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I recently had a baby and although she was my second, I could not remember what I needed to pack for when I was staying in the hospital.  So I turned to my trusted advisors, our mommy group!  They always have the best ideas.  Here’s the list we came up with!

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For Mommy:

  • Birth plan, paperwork, ID, and insurance – the really important stuff
  • Comfy clothes including a nursing top and nursing bra
  • Breast shield- I wish so much I would’ve had this.  It would’ve made breast feeding so much easier.  Everyone is different and you might not need it, but it’s good to have on hand just in case
  • Nipple cream
  • Toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, face wash, lotion etc.  They will likely have some of these items in the hospital, but always better when you have your own that you love.
  • Chapstick
  • Robe & slippers or flip flops
  • Hair ties – I lost a few a long the way
  • Music
  • Your own pillow with a non-white colored pillow case
  • Medline perineal cold packs

For Daddy:

  • Chargers! Phones/ipads/Camera – what ever needs charging, make sure you have those chargers!
  • Extension cord for the chargers
  • Toiletries & change of clothes

For Baby:

  • Blanket for swaddling – the hospital blankets aren’t very soft
  • Cute outfit for photos
  • Outfit to go home in

And of course the car seat!  Make sure it’s properly installed before your due date.  And if you need help with installation, reach out to Kristin, CPST Certified Car Seat Technician.

When asked what the must haves are for postpartum recovery, here’s what people said: 

  • Freeze meals ahead of time and schedule food to be delivered from friends/family and have a list of food delivery options.  Amazon Prime Now is a great option for groceries too and included with your Amazon Prime account!
  • Foods with fiber as constipation is common after baby.  Also talk to your OB about stool softeners and laxatives that are safe to take.
  • House Keeper
  • Lots of water! Stay hydrated
  • Lots of maxi pads – heavy

Still working on your registry or what to get when preparing for baby?  Check out my baby registry blog here.  


Laura Stotland is the Founder + Editor in Chief of South Bay Mommies & Daddies. Stotland, co-owner of Beachside Marketing House, is a marketing, digital and social media strategist with an extensive background in media, digital, and entertainment marketing; including the proven track record to increasing revenue, creation and execution of strategic marketing plans, and managing talent and teams. Laura gained her experience working with The Walt Disney Company, Clear Channel Radio (now iHeart Media) and The Alliance for Women in Media. Additionally, Laura has worked in social media, advancing the public awareness through the Pancreatic Cancer Network and other non-profit organizations. Above all, Laura is poised to aid businesses grow successfully in development and execution of strategic marketing plans that tap into current and future trends through traditional marketing channels, strategic use of influencer marketing, and a variety of digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. Follow her @LauraStotland and @BeachsideMarketingHouse Looking for things to do outside of the South Bay, check out Fun Things to do for Kids, a national site for parents with a curated list of events to attend!