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What Was I Thinking?! Here Are The 11 Things You Need In Your Hospital Bag

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This is one of three bags I brought to the hospital when I went in to deliver Caleb. I had everything from my laptop, to my iPad, to three different outfits, to … my entire makeup bag INCLUDING A MASK. I mean…. am I bonkers???!!!

After I delivered, I had Bill take EVERYTHING BACK. I just KNEW I needed to sleep and recover. There would be NO TIME for checking email and blogging. It’s COMICAL at this point looking back.

You want to know what you need in your hospital bag? Plain and simple:

  1. Phone and phone charger 
  2. A deodorant that works and a can of dry shampoo — I REFUSED to shower in the hospital because the last time I had a baby and showered in my recovery room, I ended up getting a toe fungus. GROSS!
  3. IF YOU INSIST on showering in the hospital – BRING FLIP FLOPS. That place is dirtier than you think.
  4. Over-night pads from your favorite brand and a few pairs of your own underwear –– Eventually, you will stop bleeding like you’ve been shot and will want to downgrade from the industrial pads the hospital uses.
  5. A Cardigan — it can get chilly especially after losing a lot of blood. Also bring over-sized sweatpants for nighttime. Think comfort!!
  6. Wipes, hand lotion, face moisturizer and makeup remover rounds out this list — I constantly kept cleaning my hands and they got very dry. It was nice to be able to moisturize when needed. Also when I didn’t want to wash my face at night out of exhaustion, I just used facial clothes to wipe off the excess oil.

Honestly, this can all fit in a back pack! Don’t go CRAZY! And if you ever need anything, someone can just go home and get it for you.

Did I miss anything?? What did you pack in your hospital bag??

OK one more thing but it isn’t essential — makeup. You will get visitors and you will want to take pictures – so think ahead. If you want to bring a little mascara and powder then pack it. I had my makeup bag with me but I didn’t really use anything in there besides the mascara. I was simply KNOCKED OUT and didn’t care.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.

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  1. I’m a bit of an over-packer myself, but I’m a c-section mom so I’m at the hospital for up to 4 or 5 days. Bordum sets in… or at least it did when I had my first child. I’m getting ready to have my second and I made this list for myself and my readers – http://accordingtonina.com/2013/02/hospital-bag-essentials-for-mom-and-baby/
    I used every one of these items the first time, but you’re right some moms do not need nearly this much stuff.
    It’s all personal preference really!

  2. I currently have my bags packed and ready for the hospital. Yes, ‘bags’, but I’m going to be having a c-section and staying for a few days. I have a small suitcase with a few pairs of jammies, socks, makeup, toiletries, brush, baby book, and a camera. I have a small bag with the baby’s coming home outfit and coat, but that will stay home until I’m ready to come home. I also have a bag with my pillow (neck pillow I need from a previous injury), and my Boppy.

    The only other thing I’m adding is a handful of healthy non-perishable snacks for me and the hubby, although I do like your suggestion about the flip-flops!

    It seems like a lot, but it can be a long 4 days in the hospital without the things I need!

  3. lip balm is a must!!

  4. My husband loaded up a digital photo frame with pictures of my daughter for my hospital stay with baby #2. Every time I looked up I saw a new picture of her sweet face!

  5. Socks, socks, socks! I just delievred my baby 2 months ago via c section and that surgery room was FREEZING not to mention the cold feet u get once the spinal block wears off. Socks r a must!!

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