10 Parents Share What They Wish They Had in their Hospital Bag
If you're planning a hospital birth, packing for your stay can seem daunting. You don't always know exactly how long you're going to be admitted and if it's your first baby (and your first birth), the idea of leaving out something important seems awful.
There are lists all over the place on what you should pack and what you really need, but sometimes, we don't think something will be useful until we're sitting there wishing we had it.
If you're getting ready to pack your hospital bag for the birth of your baby and want to know what's really useful, we've got the ultimate list. Check out what these 10 parents say they wish they had in their bag so you can learn from their regrets.
A cooler bag
“A cooler with snacks. I never thought I'd be at the hospital for five days, and my goodies ran out quickly. Also, my own pillow and/or blanket.” — likewhaa
“Before my son's birth, and somebody said to buy Depends (adult diapers). I thought I'd feel silly, but damn if I didn't love having them afterwards.
“The [pad] they give you in the hospital is paper thin, and I felt so much cleaner and more comfortable wearing [Depends] instead of (or sometimes with) the pads they give you. Even the nurses commented that that was a really great idea.” — BellaLou324
“Snacks! (I didn't think I'd be admitted right away and assumed we'd have time to pick some up.) A refillable water bottle for my husband. Otherwise, I pretty much over packed and didn't end up using 50% of what we brought.” — doctorandbooks
“Extra hairbands. I had two but lost them both. My own pillowcase and a travel coffee cup for my husband. The cups provided were so small. Cozy socks.” — liabenn
“Better lip moisturizer. A hairbrush. A nursing tank. The gown was just too unwieldy. Food for my husband. (They only feed the patients.)” — stuffedcathat
“Clothing that is soft and one size larger than you are wearing now. Because fluid retention can add 25 pounds.” — torotorolittledog
Clothes for my partner
“I packed my hospital bag, and I have to say I did a pretty bang up job. However, I didn't advise my husband on his packing, and he didn't pack enough clothes.
“Our son passed his meconium on my husband's lap, and so the entire time we were there, he had on basketball shorts. So it might be micromanaging, but make sure your partner is thinking ahead as well.” — acaciopea
“Some sort of folder to keep track of all the paperwork you get. We lost our baby's footprints they give because we were unorganized (but who can be when you just had a newborn). The hospital gives you lots of paperwork for Baby and Momma — would be nice to have it all in one spot!” — hellokatekat
“Extension cord for phone and/or iPad charging.” — Mostly_me
“My own blanket. By the end of my stay, I had six of their scrappy blankets and a nurse coming to bring me a warm one every hour.” — Dreamingoffire12
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