Hospital Bag Checklist Help: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a while. Can you believe it’s been almost 3 years since I had Ava!! I remember the day when I packed my bag for the hospital and left it at the front door for Kevin to pick up when it was time. 

I was so thankful to get a personalized list of what to bring but I know how overwhelming it can be to pack. 
 If this is your first time, I hope this list helps you and if this is your second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth time... hopefully this can serve as a refresher. 

For Mommy:
I know some people are more comfortable with large sanitary pads but I felt like diapers were godsend! Super easy to takeoff and dispose. There was no mess either. 

Pyjamas or comfy clothes. 
Dresses not pants. You’re more than welcome to wear what the hospital gives you but for I love the fact that I had a few nightgowns which were easy for me to gain access to breast-feeding and also for them to check up on me. 

Nursing bra. 
This one was a little bit tricky because if you’re busty like me- I had to try a few. I was happy that I did a trial and error before I had Ava and found one that worked for me.

Slippers or sandals. 
After I had Ava because of the IV my feet were swollen. So I could not fit into my shoes. Slippers were ideal to slip in to walk to the washroom or even walk to get my legs going after lying down for so long. 

Toiletry bag.
Depending on however you deliver... if you have a C-section unfortunately you are unable to shower for a bit (you’ll get more information if that is the route that you take). So bring your face products, toothbrush, lip balm and deodorant. Also your hair supplies are important and do not forget something to put your hair up.

Bring snacks. 
I had a weird situation where I was supposed to get dinner but didn’t because I had guest and the person delivering the food did not wanna disturb me. So I missed dinner and I was pissed because I just gave birth and I was hungry. Thankfully there were food places in the hospital that I was able to get some food but let’s be honest hospital food is expensive so having your own snacks saves you money and allows you to snack and get your energy back up.

You never know how long you’ll be in there.

For baby:
Bring a full package of diapers. 
You honestly would be surprised how many soiled diapers you will get in the hospital. Don’t forget wipes. We brought the small little trial size and it ended up finishing QUICK. 

Bring your own toiletries for the baby.
They will be having their first bath in there- so it's good to be prepared.

Swaddling blankets.
We used the hospital ones as well but it's good to learn how to do it with your own blankets as well.

Bring multiple outfits.
You have no idea what will work for your little one. 

Obviously a car seat is super important because without one we were not allowed to leave.

Let me know if I missed anything!

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