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What I Packed in My Hospital Bag

Since I had my first baby at 34 weeks I had almost nothing ready. The furthest I got was a list of things to pack. Plus-side of this is I realized how little you really need to bring with you. I’m going to tell you right now the absolute most important thing for me was an extra-long iphone charger! I bought one specifically to put in my hospital things so I wouldn’t have to worry about grabbing it when it was time to go.

Charger & Wall Port-

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This time I still wanted to pack light. For toiletries just went to Target and looked in their travel size aisle and got what I needed. Everything could fit in a small bag, plus if I forgot anything there it wasn’t the end of the world. By the end of my stay I actually just tossed the shampoo and conditioner because they were empty. I brought a clear small bag that could sit on my bed side table and I could easily get things out of it without getting up.

Toiletry Bag-

In my bag was: Shampoo, Conditioner, Hairbrush, 2 Hair Ties, Nail File, Tweezers, Contact Case/Solution, Glasses, Chapstick, toothbrush, toothpaste

I also brought a set of clothes to come home in for you and the baby. I spent most of the time there in a hospital gown, but you might want to bring 2 sets of clothes for yourself. 

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Bring snacks, lots of snacks! I swear this hospital was trying to starve me! I couldn’t leave my bed for days and my husband was home with our toddler, so all I had to eat were the hospital meals, and since they would only let me eat off the diabetic menu it was pretty bleak. I counted the calories for one meal and it was about 300. Even if that’s not the case for you, you won’t be sad to have extra snacks.

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I was in the hospital from Tuesday evening to Sunday, and I was pumping in my room. Finally one of the nurses brought me a small bottle of dis soap so I could wash the pump parts. If I ever did this again I’d bring a small bottle of soup and a bottle brush to wash them.

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Whether you have a vaginal birth or a c-section you’re going to have bleeding. They have they big pads they give you at the hospital. While they are ok, if you’re bleeding heavily they can leak out the back when you sit up. Also they are bulky and not very comfortable. I highly recommend getting adult diapers. They are way more comfortable and cover you more.

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Some extra optional things I brought was a baby announcement sign with her name. Nothing will make you commit to picking a baby name like having to order something with it on there. I also brought my airpods with me. I wish I would have used them sooner. All the monitor beeping and general hospital noises made it impossible to sleep. I didn’t even think about the fact that they are noise cancelling until the last 2 days, and really wish I would have used them sooner.

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  • Extra Long Charger
  • Toiletry Bag
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Hairbrush
  • 2 Hair Ties
  • Nail File
  • Tweezers
  • Contact Case/Solution
  • Glasses
  • Chapstick
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste


  • Baby announcement sign
  • Pillow
  • Labor Robe
  • Extra empty bag for hospital goodies
  • Ear Plugs or Headphones


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