The No BS Hospital Bag List


Me & my twins!

I'm back from maternity leave! The past weeks have been the greatest of my life and there is no doubt that being mommy is the best "job" on earth. I'm experiencing separation anxiety right now -- my arms feel empty without one (or both) of the twins. And my breasts feel really heavy. Is it time to pump yet? Yikes...almost!

In between diaper changes, dancing around the room singing to Hunter, and helping Penelope "fly" through the air (she loves this!), I've thought a lot about the things I've learned after having the babies.

The one thing that really stood out is those lists for hospital bag essentials. Hilarious! Fancy pajamas? Not unless you want blood on them. A chic going home outfit so you can prance out of the hospital in heels? ROTFL. Even the list I wrote had some doozies. Let's examine it, shall we?

My must was cheap throw away slippers. Jackpot! It's the smartest thing I brought because the first time you stand up after having a child there is a whoosh of blood the likes of a dam breaking. Nothing will hold that flow back. Nada. Those slippers? Well, let's just say they turned a new color.

Plastic flip flops for use in the shower. Yep. And thank goodness I had these because my feet were so swollen I couldn't fit into the shoes I walked in with. Note: I went home on a snowy December day!

A comfy and loose outfit to go home in, especially if you have a c-section. Outfit? Ha! There should be more stress on comfy than outfit. This should read: Clothes that when you get home are comfortable enough to sleep in. Because that's exactly what I did when I walked in the door.

CDs and DVDs. I didn't watch any TV or listen to music in the five days I was in the hospital...except when I labored for four hours -- I listened to my entire birth soundtrack before I had an emergency c-section (late onset of severe preeclampsia/HELLP syndrome). The sound I liked best was my twins breathing.

Food. Call me crazy, but I enjoyed the hospital food. Well, all I could eat the first couple of days was jello, so.... Plus, no need to make yourself nuts thinking about that. Have family get what you want while you are in the hospital if you need something.

Lavender Glade Plug In (to make the room smell nice and soothing). While I sure could have used this since I was so gassy, it's very unnecessary. Plus, I was lucky to find a plug for my phone.

Extra batteries/charger for the camera. Let your partner worry about this.

Maxi pads (hospital pads are huge). *Thanks to comments below, it's noted that huge pads are very necessary. That asterisk is an understatement. I loaded up on the hospital pads so I can use them when I got home, so...indeed very necessary.

Boardgames. Um...newborns don't play boardgames and I'd rather play with my newborn.

Extra underwear and not the good kind. Yes. Best bet is a brief that fits snug so the pad doesn't move around.

Aside from the things I didn't poo-poo on this list, essentials include:

  • Lip chap. I didn't wear a stitch of makeup except for the leftover mascara I didn't get to wash off. But my favorite lip chap made me happy.
  • Face astringent with cleansing pads. I was unable to get out of bed for two days so this was nice to make me feel sort of clean.
  • Your voice. Ask the nurses for items you need or want -- they are there to help and chances are good that they have what you need.

What made your hospital bag essential list?

3rd trimester, labor & delivery


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RanaA... RanaAurora

You and your munchkins are freakin' adorable.  Food is a good idea though for labor, since most hospitals will refuse to bring you any.  All I wanted was my back massager, cute clothes for the baby, and I wished I'd have remembered music.

justa... justanotherjen

I've had 4 kids and 4 c-sections and I didn't bring much with my last one.  I brought some comfy sweats and a favorite t-shirt to change into.  Didn't get a speck of blood on them and, in fact, I'm still wearing those same sweats I wore with my first (10 years ago).  I brought my own underwear (old ones that I didn't care much about).  Toiletries for showering which was the first thing I did after they took the catheter out.  As for "going home outfit" I basically just wore home what I walked in.  With my last baby I didn't even bring anything else (just the sweats I wore while in the hospital).  I left in the maternity clothes I came in.  Last time I had slippers, too.  I didn't have any with the other kids.  I didn't start buying and using them until after the 3 kids were born and my feet were so swelled with my 2nd they wouldn't have fit anyway, lol.  I just brought comfy socks.

I also had an outfit for the baby (well, 2 since I didn't know what I was having), my camera, a book and notebook in case I was bored and could stay awake (not likely but I wanted to be prepared).  That was about it.  I made my husband bring me food the last 2 kids because I was starved with my 2nd (no food for 24 hours and then broth for the next 3 meals...I was so weak I could barely lift the baby).

Peajewel Peajewel

WELCOME BACK!  I missed you!  Hooray what a great day for you to come back do know it is "glad you are on this Earth day" right?  I think we should make this a national holiday don't you?  hee hee -- As far as my bag for the hospital my most important for me was mascara and my camera and small printer so I could print out pics of Keara with everyone that came to visit us and even give them a copy if they wanted them.  Everything else I packed was for everyone else.  I had cards and quarters for Ken and all kinds of snacks for my guests.  I am just such a hostess.  hee hee

Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

Oh Pea you are hilarious! Always thinking of others. I heart you! It should be a national holiday indeed!

Thank you Rana! A back massager is a great idea.

Jen -- I'm so impressed! Those sweats must be the most comfy ever!

sodapple sodapple

welcome back!!! with my first pregnancy, we went from the doctors office to the hospital so we didn't stop home and i was thinking on packing a back last minute i guess, so on the ride to the hospital i had to make a list and all i can say is that i forgot a LOT of things, lol. with that said i need to start making my bag right about now lol =-D

tgiamt tgiamt

Yay! I'm happy your back! And your twins are soooo adorable! 

I think the best meal I've ever had was the waffle and bacon the hospital gave me after my daughter was born! Theres something about the whole child birth experience that makes hospital food amazing, lol.

ethan... ethans_momma06

Ohhhh so happy to see you back!! And the babies look amazing.

Your list looks great, but since I am having my second homebirth this time around I will have everything I need right here! Just one of the little perks, lol.

mamat... mamateasmama

Ha ha! Love this article! I took some monk music chant music with me and then demanded that it be switched off (er, I said something a bit more indelicate at the time!) and my baby boy was born to Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" - what a laugh!

Wish I had thought up my Ready Mama raspberry leaf tea to take with me, but alas it was just a herbal sparkle in my eye!

nonmember avatar NeeNee

The best thing I brought to the hospital was a foldup style cloth bag that I used to haul out all the extra stuff that comes with the baby like gifts that are brought in and flowers that could be set inside without messing them up too much. it saved a few trips to the car and back when we got ready to go home with the baby. I did this with my granchildren also, my daughter had so much stuff to haul home that I brought two extra bags lol

my3ki... my3kidsrock309

What a great article! Im preg with # 4 and when see some items on the hospital lists it makes me giggle.Best of Luck to you and your family, your babies are adorable and you look amazing!

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