    Green Fashionista

  21. My daughter came a month early so I was totally nowhere near prepared - my mom had to pack my bag for me because when the doc says go straight to the hospital you listen! ha! These are all great things to have! I strictly formula fed also and bottles are definitely useful! The hospital provides formula and thankfully my daughter took it well and we never had to change it. My nephew on the other hand could not take the one provided and my brother in law had to go buy formula - just something to think about! So excited for you! -xx Leah || Chasing Texas

  22. I would bring a couple swaddles and a couple outfits. Your stuff will be way softer & nicer than the hospital stuff. Plus, they may quickly get dirty with spit up, poop, etc. I wouldn't bring the Boppy. It's so big & bulky and you shouldn't really need it. Especially since you aren't nursing. What exciting times!

  23. Yayyy! Love the addition of champs and your own robe and slippers.

  24. SUCH a great list! You're all ready and she will be here soon! They will give you tons of formula, nipples and pacifiers at the hospital so you don't need any of that. They also give you special undies (think mesh) that are the only things you will want to wear!

  25. Eeek! Praying for you and the baby, Katie!!

  26. i think you were good with what you originally had! champagne and pjs? what more could you need ;) seriously though thank goodness for those that came before us, right?

  27. Our packing lists look pretty similar, but I hardly used anything I brought!! Pillows and snacks probably got the most use honestly, lol! But I think I would pack all this again just to be safe :)

  28. I cannot wait to meet your little girl! It looks like you have everything all set!

  29. Does your hubs have his own hospital bag? There is so much to think about!


  30. Sounds like you've got everything together! Can't believe how close it's getting to baby time!


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