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I realize this post is quite a bit after my hospital stay, but I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on my hospital packing list for my delivery. I read a lot of articles on what to pack in your labor and delivery suitcase and many of them were repetitive, and some had some great ideas that I haven’t though of. So here is what I packed, and my discussion on whether I used the items or not.

My Labor and Delivery Hospital Packing List

For Me – General:

  • Sweat pants
  • Several tank tops/t-shirts
  • Robe
  • Maternity Jeans
  • Sports bras/nursing bras
  • Underwear
  • Pads
  • Warm socks
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries – for showering, teeth brushing, deodorant, etc that you would travel with plus lip balm
  • Hair ties
  • Sweatshirt (that zips in the front)
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Camera
  • Purse with ID and insurance cards
  • Granola bars

For Me – Labor:

  • Birth ball
  • Tube sock with two tennis balls (counter pressure and massage) – awesome advice from my doula
  • Birth plan (with copies)
  • Cards with inspiring quotes that my doula gave me
  • Entertainment: DVDs, Kindle, music
  • Gatorade

For Baby:

  • Clothes: sleep sack and onesie
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Special going home outfit
  • Swaddle blanket
  • Car seat
  • A couple of diapers, just in case

For Hubby:

  • Pillow and blanket
  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries

Overall I think I did well with my packing list. I knew they wouldn’t let me eat, but I also know that I get light headed if I don’t eat, so we packed a lot of Gatorade with us to keep me alert. The birth ball was awesome for my labor and I am so glad I brought it. As for the entertainment – I didn’t use it at all. We didn’t watch any of our DVDs during labor and I didn’t even turn my Kindle on. We tried to get the music going during pushing, but it wasn’t working. The first two days I spent in hospital gowns, so most of my clothing went unused. I also used the hospital mesh underwear so I wouldn’t soil my own and their pads (because OMG people! it is like a period from hell). I was really happy I brought some extra items for the baby, because the hospital photographer people came and I was happy we had a cute yellow sleep gown to put Baby H in. I’m glad I had a decent looking shirt for myself since I was in a few of the photos. The photos turned out so lovely. The hospital provided diapers and wipes as well as some socks and shirts for baby so we didn’t really need to use what we brought. Hubby stayed with me the entire time I was in the hospital and camped out on the bench cot thing so he definitely needed his own bag. So there you have it, this is what I remember from my hospital packing list.

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