Hospital Bag – When to pack?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: When did you pack your hospital bag
    Before 35 weeks : (18 votes)
    35 %
    between 35-38 weeks : (25 votes)
    49 %
    packed while in early labor : (6 votes)
    12 %
    hubby had to pack while i was at hospital : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 16
    1601 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m 22 weeks and have slowly started packing. I have all of my toiletries and a maxi dress so far. Still have to pack toiletries for my husband, clothes for him, pillows for both of us, diapers, pads for me, receiving blankets, car seat, snacks for my husband, etc.

    I’m starting to pack early because I’m feeling more tired. I will be having a C Section with ovarian cyst/ovary removal so once that happens I won’t be moving around as easily. 

    Post # 17
    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I started at about 30 weeks but was already having contractions (irritable uterus). I lasted until 38 weeks first time though. I wrote a list and marked off what I’d packed and what I still needed so could have finished packing quickly. In the UK we need to take everything – nappies, maternity pads etc so I think we need more.

    Post # 18
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I packed slowly- threw stuff in the bag as I thought about it/bought it.  The most important things for me were toiletries (chapstick, lotion, deodorant, and shampoo), a light robe, baby going home outfit, and my breastfeeding pillow.  I wore stretchy pants and a sweater to the hospital, and I just wore that home. I also brought my own hosptal gown to wear after I gave birth, so I made sure to have that too.  Otherwise the hospital had swaddling blankets, diapers, wipes, and everything else baby needed.  They’ll also provide you with the stretchy mesh undies and giant pads post birth, so don’t worry about that.  

    Post # 19
    1191 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    lovesparkles11 :  My friend just had her baby 3 months early. He weighed 1lb 6oz at birth, but is doing well.

    Anything can happen, and if you’re not ready then it will just add stress to a likely already stressful situation.

    I had my bag packed by about 29 weeks. Even though I didn’t give birth until 41w, I don’t regret packing early at all! Gave me peace of mind. My labour was also only 6 hours long from my very first contraction until I had my son in my arms! So labour’s not always a “wait around all day with nothing to do” situation, haha.

    Post # 20
    1183 posts
    Bumble bee

    I don’t have a baby, but I do work at a hospital and see many women coming into labour earlier than they expected to! It can’t hurt to pack now, it could be fun. Then you can put it out if your mind and not worry about it at this already very busy time! xo

    Post # 21
    497 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    lovesparkles11 :  I’m almost 35 weeks and haven’t packed mine yet… the odds of delivering at this point are so low. But just like your Darling Husband, my husband REALLY wants me to pack one so I promised I would asap! I’m not sure why he’s so hung up on it, but maybe because he knows he’ll be in charge of logistics once I go into labor he wants everything set and ready before things get in motion, which makes sense! 

    Post # 22
    1541 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I know what you mean about being a planner but not wanting to pack your hospital bag! I usually like to be prepared but something about packing the hospital bag I just did not want to do. I think because I was scared of being in the hospital. Which was actually a rational fear, I really did hate it! Haha. 

    Anyway I packed mine at like week 39 and went into labour at 41w3d. Also my water broke unexpectedly when I was at the hospital for routine testing so we had to get our in laws to go to our condo and bring us our bags. Something we did was keep a list of all the things we would grab last minute like cell charger. That was useful for them to follow. 

    Post # 23
    9811 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think 37 weeks with my first and maybe 39 weeks with #2. I think just make a list, as long as you have a list you can pack in 15-20min. You can put some stuff in the bag but I find it impossible to be completely packed until you’re leaving

    Post # 24
    47188 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Although it’s nice to make sure you have the things you want purchased and in your home , there is no real need to pack ahead. You are not going to go into labor like the women you see on tv. If your water hasn’t broken and you are not having anything else unusual going on, you are encouraged to labor at home as long as you are comfortable. You will have lots of time to pack your bag.


    Post # 25
    374 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Packed my bag at 35 weeks, glad i did because i had to go hospital a couple of times before 40 weeks and i was able to just pick it up and go! 

    I will be changing what i put inside this time though, bikini top for one! And extra pairs of leggins/pjs… i soaked through all of my available pairs after giving birth- had to go home in blood soaked pjs! Not nice lol

    Post # 26
    762 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I packed at 37/38 weeks. 

    Post # 27
    1192 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I don’t think you NEED to pack it by a certain time, but I was excited so I packed my stuff early.  I would add things as I remembered them and it worked really well.  I think having the basics packed like a going home outfit for baby, shower stuff, a breastfeeding pillow, and an outfit for you would be enough.  My tip is to bring a cute robe or easy open top that you can throw on easily for pictures after baby is born. 

    Post # 28
    2517 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    With my first I packed at 34 weeks.  We were going to an out of town wedding At 35 weeks and my husband was afraid I’d go into labour 3 hours from home.  We also installed the carseat at that point. I delivered at 38 weeks. 

    This time I’m packing my bag this week (31 weeks). I start monitoring next week and if we fail a bpp or nst we will be kept at the hospital.  If delivery is required or imminent we will be transferred from our hospital (it can only handle full term deliveries) to a hospital 90 minutes away. So it won’t be as easy to pop back home for things.  

    Post # 29
    428 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I packed in between contractions. My husband had packed his bag weeks earlier, but I procrastinated. I was mainly concerned with having lots of snacks and entertainment, but my labor was quick (I delivered four hours after I started timing my contractions), so I didn’t need any of it. Of everything I packed, I think I used my toothbrush, a t-shirt, one baby outfit to go home in, a Costco bag of trail mix, and a pair of leggings. Bottom line: if you have the car seat everything else is negotiable! 

    One piece of advice is that if you have swaddle blankets, bring one and have the nurses show you how to use it. They helped us master the swaddle with the hospital blankets, but the swaddles we had at home were a different size and weren’t as easy to use.

    Post # 30
    9174 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    i never got around to packing one.  DS was due 4/17 of last year.  i kept putting it off, Darling Husband gave me a 4/1 deadline to pack my bag.

    i went to the hospital on 3/24 for an NST (routine test for IVF and my age) and never left.  DS arrived on 3/26.

    i didn’t need much, and Darling Husband just brought it to the hospital.

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