I don’t really remember what I had in my first hospital bag, but I know I hardly used anything I brought, haha. I tend to overpack because I’m such a “what if” kind of girl– I like to be prepared!

I’ve made list after list about what should/shouldn’t go in my bag & this is what I’ve come up with. The essentials, plus some “luxury” items. I’ve linked all the items in case you’re interested in seeing where I got them.


WARDROBE

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  • A robe. This is obviously essential for me (hence it being #1 on my list). I walk around my house in a fuzzy robe & slippers 24/7 because I’m a 28 year old grandma. Haha.  Pinterest convinced me I needed to buy a “pretty” robe for pictures, which I thought was brilliant! I found one that has flowers on it & I’m in love– my Sprinkle invites were flower themed & Gabi’s middle name is Rose, so I thought this was fitting :)
  • Slippers. They’re actually moccasins with soles & I live in them! Not shown in the picture.
  • Nursing tanks. I brought zero of these for my first birth. Honestly, I just wore my robe. But this time around we’re expecting visitors so I guess I need to look presentable. Darn, haha.
  • Nursing bras.  I just got these on Amazon & I love them! 3 for $30, ummm YES. :)
  • Pajamas. They’re no longer available on the Victoria’s Secret website but they’re my favorite! I also packed a pair of loose pj bottoms from Kohl’s & some loose shirts.
  • Underwear. I own like 100 pairs of these (not really) in black. They’re comfortable, seamless & perfect for pregnancy. & post pregnancy. & anytime you aren’t wearing sexy undies. :)
  • Leggings. I’m bringing 3 pairs since they take up no space in my bag. I have maternity & post maternity kinds. Both are stretchy & amazing.
  • Going home outfit. I wanted something comfortable, so I’m going with leggings, a nursing tank, & a light, oversized cardigan.

TOILETRIES

(Does anyone else hate that word? No, just me? Ok.)

Btw, this bag was a gift to me & it’s awesome because it unrolls & has a little hook at the top you can hang over the door :)

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  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste.
  • Deodorant.
  • Hair ties & clips. I can’t handle hair in my face, it’s just not ok. Ever.
  • Face wash. My favorite.
  • Dry shampoo. My water broke right after I showered, so I was all fresh & clean the first time around… I want to be prepared if that’s not the case this time!
  • Shampoo/Conditioner. Travel sized, obviously.
  • Shower Gel.  Smells so good!
  • Lotion. 
  • Nail file/clippers. This is probably optional for almost everyone. But if I have a nail that cracks, I cannot for the life of me leave it alone, it drives me so crazy!! & it’s 100 times worse when I’m nervous, so yes, these are most definitely going in my bag, haha.
  • Lip Balm. Because I’m addicted.
  • Nursing Pads.  I didn’t need these last time, but just in case.
  • Makeup. I literally could not have cared less what I looked like for Giovanni’s birth, and wore no makeup for my stay at the hospital. But… I’d rather have it than not! I packed tinted moisturizer, foundation, powder, highlighter, bronzer, eyebrow powder, blush, mascara, eye liner, & eyeshadow palette. & I doubt I’ll use any of it, haha.

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FOR GABRIELLA

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  • Onesies/Jammies.  A mix of newborn Carter’s onesies & 0-3 month Circo (Target) jammies.
  • Mittens. From Target.
  • Swaddler.
  • Hat. The hat they used on Giovanni! Thought it would be cute if they shared :)
  • Burp Cloth.  A gift, but I think it’s from Target.
  • Pacifiers. I didn’t push a pacifier on Giovanni because I feared he would become addicted & it would only cause problems down the line. But it turned out anytime he was upset, he needed to use me as a pacifier. So for Gabi? She’s getting a paci & she’s going to love it :) Haha.
  • Muslin Blankets.
  • Nursing Cover.
  • Car Seat.

TECHIE STUFF

  • Phone. Obviously.
  • Phone charger. With a loooooooong cord! My phone was pretty much dead the entire time we were in the hospital because I couldn’t text while it was charging since my charger was too short.
  • Camera + battery charger. Honestly, I’ll probably just end up using my phone but I like having the option!
  • Earbuds. So I can relax with some music… or get pumped up! :)

RANDOM

  • Snacks. This is the one thing that I sooo wished I packed more of. I had a few Kashi bars and a bag of almonds but that was it & trust me those didn’t do it for me. This time? I’ve got dried mango, S’mores pop tarts (I know. Processed junk. But I can’t help it, I love them!) plain almonds & that’s it so far. I’ll most definitely be adding to this list!!!
  • Pillow. I might be high maintenance but I feel like hospital pillows are terrible!
  • Gio’s big brother gift. We got him a bubble machine since he loves bubbles :) I might add some books, too.
  • Nurse gifts. I haven’t made these yet. I need to get on that, hahaha.

MEDICAL STUFF

  • ID. I carry this with me anyway.
  • Insurance Info. We pre-registered, so I don’t think we’ll need this but it’s something I keep in my wallet regardless.

 

So that’s what’s in my hospital bag! Am I missing anything??  Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by :)

xokristen