What I Wish I Packed in Our Hospital Bags

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

This time last year I was on day 2 of labor after being induced to give birth to McKenna. Time has really flown by since then! I only found out I was being induced a few days before, so I was beyond nervous and not at all prepared. I had hospital bags packed for the baby and I weeks earlier (I didn't even get around to packing one for my boyfriend!), but I still forgot a few things. A year later and I'm still thinking of things that would have made a great addition to our hospital bags!

Tomorrow marks one year since I was induced to give birth to McKenna. I only found out I was being induced a few days before, so I was beyond nervous and not at all prepared. I had hospital bags packed for the baby and I weeks earlier (I didn't even get around to packing one for my boyfriend!), but I still forgot a few things. A year later and I'm still thinking of things that would have made a great addition to our hospital bags! #hospitalbag #pregnancy #labor

Baby's Hospital Bag

One thing I didn't even think of was warm baby clothes because McKenna was born in the summer. I just assumed the temperature in the hospital would be comfortable, but the hospital room we stayed in was so cold that I was still shivering under two blankets! I had newborn McKenna in a long sleeve onesie and hat, but she was swaddled under two blankets as well. I really wish I had brought little pants, socks, and mittens to help keep her warm! 

My Hospital Bag

I honestly didn't use a lot of the stuff I packed in my hospital bag except for a few toiletries. A few things I wish I had packed were non-skid socks or slippers (the hospital gave me 3XL socks to wear while in labor!), a book or magazines (I know most people say they don't use these, but I had so much free time on labor day 2), and a Modern Burlap swaddle and camera for first day photos.

Dad's Hospital Bag

I didn't get a chance to pack a hospital bag for my boyfriend, but a few essentials that all new dads need are a couple changes of clothes including socks and underwear (you never know how long you'll be in the hospital), a pillow and blanket, and something to keep him entertained during downtime (laptop, books, phone with charger, etc.). 

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