D-Day Survival Guide
Delivery Day Essentials
Hospital Survival Guide
The third trimester is the most exciting, and also scary few weeks in pregnancy. There is the thrill of knowing your little bundle of joy will make their big debut in a few short weeks, but there is also the stress of making sure you have everything ready for the baby and D-Day.
I have never been more stressed out than I was packing my bag for the hospital. With my first pregnancy, I did not even use half of the items that I packed for myself nor my baby! This pregnancy I decided to only pack what I thought I needed (which was still too much). I did, however, make note of necessary and unnecessary items.
- Two sets of pajamas (I would suggest one warmer set and one cooler set. My room was extremely hot, or maybe it was the hormones!)
- Non slip socks
- Nursing bra (If you are planning on breastfeeding.)
- CHEAP flip flops
- Outfit to wear home (something COMFY!)
**Nursing wear is convenient, but not necessary. If anything, I would suggest just getting nursing pajamas. Buying a lot of nursing wear is not pocket friendly, and honestly I did not use ANY nursing clothing and still haven’t at four weeks postpartum. Also, the hospital provides those oh so cute disposable granny panties. It may sound ugly and miserable right now, but I promise even when you get home you will wish you had more.
For my husband:
- Pajamas or lounge wear for the room
- Underwear and socks
- T-shirt and gym pants to wear home
- Outfit for pictures (Only if pictures are being taken in hospital.)
- CHEAP flip flops for shower
- Pajamas onesies with feet (Two would be enough.)
- Separate outfit (if pictures are being taken in hospital.)
- Going home outfit
- Car seat (You’re not taking baby home without one!)
- Hats (If you want to use some other than the ones the hospital provides.)
- Boppy (If breastfeeding, it’s a lifesaver!)
**The hospital supplies way more than you may think. There is no need to pack diapers, blankets, wipes or pads. If you are planning on introducing a pacifier, just ask and they will give you one of those too! There is also no need to bring bottles unless you are planning to bottle feed and want to use a certain brand.
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
- Body wash and shampoo (I would go with an unscented option so you and dad can share to cut down on packing!)
- Make up (if you are planning on having pictures taken, if not don’t even bother with it!)
- Hair dryer (whatever you use to do your hair, straightener etc. Once again, I wouldn’t bother with this unless you’re taking pictures in the hospital.)
**Razors and shaving cream are not needed, I mean after all you’ll most likely only be there for two or three days. You also won’t care at that point how long the hair on your legs are, trust me! You will barely have enough energy to brush your teeth, but yes, you DO need to do that!
- Phone chargers and phone
- Computer (It’s going to feel like you are doing 20 to life. You are going to want all the entertainment you can get!)
- Camera (If you don’t use your phone for that purpose.)
- License/Insurance card
- $$$ for Starbucks (Crucial for my husband and I.)
Hopefully this list is easier and more realistic than those Pinterest boards that have you packing as if you are going away for a week vacation. Remember it is only a couple of days! If you forget something, the hospital more than likely will have it for you. Don’t be afraid to ask. Also, when you leave the hospital, make sure to empty the drawers and cabinets of all the diapers, wipes, butt paste, Vaseline, pads, underwear, etc. and take all of it with you. You may feel bad for doing this, but you just birthed a human being and you deserve all of it. No, but really, they will most likely throw away what you don’t use and it is meant for you to take home.
Remember, the hospital stay is short and you will be bombarded with visits from family, friends, and countless..COUNTLESS..nurses at all hours of the night. The less you have to pack up on going home day, the quicker you can be back home and in your comfy spot on the couch with baby!