What’s in my Hospital Bag

Today, other than being Dave’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY DADDY!), has been rather shiteous in terms of house crap and hormones. But I already wrote about the house BS the other day, so I won’t repeat myself here. (That’s what Twitter is for!) I also didn’t take any pictures yet for my 38 week preggo update. Wah wahh. That’s okay though, because today I appeal to everyone’s voyeuristic side and show you what’s in my hospital bag! I know I’m super nosy and love this kind of crap, so I hope you do too. And if you don’t… well then. I don’t know why we’re friends.

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The hospital bag packed, and all the crap out on the floor for your viewing pleasure.
Don’t get excited, that’s not a real Coach bag. I got that for $50 in the Bahamas straw market about 6 years ago. Also pictured on the right is a small Vera Bradley duffel (from the 20SB Summit) for all the additional things that we’ve been told to “steal” from the hospital. (Mesh underwear, anyone?)

The electronics

  1. Dominoes. Okay so those aren’t an electronic device. They’re just random for when we’re killing time or bored (assuming post birth, of course)
  2. TONS of batteries – for all of the electronics!
  3. iPod dock
  4. iPod charger
  5. FlipCam

Toiletries, etc.

  1. Our general bag of travel sized toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, face wash, powder, razors, contact solution – you get the drift
  2. Cotton balls, Q-tips galore! And a mini thing of lotion. Yes I know the hospital will have most of this stuff, but it was already in a travel bag… so I threw it in.
  3. Headband for when my hair is all a mess.
  4. His and hers deodorant.
  5. Comb for the tresses.


  1. Raisinets – my post-labor snack.
  2. Fruit snacks – for both of us
  3. Granola bars – Dave’s snack

Early labor distraction tactics
These are for when I’m having contractions, but it’s too early to go to the hospital.

  1. Issues of People Magazine (my weakness) that I haven’t read yet.
  2. Big Bang Theory seasons 1 & 2, Singing in the Rain, and Newsies, two of my fave musicals


  1. Dave’s clothing for up to three days at the hospital (our hospital encourages the partner to stay overnight)
  2. My “in the hospital, post labor” clothes – nursing nightgown, robe, comfy socks.
  3. My going home outfit – comfy lounge pants, tank and cardigan.

And last, but certainly not least, my post-it reminder on our door to take the following stuff with me every day:

So prepared! Not really haha. It is nice to have everything all packed and in the car though. And Dave’s mom will bring Sadie’s coming home outfit with her when she comes to the hospital. It’s this cute yellow knit outfit that one of Dave’s Aunt Diane made and that Dave, his two sisters, and most of the grandchildren have come home from the hospital in. 🙂


  1. Oh man! You’ve got Singing in the Rain in there! I love that movie!

  2. It never hurts to be prepared, and that’s a lot of great stuff for when the time comes! 🙂 I love the collection of movies too!

  3. aw you are so cute and organized i love it. also i highly approve of Newsies and Big Bang Theory viewing, obviously. but eeeee can’t believe little miss Sadie will be here so soon!

  4. The mesh underwear are the absolute greatest thing EVER!!!!! Don’t knock it until you try it. DEFINITELY bring your laptop, how else are you going to upload all your pictures to your blog and Facebook? 🙂 Don’t forget Carmex (or some sort of chapstick) hospital air KILLS my lips. The only other thing that I can think of is a nursing pillow like boppy or my breast friend. I am so excited for you!!

  5. I hate Raisinettes so much, but I LOVE that you’re bringing newsies. Get Sadie started early! 🙂

  6. Great job packing. Couple things I would recommend, since you may end up with a C-section make sure whatever pants you bring to wear home come up high (maternity pants are good) b/c you won’t want anything rubbing against your incision which will be low. Also, you should probably bring a few outfits for the baby just in case she poops or spits up all over one of them. Also, bring some blankets to cover her in the carseat if it’s chilly that day. The Mesh undies are GREAT, seriously, I even wore them after I got home b/c they didn’t rub against my Csection incision. Definitely bring a laptop for updating FB, blog, twitter, emails etc. And definitely take as much free stuff from the hospital as you can. Because my baby was in the NICU for a week they sent us home with a TON of formula, nipples, extra hospital blankets etc.

  7. Thank you for this post! I’m a type A planner and have already begun to think about things like the hospital bag at 20 weeks. I want to make sure I’m totally prepared and comfortable. We live only 5 minutes from the hospital so it’s not critical that I get everything, but it’s just my personality type.
    You must be getting SO excited to meet Miss Sadie soon!

  8. ah thank you! I’ve got plans to get my hospital bag together this weekend so your post couldn’t have come at a better time!

  9. I guess it’s a good thing you had your bag ready and packed seeing your tweets from earlier today!

  10. Good thing you were packed a day in advance!!!! Congrats Lacey! We can’t wait to meet her!!!!!!!

  11. Good thing you’re prepared because who knows when your baby is going to want to come out. Congratulations on everything, btw.


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