What We Packed In Our Hospital Bag
When it came time for us to leave for the hospital our bags were not packed. It was 3 1/2 weeks before my due date. Marcelo & I hadn't thought we would need to get our bags ready for another 2 weeks. We put everything for our overnight bag on the bed took a look and realized we would probably need a suitcase......maybe two.
Then Marcelo had a brilliant idea. Our hospital didn't allow the fathers to stay overnight unless you paid for a private room. That meant that after Leo was delivered Marcelo would be going home every night to sleep and then coming back the next day.
We quickly re-organized our packing into 3 catagories.
Check-In & Delivery
Check Out & Going Home
We brought what we would need through labor & delivery. Then Marcelo took the items we no longer needed home with him and brought back what was necessary the next day.
It worked out perfectly! We had what we needed for each day. If there was something on the list we didn't realize we would need, no problem! Marcelo just brought it back with him the following day.
Here's our hospital bag list divided into 3 parts. If you have a hospital room where your significant other can spend the night you can always ask a friend or family member to bring the additional items to you later. My father drove out to Queens to bring us the car seat before our checkout so Marcelo wouldn't have to carry it to the hospital on the subway.
Check-In and Delivery
Check-In was an easy process. I had filled out all the forms online a few months earlier so they had all of our info. We were sent right up to the delivery floor. Since they knew we were arriving and I was being induced the room was ready. We started unpacking our bag and settling in. Here's everything we brought for the labor and delivery process.
- File Folder With All Documents Needed At Check-In
- Hospital Admissions Form
- Drivers License or Official State ID Card (For Both Parents)
- Social Security Card
- Insurance Card
- OBGYN's Business Card With All Contact Info
- Pediatricians Business Card With All Contact Info
- Copy Of Your Birth Plan (Bring 3 copies 1 for you, 1 for the nurses and an extra just in case)
- Paperwork for Baby's Birth Certificate, Social Security Info and Insurance
- Pen & Paper
- Any Medical Information From Your Pregnancy
For The Mom
- 2 pairs of warm socks and or slippers
- Tank Top
- Hairbrush or Comb
- Hair ties or Headband
- Lip Balm
- Dry Shampoo
- Hand Lotion
- Eyeglasses or Contact Lens Kit
- Adult Diapers
- Facial Cleansing Cloths
- Change of Comfortable Clothing
- List of an allergies
- Blood type
- Family Contacts
What Dad Should Bring For Both Of You
- Snacks & Beverages For Him
- Sugar Free Hard Candies For You
- Phone Chargers!
- Entertainment (magazines, cards, music, Marcelo downloaded 2 movies for us to watch in the hospital to pass the time)
- Baby Book (for little baby footprints)
- Change For Vending Machines
- List Of Restaurants Nearby In Case He Needs To Eat
The morning after Leo was born I was exhausted and felt so gross the first thing I wanted to do was take a shower. The second thing I wanted to do was take off the hospital gown I had been wearing since check-in. Marcelo got to the hospital a little after 9 AM. I was able to shower and start Day 2 of being a Mommy and showing off Leo to all of our visiting relatives. Here's what he brought me that day
- Coke (I had been craving a soda for 5 months and couldn't have one because of my gestational diabetes)
- Additional Snacks (hospital food is not good)
- A Sandwich
- Clothing To Wear For Visiting Relatives
- Hair Dryer
- Hair Straightener
- 2 New Pairs Of Socks
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- A Towel
- Cardigan or Sweater
- Make Up
- Comfy Pajamas Or A Robe
- Nursing Bra
- Hand Sanitizer
- Mothers Milk Tea
Check-Out & Going Home
Check-Out & Going Home was a surreal experience. I think I was even trying to delay things a bit because I just wanted a few more hours with professionals around who could tell me what needed to be done. Still we went through the discharge info, meeting for new parents, watched the videos and walked (yes walked, they don't have you sit in a wheelchair) out the hospital doors. Here's what we brought to the hospital for going home that day.
- Car Seat
- Outfit For Baby Including Hat And Blanket
- Empty Duffel Bag (the hospital sends you home with so much stuff)
- Clothing For Me (bring your maternity clothing you'll be the same size for a few weeks)
- Diaper Bag For The Car Ride Home
- PENS (to sign all the documents for discharge and for the Leo's info)
- Pre-Made Bottle Juuuuuuust In Case
That was it. We were in the car heading to our apartment with a baby! An amazing, wonderful, love of our lives baby. I think that was the best thing we packed for the trip home.