Packing for the Hospital

In anticipation of this spring's opening of The Birth Place, featuring a Level II NICU, we have partnered with Olathe Medical Center and local mom, Sarah, to document her pregnancy and birth journey in this new space.

We’re nearing the end of this pregnancy, and I’ve been gathering the things I’ll need to pack when it’s go time. I should probably have them already packed and ready to go but I’m a procrastinator so I’m sure I’ll be scrambling for these things when we’re ready to head to the hospital. I’ve got a list going on my phone so that’s a start, right? The nurses literally laughed at my sister when she went in for delivery because she had so many bags, so I try and keep that in mind and pack light.

The items that always make it to the hospital with me are:

  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing tank top
  • Comfortable shorts or robe for after delivery
  • Slippers
  • Going home outfit for mom and baby. Again, comfortable. My last baby and this baby are summer babies so I pack a dress for myself and usually just a onesie for baby.
  • Jacket because hospitals are cold
  • Swaddle blanket for the ride home
  • Extra outfit(s) for baby if you don’t want to keep them in hospital gown. I packed a few bows when I had a girl, too.
  • Chapstick
  • The hospital will give you all the things you need for the post-delivery business, but I always pack my shower items, make-up and straightener. As soon as I get the OK, I like to shower and get cleaned up. The hospital will have diapers, soap and everything for baby.
  • Car seat
  • Nipple cream if you plan to nurse. Your milk supply probably won’t fully come in until your home so I leave the nursing pads at home.
  • Clothes for dad. My husband usually goes home to check on the kids, shower and change but that might not be the case for everyone.
  • Phone charger
  • Camera
  • Laptop if you want Netflix or something other than hospital cable

I also bring a gift for when the older sibling(s) come to visit baby for the first time. We say it’s from the baby, and I think it helps them feel included and not so overwhelmed with being in the hospital. It also keeps them entertained while they visit. Things like coloring books and crayons, a pretend camera, stickers, etc are some ideas.

I went and checked out the OH! Baby Boutique at Olathe Medical Center on the way to my appointment today and now I know that if I forget anything, there’s a good chance they’ll have it in the gift shop. From baby items to big sister/big brother things and just about everything a new mom could need. My daughter is looking forward to bringing me flowers after the baby is born, so I will tell my family they can just swing her by the gift shop on the way to the room.

Now I can really procrastinate on that packing and not stress about it!        

To read other posts in this series, click here.

About the author: My name is Sarah and I’ve been a Kansas gal my whole life; born and raised in Manhattan but have been living in KC for 6 years. I have a degree in Family Studies and Human Services and I’m wife to Derek and mom to Collins (4), Brooks (2) and baby 3 who will arrive this Summer. We are big K-State fans and also cheer for our Royals and Chiefs. We are lucky enough to have a lot of family close by so we enjoy spending as much time as we can with them or doing all the fun things KC has to offer.


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