What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag!
Every mom wonders… what should I pack in my hospital bag?? I felt like I conducted a survey of all my friends who recently had babies. I was worried about under packing and over packing! Here are my essentials of what to bring to the hospital and some practical tips for when it’s GO time! It is suggested that you have your hospital bags packed and in your car by 35 weeks, or at least by the front door.
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Hospital Bag Checklist:
- Birth plan (if you have one). I Highly recommend completing this step. Check out my post on how to write a Birth Plan.
- Paper work: Copy of insurance or any pre-registration hospital paperwork you may need.
- Comfortable clothes and nightwear: I suggest yoga pants, comfy t-shirts, and nightgowns that you don’t care if they get ruined.
- Underwear: (granny panties)- Some women love the mesh underwear usually provided by the hospital, (not me, I couldn’t wait to get those things off!) Bring your own roomy cotton underwear. The hospital will provide sanitary pads because you will bleed after delivery. Make sure you have stocked up on pads for when you go home. Tip: Before you leave the hospital, make sure to ask for more pads and you can take a bunch home if you haven’t already prepared.
- Comfortable Footwear: Socks (my feet always get cold) and flats or flip-flops. Now isn’t the time for heels. Be smart about your footwear! You will eventually get to wear your favorite heels/wedges soon, promise!
- Going home outfit: Pick something comfortable! Finally, you are out of a bed and starting to feel human again! This doesn’t mean try bringing your favorite pre-prego jeans… be realistic.
- Sleep aids: Bring your own pillow (have the pillowcase in a pattern or bright color that is distinguishable from the white hospital bed, so you remember to bring it home).
- For your partner/spouse: A change of clothes, hoodie (can be cold in the room) and basic hygiene products.
- Nursing aids: Nursing bra or bra with no underwire. Whether or not you decide to breastfeed, your breasts will more than likely be tender and swollen when your milk comes in. This can happen anytime during the first few days after delivery. A good bra will provide some comfort, and breast pads can be added to help absorb any leaks. I really liked Bravado! Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra. Comfort is the key! Also, bring nipple cream and a nursing pillow. I used a Boppy Nursing Pillow. If you do decide to breastfeed, check out my posts on Breast Milk Storage Guidelines and Top 10 Breastfeeding Essentials.
- Snacks: Bring hard candies, as they may be the only thing you are allowed to eat, other than ice chips during delivery. After delivery, you may not want to rely solely on hospital food. Bring your own – crackers, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, pop tarts, favorite candy bar or whatever you think you or your partner may want.
- Toiletries: Pack a few personal items, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, Chapstick, deodorant, a brush, makeup, and a hair band or barrette. Eye care (eyeglasses, contact solution/case). Also, Hospitals usually provide soap, shampoo, and lotion; but you might prefer your own.
- Extra empty bag: This is to pack extras you will accumulate. Visitors may bring baby gifts so having an extra bag is super helpful. Here is another handy tip **The hospital provides diapers, wipes, swaddling blankets etc. to care for the baby while at the hospital. You may take all of the baby care products provided by the hospital home with you. So, don’t leave it there!!
- Electronics: Think of the main items most people want/need which are Phone, iPad, Kindle, and camera. Don’t forget to pack the chargers, and even bring a mini power strip or extension cord. Nothing worse than having your phone/iPad almost sitting next to you, because your cord doesn’t reach your bed.
- For Baby: Have car seat installed and ready to go.
- Baby’s going home outfit: Bring a few different ones as you don’t know how big your baby will be, or which brands/styles will fit the best. My Silly Monkey has body suites from 0-3 months Lastly, remember to bring seasonal gear, especially if it is winter.
**Parenting Tip** For the drive to the hospital, you may want to bring a towel you don’t care about and a trash bag. Put the towel down on your car seat. This way, if your water breaks on the way to the hospital, there will be less of a mess to clean up.
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