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Packing My Hospital Bag For Round 2

We’re officially ONE month out from our due date, less by the time you read this, which means it’s probably time to at least start thinking about my hospital bag. I’m not sure I ever did a post on the topic last time, but they seem to be popular so I thought I’d dive in and share my initial thoughts/ask for any advice!

I’m 100% confident I way overpacked with Adeline, and I remember feeling almost overwhelmed by the amount of stuff we brought with us to the hospital. But, you live and you learn, and you don’t know what you don’t know! This time though, being a second time mom, I can already tell my plan is going to be to pack light, minimal, and practical.

I have actually already packed Barrett’s bag, which was mostly on accident one day as I was folding his laundry. I went ahead and threw everything in his bag that I loved and before I knew it his bag was locked, loaded, and ready to go. It’s currently sitting by the front door, along with his boppy, car seat, and car seat cover/nursing cover. Chalk that up to a mom win!

Here is a preliminary list of what I’m thinking I need to pack for myself for D-Day 2.0 along with several things I learned after our first stint in L&D:

  • You’ll probably wear the mesh panties the entire time you’re there. But, you might feel better going home wearing a pair of your own. They’ll need to be at least one size larger than normal. If not two sizes larger.
  • You’ll probably live in your robe and maybe a nursing tank the whole time you’re in the hospital. This time I’m opting to pack very light when it comes to actual clothing because I just won’t wear it.
  • Don’t waste your time bringing all of your hair accessories, unless you really think you’ll feel like blow drying and straightening/curling it. I did not, and am opting to go the dry shampoo route this time, most likely.
  • My milk didn’t come in until we got home, so nursing pads weren’t necessary. This time though, I’m packing a few just in case it comes in earlier.
  • Bring snacks! I didn’t do this last time and wished I had. Since we were induced they said I couldn’t eat past midnight so I didn’t even think about bringing anything to keep with us in the recovery room afterwards.
  • No need to pack pads, or any personal hygiene items for “down there” – the hospital will give you everything you need and then some.

hospital bag packing list second time mom

Notable things I’ve already packed for baby:

  • 2 swaddle blankets (Copper Pearl + Aden & Anais brands, 2 different materials)
  • Hat
  • Monogrammed gown/special outfit for pictures
  • Going home outfit
  • Plain/basic onesies in sizes newborn and 0-3 month (1 in each size)
  • 1 pair of mittens
  • 1 HALO swaddle
  • Blanket I love for pictures
  • Stuffed animal
  • Boppy pillow
  • 1 paci (Avent Soothie)

Thought starters for Dad:

  • Necessary electronics
  • Blanket & pillow
  • At least one change of clothes
  • Money/change for vending machine or cafeteria
  • Toothbrush + basic toiletries
  • Water bottle
  • Labor entertainment (if not included under necessary electronics)

What should I add? What should I take away? What if anything should I do slightly different?

Would love to hear what YOU had to have in your hospital bag the second or third time around, and why. Important to note: I am not one to simply not pack, or fly by the seat of my pants so I can’t imagine just letting the hospital supply everything!

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    Amanda
    July 10, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Seriously when I had Reese I packed pads that I thought were huge that I was going to use after delivery. LOL ME. No. I didn’t even know they made pads that big that the hospital gave me! Sounds like you have a great minimal list and you’re ready to go! 🙂
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    Katie
    July 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Sounds good to me!!!
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    Megan
    July 10, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    One great piece of advice they gave when I took the hospital tour is to make sure to put a colored pillowcase on the pillow(s) you bring from home so they don’t get mixed up with the hospital pillows or left behind. I also wouldn’t bother with your own cup. In my experience hospitals have the best straw cups–I still use the one from my first delivery 2.5 years ago! I would also say pajamas for dad because usually whatever they provide for him to sleep on is uncomfortable enough, so he will probably at least want something comfy to wear if he’s spending the night after the baby is born.

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      Sarah
      July 19, 2018 at 11:09 am

      That’s a great tip about the pillow! So our hospital actually did NOT give us one of those big cups! I was so disappointed! And what do you mean, “if he’s spending the night after the baby is born” LOL Daddy is NOT leaving my side! Hahaha

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    Jo
    July 11, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Great list! I had a scheduled c-section with my first and will be having another c-section in January. I definitely am glad I overpacked clothes (maybe 4 outfits) for both me and baby with my first since we had an unexpected 9 day NICU stay at a hospital 1.5 hours from home.

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      Sarah
      July 19, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Oh wow! Good thing you overpacked, that’s right!! I’ll be saying prayers for no NICU stay this time around 🙂

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    Jane Frugal
    July 15, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Awww! All the best to you on this your second journey! I hope it all goes well for you on your delivery day!

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      Sarah
      July 19, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Thank you so much!

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