Your due date is getting closer but you are still wondering what to pack in that hospital bag everyone keeps talking about? We will not give you the ULTIMATE Hospital bag list but rather the MINIMALISTIC hospital bag as chances are you don't live 10 hours away from the hospital and your partner can easily sneak home to pick up missing items after labor. Thank us later!
Hatch-to-Hospital box so you have all the basics to stay comfortable in the hospital during your stay. Socks and robe being the most important here! Make sure to throw in one or two pairs of soft (nursing friendly) pajamas too.
Snacks, snacks, snacks! Sakara has amazing options in their clean boutique. We are obsessed with their detox bars and granolas. Also, coconut water for labor!
The Hatch-to-Home package so your new baby doesn't have to leave the hospital in his/her birthday suit.
Phone, charger, and a charged camera (it is nice to have pictures from the birth that were not shot with an iPhone).
Toiletry bag with THE ESSENTIALS. Pick up samples of your favorite products in the weeks before so you don't have to bring full-size items of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, moisturizer, toothpaste and toothbrush. Bring a BB cream if you are receiving visitors and want to be fancy but by any stretch of the imagination this is not an essential item. A must have is The Hatch Nipple + Lip Balm because it's a two in one and we are all for beauty products that can multitask and because hospital air is extraordinarily dry.
A comfortable going home outfit. This does not include your pre-pregnancy skinny jeans because you will still look about six months pregnant. Pack your favorite leggings (perhaps the Sculpt and Recovery Leggings from Baobei maternity?), a nursing friendly top (love this Loyal Hana tank) and a luxe cashmere layer from Teat & Cosset. Let us just note that depending on the kind of birth you had, tight leggings might not be an option and so just in case: bring your comfiest sweatpants!
We suggest that your partner or another helpful person (parents, BFF, housekeeper) come by later with any other things you may need. Like: the car seat to bring baby home and a computer/tablet you can use during your stay to watch Netflix.
Good luck, send birth announcements and as always, don't forget to #pumpandkegel