I will hopefully put together a birth story in the next week or so, but I did want to post what we actually used from our hospital bags for future reference.
I wore the hospital gown the whole time since it was easy access when the nurses needed to check my vitals and everything. I switched from a sports bra to a nursing bra shortly after I delivered. I used everything the hospital gave – pads and underwear – and asked for extras to take home. What I’m most glad I brought are my own toiletries especially the face cleanser wipes, the lanolin cream, and the Boppy.
Things that are crossed off we did not take out of our bags and/or use.
Baby C’s bag (diaper bag + my purse)
Daddy’s bag (his backpack)
camera and charger
video camera and charger (we barely even took pictures on our actual camera as we just used our iPhones)
swim trunks (he just stayed outside the shower and used the handheld head to spray my back)
change of clothes
PJ pants and slippers (forgot slippers so he used a pair of hospital socks)
change for vending machines (I think we only bought a couple things from the machines)
snacks (Goldfish, trail mix packs, granola bars, fruit snacks) & Vitamin Waters (we ended up taking a few packs of the trail mix and fruit snacks home)
So we did end up using a lot of the things we packed but I really only needed to pack like I was going away for one night. I don’t think there’s anything we were missing and needed from home while we were there. Only suggestion would be to pack an empty duffel bag to bring home any extras the hospital gives (aka you steal) and all the gifts you receive from visitors!