What to pack for your scheduled C-section on a budget

What to pack for your scheduled c-section on a budget

Great list.. definitely going to call and see what my hospital has!

Okay, so I had my scheduled c-section on September 14th. (click here if you want to read about it)

I searched on Pinterest what to pack and pretty much everywhere I looked I got these items…

For mommy:

  • Pillow/blankets
  • Insurance cards
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Nursing covers
  • Comfy clothes
  • Breast pump
  • Pads
  • Socks/Slippers
  • Nipple Cream (this stuff is the best!)
  • Book (who has time for this??)
  • Towels/wash clothes
  • Toiletries (shampoo/conditioner/body wash/ toothbrush ect.)
  • Cell phone charger/ headphones
  • Boppy/nursing pillow
  • Camera 

For baby

For Daddy:

  • Comfy Clothes
  • Wallet/ID
  • Toiletries (same as mommy)
  • Cell phone charger/ headphones
  • Socks/Slippers
  • Blanket/Pillow
  • Cash (small bills for vending machine)


I pretty much packed allllllllll of that stuff and then some…

I added, gum.. hair ties.. light snacks.. medications/vitamins…

Image: Pixabay

You would’ve thought I was moving in the damn place!

And you know what I ended up using of my own…

That’s it!

They even gave me my medications!


I did end up having my dad and step-mom bring me a brush for my hair but, to be honest… I just threw it up and didn’t use it anyways! (Thanks for the free brush by the way 🙂 )

You only need the car seat on the last day.

I was told not to bring it until we leave because from going to the prep room > surgery room > recovery room > actual room…. there was no point in having someone lug it around, which I agree! (not that I was the one that would be lugging it around 😛 )

I didn’t need insurance cards or anything like that… my hospital is in the same network with my doctor’s offices.

They provided diaperswipes.. nipple cream.. pads.. the works!

The best part was the stretchy underwear… (no really, I’m being serious! I still have them! TAKE THEM HOME.)

I didn’t wear any of the clothes… slippers… nothing I brought. I went home in my sweatpants and baggy shirt that I went in wearing.

They provided shampoo/conditioner/lotion/body wash… I just used my own body wash because I didn’t want my skin to dry out. (I didn’t wash my hair because I couldn’t bear to be on my feet any longer in the shower, so bring your own if you don’t like generic brands!)

I really considered getting this kit to take with me but like I said… it’s not necessary unless you want to!

They provided a breast pump.. bottles…

Practically everything I packed… they had.

I used what they provided.. well because it was free. (with my insurance of course..)

They even gave me a fan that I was allowed to take home!

I read a post when I was preparing my bags that said they brought their own gowns…. what??

I didn’t eat the snacks I packed because the food they provided was enough.

No, not everything they have is real fancy.. but it works.

I took home everything extra in the room… a crap ton of pads… diapers.. wipes.. the toiletries I didn’t use… lots of free goodies! 

OH, and one thing I really recommend bringing is the baby book! When I had visitors there holding my son, I would fill in a little bit at a time! (I bought this one and really love it! 🙂 )

I actually asked for the ink pads they stamp their feet with and they gave me one so I could do his hands/feet in his baby book!

Note: this was my first baby so I didn’t have to pack anything to keep older kids occupied so if you have other kids, pack them some stuff to entertain them!

If you want to read my experience… click here!


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Kirsten is a wife and a mother. She has 2 babies, one human and one fur. She loves to help people overcome anxiety because she has suffered with it for years.

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