Hospital packing checklists

Remember when I went into the hospital last time and had a really deluded idea of what I would pack?

Well, as Darling Husband constantly reminds me, I packed … too much.

He has said MANY times, “We won’t be bringing HALF the amount of stuff to the hospital this time!”

To which I respond: “Yes, but last time I was in labour, so the bags were really full of LABOUR STUFF. Like … tennis balls. And my iPod stereo for mood music.”

To which he responds: “You’re packing lighter this time.”

So, I am.
I promise.

Here are my very edited, pared-down lists of only essentials:

Baby Girl’s hospital bag:

  • Newborn onesies and sleepers
  • 0-3 onesies and sleepers
  • Little pink socks
  • Soothers & soother clip
  • Blanket (cute pink one?)
  • Disposable newborn diapers (few — because the hospital will have lots)
  • Disposable wipes (few — becaues you use washcloths in the hospital)

My hospital bag:

  • Yoga pants & leggings
  • Tank tops & nursing tanks
  • Loose tees
  • Nursing bras
  • Underwear (ugly maternity ones)
  • Socks
  • Pink polkadot nightgown
  • Makeup bag
  • Nursing pads & nipple cream
  • Travel bag (add full-sized toothpaste and toothbrush, face moisturizer, body moisturizer, deodorant, chapsticks)
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Hair clips and elastics
  • Mouthguard case (with retainer, mouthguard for sleeping)
  • Giant gross pads for Gross Bleedingness
  • Charging cord for phone
  • Camera (with charging plug thing)
  • Laptop (with charging cord)
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks (granola bars, mini Pringles cans, Snickers)
  • Boomerang nursing pillow
  • Pillow with Hello Kitty case
  • Shorts, T-shirts, underwear for Darling Husband
  • Darling Husband’s toiletries

How is this less stuff than last time? … Um … Oh, I know!

Stuff I am not bringing this time that I DID bring last time:

  • Robe (didn’t wear last time)
  • Slippers (wore once, opted for socks instead)
  • Tennis balls (no labour = no need)
  • iPod & stereo (no labour = no need)
  • Eau Thermale mister
  • Digital video camera (camera does video, so does phone)
  • Sudoku puzzles for Darling Husband (no time)

See? Totally pared-down list!

I really must start packing soon, just in case I go into labour early like last time. The baby’s bag is easy, because she’s not here to use anything yet.

But my bag is trickier. I WEAR the clothes I’ll be packing, and I USE the toiletries I’ll be packing. I think I will do what I did last time — have the pack semi-packed, in the bedroom, but left open. Then I can use items, wash them, and put them back right away.

Oh crap. Just remembered I have to pack a bag for the toddler, too, since he’ll be staying at my mom’s while we’re in the hospital.

Toddler’s bag:

  • Pack of disposable Pampers (will resume cloth once we’re home)
  • Pack of disposable wipes
  • Few pairs of PJs
  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Socks
  • Talking “Scout” stuffed puppy
  • Toy Aquarium
  • Glowworm
  • Thomas The Tank Engine quilt
  • Soothers (don’t judge!)
  • Few sippy-cups
  • Comb
  • Baby shampoo
  • Washcloths
  • Memory stick with favourite TV shows (Signing Time, Bubble Guppies, Dora)
  • Few favourite books (Dora, Thomas, First Words, etc.)
  • Few toys (balls, toolbox?)
  • List of instructions (must write!)

I wonder if we have enough suitcases for all of this …

So what do you think?

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