We scoured the world and researched every piece of information to bring you this information! Just kidding, that’s too much work. We polled our Facebook fans who, due to experience, know quite a bit. So we asked them what they thought were the essential items for the hospital bag when delivering a baby. It may be surprising to you, if you are a first time preggo, that the list is quite small. Before you even get to the point where you are considering packing your hospital bag you need to make sure you have already read It’s Really 10 Months: Delivering the truth about the glow of pregnancy and other blatant lies and It’s Really 10 Months Special Delivery: A collection of stories from girth to birth. Why? Because these two books have a wealth of day to day thoughts, knowledge and experience by those who have gone before you that you will LOVE! Blatant self promotion? Yes, but it is still solid advice my friends. So onto the most essential items for your hospital bag:
- Camera – I don’t care if it’s your cell phone camera or your deluxe Canon 3000, you will want your camera there. Keep in mind, you want a camera that can handle all kinds of lighting and still take a clear and quality photo. This is a must. You will not be happy if the very first picture you take of your wee one is blurry and you can’t tell if you’re looking at your newborn’s face or butt. Something else to consider is asking a trusted friend or even hiring a photographer to take photos while you labor and deliver. Neither my husband nor I had much thought about taking photos during the whole process and I kind of wish we would have had someone there to do it for us. No, I’m not talking about taking pictures of your crotch during the crowning but rather, capturing those moments of awe and sheer joy on your face as you see your baby for the first time.
- Clothes – for both you and baby. One of the best pieces of advice I received was to bring a comfortable outfit. One that would be presentable if guests visited and yet good to sleep in as well. Each time I had a baby I bought myself a new pajama outfit. I also had a robe and flip-flops. Why? You will be wearing mesh underwear with a GIGANTIC pad and a robe helps hide that bulkiness. Some of our fans suggested bringing extra underwear that you won’t mind throwing away because they hated the mesh underwear. Some of us actually liked the mesh underwear because they didn’t press into our skin, especially if you have a C-section. Flip-flops goes without saying since you won’t want to be walking around a hospital in bare feet. Trust us, at one point in time we all worked at a hospital and you do not want to know the things on hospital floors. For real.
- Snacks – I never would have thought of this one because the hospital I delivered at had food around the clock. Even if I didn’t feel like ordering food they had a little snack room I could raid at 3:00 a.m. However, some of our fans did not have this apparent ‘luxury’ and were starving after delivering their babes. Here is a little secret you may not know…once you get to the hospital, they do no let you eat. This is in case you have to have any unexpected medical interventions. So all you will get are ice chips which are not filling and only piss off your hunger all the more. No one wants to be hangry during or after delivery.
- Pillow – I’m not picky on pillows but this was a big one with our fans. Many agreed that hospital pillows suck. So you may want to bring your own pillow if that is an issue for you too.
- Shower Products – although most hospitals supply them, you may want to consider bringing your own hygienic supplies. I don’t know about others but I didn’t feel especially clean after I delivered my kids whether by C-section or VBAC and the little guest samples of shampoo, soap, etc. just didn’t cut it.
There are some obvious things missing here like a car seat. Why didn’t I add it above? Because the hospital won’t let you go home without having one. Most of our fans stated and I agreed, we didn’t need half the crap we packed in our bags. Everyone has their own ideas of the absolute essentials but the items. Do the moms-to-be a favor and comment below on any ‘essential’ items for the hospital bag that we left out.