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My “to do” list before baby comes is slowly dwindling as the time grows closer and it seems the last few things on the list are things I have been ignoring or just weren’t looking forward to doing.  Packing that hospital bag is one of them.  I have read so many lists from other people on the internet and it was enough to make me think, nope, I’ll wait a little longer. There are a lot of people proclaiming MUST haves and NOT must haves.  Who is right and what is right for me?

When we travel, I am an over packer.  I am not a carry on person at all! My main thing for the hospital is to not over pack.  I don’t want to be hauling in a collection of crap for a (hopefully) short stay.  After looking over several lists and talking to people who have delivered at the same hospital that I will be at, here is what I have packed so far.

My bag:

  • Basic shower, bathroom, cosmetic items, all travel sized.
  • Hair brush, hair ties, hair bands.  Anything to keep the hair out of my face.
  • Large maxi pads (Just a few as most hospitals provide these)
  • Disposable breast Pads
  • Sports bras x2
  • Plain underwear that can be tossed
  • PJ Pants that can be tossed
  • Sweatpants that can be tossed
  • Zip-up hoodie
  • 2 Tanks
  • 2 T-shirts
  • Socks
  • Cheap slippers that can be tossed, with grippers on the bottom
  • Cheap flip flops that can be tossed
  • Gum
  • Phone Charger
  • Prescription Meds
  • The few papers I have filled out for a birth plan.  My ID and insurance card are always in my purse so I don’t have to worry about packing those.

The Diaper Bag:

  • Baby book
  • Formula, bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Just a couple diapers and wipes as most hospitals provide these
  • Receiving blanket for car seat for the drive home
  • Sleeper (1) Size newborn
  • Going home outfit size newborn & preemie (since she is measuring so small).
  • Scratch mittens, socks, and hat.
  • Installed car seat and base

The Hubby’s Backpack:

  • T-Shirt (2)
  • PJ Pants
  • Flip flops
  • Boxers
  • Jeans (1 Pair)
  • Sweatshirt
  • Tablet/Charger
  • Snacks
  • Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste

A few things about our situation.  We live 40 minutes from the hospital.  While I am at work it is a 10 minute drive and my husband works all over the city so he could be 5 minutes away or an hour away.  Also, working 80/90 hour weeks right now he will likely not be with me at go time (or that is what I’m preparing myself for).  At some point I will probably just leave all the bags in my truck but for now they are just in our room.

If my husband is meeting me at the hospital directly from work, he will be covered in concrete and dirt so will require a change of clothes no matter what.  He will likely be staying in the hospital with me as well.  As far as many other people saying bring all these extra comforts (especially for the hubby) such as pillows, blankets, towels, etc. from home, I am passing on that.  One, I am not getting anything nasty on our very expensive pillows.  Two, I don’t give a shit about my husband’s comfort level while sleeping at the hospital, I’m pushing a human out of my vagina and THAT is uncomfortable.  He has spent nights/days in the desert of Iraq, sleeping under his Humvee, the man can sleep anywhere comfortably and never requires much.  We understand we are not checking into the Hilton.

We also have the luxury of my sister living with us who can grab things and bring them to us if need be.  So if I need to bite my tongue later about the pillows, she can bring them in.  There is also a 24 hour Walgreen’s and Target across the street from the hospital for any other things.  What more could you ask for?

I have debated back and forth on bringing the good camera.  For right now, I’m leaving it at home.  We have our phones and isn’t that what it always comes down to these days?

Some lovely friends suggested a wine opener as they did partake in a toast to their new baby in the hospital.  Now I’m not a big drinker….Oh, hell, who are we kidding, I always have a wine opener in my truck.  And you know, Target sells wine across the street.

Lastly, we haven’t taken our birth class yet (we will this Saturday) and that is also when we will find out more about exactly what the hospital provides.  For right now, I’m going off of what others have mentioned.

As always, there are so many factors that can go into this.  C-section, vaginal delivery, longer stays, NICU stay, weather, time of day, what your hospital provides/doesn’t provide, breastfeeding, formula feeding, other siblings and so forth.

Any other suggestions that you just couldn’t live without during your hospital stay?