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The minimalist hospital bag for expecting moms

By Edited Nov 22, 2016 4 7

Hospital Bag

Do I really need to bring all that stuff to the hospital?

If you're the type of mom who likes to be over-prepared (like I am) you might have found several hospital bag checklists online, printed them out, and started packing every single item on that list. These included quarters for the vending machine for when food runs out, a few changes of clothes for yourself and your spouse for when you have a long delivery, a birthing ball, baby blankets and outfits to take your baby home in, and several movies and DVDs to wait out labor.

The truth is my luggage just sat in the corner, mostly in the way of the nurses coming in and out of my delivery room. I didn't even open it...and I had a 24 hour labor so you would think I would use most of the things in there. The hospital actually had everything I really needed and friends and family were always asking if they could bring anything on their way over. So now that I've been through it all, I made a list of the true essentials for any minimalist parents that would like to simplify their birthing experience in every way possible.

Here are the basic necessities:

1. 1-2 comfortable pillows: Hospital pillows are super thin and they only offer two per patient, so bring your own and make sure you put them in colorful pillowcases to differentiate yours from the hospitals'.

2. Nursing pillow: After your baby arrives you will spend many hours throughout the day learning to nurse your baby. A nursing pillow makes this so much more comfortable for you to learn the new skill, especially since your body will already be exhausted from the day's events.

3. Nursing bra/top: You'll want to have easy access to your milk supply again because you'll be nursing several times a day. Additionally, you'll want clothing that gives you some coverage since you may have lots of visitors popping in and out of your room. The hands free nursing bra from Simple Wishes also frees your hands up while you pump milk. This will provide so much relief since your arms will be tired holding up the breast pump 10-20 minutes at a time.

4.  Eye Mask: You will get minimal rest at the hospital before, during and after delivery. People such as nurses, doctors, hospital administrators, family and friends will be coming in and out of your room and most likely the lights will be going on and off. To get the most rest possible, bring an  eye mask that will blackout the room so that you can get some sleep. In my three days in the hospital, over 50 hospital staff came into my room to introduce themselves, check on me, and assist with my labor and recovery.

5. Hair tie/headband: For moms who want their hair out of their face, this is a must-have and luckily takes no space at all.

Everything else such as socks, shoes, gowns, birthing balls, and baby hats/socks/clothes/blankets/diapers/wipes/formula is all provided by the hospital. This may vary between hospitals so call ahead to check or take a hospital tour. Many hospitals even give moms a diaper bag as a gift with some goodies inside to use for the first few days of life. [5318]





Nov 18, 2012 2:29am
Great tips for 'The Mom To Be'. Thumbs up for your article!
Nov 20, 2012 9:25am
Thanks! I'm always happy to share what I've learned!
Nov 20, 2012 4:30pm
Great article! I will definitely be keeping your list in mind. Thanks for sharing!
Nov 24, 2012 8:26pm
Glad it was helpful!
Nov 21, 2012 5:19pm
Great article with some valuable tips!

Thumbs Up!
Nov 27, 2012 10:44am
Thanks for the feedback!
Jun 21, 2014 6:57pm

I understand how difficult it can be to play the waiting game for your new little bundle of joy. My first son was two days late and my daughter didn't show any sign of coming until I went into labor. It can be soooo frustrating. One thing that I read that helped me get through the waiting was this book my friend recommended to me called "87 Ways to Induce Labor." Some of them are really funny and do not make any sense to try, but they sure got me laughing such as the one that suggests knocking on your belly to convince the baby to come out. But most of them are actually great ideas. The one that seemed to work the best for me was to do a lot of walking. If you are interested in trying out a few of the ideas or just need something to pass the time, check out this book! http://www.amazon.com/87-Ways-Induce-Labor-Methods-ebook/dp/B00KV1FEVI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403311009&sr=8-1&keywords=chelsey+thompson
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  1. Ellen Steinlein "What you really need in your hospital bag." All Moms Are Perfect. 25/04/2012. 5/10/2012 <Web >

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