Hospital Bag Checklist For The Minimalist (for twins or singletons)

Hey 👋,

It’s been a while, but I’m slowly emerging from the depths of twin infant world. Sleep training has been a game changer (that’ll be a blog for another day) and I have more energy to start blogging again. I’ll get to my labor and delivery story soon too… but first.. the hospital bag checklist. I can’t tell you how much I stressed over what to bring. I asked everyone and searched through every Pinterest checklist. Only to end up using about 5 % of the three bags…yes three… bags that I brought.

Now, if you consider yourself to be high maintenance just stop reading now. I don’t want you to waste your time.Or you can continue reading since the last month of pregnancy is a bagillion days long and you may have more time on your hands than you know what to do with. Your choice.

I’d say that this checklist is for the type of gal who prefers to sleep over eating, and doesn’t mind spending a lazy weekend in pjs, sans a bath, once in a while. That’s the kind of gal I am. And I packed wayyyyy too much in my labor and delivery hospital bag. So I’m here to help you not make the same mistake.

Lastly, I did not have a scheduled or emergency c-section so I can’t speak to what you will need for one. I’m sure this list can still help, but not sure if you’ll need some more/different items. Sorry.

Without further ado here is the checklist. :

For MomSlippers (to go back and forth from the bathroom, and also back and forth to the NICU 😔)

  • Chapstick
  • Flip flops (for the shower. I didn’t get to take one, but I thought it’d be great to have flip flops if I did)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nursing bra (only if you’re going to attempt nursing, of course. At the same time, everything is exposed for all to see pretty much all the time, so if you want, you can get by without one, but you might want to have one for when you go home.)
  • Deodorant
  • Going home outfit for you (make sure it’s comfy. I had a soft jersey long maxi dress and it was perfect. I probably would’ve used a short one during my stay if I changed out of my hospital gown.)
  • Scrunchy aka scrunggi for the hair (I had my hair in an attractive 80s side pony the whole time)
  • Comfy and warm throw blanket (we were able to regulate our room temperature, but that’s not always the case.)
  • Small travel pillow to put in the small of your back.
  • Your boppy or twinz boppy. (You can ask someone to bring it later or leave it in your trunk.)
  • Robe (I didn’t think of bringing this, but would definitely have made use of it as I walked around in my hospital gown.)

For DadSweatpants

  • Hoodie
  • Change of clothes
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Comfy pillow and blanket ( If he’s staying over, he’ll probably sleep on a chair or a discombobulated combination of two chairs, so at least a comfy pillow would be nice)

For Baby:

  • Going home outfit
  • Maybe another outfit to change into if you’d like.
  • Socks
  • Mittens

Electronics/MiscBluetooth speaker ( If you want music playing during labor)

  • Cellphone charger (Preferably a long cord. You don’t know where the outlet is)
  • Cellphone
  • Insurance card
  • Any ambiance for labor (Battery operated candles, pictures, quotes, etc…)
  • Birth plan (which is more like a preference)
  • Snacks (our hospital was located near many restaurants so my husband picked me up things from there, but if we were more isolated it would’ve been great to have yummy snacks to munch on.)
  • Bag of snacks for nurses/docs (this kind gesture can go a long way. You want all the nurses on your side)
  • Empty bag (to bring home baby stuff and vagina healing stuff.)

And believe it or not… that’s it.

Don’t bring anything for your downstairs part. The hospital will have EVERYTHING you need. Underwear, huge pads, spray, cream, sitz bath, etc… but DO have padsicles ready for when you get home. Don’t know what those are? Get a sanitary napkin, open it up, put witch hazel and aloe vera on it, then close it back up and put it in the freezer. Someone can make them for you while you’re in the hospital, or you can make them before you go in.

I swore I was going to have a wardrobe change every day. That did NOT happen. I was in so much pain after, was so exhausted from labor and delivery, and so focused on figuring out how to nurse my two baby girls that all I did was stay in my hospital gown all three days. I mean, I changed hospital gowns but it was still a hospital gown. I didn’t use any of my fashionable outfits or nursing tops.

Thing is, you want to bring as little as possible, because when you leave you have the most precious cargo ever. A car seat… or two… to carry. 😊

Was there anything that was a must have for you that’s not on this list? Go ahead and share!

Twin Mama Out,

Bethsaida

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