Hospital Bag Must Haves

If you’re like me you like to be over prepared. If my husband and I go on an overnight trip, I always pack like we’re going to be gone for a month. When I was getting ready to have my twins I Googled and asked so many mom groups what I should pack in my hospital bag. I didn’t want to over pack (which I’m good at) but I also didn’t want to forget anything.

I asked a few moms on my social media accounts what they brought, forgot, and wished they would have brought to the hospital. I ended up getting a lot of good stuff!

Here are your hospital bag must haves:

Mama Must Haves-

  • Robe & Slippers
  • Pillow
  • Phone Charger (EXTRA LONG)
  • Shower Shoes
  • Nursing Tank Tops & Bras
  • Comfy/Baggy Sweats & Shirts
  • Comfy Underwear
  • Chapstick
  • Dry Shampoo + Shampoo, Conditioner & Bodywash for showering.
  • Hair Brush
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Camera or Photographer
  • SNACKS! (I had a bag of Jolly Ranchers)

After reading through all of my followers and friends comments I realized that what mama’s really wanted was just for things to feel normal and homely. Hospital stays are no fun. I was in the hospital for 4 days after having my twins, and I was ready to be home by day 2. The hospital provides you with almost everything you need to start your downstairs healing process. They gave me mesh underwear (the only time I wore my own underwear was the day we went home), pads, witch hazel pads, and numbing spray. I went home with extras of all of these things except the mesh underwear.

Daddy Must Haves-

  • Pillow & Blanket
  • SNACKS & Drinks
  • Books & Movies
  • Tablet or Laptop
  • Phone Charger
  • Comfy Clothes & PJs
  • Flip Flops & Slippers
  • Extra Cash

Dads mainly just want to be comfortable. My husband HATED sleeping on the terrible couch bed at the hospital. When I asked him what was something he wished he had brought to the hospital he said “My own bed.”

Baby Must Haves-

  • Going Home Outfit & Socks
  • Baby Book
  • Baby Blanket

I definitely over packed for my twins. I packed two different sizes of pajamas and going home outfits, my own swaddles, blankets, pacifiers, socks, and hats. The only things I used were our going home outfits. Literally everything else the hospital provided for us. They of course gave us hats, swaddle blankets, they even gave us some fluffy blankets for the babies as gifts. They provided diapers and wipes (for me and the babies). They did not provide pacifiers though. So if that is something you wanted to use just make sure to either ask the hospital if they provide them or if you need to bring your own. I used a hospital grade breast pump while I was there. The only time I brought my breast pump was when I saw the lactation consultant a couple days after we were discharged from the hospital.

Having a baby and becoming parents is a beautiful thing, but bringing so many things to keep track of can make it a stressful experience, especially when you’re getting ready to be discharged. Stick to the basics when it comes to packing your hospital bag, and keep comfy in mind.

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