Having a baby? Hospital bag essentials I forgot to pack

It’s been a month since sweet Camden came into my life. I love being a mom! It’s a little late, but I think it’s important to share some hospital bag essentials. I knew about packing things like toiletries, birthing props, smart phone, a “going home” outfit for baby and a cozy robe. But the items below were not mentioned in the blogs and books I read to prepare for birth, so for first time moms, this blog may help with the packing.

One month old today

One month old today

designer Chelsea Charles and new baby, Camden

Chelsea Charles and new baby, Camden

T-shirts, Onesies and Swaddling Blankets for baby already washed in Dreft or a comparable baby detergent

The day after Camden was born he developed a bad rash. The nurses said it was a normal newborn rash and not painful, but based on how it looked—red raised angry bumps migrating from his back to his face and legs—I don’t know how it couldn’t have been painful or at least uncomfortable. One of the nurses’ assistants mentioned that the hospital washes everything in one detergent, so if my son had sensitive skin this could exacerbate the rash. Geoff went home and gathered our newborn kimono side-snap tees and swaddling blankets already washed in Dreft.  We noticed the rash dissipated considerably just hours after swapping his clothes and blankets.

One of the Aden and Anais swaddling blankets we brought to the hospital

One of the Aden and Anais swaddling blankets we brought to the hospital


The hospital food was very good, but two of the four days I missed the 7:00 pm dinner cut off because I was sleeping.  An energy bar or almonds would have tided me over because I wasn’t that hungry. Thankfully, we only live five minutes from the hospital and Geoff picked me up some food, but I wanted to mention for all those mommies-to-be who live further away.

Towels from Home

I actually did get this sage advice from my friend Sarah and forgot to pack one.

The towels in the hospital are so tiny and rough! I don’t think they should even be classified as towels, more like loincloths. A big soft towel that would have at least fit around my body would have been a welcome luxury.

I want to give a special Thank You to my cousins Corey, Jeff, Tristy and Aunt Cindy, who gave me the most wonderful birthday present. They gifted me with a toiletry bag filled with most of the essentials for my hospital stay (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, face lotion, body lotion, chap stick, deodorant, hair ties, spare toiletry bottles, etc.) along with a robe and adorable slippers.

Comfortable slippers or socks are a must for the hospital

As a side note.  Make sure your toiletry bag has tab to hang on a hook. It helps to make the most efficient use of space if you are in a small room.

I’ve faithfully worn my Sterling Mommy and Me Count Me Healthy Bracelet during this first month too! It has really helped keep track of feedings.

Count Me Healthy "Mommy and Me" bracelet by Chelsea Charles keeps track of daily feedings

Count Me Healthy Mommy and Me sterling bracelet

I’d love to hear your hospital bag essentials when getting ready for baby’s arrival! – CC

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