Hey everyone, today I’m finally sharing what items I actually used in the hospital during labor and delivery. If you missed my first on everything I packed, you can check it out here—> What I’m Packing in my Hospital Bags for Labor & Delivery During the Pandemic
Here is a little background on our situation: Due to the specific Labor & Delivery Department policies during the pandemic, I was only able have one visitor at the hospital during my entire stay and that visitor was not allowed to leave them room until I was discharged with the baby. This meant that I had to pack absolutely everything I thought I might need including extra clothing in case we ended up having to stay longer. This changed a lot of things because it also meant that Blake wasn’t allowed to leave and grab food or something we left at home. So I went a little overboard and practically packed our entire house! LOL
Scroll through this post to see what items I actually used in the hospital for labor & delivery:
Wallet & ID card for registration — I was already pre-registered, but have this on hand just in case!
2 pairs of nursing-friendly pajamas | I’m packed this one from Target and this one from Nordstrom. I also like this short sleeve one from Pink Blush Maternity. I wore the hospital gown to actually give birth in and then I wore my pajamas later. Stick to the dark colored ones because it’s ok if they get stains.
My personal pillow & pillow case | This was a must! I loved having my own comfortable fluffy pillow and same for Blake. Plus it was nice to use different pillow cases so we knew which ones were ours when it came time to pack up.
Blanket & Sound Machine | I don’t remember getting much sleep at all at the hospital because I was so overwhelmed and also in so much pain from a 3rd degree tear so I didn’t use the sound machine because I never had time to sleep. I did like having my own blanket though and same for Blake. I did bring the baby’s portable sound machine to use to drown out the sound at the hospital just in case though and if I actually would have slept I would have used it.
My own towel | This was also something Krystal and Kathleen suggested to have a little more comfort and luxury from home because the hospital towels are kind of small. It’s true…the hospital towels are small and not the softest so it was nice to have a good towel to use. I ended up not using it, but Blake did!
Slippers | I didn’t ever want my bare feet to touch the hospital floor so I packed slippers, socks and shower flip flops! I ended up throwing away 2 pairs of socks afterwards for the times that I forgot to put my slippers on and I walked in the bathroom.
Cozy Robe | I brought a cozy robe to keep warm and that’s what I normally wear around the house with my pajamas.
Pretty Robe | I packed a pretty robe to throw on to snap a few photos with the baby, but I ended up wearing my cozy robe for the pics. It’s nice to have two options though in case one gets dirty so you can still get some decent photos. This crochet trim robe is cute and comfy too
Outfit to wear home + Baby Name Necklace | I wore this blue dress dress with a pair of sandals because it was nice a flowy and cheap so I didn’t care if anything happened to it. I also had my baby name necklace, but Blake surprised me with this B initial necklace at the hospital so I wore that instead.
Food: The second I realized that it was time for us to go to the hospital, I had Blake run to the store down the street to get us a large 22″ turkey sandwich to last us during our hospital stay because I had a feeling that I wouldn’t like the hospital cafeteria food. He got the sandwich on french bread and sliced it into 8 mini sandwiches and then wrapped each one on saran-wrap and tin foil and placed them into a cooler with cold coffee drinks and fruit. This ended up lasting us our entire 48 hour stay.
Goodie Basket for our Labor & Deliver nurses | I wrote a little thank you card and put together a basket with candy, chocolates, bars, coffees, gum and Kendra Scott jewelry (not pictured) to thank all of the nurses. I had them take the basket to take to their station so they don’t feel awkward coming in and out of my room to grab goodies. My L&D nurses were so amazing that I almost wish I had brought more for them. So this is something I highly recommend doing.
Nursing bras, nipple cream, nipple cooling pads | I heard all of these items are vital when it comes to breastfeeding and since we didn’t know how long we’d be in the hospital for I figured I’d bring them all with me. I use the nipple cream all the time now, but I only used the nursing bra at the hospital and didn’t need the other two items until later. Also, these are the best nursing bras!
Dermaplast | They give this to you at the hospital, but I highly suggest that you have a second bottle of this at home to use because it is vital especially if you tear like I did and have stitches.
XL long phone charger & wall piece | It’s nice to have an extra long cord that reaches from the wall to the hospital bed. Don’t forget the wall piece too.
