Packing for a Hospital Birth

36 Weeks Pregnant and Packing for Hospital - A Well Crafted Party

Well, it is here… I’m 36 weeks. He can come any day now and my doc won’t stop him from coming. (Although, we all hope he makes it another couple of weeks to grow a bit stronger.) But, since I am here at the possible last month of pregnancy it is now time to pack our hospital bags and get them in the car. I’ve read the checklists and tried to figure out what I would need in packing for a hospital birth. I assembled my own sort of list (which I am sharing today) but, would love your advice!
Packing Bags for Baby's Birth at the Hospital - A Well Crafted Party
We have 3 bags (my bag, my hubby’s bag and the baby’s bag) that are going to the hospital with us along with my Boppy, laptop and purse. I still have a few things to clean and pack away and then we’ll also have the last minute items of chargers and other such electronics. But, overall it is almost done!
Hospital Bag Items to Pack for Mommy to Be - A Well Crafted Party

What I Packed for the Mommy-to-be Hospital Bag: 

*For During Labor*
—Birthing Gown (Didn’t want to wear the hospital one)
— Robe
— Chapstick
—Hair Ties
—Ipod stocked with music
—Mints and Hard Candies
 *For After Birth*
— Nursing Tops
—Nursing Bra
—Nursing Pads
—Industrial Sized Pads
—Makeup (I just bought a whole new basic set to keep in the bag)
—Contacts/Contact Solution (Will Grab Glasses Last Minute)
—Hair Dryer
—Going Home Outfit (that will fit my big bloated self)

What I packed for the Daddy-to-be’s Hospital Bag:

—Comfortable Clothing for two nights/days
—Laptop & Phone filled with games/entertainment/books
—Binder with Must Call list, birth plan (with extra copies), insurance information, directions to hospital from several different areas, list of area restaurants near hospital
—Gifts for Nurses (see below for more info)
—Banner from baby shower to put in room that says, “Welcome Small Human”
 Babys Hospital Bag Packing List - A Well Crafted Party

What I packed for my baby’s hospital bag: 

 —One Swaddling Cloth
—1 Baby Blanket
—A couple pairs of socks (one for his little hands)
— Diapers (we are doing gDiapers so we wanted to have some with us)
— Small Stuffed Animal
— Button on shirts
—Going home outfit
—Also will have car seat in car—
Nurse Thank You Gift Printable - A Well Crafted Party
In my last Mommy Monday post I wrote about how we are bringing Thank You gifts for our nurses and those people that help us during our labor and delivery. We packed 5 of them and made them look super cute with a printable. I thought I’d upload the printable for anyone who wanted to use them! They say, “Thank you for taking care of us on this special day!”
Nurse Thank You Printable - A Well Crafted Party

What did you find that you needed or didn’t need when you were packing for a hospital birth?


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    You are SO organized. I’m totally taking notes! I hadn’t thought of half the stuff you listed. I am so grateful for your blogs!! I love the idea of the thank you gifts too, and I had been thinking about them myself for both the midwife and doula. I’m totally gonna borrow some of your great ideas. You’re gonna be the BEST momma! Many blessing Jenni!

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    Where did you get your non-hospital gown? I’ve been thinking it might be nice to have something like that…

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    @VeggieBugg—Thanks so much! I’m glad that the lists are useful… we had a dry run the other day with some false labor and it was nice to know I had my bags ready to go!

    @Sarah— I actually made it. 🙂 But, I found some different available ones on-line by googling “birth gowns.” Although, my hospital said I could wear what I wanted and I did think about wearing a bathing suit coverup that opens fairly easily at the breast area. One of the things you have to pay attention to is whether you are planning to have an epidural. If you are then you need to have a gown that gives access to your back.

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    no epidurals for me!! thanks for the info 🙂

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