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A Look Inside My Baby Hospital Bag (10 things we packed)

on July 22, 2015 by Jami Balmet 8 comments

We had our twin boys a little over two weeks ago and we are happy settling into life as a family of six! I’ve had people ask about some of our photos and what we brought to the hospital for the babies. So on our second go around with the hospital, here’s what we packed!

the 10 things we packed (and what we really used)

With two sets of twins, I have become very familiar with the hospital. Between both pregnancies, non-stress tests, and early labor I’ve spent my fair share of time in and out of the hospital. So when we were packing for the hospital this time around, I knew I wanted to do a few things differently.

I packed a separate bag of clothes and toiletries for my husband and I but this time around I was more concerned with the babies’ bag. So I’m just going to cover what we packed into the diaper bag today.

With my first set of twins, I literally had no idea what to expect. I read other people’s hospital packing lists that seemed to range from taking everything including the kitchen sink to the hospital and other lists that said you don’t need to bring a single thing.

Baby hospital packing list - what we brought to the hospital and more

So basically I ended up bringing the going home outfit and that was it. But over the past two years I’ve heard other moms share what they brought to the hospital (and from trial and error from being in the hospital so often) and I decided I wanted to bring a bit more with me.

Because we knew we were probably facing a c section, we didn’t know how long we would be in the hospital. We could have even been there 5 or 6 days, though thankfully it was only two and a half days. So this time around, I wanted to be more comfortable. 

I wanted to bring a few comforts from home and I’m so glad that we did! Here’s what we packed in our baby hospital bag (and what we ended up actually using):

10 Things We Packed in Our Baby Hospital Bag

What we packed

 

1 – Comfy Sleepers

Because our boys were born in July, I didn’t want to pack big warm sleepers so I chose a few light, cotton sleepers in case we wanted to change them. On the second day we changed the boys into these and I was glad I had something really comfy for them to be in. This is also what we used for their going home outfit. Verdict: Will pack next time

2 – Onsies

My first set of twins were born in December and it’s been over 100 degrees here lately so I wasn’t sure what clothing they would need. So I threw in some onsies in case it was too hot or we wanted to layer. I didn’t end up using the onesis at all. Verdict: Won’t pack next time

3 – Cute Hats

We already had these cute hats from Malachi and Micah (otherwise I wouldn’t have gone out to buy them specifically to bring to the hospital). But because we had them, I decided to bring them as a cute and comfier option to the ugly striped hats the hospital gives you. It was nice to have them on hand. Verdict: Will pack next time

The 10 things we packed for the hospital

 

4 – Burp Cloths

At the last minute I threw these into the hospital bag but we never ended up needing them. Our boys didn’t end up spitting up at all and besides, we had our amazing muslin blankets with us (see #9). Verdict: Won’t pack next time

5 – Baby Formula

I’m sure not everyone needs to pack formula, but I wanted to have it on hand just in case. I’m very picky about the formula I’ll feed my boys, and so I wanted to have my favorite brand on hand in the off chance that the doctors pushed to introduce formula for any reason. (And yes – two weeks out, we have had to supplement a little bit now).

After a lot of research, I was really happy this Spring when The Honest Company came out with their own line of formula. It’s not perfect, but it’s a much better option than other brands on the US market. (i.e. it contains real lactose instead of high fructose corn syrup). The size you see in the picture above is actually their trial size you can order from the website. I didn’t end up needing the formula in the hospital, but I was still glad I had it there as an option. Verdict: Will pack next time

6 – Diaper Rash Cream

This is another item that we didn’t end up needing. But it only takes a tiny spot in the diaper bag and I was glad it was there just in case. I’ve been happily using The Honest brand diaper rash cream which is much cheaper on Vitacost or if you order a bundle directly from Honest Co. (By the way, you can get $10 off your first order from Vitacost by signing up through this link). Verdict: Will pack next time

7  – Hand Sanitizer

I’m not usually a fan of hand sanitizer, but I also hate hospitals and the germs. So when I first discovered The Honest brand hand sanitizer (are you noticing a pattern yet?) I was really happy packing this in my bag! It was handy to have for the guests who stopped by. With natural and healthy ingredients like aloe, vitamin e, grapefruit seed extract, and sweet orange, this is a hand sanitizer I can get behind. Sometimes. When we are at the hospital. This is also cheaper on Vitacost or via Honest Company directly. Verdict: Will pack next time

8 – Diapers and Wipes

This one is not a necessity so it really depends on how picky you are with your diapers and wipes. Hospitals provide diapers and wipes for your newborns. But my older boys have really sensitive skin and are prone to diaper rashes so I wanted to have a few chlorine and icky-free diapers and wipes with us just in case. Again, we didn’t really need them this time but I was glad to have them as a back up. Verdict: Will pack next time

9 – Swaddle Blankets

This is my favorite thing we brought to the hospital. Yes, the hospital provides you with those itchy receiving blankets but I wanted something more comfortable and I’m so glad we had these. I packed my very favorite Aden and Anais swaddle blankets. They also sell these at Target (hint hint for your baby registry)! Verdict: Will pack next time

10 – Pacifiers

My older boys never took pacifiers (even though we tried) but my new boys love them! I’m so glad we took two different kinds of pacifiers as each boy prefers a different style (go figure)! I packed NUK newborn pacifiers (which Remington prefers) and silicone soothie pacifiers (which Ryder prefers). Verdict: Will pack next time

While not everything we brought to the hospital was necessary, it was nice to feel prepared and have a little comfort of home with us! I’m glad I packed our diaper bag with everything we did as it wasn’t hard to bring just one bag for the babies.

What do you pack for the hospital? Leave a comment!

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  1. Thanks so much for posting this!! It’s very timely for me. I have read articles that list about 50 things you need to bring and it just overwhelmed me. This is so helpful! Glad you’re home and enjoying those babies!!

  2. I love everything you brought. I would love if you did a post on what you had. I ended in a csection with my son so chances are high again of one. I learned a bit of what I wanted and didn’t need.
    For my son I was the one who brought the whole kitchen lol. Next time I know I can go little. 🙂

  3. I didn’t think I’d be having my kids the days I went in, but I was semi prepared the first time. I brought an outfit of footie pants, a button down long sleeve top, a beanie,g-diapers (I didn’t know…should’ve had disposables for the first few days), nursing supplies like the absorbent pads, landline ointment, NO change of clothes for me…, the caseat… Not sure what else. Fit my second I ended up getting transferred to be induced and had a very uncomfortable overnight stay before breaking my waters… But again, just a change of clothes fit me and 2 for Sirena, no babysitter, but our Davis friend helped with that, and I was very happy, both times, to check out early (well, at the birth center 3 hours after birth was normal) and go home! If I ever have another I’ll be more prepared with food because I barely are anything for 2 days after (seemed that way anyway… I’m ravenous after labor and there was a microwave easy Mac bowl and a pop tart at the hospital because the cafeteria had closed; basic, slim pickings/leftovers at home; and nothing was open on the way home… We checked out at 11pm and didn’t think about food until we were in Placerville area) when a friend brought a feast of a giant homemade macaroni & cheese casserole and homemade flax bread.

  4. May I just say, that I Love, Love, Love, that after your second set of twin boys, you are still saying, ” next time” it makes me so happy 🙂

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