Tripod for self timer photos | Since we we were not allowed to have any visitors including the hospital photographer, we’re brought our tripod for self timer photos to be able to capture special moments with all three of us. I’m so glad we brought this with us because that’s how we got our favorite photos. It’s also nice to have at home too to snap family photos with all of you included.
Post pregnancy panties | The hospital gives you some postpartum underwear and then when I got home I literally wore adult diapers for like 2 weeks because it was so much easier and then once the bleeding calmed down I started wearing these panties. The adult diapers were a game changer though because you could just throw them away.
Plastic bags for dirty clothes & zip lock bags for anything I want keep from getting germs at the hospital. So glad I brought some because we just wanted to wash everything.
Travel Size Toiletries + Makeup Bag + Aquaphor + Shampoo/Conditioner + Curling Wand + Wet Hair brush + Hair Spray + Hair Dryer | I never leave the house without Aquaphor because I use it for everything especially as lip repair. I’m so glad I brought my makeup and toiletries to look decent for family photos with the baby. I didn’t wash my hair because I used dry shampoo instead, but they don’t have any of that at hospital for you so bring some if you plan to.
Ponytail holders, Bobby pins, Dry Shampoo | Thank goodness I packed my dry shampoo because I didn’t wash my hair in the shower at the hospital. I was also glad I brought ponytails and bobby pins to keep my hair out of my face.
Ritual Prenatal Vitamins | Their prenatal includes 12 essential nutrients with high quality ingredients your body can actually absorb. I love the no-nausea capsule design so I can take my in the morning or night. Other prenatal vitamins made me nauseous or just made my stomach hurt. @ritual prenatal vitamins are vegan certified and have no shady additives, fillers or colorants. They feel gentle and easy on my stomach while helping support every stage of pregnancy. They offer free-shipping are delivered straight to your door with their easy monthly subscription service. Take 10% OFF your first 3 months with code: HAUTE
Young Living Essential Oils & Diffuser | I’ve been using YL oils for about 7 years now and I never travel without them. At the hospital, I used lavender to keep me calm and peace & calming oil well for extra peace and calming of course! This diffuser is great and we’ve been using it at the house.
Thieves Hand Sanitizer | It’s my favorite because it doesn’t dry out your hand. I used this nonstop instead of getting up and washing my hands every few minutes.
Yoga Ball | My yoga ball was a life saver during the last few weeks of pregnancy. I used it for as long as I could with my contractions at home before going into the hospital. I never planned on doing a natural birth, but I know a lot of people highly recommend the yoga ball for natural births. A doula also told me that that it helps position the baby for birth and prepares your body for labor. Plus it gives your hips a nice stretch! I ended up not needing my yoga ball at the hospital because I waited until my contractions were 4-5 minutes apart going in so I was already super far along and no longer needed the ball. However, if you plan to get induced, ask for a ball to help with the pain. Like I said above, I used mine all the way up until we left for the hospital.
Colace | Let me just say thank baby Jesus for Colace to ensure that your first postpartum bowel movements comes gently and easily. TMI I know, but it’s important to know! I had a third degree tear, which means it tears the anal muscle. Yikes!!! I know!! It’s still painful for me even at 6 weeks postpartum so I’ve started taking these Calm gummies and y’all….they’re even more amazing than Colace. I highly highly recommend them! Not only do they soften the stool, but they also regulate you. Also, drink plenty of water, apple juice and pineapple juice to help you in that department too.
Large Refillable Water Bottle | I was so glad I brought my cup because they gave me one at the hospital but I liked mine better.
Letter board | I’m so glad I packed this little 10 x 10 letter board to use for photos with all of his birth info on it. I already had his name filled out on it ahead of time so I just had to fill in the details like date, time, inches and weight.
Wooden Marker | I ordered this wooden marker with monthly milestones and I am bringing the one with his name on it to the hospital to make the photos feel more special. I used the letter board for photos instead and waited until I got home to use this wooden marker so I would just bring one of these.
Boppy pillow & Cover | I was nice having my Boppy Pillow for breastfeeding at the hospital and then I just washed the cover when I got home.
Breast Pump + Supplies – I’m so glad that Krystal from a A Pinch of Lovely mentioned to pack this because I was able to have the lactation nurses show me how it works.
