Packing a Hospital Bag — What’s Different the Second Time Around

profile picture of Jayne Heinrich
ByJayne Heinrich
The Naptown Organizer
Updated
Mar 2017
Hero Image
Photo: Veer / The Bump

One of the big things I did in preparation for my son’s birth was to pack our hospital bag. I’m not sure how much time I put into packing my things into a suitcase, but I know I spent a significant amount of time on it.  With his pregnancy — my first — I’m almost positive I had our bags packed between 25 and 30 weeks pregnant.

This time around?  Not even close.

I’m 32 weeks pregnant tomorrow, and — while the thought has crossed my mind — I’ve done nothing other than set aside the outfit new baby girl will wear home from the hospital.

When I do finally get around to packing for the hospital for my second labor and delivery, however, things will be a little different as well. With my first pregnancy, I’m pretty sure I brought with me everything I owned and the kitchen sink. I didn’t want to forget anything.  I didn’t want my husband to have to leave my side in that case.

In thinking about what I even need to pack to write this post, my mind landed on pajamas, toiletries, going home outfits for myself and my baby, the car seat, and my phone/charger. That’s pretty much it. I may bring my sleeping pillow and a breastfeeding pillow, but I will probably leave those in the car for later on.

Packing your hospital bag as a first time mother is really your way of preparing for delivery. You don’t know what it’s going to be like, so you follow checklists, other people’s advice, and hopefully throw a bit of common sense in there. Packing your hospital bag as a second time mother? Been there, done that. Those material things aren’t quite as important any more. I forgot my toothbrush or toothpaste? Someone can get it for me. I didn’t bring enough clothes? Hospital gown works fine and equals less laundry!

Related Video

So far, I’ve been pretty good at putting off packing the hospital bag. Maybe — just maybe — I’ll actually get it done before I go into labor for the second time.

Have you packed your hospital bag? What did you include? Did you find it different if you are a second (or more) time mom?

Birth Expectations—And Realities—In One Hilarious Comic

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
09/12/2017

6 Genes Can Determine the Length of Your Pregnancy

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
09/07/2017

Mom’s Delivery Room Hack to Keep Her Husband From Sleeping Is Genius

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
01/29/2020

6 Exercises to Help Induce Labor

Yelena Moroz Alpert
Contributing Writer

The Placenta Is Not a Superfood: a Gynecologist Weighs in

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
10/13/2017

This Induction Method Could Shorten Labor by Hours

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
12/14/2016

Q&A: What Are the Signs of Preterm Labor?

Karen Moise, RN
Registered Nurse
Advertisement