Preparing for Olive, Packing the Diaper Bag Round Three!


This post will be a quickie post, like most everything else I am doing these days.

Last week after my weekly check up the doctor called me…no good things ever happen when the doctor calls you right?

It turns out my poor uterus that has been home to four babies in five years is a little worn out especially at my c-section scar. I am at risk of having my uterus rupture if I go into labor because of the strength of the contractions. With all this being said having my uterus rupture could be very dangerous to Olive and I. In effort to avoid all this we are going to evict Olive at 38 weeks (NEXT week), to make sure I don’t go into labor on my own. I am a little nervous about pulling her out early, since every week counts when making a little human. I am completely aware that so many sweet babies have been born much earlier but it doesn’t eliminate my concerns of her having issues of latching, immature lungs, and bad jaundice.

With our due date pushed forward, I am in super mom mode. Somewhere I have gained a little extra energy and feel like the energizer bunny lately. I have 9 days before we go into the hospital and 7 days before my mom arrives in town to take care of the boys. I am making lists and sanitizing like a crazy lady. Today, I finally stopped and packed all of Olives hospital diaper bag and the majority of my stuff.

After having two c-sections I have learned exactly what I needed to get me through my stay. Now, I will be completely honest to say that Olive does require a few more things especially since every outfit must have a matching headband.

With most c-sections you will stay in the hospital for 72 hours, which I am completely more than happy about. With two toddlers at home those three days will be cherished but that also means I have a good bit to pack.

Here is what I recommend to pack for baby:

  • The bag, how cute is my diaper bag? I was so excited to find a stylish diaper bag that was a backpack (very important when you have multiple children, you need ALL your arms). This bag is from Target for $40 (yes, I am serious).
  • 4 Burp cloths
  • 2 Aiden and Anais muslin blankets, I have lucked into finding almost all mine at Home Goods for an amazing deal.
  • Diapers, yes the hospital provides you with more than enough diapers but go on and pack some for the drive home, you never know when an outfit change might be needed.
  • Wipes
  • 5 pair of socks, and don’t be shocked if you don’t make it home with all of them.
  • 3 pair of mittens
  • 3 gowns, gowns are great when they are brand new, you don’t have to worry as much about their umbilical cords.
  • 2 Sleep N Play outfits, remember even though the weather is warmer, newborns can’t yet regulate temperature, so they aren’t exactly ready for their spring wear.
  • Going home outfit (I’m leaving that one a surprise).
  • Car seat
  • Presents for siblings

Here is what I am packing for me:

  • Breast pads, ain’t nobody got time for leaky boobs. I would pack about 4 per day.
  • Travel shampoo, conditioner, soap, and other toiletries. C-section mommas will be able to shower 12-24 hours post operation
  • Boppy
  • Nipple cream. I like bamboobies, be sure to do your research on nipple creams, especially Lanolin, and pick the right one for you.
  • Chap stick
  • Hair elastics
  • Concealer stick
  • Mascara
  • Hydrating spray, I love the YESto cucumber spray from Target.
  • Facial wipes, these will help not make you feel so dingy.
  • Milk Snob feeding and car seat cover
  • 2 night gowns
  • 2 button down pajama short sets
  • 4 nursing bras
  • Robe
  • Going home outfit, I am wearing an easy jersey dress from Old Navy, this one is similar.
  • Shower sandals
  • Pillows you like to sleep with
  • Socks with grips on the bottom
  • Nursing tanks
  • Prenatal Vitamins
  • Phone chargers
  • Hand sanitizer

Here is a quick reference image of everything you need:

I don’t worry about packing feminine care items, the hospital will provide you with everything from undies to pads for c-section moms.



  1. Janel

    It’s been a long time since I had a baby. I know just about everything I packed I ended up not even using it .

    30 . Mar . 2017
  2. Terri Steffes

    The check off list is perfect. So much to remember! You had some of the same things on your list that I had on mine 30 years ago!

    30 . Mar . 2017
  3. robin Rue

    My second was an emergency C-section, so I was not as prepared as I should have been. I was ready for a 2 day stay, but needed an extra days worth of stuff.

    30 . Mar . 2017
  4. Cat

    Having a hospital bag ready to go must keep your mind at ease as an expecting mom! I’ve never been there myself, but I can only imagine!

    30 . Mar . 2017
  5. Seattle Travel Blogger

    Wow, this is really a smart list.
    It is so comprehensive; it truly looks like it came from someone with experience! 🙂

    31 . Mar . 2017
  6. charlotte

    This is so helpful for me! I am due in a few months and the hospital bag hasn’t really crossed my mind yet but I have saved your list for when it does!

    31 . Mar . 2017
  7. melissa

    You are so organized, I guess you have to be but so many people wait for the last minute. I don’t have to worry about this anymore but I think it will help my sister-in-law who keeps having kids

    31 . Mar . 2017
  8. Alicia Taylor

    I wish I had time to organize a bag like that! My first and second were both unplanned C-sections. I had packed – but alas, the first time, I fell down at a gas station and was rushed to the hospital. The second, we left in such a hurry I forgot my bag! Congrats on your new baby 🙂 I know you must be excited.

    31 . Mar . 2017
  9. Katriza | Mommy Engineering

    What a great list ! I remember having to pack that diaper bag and I was so worried about forgetting everything! haha

    31 . Mar . 2017
  10. Anna nuttall

    Yup my friend is doing the same list. I should show her this post. xx

    31 . Mar . 2017
  11. Blythe Alpern

    Very comprehensive checklist. You’ve really thought of everything you and little Olive will need during your stay.

    31 . Mar . 2017
  12. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    You have very organized checklist. It’s better to be ready than to be cramming on that special day. Congratulations!

    01 . Apr . 2017
  13. Jean

    That’s great you’re so organised! And thanks for sharing such a useful checklist. You have some really cute items for your new arrival! Good luck with it all.

    01 . Apr . 2017
  14. Lydia

    This checklist is so organized, I love it. You’ve definitely got the essentials plus a little extra. Congratulations, too!

    01 . Apr . 2017
  15. Spencer

    The checklist is a great idea. When our daughter was born we had a bag packed, but there were still things we didn’t think to include. Thanks for sharing!

    01 . Apr . 2017
  16. Toughcookiemommy

    These are some great ideas for what one should carry in a diaper bag. I always made sure I had everything I needed for my babies when they were little.

    02 . Apr . 2017
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