I wasn’t going to write this post.
There are probably millions of hospital bag packing lists on Pinterest. Every pregnant blogger feels the need to write this post, like it’s some sort of new discovery. They’re all the same, and they all are TOO MUCH. Pick any hospital bag post, and I can almost guarantee you will never need that much stuff in the 2-4 days after giving birth (but, I wore the hospital gown from the time I was admitted to the time I went home, so maybe I’m not typical).
Need a packing list for baby? You can find that.
For dad? You bet.
Having a scheduled c-section like me? There’s a special list for that too.
Like I said, there is no reason for me to write this post… but I’m doing it anyway. Why, you ask? Because the one version of hospital bag I searched for – the one the applies to me and millions of other mothers out there – doesn’t exist.
Need a hospital packing list that doesn’t include nursing items/clothing/supplies? YOU CAN’T FIND IT.
It’s true. Planning to formula feed? You’re out of luck in the hospital packing list department. As a mom who tried and failed to breastfeed my first daughter, this irritates me for a variety of reasons. Instead of adding to that noise though (other than to say you should NEVER feel ashamed of your decisions as a parent), I’m simply here to provide a solution.
So, if you already know you can’t breastfeed, this list is for you. If you choose not to breastfeed, like me, this list is for you. If you’re a light packer, this list is for you. If you’re a c-section momma, this list is for you. If you are nursing, just add a nursing bra to this list and you’re golden.
Things to note:
- I list pajamas and night gowns as optional. They totally are. Like I said, I wore the hospital gown the entire stay the first time and it worked out just fine. If you’re having a c-section, opt for the night gown over the pants. Trust me.
- My toiletries will include dry shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a hair tie, my glasses… and that’s pretty much it. My hospital provides everything else I could possibly need.
- I don’t list undergarments. One, because you’ll only need the mesh panties the hospital gives you. Two, bras are totally unnecessary until you go into public.
- I didn’t take my own pillow the first time, because it sounds excessive. But, I plan to this go round.
- You can literally forget everything else on this list, except for the car seat. Don’t forget the car seat.
That’s it! 10 items is all C2 and I need. What would you add (or remove)?