Packing a hospital bag for your c section isn’t exactly the same as packing for a weekend away. That’s why a c section hospital bag checklist is super helpful.
You’ve tried to pack it more than once, but it all feels so overwhelming. And somehow every time you try to start you end up on the couch watching The Office and eating Oreos while you shop online for more cute baby clothes.
You want to take the right stuff, but not too much. But you definitely don’t want to be stuck at the hospital without all the things you need (like a phone charger). And a bunch of random items you don’t (like several pairs of shoes).
Don’t worry girl, I gotchyou.
Let’s start with some general tips that will make packing your c section hospital bag a breeze!
And the number one MISTAKE most women make when packing their hospital bag.
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Tips to start packing your c section hospital bag
Stop putting it off!
Yeah I see you there girl with empty duffle bag in the corner collecting dust instead of essentials for the hospital.
The key to getting your c section hospital bag packed is to just start.
Right now I want you to think of 5 must-have, can’t-live-without items and go put them in your bag.
I’m talking phone charger and chapstick. Your favorite sweater or hair ties. Five items you know you’ll absolutely, without a doubt need in the hospital.
Keep in mind you’ll likely be staying for around 72 hours (maybe more).
Keep Your Hospital Bag Packing Simple
Believe me when I say you will not need anywhere near the amount of stuff you think you will, and the things you do truly need the hospital will have.
Including stuff for the baby!! They have shirts, blankets, diapers, and wipes for baby.
Yes, you’ll be in the hospital for a couple of days (at least) but trust me it’s not the same as taking a weekend trip. You won’t need a change of clothes for every day or a bunch of accessories. You’ll just need the basics.
Keep your packing light and simple, it will be less to keep track of when you finally go home.
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the number one mistake most moms make when they’re packing their c section hospital bag
Spoiler alert: the biggest mistake moms are making when packing their hospital bag is overpacking!
It’s not a week in Vegas, it’s a few days at the hospital. You will be sore & tired after your c section. And every ounce of energy will be focused on your baby.
With my first, I overpacked big time. I packed like I was going away for a girls’ spa weekend, and I didn’t end up needing half of what I brought.
My second birth was a scheduled c-section (read more about that here) and I was determined to have a smooth recovery. I packed waaaaayyyy to much stuff and it was a hassle to keep track of.
And didn’t use half of what I brought.
Instead my hospital room was filled with random stuff that I didn’t need. I actually brought a tiny crockpot so I could warm-up homemade soup (which I brought with me as well), what was I thinking?!
Learn from my mistakes and keep your packing light and simple!
A SAMPLE CHECKLIST FOR PACKING YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
Let’s get to the good stuff: what do you actually need to bring to the hospital. After four babies, two c sections, and a whole lotta time in the hospital, here’s my top 5 must-have hospital bag items:
Nursing bras/tank tops….nursing bras and tank tops can be pricey but they are worth their weight in gold. They will make breastfeeding a little bit easier and if you invest in good quality items they’ll last you for as long as you intend to breastfeed.
Comfy pajamas, sweats, or leggings…..be sure you’re comfortable being seen in them because you’ll be walking up and down the hospital halls after your c section.
Also, keep in mind that your tummy won’t be flat right away; you’ll still look and feel like you’re about 6 months pregnant after baby is born so bring pants that fit accordingly.
Basic toiletries & beauty products like a toothbrush and toothpaste; hair brush & dry shampoo, face wash, shower items, etc.
A sweatshirt or robe….the hospital can be cold and you do not want to be shivering, it will hurt your sore abdominal muscles
High-waisted underwear and pants….you won’t want anything touching your fresh incision so I recommend giant granny panties.
If you’re looking for a more complete list I invite you to grab a copy of the free c section hospital bag checklist below.
The checklist is three full pages of everything you can think of- including what to pack for baby and daddy (hint: it’s not much, but you will need a few things).
Grab your copy of your c section hospital bag checklist and get started packing today!