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What are Chicago Moms Packing in Their Hospital Bags?

We asked our mamas who recently had babies what they packed in their bags and what to leave at home!

What to pack:

Top 5!

  • Phone charger (extra long cord!)
  • Button down pajamas/robe
  • Non slip socks/slippers and shower shoes
  • Chapstick
  • Water Bottle

Other noteworthy items!

  • Battery operated candles
  • Shower toiletries, snacks
  • Pillow and blanket for mom,
  • Boppy
  • Pump
  • Going home outfit for baby
  • Hair ties
  • Fan to attach to bed while pushing
  • Speaker to play favorite music
  • Nursing bra
  • Hoodie
  • Snacks

What to leave at home:

Number 1 Response!

  • Extra clothes for mom (only needed 1 set of pajamas/robe/going home outfit)

Other noteworthy Items!

  • Extras for baby (hospital has diapers and postpartum products
  • Kindle/tablet
  • Make-up
  • Extra socks

We also asked our new mamas advice they have for other soon to be new mamas, this is what they said!

  • Trust your gut if you have a concern
  • A frida squirt bottle for down under
  • Embrace the fact that no matter how much you plan things my not go as planned and do your best to accept it and embrace the change as much as possible.
  • Birth rarely follows a plan, be prepared to go with the flow, the end result is an incredible miracle
  • It is great to have a birth plan but know that a lot is out of your control (I.e water breaking or not) and to expect the unexpected.
  • Be informed of all options - highly recommend taking a birth class. Also plan for your postpartum care. You need to take care of yourself after the baby too! Daily baths were a lifesaver for me!
  • Go in open minded and ready for anything
  • Buy depends for the first few weeks vs the mesh underwear.
  • Consider packing a pair of shoes that can handle some serious feet swelling. Chances are they will give you IV fluids and it can be tough to get into your normal sneakers.
  • Let the nursery take your baby at night! Get some sleep. It's only a couple days and your baby will be well taken care of :-)
  • Nursing will be difficult at first and you may need to supplement with formula until your milk comes in, and that is ok!
  • This may not be the birth experience you planned and hoped for, but you are so much more capable than you'll ever know.
  • Join a new moms group (virtual or in person) to meet other new parents and lean on each other- my oldest is almost 3 and I still talk to everyone in my group regularly.
  • Make sure your partner takes lots of photos of you- even when you haven't slept or showered in days you'll look back at those first few photos and be so proud of the person you see in those pics.
  • Stay as long as you can in the hospital, enjoy the meals and extra set of hands - use the nursery (if available) for a few hours break at night It's a bit different with Covid, we were allowed one visitor (my mom) so i was fine just hanging out in my gown and robe.
  • Get to know your hospital and their process, many have videos/online sessions now. But it helped knowing the procedure for when/why we were changing rooms.
  • Ask for the lactation consult and ask their birth weight at the moment you leave
  • Listen to your body and mind and get help of something doesn't feel right both physically and mentally. Always ask for help you don't have to be super mom

Thank you to all the mamas who participated in our survey! You have helped another mama plan her hospital stay!