Baby Book |didn’t end up needing this at the hospital. Way too much going on to have time to write in it.
| Shop My Hospital Bag Essentials |
1. 20oz Glass Tumbler | 2. Nightgown | 3. Cotton Pillowcase | 4. iPhone Charger 6ft | 5. Throw Blanket | 6. Slippers | 7. Ritual Prenatal Vitamins | 8. Thieves Hand Sanitizer | 9. Towel | 10. Brushed Terry Robe | 11. Gold Lust Dry Shampoo | 12. Dream Lover Floral Robe | 13. Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser | 14. Basket for L&D nurses
| Shop My Toiletry Bag |
1. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo | 2. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray | 3. Toiletry Bag | 4. COCO&CO | 5. Wander Eye Mask | 6. Hydro Silk 5 | 7. Women’s Shave Gel | 8. Aquaphor | 9. Oribe Blowout Travel Set | 10. Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion | 11. Wet Brush | 12. Makeup Wipes | 13. Method Body Wash | 14. Deodorant | 15. Crest + Scope Toothpaste | 16. Oral-B Toothbrush | 17. Toothbrush Case
WHAT I PACK & USED FOR THE BABY:
A few going home outfits | I packed a couple different options because we didn’t know which ones were going to fit him and good thing we did because he was tiny and barely even fit in his newborn outfit. We ended up needing some preemie sizes for the first few days.
Monica & Andy Hospital Cuddle Box | This box includes a hat, newborn outfit, blanket and swaddle. He wore the outfit in this box home.
Baby Gowns | He wore this grey one for his photos. We also love this aden + anais Snuggle Knit Knotted Newborn Baby Gown for easy diaper changes in the middle of the night. Plus it’s so soft and comfy for him so I got two.
Burp cloths | They had burp cloths at the hospital, but let me tell you that we use them on a daily basis at home. He tends to spit up a lot after eating so we go through a ton each day before we have to wash a load. I recommend keeping them all around the house. LOL
| Shop My Labor & Delivery Must-haves for Baby |
1. Muslin Swaddle Blanket | 2. Letterboard | 3. Nuna Car Seat & Base | 4. Burp Cloths | 5. Pacifier Blue Stage 1 | 6. Electric Breast Pump with Backpack | 7. Happ Diaper Bag | 8. Boppy Pillow | 9. Bohemian Midi Dresses | 10. Baby Gown Newborn
WHAT I PACKED FOR BLAKE:
Pillow + Colored Pillowcase | I did the same for myself!
Blanket | I wanted Blake to be as comfortable as possible on the couch since he wasn’t allowed to leave with the new hospital regulations. I’m so glad we brought a blanket for both him and myself.
2-3 Changes of Clothes | You never know how long you may need to stay in the hospital after birth so we both brought extra clothes since we weren’t allowed to leave. We stayed two nights so I’m glad he had extra clothes and extra Pajamas.
Travel Size Toiletries like deodorant, toothpaste, body wash etc…
iPhone charger | make sure you each have your own charger to be able to stay in touch with your family!
Lots of people suggested an air mattress for Blake, but he said he was fine with couch.
Snacks | We packed plenty of snacks in Blake’s bag like gatorade, peanut butter crackers, snack bars and dried fruit. **Update: If you’re delivering during this time of specific hospital policies, our doctor suggested that we pack a cooler with cold coffees and foods we like in addition to the pre-packaged snacks because Blake wasn’t even allowed to leave the room to go the vending machine for drinks or the gift shop for a coffee. So we packed our cooler with fruit, cold Starbucks and drinks and sandwiches. You never know how long your food may take from the cafeteria or if you’ll like it or not so it’s nice to have some backup food packed that you know you’ll enjoy. So glad we did because we didn’t like the hospital food. We ate sandwiches the whole time and one night one my nurse friends brought us Chick-fil-A. I also packed myself some junk food like Oreos, M&M’s and Doritos since I was finally allowed to have those snacks again after delivering with gestational diabetes.
Side Note! We originally packed our belongings in duffle bags, but once we realized that we needed even more items given the crazy circumstances we transferred everything into rolling bags to make it easier on ourselves when we check in.