Now that we covered what you will need to bring to the hospital when you have a baby in The Best Hospital Bag List Ever, we need to cover what not to bring to the hospital.
I looked up so many hospital bag lists online that I packed enough stuff for a weekend getaway to the Bahamas when I birthed Elle (and let me tell you, as amazing as giving birth is, it’s no tropical getaway)!
All of that stuff was completely unnecessary and it was a total pain to drag all 5 bags from check in to delivery to recovery and then back home. When packing your bag, consider leaving these items home:
- Food for yourself. I had food and drinks coming out my ears. My husband didn’t even need the snacks he’d packed because he would just finish all my meals and snacks, but you may want to bring some for him just in case. (If you have food allergies or are on a strict diet, call ahead to the hosptial and see if they can accomidate you.)
- Jeans. WTF was I thinking? For some crazy reason, I thought that I would just have the baby then throw on my pre-pregancy skinny jeans and a v-neck. I was so sore that I couldn’t even think about jeans for 2 weeks and a loose button down was about the only shirt I could comfortably wear. Just leave them home tucked away in a drawer for the next few months.
- Robe or gown. I thought I’d be changing into my own things during my hospital stay, but I didn’t change out of the hospital gown until 5 minutes before I went home. They give you as many clean gowns as you want, so you don’t need your own. (I even thought about stealing the hospital gown to go home in because it’s so comfy!)
- Pillow. The hospital will give you as many as you want so no need to take up room in your bag with one. The only exception to this rule is a nursing pillow if you are planning on nursing.
- Socks. The hospital will provide these if you want them, but I preferred the freshly warmed blankets. So that my feet were free to put on my flip flops when I got up.
- Sanitary pads. The hospital provides heavy duty pads, which you will most likely need. The grocery store liners just won’t cut it for the first few days.
- Underwear. The hospital provides netted granny panties. These worked great and I even asked for a few extra pair to take home for the first few days. That way I didn’t have to worry about ruining my own underwear. Plus, the disposable underwear was very comfortable…And super sexy 😉
- A book. Really?! If there was ever a dull moment, I was sleeping! A magazine on the other hand actually might be useful during the labor portion of your stay if things progress slowly. Focusing on an actual novel during labor is nearly impossible.
That about sums up the unnecessary items that I packed for the hospital. What are some items that you wish you would have left at home when packing for your hospital stay?
Don’t forget to check out our list of what to pack in your hospital bag here.