I remember being so lost on what I should pack for the hospital when I had my oldest daughter! I overpacked in some areas for sure and under packed in others! Here are a few things I used during each of my stays.
Phone Charger/ Electronics
CHARGERS!! These are super important, you will probably be on your phone a bunch to keep you in contact with family (my family lives in AZ so they couldn't come to the hospital, plus it was Flu season and visitors were limited). I would also scroll my Facebook often to keep my mind off the contractions with my first one.
Those dresses are convenient but not warm or comfortable. I was so happy when I was able to put on some leggings and a hoody... If you plan to breastfeed I would bring a cami or something easily moved to feed babe. OH, and don't forget some SOCKS!!
Also, bring something for your little one to wear home! I would also include some blankets depending on when your babe is due. Mine came in January and February so we had a few with us to make sure they were bundled when we left.
Personal Care Items
Things like a toothbrush, a hairbrush, hair ties, and soap/shampoo. If you are planning on having a Fresh 48 session I would also pack some makeup so you feel fresh for your session with your new arrival.
Things for Dad
If dad will be staying with you be sure to include the items above for him too!
The hospital has just about everything you absolutely need such as diapers, wipes, swaddles, baby hat, pads, weird stretchy underwear things and they send you home with additional items to make sure you are covered and able to heal.
Here are a few things I didn't bring but wish I had.
I really wish I had brought one, that first day flew by in a blink of an eye, it would have been great to have written about what I had just gone through, wrote a letter to my girls, anything to just have those memories. Don't get me wrong I remember it all but I don't really remember how I felt at the time.
Although we all have our smartphones and they can take photos, looking back at those photos now, they are grainy, bad color and very small in size (this was only 9 years ago) technology is constantly changing but an actual camera would have provided me with better quality images.
I was induced with my oldest, unfortunately, they wouldn't let me eat so I went 18+ hours NO food and then had to wait until breakfast because I had her at 5 am.... that was brutal and I was hungry and tired! Having a few things you can snack on especially after you have the baby when they are serving food would be a great idea!
Tell me below, what did you take in your hospital bag?