the second time mom’s guide to packing her hospital bag

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Welp…I am a cool 2.5 weeks away from my due date, so what better time to share what I am packing this time for the hospital! Truthfully I used my first time guide to help me this time, BUT this time I cut back! The truth is so much of what I brought last time was just totally not needed and never touched (Amit said some stuff he never even got out of the car LOL). So I am hoping this fresh and updated guide will be handy for y’all as I come back at ya with a bit more wisdom than last time (at least I hope!)

Ok so in my last hospital guide (which you can view here) I broke things up into a few categories, which I still found helpful…
husband’s responsibilities
going home


Everything I am bringing for labor itself is going into a small plastic bin (my “labor box”) just like last time. The labor box of last time was a great call so everything I needed in those labor moments were easy for Amit to grab. This way if I need a hair tie or lip balm he wasn’t digging, everything was/will be right there. Here’s what it’s got:

Favorite Pillow from Home – The hospital suggested bringing my own pillow since theirs are only ok. They also suggested a unique pillowcase so it didn’t get mixed up.
Hair Ties + Head Bands – As soon as it’s time to get into the hard work I am throwing my hair up and taking my makeup off. I am not trying to be glammed up while I push.
Makeup Remover and moisturizer
Slippers – my first delivery I spent a long time wandering the halls trying to get labor to progress so the slippers were a good call.
Snacks – I am bringing a few protein bars and granola bars for pre-epidural and if I do end up getting an epidural I also packed a little bone broth since you’re only allowed clear liquids. Bone broth is very nourishing in case I really need some protein post epidural. Outside the box I might bring a box of sparkling water, because I am basic and obsessed.
Lip Balm – I ended up using a lot last time!
Body Oils – Tip from my doula from last time (sadly no doula this time!), they said massage can really help keep you comfortable as you labor.
Wash Cloths – For creating quick and easy cold or hot compresses.
Small Blue Tooth Speaker – I wasn’t into having music on last time, but who knows maybe I will be this time.
Essential Oils + Diffusor – LOVED this last time! I had Amit making me lots of washcloths with eucalyptus to help me feel refreshed while I pushed and it was AWESOME!

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This is the section I have MOST updated because truthfully the hospital had all the unsexy stuff I needed! If you are worried about having tucks and peribottles on hand I have the full list from before here. This is my new, paired down list now that I know the hospital has it all and I don’t want to end up with doubles of everything.

Comfortable Pajamas – Mostly cheapy ones that I don’t mind ruining if blood gets on them, but I am also bringing a cute set for photos. I bought Lunaby Baby for nursing and Belabumbum for robes and cute sets (in the photo above I am wearing Belabumbum which I love!).
Nursing Bras
Post partum girdle — I bought a Bellefit Belly Band to help my uterus go back to it’s normal size. LOVED this last time. Worth every penny!
Nursing Pads
Nipple Cream – LOVE Earth Mama Nipple Butter
Gel Nipple Pads
Perennial Cold Packs – I liked this kind from amazon a lot better than the hospital kind last time.
Prenatal vitamins – I like the gummies from Whole Foods
Towels from home (again, as suggested by the hospital, theirs are tiny so I am bringing one nice big one. After Summer was born a shower really revived me!)

Husband’s Responsibilities

In addition to hubby packing his own bag of clothes and whatnot, I am putting him in charge of a few items…

Birth Plan – If a birth plan isn’t your thing that’s cool. I am printing mine from last time and it’s real straight forward. Basically I want to birth naturally as long as possible and get an epidural if needed, and I don’t want an episiotomy. That’s pretty much it, nothing fancy!
Our Wallets /IDs / Important Documents / Folder for collecting documents they give us after birth
Chargers for all electronics
Camera and Extra Battery

For Baby

Going home outfit – One in a newborn size, one in a 0-3 size + Hat and Bows for photos
2 Swaddle Blankets (they provide, but for any photos we want while there)
Nursing Pillow
Installed car seat

Visitors + Going Home

Ok, once all the laboring is over and we have visitors and the camera out, I would like to be somewhat presentable and comfortable. I know some if this stuff isn’t for everyone and that’s fine. Last time I know I really enjoyed showering and getting my hair and makeup pulled together, so in case I am up for it this time as well I am bringing the following…

Toothbrush / Toothpaste
Normal General Skincare Routine
Soap / Lotion / Body Oil
Hair Brush / Dryer
Curling Iron
Flip Flops
Comfortable Tees / Legging / Comfortable Going home Outfit

It all fits into a small carry-on suitcase and I’ll bring my diaper bag with baby’s as well! Please let me know if you mamas have questions, hope this helps!

One response to “the second time mom’s guide to packing her hospital bag”

  1. Amanda Sullivan says:

    Great list!!! I noticed that you were not bringing a cooler this time for your placenta! I am toying around with the idea of encapsulating my placenta! Did you not like it? Was it not worth it? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much! Amanda

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