what I'm packing in my hospital bag

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Bag by India Hicks

around 35 weeks, my hospital bag was packed. the last remaining item were some scratch mitts for the baby, which I was waiting to arrive in the mail. once they arrived, I zipped the bag up and put it in the corner of the nursery, by the door, ready to be grabbed at a moment's notice! just like in the movies, right?

what's in my hospital bag

  • Photo ID & Insurance card
  • Printed birth plan
  • Wireless speaker
  • Protein bars & raw nut mix for post-partum recovery, so Lu doesn't have to leave to grab me something (although NYC has things like Postmates and anything can be delivered!)
  • Blanket & pillow - I've just heard that hospitals have the most uncomfortable bedding and I have extra blankets and pillows in the nursery, so I'm going to bring one of each.
  • Nursing gown & robe - I bought this robe and this nursing gown so I have something nice for the hospital - and post-hospital, of course.
  • Newborn scratch mittens - I love these by Goumikids.
  • Nursing top & comfy sweatpants - for while I'm at the hospital, if I feel like I need to feel more human, I have a super comfy lounge outfit. This top and these pants.
  • Going home outfit - I packed high-waisted maternity leggings, my Boob nursing tank, and a sweater cardigan.
  • 2 Nursing bras - I'm loving Bravado Designs, and I am bringing them in two different sizes, in case my milk supply comes in early and my boobs grow another cup size (ugh!) 
  • Nursing pads 
  • Diapers - I'd like the nurses to teach me how to change a diaper using the diapers I'll be using, so I brought a few. I have a few different brands, but am bringing Bamboo Nature.
  • iPhone charger with extra long cord - this one, thanks to Julia for the recommendation!
  • Dirty laundry 'bag' - I had this lying around, so I packed it.
  • Frida Mom Washer - I've heard that this is much easier to use than the one they give you in the hospital, so it's packed.
  • Personal hand fan - I get super cranky when I'm overheated, so I'm sure I'll be having Lu use this on me, Cleopatra style.
  • Sleep mask
  • Grip socks - to walk around during delivery and post-partum. 
  • Flip flops for the shower 
  • Swaddle blanket - I know they provide everything, but I'd like to take the baby's first picture in the hospital in a swaddle of my choice! 
  • 1 Newborn short sleeve onesie - if it's a warm September day! 
  • 1 newborn long-sleeve onesie with footies - in case it's a freakishly cold September day!
  • Baby cap - to cover his head.

And in my toiletries bag/dopp kit, I'm bringing:

  • ACURE travel pack - face wash, body moisturizer, shampoo, & conditioner
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Bar of soap
  • Belly butter
  • Mints
  • Hair ties
  • My glasses (fun fact: I have bad vision!) 
  • Nipple cream
  • Contact lenses
  • Razor
  • Facial wipes - these ones, for cleaning my face while I'm laying in bed and don't want to take a shower.
  • Q-tips (I can't live without them!)
  • Lip balm 
  • Hair band to keep the hair out of my face - I love these.

UPDATE: also bringing the following, based on suggestions from all of you (thank you!):

Lu's hospital bag

Lu wants to pack his hospital bag! He'll be bringing:

  • A sweatshirt
  • 2 changes of clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Snacks

is there anything you think I should add/I don't need? I love hearing experiences from mamas who have been through it!