Hospital Packing List

If you're expecting for the first time like I was, chances are you're looking up hospital bag packing lists on Pinterest, blogs, and generally online. Some of the lists I came across while packing were extremely excessive, while others made it seem like I didn't need to pack much at all. If you're expecting, please know that while your time in the hospital may be short, at times it will feel long. And in the few days that you're there, you want to make sure you have exactly what you need. Nothing more (because having too much stuff is annoying in a small hospital room) and nothing less (because it gets frustrating when you realize you left something at home that you really wish you had).

I thought I'd share what I packed in my bag and what I actually used and didn't use. It'll be another list for you to skim through and will hopefully help you create your own packing list. It's important to be organized in advance when your due date is just around the corner. Have your bags packed early and also make a list of last minute things you may need to grab. Last minute things include your toothbrush, face wash, deodorant, hairbrush, etc. Make sure your husband knows where the last minute list is, since there's a good chance you'll be in a rush to get to the hospital. I ended up getting induced, so Alhamdulilah I was able to casually walk into my apartment, grab a few extra things, have some lunch, tidy up, and head to the hospital. I definitely wasn't expecting that, but hey, you really never know what's going to end up happening!

Images: Pinkblush, En Babies, Target, Amazon, Sephora, Old Navy

Images: Pinkblush, En Babies, Target, Amazon, Sephora, Old Navy

WHAT I PACKED IN MY BAG:

  • Nursing-friendly pajamas (Pinkblush PJs are perfect!)
  • Nursing-friendly tops (to wear at the hospital and to go home in)
  • Easy to wrap scarf (I'm hijabi, so this was a must. Jersey scarves from Haute Hijab are convenient, because ironing and scarf pins aren't needed!)
  • Pants that fit you while you were about 6 months pregnant
  • Maternity leggings (Liz Lange for Target leggings are so comfy.)
  • Nursing bra
  • Nursing pads
  • Nursing cover (En Babies nursing cover has great coverage.)
  • Boppy pillow (I didn't bring mine, but I wish I did.)
  • Lanolin cream
  • Flip flops
  • Shampoo (Either buy a small travel bottle or pour into a travel-sized bottle. Do the same with other toiletries.)
  • Body soap
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Towel 
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Makeup (After you take a shower and put on some makeup, you'll feel so much better. Trust me.)
  • Lotion
  • Underwear
  • Heavy overnight pads
  • Perfume
  • Deodorant
  • Socks
  • Phone charger
  • Camera
  • Lens
  • Camera battery
  • Camera SD card
  • Snacks (Dates, trail mix, and granola bars.)
  • Folder for hospital documents
  • Extra large bag to take gifts down to the car (The huge IKEA ones are perfect for this.)
  • Travel prayer rug
  • List of du'as (I kept them saved on my phone)
  • Small gift or box of chocolates for the nurses (Nurses are amazing and they deserve gifts and words of gratitude for all they do for you at the hospital!)

WHAT I PACKED IN MY BABY'S BAG:

  • Hat
  • Mittens
  • Going home outfit
  • Beautiful swaddle set for first photos at the hospital (Absolutely love Milkmaid Goods.)

WHAT MY HUSBAND PACKED:

  • PJs
  • Shirts
  • Jeans
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Book (Randall Munroe's "What if?" kept our minds off of the waiting.)
  • Magazine (Car magazines are Afroz's favorite.)
  • Headphones

I hope this helps any future moms out there! For the experienced moms, what's something you packed that you think was a must-have at the hospital?