You have a lot on your mind when you're pregnant. Planning for your child, planning for the future, figuring out how you're going to juggle parenthood, your career, and any other activities you'd like to keep up after the birth of your baby. Oh, and hormones. Lots and lots of hormones. So it stands to reason that you're sometimes going to forget a thing or two. This will especially be true of the quintessential hospital bag. I asked moms to share the one thing they left out of their hospital bag that they'd liked to have had with them, because there's nothing like a solid dose of solidarity to remind you that you're not the only one to lose their mind to the wonder that is gestation.
The irony, of course, is that you will probably wind up pack 2,987,003 things in that damn bag that you don't actually need. (It's OK, you'll look back on it and laugh.) More often than not, the hospital will have everything you need for an enjoyable and productive stay. After all, if you're living in America and footing the overwhelming bill for your expensive hospital stay, that damn hospital better be all-inclusive when it comes to the basics, right? Sure, you get a baby out of it, but there better be a good bag of some sort. That's all I'm saying.
Still, chances are you'll remember to bring, say, a pretty new maternity bathrobe and forget something pretty clutch, like your insurance card. Sometimes there will be things to pack because it didn't even cross your mind that they would be remotely useful. In my case, that item would be a nursing pillow. That thing was a game changer when my partner arrived with it on Day Two of my four-day hospital stay.
So, what did other moms wish they'd brought (or, in the cases of a few crafty ladies, what do they wish they'd brought back with them)? I asked so you don't have to. (You're welcome.)