{Live} Newborn and New Mom Essentials + Your Complete Hospital Packing List

November 15, 2011 in All Posts, Parenting

One of my good friends is having her first baby!  (A girl).  (Yay!).  She called to ask me what I couldn’t live without when I first had my babies, so I’ve put together a few lists to share with her and decided to share them with you, too!  I used so many different products that I either bought or was gifted by our lovely friends and family, so paring it down to just the “essentials” was tough, but here’s what I relied on the most.

Newborn Essentials









New Mom Essentials

Little Luxuries

Totally Unnecessary

(but I promise not to judge you if you find them essential)

Hospital Packing List

  • Dear Johnnies Hospital Gown & Robe (I had 5 gowns over the 2 pregnancies!  They make you feel like a million bucks when your body is taking the journey through hell and back).
  • Lipgloss (not just because you’ll want to look nice in pictures, but your mouth will dry out).
  • Phone + charger
  • iPod + iPad + music + DVDs + chargers
  • Camera + video camera + chargers
  • Laptop + charger
  • Pen + paper (you might want to write your baby a letter or take notes)
  • Photos of family/friends/things you love (to use as focal points or help you through the process)
  • List of friends and relatives to e-mail and call (draft your announcement e-mail well before your due date, including filling in the e-mail addresses, so you don’t have to think about it at the hospital)
  • Cord blood kit (if you’re using one)
  • Snacks for your partner (labor is loooong and a hypoglycemic partner isn’t very helpful)
  • Your birth plan (that is, if you have one … my plan was just to get the baby out!)
  • Hair ties + head bands (you’ll be having the workout of your life)
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste + breath mints
  • Soap + shampoo + conditioner
  • Brush + hair dryer + styling aids + styling tools (okay, that last one is just for you primp-y mamas)
  • Deodorant + razor
  • Creams + lotions
  • Makeup (if you’re so inclined … you can guess what camp I’m in)
  • Glasses + contact lens case and solution + spare pair of contacts
  • Underwear (or better yet, steal a few pairs of the stretchy mesh ones the hospital provides).
  • Soft, comfy clothes for your hospital stay (that is, if you didn’t bring your Dear Johnnies gowns!)
  • Nursing bra
  • Flip flops (your feet will swell after delivery, so even if you were able to wear regular shoes before going in to the hospital, you won’t be able to coming out)
  • Socks (your feet may get cold during labor – but keep in mind that after a certain point, there will be fluid running down your legs, so socks might not be the best idea then)
  • Cute change of clothes for the day you go home
  • Baby’s going home outfit x 2 (there inevitably will be some sort of accident right when you want a nice photo)
  • Newborn diapers (although the hospital will provide some)
  • Carseat (don’t forget a blanket if it’s cold)

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