I have been stressing about what I should pack in my hospital bag knowing that I am going to be having a C Section. That is why I did a ton of research including asking family and friends who have had C Sections what they would suggest I take in my hospital bag. After all of this research I felt the need to write my Hospital Bag Packing Guide for after a C Section. This guide includes everything that I plan on bringing with us to the hospital. This guide will include my hospital bag, one for my little baby boy, as well as one for my significant other.
If you have any suggestions on items that I should pack or one’s that you feel are unnecessary please let me know. I find outsiders help to be the best advice out there. Experienced mothers know what they are doing and I feel like I can trust their advice. On ward we go. Have fun reading. I hope it is helpful!
Mother’s Bag (My Bag)
✓ Identification & Insurance papers – If you have any important medical paperwork you will want to bring it along with your ID and insurance cards. This could include a patient advocacy form or a DNR form if you have either of these in place. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
✓ Wallet – You never know what you may need with you so you might as well bring your entire wallet with you.
✓ Electronics – When you do have a little bit of down time you may want your electronics with you. They would make for a way to get into contact with the outside world. Your friends and family that are not there with you at the hospital may also be trying to reach out to you through them as well.
✓ Nightgowns – A couple of nightgowns will be nice to have with you so that you have something comfortable to wear in the hospital. I know I hate the gowns that they provide you with at the hospital and if people will be coming and going I will be wanting to be covered up. You can bring some comfortable clothes as well, but I think I would prefer just being in a nightgown.
✓ Bathrobe – If you have a bathrobe you might want that as well so that you can have an extra layer to wear when you walk around the hospital if you get a chill.
✓ Nursing bras – Even if you aren’t planning to breast feed you will probably want to invest in a nursing bra or at least a soft stretchy bra to bring a little comfort to your swollen, tender breasts as you start to produce milk.
✓ Nursing Pads – I have been told that these will be a godsend if and when my breasts leak milk.
✓ Slippers – I have been told to invest in slippers without backs that I can slip my feet into without having to bend over, but I know I will not be able to walk in those so instead I will be investing in a pair with backs that I can slip my feet into without bending over and will stay on my feet so that I do not trip and fall.
✓ Depends and Underwear – I was not prepared with my last pregnancy and had no comfortable underwear or pads for after the birth of my daughter. This time I will be prepared. I plan on buying Depends to bring with me for the first couple of nights when the incision is the most tender. This should help and make it so that I do not have to worry about pads before I feel like making multiple trips to the bathroom. I will also be bringing some c panty’s with me because I have read that they are rather comfortable and helpful for post C Section surgery.
✓ Toiletries – I know that I will want to feel clean and be clean while I am at the hospital. Hygiene is important so I will be packing toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, face wash, and shampoo/conditioner to use when I get the chance to take a shower. The soap that they offer at the hospital is not as nice as the stuff I have at home.
✓ Pillow, pillow case, and blanket (optional) – I still haven’t decided if I will be bringing these, but I was told that it can be nice to have a few of my own possessions with me.
✓ Nursing Pillow – I have been told this will be my savior because it will keep the baby from resting against the incision or anywhere tender. Everyone seems to agree that the Boppy is the must have nursing pillow so I plan on getting one of these for me to use.
✓ Abdominal Binder (optional) – This is optional, but probably a good idea to have because coughing and sneezing can be painful. I plan on getting one, but I do not know if I will use it as much as I think I will.
✓ Wipes – I always bring wipes with me places because sometimes a shower is not feasible. Being disabled some days a shower is just too hard so I like to be able to quickly clean up myself so that I don’t smell and feel clean.
✓ Outfit – If you feel like you will want to get fully dressed at the hospital you can bring more than one outfit, but I know I won’t want to so I just plan on packing an outfit for myself to leave the hospital in.
✓ Breast Pump – Regardless of whether or not you are breast feeding you will probably want a breast pump with you. When your breasts fill up with milk they can become quite painful and getting your baby to latch sometimes takes a little bit of time.
✓ Socks – You will want your baby’s feet to be warm and these will be good if you have your little one dressed in gowns or if you leave him in the hospitals provided clothes you may want these.
✓ Mittens – These will help protect your little one from scratching himself with his sharp little nails. It can be too difficult to get them clipped real short when they are newborns.
✓ Cap – Your little one might not have much or any hair so a cap will help keep his head warm as well as keep in his body heat. This is especially important if your baby is due in the colder months.
✓ Diapers – The hospital will provide you with diapers, but you may want to bring your own especially if you already have a specific brand or style of diaper that you intend to use you might want to bring them with you. Free is always nice, but that doesn’t mean it is always the best for you or your little one.
✓ Talcum powder or Coconut oil – Your baby is going to have some dry skin and their first bowel movements will not be much fun for him. Due to this you may want some talcum powder or coconut oil for his tender skin.
✓ Cute Outfit – You will want a cute outfit for newborn pictures if you plan to have someone come in and take them. Even if you don’t plan on having someone take pictures it is fun to have a cute outfit to dress him in on his way home. You will be wanting to take pictures of him leaving the hospital as well as arriving home for the first time. Seeing as how I am planning a pirate themed nursery I plan on getting my little one a very cute pirate themed outfit to go home in.
✓ Baby Blanket – This isn’t a necessity as you will be given a receiving blanket at the hospital, but it may be nice to bring your own newborn blanket or swaddles to wrap your little one in.
✓ Feeding bottle – The hospital will have newborn bottles for you to use, but feel free to bring your own if you have certain ones that you want to use. This will make it so that you do not have to transition from one nipple to another. I plan on bringing some with me in case he does not latch on right away and needs to be fed with a bottle.
✓ Car seat – You will want your car to be equipped with a car seat for your little one to ride home in. You will not be allowed to go home without one.
✓ Wallet & identification papers – These will be needed if daddy goes in and out of the hospital at all so that he can get back into the maternity ward to be with mom and baby.
✓ Phone, charger, & headphones – These will be important devices to have just in case family and friends are trying to get in touch with him or the mom. They will also help keep him entertained during any down time when he isn’t sleeping.
✓ Toothbrush & toothpaste – Hygiene is always important and if daddy doesn’t have to get back to work then he will want to be able to clean up as well.
✓ Comfortable Shoes – Daddy might be pacing some of the time so he will want comfortable shoes or slippers to wear.
✓ Extra Clothes – If daddy is able to stay at the hospital with mommy then he will want to bring some extra clothes to change into. They will help him to feel clean while staying in this room for days on end.
✓ Pajamas – Pajamas are nice for when mom and dad get to get a little shut eye. They also happen to be a lot more comfortable to wear.
✓ Blanket – The hospital provides blankets, but you never know how warm or cold you may get so it can be nice to bring your own blanket as something comfortable to use while sleeping.
✓ Pillow – A pillow is a must. This will help daddy to sleep as well because it will bring some extra comfort for him when the pull out bed is getting to him.
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