I have a problem. I am a chronic over-packer. So when it came to delivering my first child my bag was absolutely full of a million things I didn’t need, and as it turned out, a couple key items that I did. From a recent new mother to a mommy to be, here are the top 5 things you will want to have in your bag!

  1. Lip Balm!

Hospitals are notoriously dry, and while I was in the hospital I couldn’t get enough of my lip balm to prevent painful chapped lips!  Some hospitals provide you with some, but just in case they don’t, it’s a really good idea to bring your own.  The Stork Bag recommends organic lip balm made from shea butter or coconut oil, formulated without any harmful chemicals.

  1. A Big Fluffy Towel (and Shower Supplies)

After labor, there are few things in this world that can make you feel more human than a shower. I will always remember that first shower after I had my son, it was glorious! But then, I realized that the towels supplied were basically glorified wash cloths—they were thin and I swear I needed about 5 of them to wrap around my head. Okay, that’s definitely an exaggeration but you will thank yourself if you remember to pack your own towel! On that same note, it’s a good idea to bring your own shower things like shampoo and conditioner. Anything that will help you feel like yourself again goes a long way!

  1. Breastfeeding Pillow

Whether or not you plan on breastfeeding a pillow like the Boppy Pillow or My Breast Friend is great to bring to the hospital with you. I personally had the Boppy Pillow and loved it; it made it easier for my family to cradle the baby for long periods of time and was key in my breastfeeding success. If you’re bottle feeding it helps make everything a lot more comfy! This is especially if you have a tender C-section incision.

  1. Comfortable Clothes

I greatly overestimated how I would feel post-delivery. I expected my stomach to magically shrink down, and was really surprised at how much even soft elastic waist bands bothered me.  I practically lived in a night gown with a henley style snap closure at the breast. I suggest long maxi dresses!

  1. Various Sized Outfits for Baby

Now, I’m not saying pack your babies entire wardrobe (although it is tempting! So many cute baby things!). But I speak from experience when I say that having one outfit that is Preemie sized, one newborn, and one 0-3 is a good idea. I thought for sure that I would be covered with the latter two, but my little man was petite. Perfect, but petite so he needed an emergency outfit from the gift shop in a preemie size.

Stay tuned for the items that ended up being, well, useless!