My C-section is scheduled in a few days and my hospital bags are (mostly) packed. This is not my first rodeo, so I have a good idea of what I want at the hospital with me. I know I’ll be in the hospital for up to 4 days and I want to be prepared. And because I know you love my lists (humor me!), I’d thought you’d want to know what I suggest packing for the hospital.
Packing List (Hygiene) – As soon as they’ll unhook all the needles and tubes, I like to take a good shower to wash off all of the surgery junk. Hospitals provide some of this stuff, but I have sensitive skin, so I prefer my own. Only travel sizes necessary.
- Chapstick – hospitals are so dry!
- Lotion – something gentle
- Body Wash
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Face care with a good moisturizer (simplified version)
- Hair care, especially brush and lots of elastics (simplified version)
- Makeup – lots of pictures get taken these first days! You may not feel like applying any and that is okay, but having it packed is still a good idea.
- Pads and Breast Pads … yeah, it takes a while to feel totally human again
Packing List (Clothes) – For at least the first day and night, I wear what gowns the hospital provides. There is little control over what kind of yuckiness gets on these babies, so I’d rather the hospital just do their thing. When I start to have more control over the liquids coming in and out of my body, I like to be comfortable in my own clothes. I find I start to recover better when I make a little effort to look like myself instead of a post-delivery zombie, and it makes me a lot more comfortable for visitors too!
- A robe for the post delivery walks around the maternity floor
- Pajama pants and shirts – The most comfortable you’ve ever worn, with absolutely no tightness in the waist if you’ve had a c-section. Bonus if they are a dark color that hides stains. Also, buttons on shirts or gowns are good for making beginning nursing a bit more modest. Layers are good, because hospitals can be cold, but hormones and baby-snuggling can make you hot.
- Nursing bras … pregnancy stops and nursing begins
- Socks – the kinds with tread so you don’t slip on the way to the bathroom. Am I the only super clumsy person?
- Comfortable clothes for going home. I probably won’t get dressed “for real” until on the way home. A lot of times a quick stop at the pharmacy is necessary on the way home. If I’m feeling good enough to be dressed to be out in public earlier than going home, I’ll be asking the doctor to sign me out of there.
- A few onesies with socks and a few sleepers with zippers
- A little beanie/hat
- A few blankets for when you are snuggling baby in your room
- Baby nail clippers
- Going home outfit – bring on the cuteness!
- Carseat (with a cover if you are delivering in winter) – have this installed in advance
Packing List (Other/Electronics) –
- Picture ID and stuff you need for paperwork
- Hard candy or mints
- Camera and charger
- Phones and chargers (you and hubby!)
- A fun magazine to flip through during a rare spare moment. Hospital TV is the worst and a book is unrealistic.
- A treat for siblings when they visit – my girls will be bringing their new baby brother a special stuffed animal they helped pick out when they come to visit. The baby will have stuffed animals to give them too.
Packing List (Dad) –
- Cash in your wallet, with small bills
- Snacks for yourself (maybe something you could share and be careful of things with bad breath odors) – you will have lots of waiting time and your wife will prefer you to be close by
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
- Comfortable lounge pants, t-shirts, and shoes. Matt will stay with me at least the first 24 hours straight.
Update After Baby!!
From my home to yours,