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What Should You Should Include in Your Hospital Bag?
You're going to want to make sure you pack everything you need and want in your bag. There was plenty of things I forgot when packing my bag for myself! I was so focused on making sure I had everything for our little guy that I didn't think about what I would need.
It is possible that you could have a lengthy labor and delivery and will end up looking like a bit of a mess afterwards. If you're anything like me, you'll want to freshen yourself up before anyone goes snapping any pictures. Pack yourself a personal care bag in your hospital bag.
You'll want to make sure to pack the following:
- Toothpaste & toothbrush
- Face wash
- Body lotion
- Hair ties
You'll also want to include some medical needs in your personal care as well. If you have a natural delivery there is a possibility that you might tear. The hospital will supply you with ice packs and a cream to help the healing process but you might consider packing a regular ice pack and maybe even a heating pad to help with the pain after delivery. If you know that you'll be breastfeeding make sure to pack some nursing pads. You'll most likely leak once you start pumping/feeding and will want to avoid staining your bra.
PACK COMFORTABLE CLOTHES! I would recommend staying away from anything tight and go with items that are flowy and easy to put on. The hospital will give you plain white stretchy underwear, but you might want to consider buying your own. I was sure to pack flannel pajama pants (I delivered in winter). I also made sure to pack comfortable socks. The hospital socks they offer you aren't really the best but do have grips so you won't slip. I slipped on my moccasins before leaving for the hospital so I had a pretty comfortable shoe the whole time.
If you are going to be breastfeeding buy a comfortable looser bra since you'll most likely be pretty sore. Or maybe you'll want to spend the extra money on a nursing bra. Either way, make sure you're comfortable and prepared that you will most likely become engulfed.
Maybe you have a few items you'd like to bring with you from home to help make you feel more at home. You may want to bring a pillow or blanket from home. Sometimes just having a few comfy things can make your experience in the hospital that much better.
Or maybe you'd like to bring an iPad/Tablet, book, crossword puzzle, etc.- something to do while you're in the hospital. You can be there for anywhere from a few days to a week depending on your delivery. Make sure you have your phone and charger with you. You might also have a camera you'd like to bring to take pictures.
If you're a foodie like I am you'll be dying for real food! My digestive system shut down completely about 2 days before I had given birth, so I was beyond starving. Pack some snacks in your bag to hold you over. Otherwise, orange jello might be your only food option.
What Should You Pack for the Baby?
Packing the bag for your baby can be overwhelming—I mean, having a baby, in general, is super overwhelming. Sometimes you don't even know what to pack and what the hospital will be providing. If you attend your hospital's orientation you can be sure that they will let you know what will be supplied in the room for your baby. This tends to make thing somewhat easier.
Our hospital supplied us with baby soap, a comb, pacifiers, diapers, wipes, and vaseline packets. They also had a blanket that our little guy was wrapped in and a half onesie (perfect for when their umbilical cord is sensitive). We made sure to pack baby lotion, pacifiers (different than the hospital ones), bottle, diapers, and wipes. We just wanted to be extra prepared for whatever they weren't going to have.
Pack a cute outfit for your baby to come home in! After all, you'll want to take pictures and you want your little one to be styling. But also be sure to pack some extra plain onesies and pants- there can be accidents and you don't want to be caught without extra sets of clothes. Not to mention you might be there for a little while and will go through a couple different outfits before you're discharged. Hopefully, the newborn onesies you get will have the slips for over the hands. But if not, be sure to grab a set of mittens- you don't want your little one to scratch their cute face! You should also bring some socks unless the pants you have are footie pajama styled. And don't forget a hat! Make sure you're dressing your baby appropriately for the season you're in.
We made sure to pack our own baby blanket for our little guy along with some soft raddles for him to cling to. The hospital blankets they give you can sometimes be too thin depending on what time of the year you give birth.
We made sure our car seat was secured in our car and ready to go- you don't want to be doing that last minute. Set up the base in your car ahead of time and get it checked. Most hospitals have times where they have checkpoints to assure that the car seats are installed correctly.
Your hospital will send you paperwork that you will have to bring to the hospital when you deliver. Fill out everything you can on it ahead of time and put it in the baby bag. This way you'll be sure to have it with you. The last thing you're going to want to do after you've pushed a human out of you is fill out paperwork.
Make sure you have your car seat in your car when you head to the hospital. We were sure to set ours up and get it checked a few weeks before we delivered. You might also want to hang up the mirror that allows you to check the baby while you are driving home.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.