Hospital Bag Must-Haves for C-Section Mamas
The “reality” of motherhood is brought to a whole new level when the hospital bags are packed and ready to go. I recall making list after list and going through pinterest for everything I’d need to feel at ease in the hospital. I remember glancing over at Bruno after the bags were packed and thought to myself how weird it was that we were going to meet our little child. We made a human, and she was ready to arrive as a part of this wacky family.
To be honest, getting the luggage packed took a long time. I stuffed my Vera Bradley bag at the entrance with everything I thought I needed and had. Everything else was bought online and placed near the front entrance. Isn’t it a glamorous life?
When I had everything, I spread everything out on the bed and sorted it into three bags: mama’s bag, father’s baby bag, and baby girl’s bag. I used Ziploc bags to arrange and compartmentalize my belongings so I didn’t have to rummage through them to get what I needed. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a c section hospital bag checklist that covers everything you’ll need for the new mom, dad, and infant.
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C-Section Hospital Bag Checklist
What To Put Into Moms Bag
Wallet: You’ll need your driver’s licence and insurance card first and foremost. Now is an excellent opportunity to pre-register for your delivery if you haven’t already.
Nursing Robe: You’ll probably spend 2-3 nights in the hospital after a c-section. This means that your comfort must be your top concern. Two essentials are a nursing robe and a warm cardigan. You’ll be able to breastfeed while visitors come and go, and your incision checks will be easy and open.
Compression Band: THIS was by far the most mentioned of all the things you people stated! After your c-section, these compression bands are a godsend! They also provide you with several advantages, such as improved healing, improved posture, and relief from back discomfort. They could also be covered by your insurance, so make sure to double-check before you buy one!
Gown: If you’re nursing, you’ll be nursing all the time. I packed a robe, a nursing tank, and two nursing bras with me, and I used them all. You’ll start walking to the restroom on the second day, and the gown will make it much simpler to move around. Darker colors might be better because this isn’t a pleasant scenario, yet polka dots are feminine and charming!
Nursing Pj’s: After a c-section, having a pyjama set is essential for two reasons: first, the trousers will keep your belly band in position, and second, they will assist keep the pads in place. TMI? Yes, but I believe we’ve reached that point.
Nursing Tank: I wore them all the time after giving birth, and I wish I had brought at least two with me to the hospital. Because I didn’t realize how difficult nursing would be, I used a lot of lanolin lotion. As a result, the cream splattered all over the tank, which did not look nice. I’d carry three of these tanks, lanolin lotion, and nipple shields if I could repack.
Charger: You’ll want your phone charged and close by so you can capture a million photographs of your baby.
Chapstick: Your lips will be dry after delivery, so it will help you feel better.
Mug or Yeti: Only drinks and ice are permitted on the first night. Your water will stay cold, and your broth will stay hot, thanks to a yeti. My Yeti is, without a doubt, my best mom life hack. When I was pregnant, I always had ice, and now I put hot water in it to reheat her bottles when we’re out and about.
Slippers: Whatever non-slip surface you have should suffice. Hospitals are quite tough on this. You’ll want them to be easy to put on. Nothing that requires you to bend over to put on – that will be challenging. You’ll also want to bring your $2 Old Navy flip-flops. Mostly for showering and taking your first walk.
Toiletries: Pick up a toiletry kit from your local Walmart or Target to ensure you don’t forget anything and to make packing easier.
Make-Up Bag: Putting a little make-up on each morning helped me to feel more normal. Looking back at photographs, I was even more grateful. To make things easier, I recommend bringing dry shampoo and Colgate Wisp.
The biggest lie I tell myself every day is that I’ll remember anything instead of writing it down. Doctors are well aware that a sleep-deprived parent will have trouble remembering when the previous feeding/diaper change occurred, let alone what day it is. I was given a Breastfeeding Log while in the hospital, which was really necessary for this new parent. I made my own, complete with a baby tracker that I hung behind a frame as a daily reminder.
Nursing Pillow: Optional, as they do have pillows at the hospital believe it or not, but they are very soft and you’ll need about 5 of them to prop your baby up properly to feed. Bring your own pillow and make your breastfeeding journey easier from the start.
What To Put Into Dads Bag
Clothes: T-shirts, boxers, socks, sweatpants, a sweatshirt, a quarter-zip jumper, jeans, and slip-on sandals are all good choices. Purchase a separate toiletry bag for him as well as some breath mints.
Food: Food is huge! You don’t want him to have to leave the hospital to have dinner or get snacks while you’re in labour. You’ll need him by your side. Pack high-energy foods like beef jerky and granola bars.
Toiletries: Dad will want a toothbrush and some toothpaste at the very least. You never know if your hospital stay is going to get extended. Don’t forget deodorant.
Cash: You might need cash for parking, vending machine snacks or coffee.
Insurance Information: Dad can fill out the paperwork after birth, mom doesn’t need to be bothered with this. (I filled out paperwork for my first baby and I had the epidural. I made some huge mistakes on the paperwork, and it took a long time to get everything sorted out.
Phone and charger.
What To Put Into Baby’s Bag
Believe it or not, your baby isn’t going to need a lot of things in the hospital. Here are the things I would bring for a baby and skip the rest.
Soother/Pacifier: Some hospitals advise against using pacifiers if you’re breastfeeding, however, I breastfed 3 babies and used pacifiers so I’m totally on board with bringing a paci in the c-section hospital bag.
Cute Outfit: Choose a comfortable and cute coming home outfit for your newborn.
Carseat Cover: Depending on the weather, you might need to keep snow or rain off of your baby as you get into the car or into the house, and a car seat cover is a great tool to help keep your baby comfortable and protected.
Packing A C-Section Hospital Bag
o, what do you need to pack for your hospital stay and recovery? You’ll want a comfy robe or pajamas. A nursing bra is a must if you plan on breastfeeding – plus an extra set of clothes in case the baby spits up! Make sure to include diapers, wipes, ointments like Vaseline or Aquaphor (to protect their skin from diaper rash), snacks that are easy to eat with one hand like granola bars, applesauce cups and yogurt tubes. And don’t forget personal care items such as deodorant and hair ties. Pack more than one outfit for yourself so it’s not too hard getting dressed when leaving the hospital after having had surgery. Plus make sure Dad has all his needs covered too!