I've looked at a lot of lists telling expectant parents what to bring to the hospital for labor and delivery. Those lists have had some bizarre items on them, and you may find that a lot of those items are already provided by the hospital!
I'm a chronic over-packer, and I ended up in the hospital for 5 days when I had my first baby. Even with everything I brought, I didn't need half of it. When it was time to leave, my husband and I were insanely concerned over our new baby's comfort and happiness, as well as overloaded by our own nerves about going home as a family. We also had to take home the lovely flowers and gifts we had received during our stay. Needless to say, all of those items I had decided to pack became a huge burden!
You'll definitely want to have certain items with you as you labor and delivery your baby. , but it's important to only take what you need!
Here's a list of just the essential items you should bring with you to the hospital:
- Your birth plan
- Hair brush, hair ties
- 1 outfit for mom wear home
- 1 outfit for baby to wear home
- Nursing bra
- Car seat for baby. (This will likely stay in the car until it's time to leave.)
Like I said when I shared the items and products the hospital provided for labor, delivery and postnatal care, it's a great idea to ask what's provided before packing up a huge bag with items the hospital won't let your use. You also might be surprised at how little you'll need to bring along for new baby!
I also understand that this isn't a comprehensive list. It's only the essentials. I just want to encourage you to take those other What to Pack for the Hospital lists with a grain of salt and remember that everything you pack has to be loaded up and brought home!