The most important things to bring in your hospital bag for your birth and time in the hospital have been covered in 10 Things You Should Pack in Your Hospital Bag. Now, let’s take a look at some of the things you should NOT bring. Many mamas overpack when heading to the hospital. Your instinct may be to bring as many things as possible, but that will just leave you overwhelmed. It can become difficult to move around and harder to find what you do need with an overstuffed bag. It is important to know what is needed for a hospital and what can be safely left at home.
We get that this can be HARD and OVERWHELMING! Thankfully, Blossom has a Hospital Bag Kit that comes pre-packed and ready to go! It has everything you need and nothing you don’t.
1. Pre-Pregnancy Clothes
It will take some time for your uterus to shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size. That means your bump will stick around for six to eight weeks. So, those pre-pregnancy clothes may not be the best choice for right after birth. Also, plan to leave any fancy clothes behind. Your time in the hospital will likely be spent in a gown or robe, completely pants-free.
During your hospital stay, your baby will keep you very busy. Because of this, makeup will quickly fall to the side. A clear face is best for snuggles and kisses anyway. Facial spray is a great alternative to freshen and moisturize your face. The Babe and Body Face and Body Spray is a great not only for your face but also for your fabrics and your space!
3. Hair Curler / Straightener / Dryer
Styling your hair will also become low-priority. Hair curlers, straighteners, and driers take up a lot of space and will not be used. A hair tie and dry shampoo are much better options. Mother Mother Dry Shampoo works wonderfully for busy mamas in the hospital and at home!
Bringing entertainment to the hospital for your free time may sound like a good idea. But that post-labor free time does not actually exist. If you are not feeding, changing, or comforting and cuddling your new baby, you will most certainly be sleeping (or let’s face it, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram). Leave your books and games at home!
5. A Ton of Baby Clothes
It’s easy to get carried away packing adorable clothes for your new baby. However, a few onesies and a going home outfit will be more than enough. Onesies make diaper changes much easier and keep your baby comfortable. Fancy baby outfits will be hidden anyway as your little one will be swaddled for most of your stay.
6. Diapers and Wipes
Many new mamas make the mistake of bringing tons of diapers and wipes to the hospital. This is unnecessary because the hospital will provide all the diapers and wipes your baby needs during your stay! Save yourself the hassle and leave those diapers and wipes at home.
7. Normal Underwear
Small and fancy underwear is not going to be your friend. The underwear you wear postpartum will need to hold your postpartum pad and keep you comfortable. Anything more or less won’t do. New mamas agree that disposable mesh underwear is best. Mother Mother Mesh Postpartum Underwear is a breathable and extra comfy option.
The hospital has plenty of pillows! Don’t worry about lugging one along when there are more than enough pillows waiting for you. Nursing and feeding pillows are also very often left to side, so leave those at home too.
While you might imagine you’ll have plenty of time to take perfect photos during your hospital stay, that dream is unfortunately not reality. A phone camera is preferred by most new parents because it is simple and always close by. Pictures taken by your phone are also easily shared on social media. Leave the heavy camera at home and wait for the photo shoot until you can put pants on again!
If you have an appetite after birth, the hospital will provide you with plenty of food to keep you full and energized. Just throw a reusable water bottle in your bag and you will be good! If you have the Hospital Bag Kit by Blossom you will already have your #MOMLIFE water bottle in your bag and ready to go!
You got this mama! Don’t forget to go check out the Hospital Bag Kit by Blossom so that you can get ready for your delivery with just a click of a button! This kit includes the Babe and Body Face and Body Spray, Mother Mother Dry Shampoo, Mother Mother Mesh Postpartum Underwear, #MOMLIFE water bottle, and so much more!