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What's in my Hospital Bag as a Second-Time Mom

Have you been scouring Pinterest and all the blogs for hospital bag must-haves? Because this was absolutely me with my son and I was so stressed that I wouldn't have everything I would need 😰

But spoiler - I ended up not using most of what I brought and there were things I WISH I had thought of that I didn't pack!

So today I will tell you what's in my hospital bag this time to save you the hassle and stress as you're in the final stretch of baby prep!

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hospital bag packing list

For me:

  • Long phone chargers (because you're never close enough to outlets!)

  • Sleeping eye mask (there are a lot of lights and monitors and people in and out of the room which is disruptive)

  • Fuzzy socks with grips on the bottom

  • Button-down PJs or loungewear for easy access to skin-to-skin and/or breastfeeding

  • Nursing bras

  • Comfy/flowy going-home outfit

  • Sound machine (to drown out the noise outside the room for sleeping)

  • Flip flops for the shower (trust me)

  • Toiletries

  • Headphones and speakers (for when you're in labor)

  • Combs (helps with managing contraction pain)

  • Small portable fan to keep you cool during contractions

  • Chapstick (your lips get VERY dry!)

  • Large water bottle to you stay hydrated!

  • Vitamins and medications

  • Snacks: pretzels, granola bars, apple sauce pouches, individual pouches of nut butter, honey sticks, hard candy, mint gum, body armor/gatorade

For baby:

  • Zipper/velcro swaddle (the regular blankets can be hard to figure out!)

  • Pacifiers

  • Going home outfit

  • Cute swaddle/outfit for announcement photos

For partner:

  • Warm clothes (the hospital room gets cold!)

  • Extra blanket

  • Flip flops for shower

  • Toiletries

  • Eye mask

  • Long phone charger

Here are things I brought the first time that I didn't end up using:

  • Makeup and hair products. I thought I would be getting all done for photos but I did not have the energy! I would keep it light!

  • Peri bottle and underwear. The hospital provides a peri bottle so keep your fancier one at home! I also lived in the mesh underwear and actually found it pretty comfortable, more so than my own underwear

  • Nursing pillow. The lactation consultants ended up showing me a bunch of different techniques and used the pillows at the hospital, and I didn't really need my nursing pillow.

  • Diapers, pads, nipple cream, and diaper cream. The hospital provides an unlimited amount of these!

  • My own pillows, blankets, and towels. This one is totally my personal preference, but I didn't sleep well in the hospital anyways and they're bulky items to bring with you! The hospital provides all of these and while it might not be the same quality as a 5-star hotel, I didn't have a problem with them!

I hope these ideas were helpful and made your final packing moments a little less stressful!

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Disclaimer: This blog does not serve as medical advice. Please consult your medical provider before starting a new fitness routine. This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.

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