Today I’m sharing the things are actually used from my hospital bag plus the things I could have left at home.
Packing List for Mom
- Hospital gown: I loved having my own gown that had been already washed in my own detergent and was soft. I got so many compliments from the nurses. I threw it away once I showered and changed after birth. There was no saving it which was fine since I planned to get rid of it after.
- Two button up night gowns. Both in dark colors and button up. I have one long sleeve and one short sleeve. I only wore the short sleeve one. The first night I was in the hospital gown actually giving birth and the second night I was in my own night gown. I suggest short sleeve also because they have to be able to get to both of your arms easily every few hours to check vitals and sometimes give you things through your IV.
- Silk robe – Wore this to take some photos of us together. Otherwise did not wear because it was so cold in our room.
- Sleep mask – did not use.
- Barefoot dreams cardigan – it was freezing in our post part room so I highly recommend a sweater.
- Maternity underwear, two pairs of socks with grips, and bras – did not use the underwear since they give you the mesh kind. Did use the socks and only wore the bra to actually leave the hospital!
- Cheap fuzzy slippers – added these last minute so I wouldn’t be walking around in my socks only and getting back into bed after that with dirty feet. Threw the slippers away and got a new pair.
- Dollar store flip flops for shower shoes – used and threw away!
- Maxi, slip and Birkenstocks for going home – wore all three leaving hospital! I wore the same shoes into the hospital and out. They are rubber so they could easily be sanitized. Plus they fit my swollen feet!
- Basic toiletries: soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, extra contacts/case/solution, glasses, face wash, makeup wipes, aquaphor lip balm, hairbrush and minimal makeup products. Used everything listed here.
- Daily medications – did use
- FridaMom Peri Bottle – added at the last minute and did use! If you do not bring anything else at least bring this. It is a must have and so much better than the hospital one.
Packing List for Dad
- Two comfortable outfits (athletic shorts, joggers, tee shirts)
- Boxers socks
- Shower shoes
- Going home outfit (golf polo and shorts)
- Basic toiletries: we will share most of the things above but added shampoo/hair stuff for him, any medication he might need (Tylenol or Tums…hospital will not dispense these to spouses). I put the toiletries in a gallon ziplock for easy access inside our tote.
- Air pods
He used everything listed! My husband said his biggest thing was to make sure you have a sweatshirt and sweatpants because of how cold it was in there. I think he also wished he had a pair of slippers as well instead of just his sneakers.
Miscellaneous Packing List:
- Instax Mini Camera + Film – did use!
- Portable White Noise Machine – never used at all.
- Stroller Fan (for me for labor!) – used when I was in a lot of pain during contractions pre epidural!
- Tripod/Ringlight (no one will be there to take photos for us) – took the photos you see in this post! Highly recommend.
- Two extra long chargers – used them and very convenient. The outlets are in random places.
- File for documents – did not use. They give you documents in folders for you and baby.
- Insulated cups with tops and straws – the nurses would put ice or water in these for us.
- Insurance info and IDs – a must have!
- Snacks – definitely another must have. My husband went to go to get something to eat the first night and they had already put the food up. He was glad we had snacks!
- Electrolyte packets for water – did not use because all I wanted was Sprite after delivery. I ended up bringing some with me at the last minute plus a few huge water bottles of Essentia.
- Bose speaker for music – never used this since my labor and pain rapidly got worse.
- Two cheap grey towels and washcloths to throw away after use – we used these and threw them away! Highly recommend.
- Cheap fuzzy blanket and old pillow to throw away after use – absolutely recommend both of these!
- Two snack baskets for the nurses (one for AM and one for PM) – these were a huge hit with the labor nurses! I made a mistake by only having two baskets though. I really needed two more for postpartum. Next time I will do four snack baskets for the nurses.
- Car seat (will stay in car until we need it) – my husband went and got this once we were discharged and brought it up to the room. He ran all our bags down first so we only have the baby and cart seat left to take down. They make you go out in a wheelchair!
Packing List for Baby:
- Personalized Hello Tag – used for photos
- Two gowns, mittens, hats, and socks – used them all because he spit up on some.
- Two swaddles – used only one of them. The hospital gives you swaddles but of course I wanted ours for photos.
- Going home outfit – put this on right before we left the hospital.
- Pacifier – did not use because they give you one!
- Baby Book (For feet stamping) – did not even think to get this out when I was in labor but they give you a card with the footprints stamped on it you can add to the book.
- Personalized Door Hanger + Calligraphy Pen to write in info – did use.
- Letterboard – did use.
- Burp cloths – did not use because they give them to you at the hospital.
I delivered at St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana and cannot say enough good things about the entire staff. I had the best nurses, doctor and experience. I cannot recommend giving birth there enough. The policy when we delivered as of July 23, 2020 was only one support person. That meant my husband was the only one allowed for the durations of our stay. He was allowed to leave which he only did to go out to the car or meet our parents at the entrance for food. I’m going to be honest, when I heard my mom would not be allowed I was crushed. I wanted her there as well and had always assumed she would be. While we missed having our parents there to see him as soon as Turner was born it was nice just having the time with the three of us. I had a vaginal delivery and was there about 45 hours total from induction check-in to discharge. I also was tested for COVID via blood test when I arrived and it was negative. They did not test my husband. We did have to wear masks whenever anyone was in the room or if you left the room but I took mine off when we were pushing. I’m not sure if that was allowed but no one said anything to me and honestly I cannot imagine two hours of pushing with a mask on. Other than masks and no visitors that was the only difference I could tell during our stay due to COVID.
Do you have any questions about what I used at the hospital or what it is like to deliver during COVID? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be glad to answer!