Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom and Baby

After having four children and this time with my fifth I learned what to pack and what not to pack in my hospital bag. Some things are just unnecessary. With your due date fast approaching, and you know it’s time to pack your hospital bag. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas.

When to Pack Your Hospital Bag?

Usually you should have your bag ready to go (besides last-minute items like your toothbrush) by your 36- 37 weeks, just in case you go into labor before your due date.

Here’s a list of everything you may want or need with you in the hospital.

What to Pack in Hospital Bag for Mom

  • Birth Plan – Print a couple of duplicates—one for you, one for your work nurse(s) and maybe another to secure in your room. It’s a good idea to highlight some key points for quick reference.
  • A Robe. A comfortable robe is one of the best postpartum clothing items out there. I kinda regret not bringing one on my first pregnancy. It is good to use as cover up when your breastfeeding or when you have visitors.
  • Toiletries. Remember these! You’ll need your hair brush, toothbrush and toothpaste, antiperspirant, lip balm, additional hair tie ( I was always losing my hair ties) and face wipes (I recommend these in case your not going to be showering right away).
  • Comfortable Clothes. If you plan to breastfeed I suggest you pack a comfortable tank top, nursing bra. Pair your tank top with a soft, loose pant like joggers or lightweight sleep pants. For footwear, shoe socks are great for being comfortable. Slip-on shoes, Crocs or flip-flops for returning home. Your feet may be swollen from IV liquids so you’ll be appreciative for shoes you can undoubtedly slip on.
  • Drinks. Pack a reusable water bottle. I was so thirsty I felt bad because I kept asking the nurses for water.
  • Extra Long Phone Charger. I’ve noticed that the outlet at the hospital are far away from the hospital beds.
  • Nipple Cream. If you plan breastfeeding this is a must have. Sore and Crack nipple is no fun.
  • Adult Diapers. Hospital will provide you with those mesh underwear but I feel like adult diapers like Depends felt more comfortable and secure.

What to pack for Baby

After you’ve pack what you need for the hospital it’s time to decide what you need to pack for baby.

  • Carseat. If you are driving home this is a must. The hospital won’t let you leave without it and it must already be installed.
  • Going Home Outfit. Aim to bring two different size outfit because you don’t know how big or small your baby is. I usually bring one newborn size and one 0-3 months in size. Don’t forget hat and socks!
  • Your pediatrician contact information. Doctors and nurse will ask you these information multiple times so its good to have it handy.

Do not bring Diapers and Wipes. The hospital will provide it all for you. I actually recommend to bring an extra plastic bag to put all those extra freebie you get from the hospital.

What your partner should bring to hospital

If you have a partner that would be staying with you and keeping you company. Remind them to pack extra clothing and their toothbrush. Here are other things they can bring with them

  • Lots of Snacks. For example crackers, candies. Their own reusable bottle water.
  • Book, Ipad, Laptop or anything that can keep them entertain incase of downtime.
  • Blanket. Hospital blankets are usually thin..

Once you pack these things in your bag you will be all set to go once the big day comes. Good Luck!

37 Weeks News

Well, here here I am just about a few weeks left on this pregnancy journey. It’s weird that the closer I get to my due date the less and less real it feels. Did this happen to anyone else? The only real difference is occasionally I would experience something and I would be like “wait…is this labor?”.

How’s Baby?

Baby Caius is about the size of a cantaloupe. This week I am considered full term and baby can come any day now. Basically, he’s mostly done baking in there and is really just fattening up. Since I have diabetes my OB is really keeping track of my pregnancy. I have been prescribed a non-stress test twice a week. It’s to measure fetal movement, baby’s heart rate and how much amniotic fluid I have. My doctor has plans to induce me at 39 weeks.

How’s Mom: Symptoms

Heartburn: Oh gosh I hate this feeling. It gets worse at night when I’m trying to go to sleep.. I really have to watch what I eat. I mostly get it if I eat too large of a serving, particularly things high in fat. I find the best ways to prevent it are eating small portions, avoiding high-fat foods, and staying upright for at least an hour after eating.

Fatigue: I have less overall energy this trimester. I sleep longer and nap a lot. I’m embracing sleep and pretty much letting myself sleep whenever I’m tired. I figure pretty soon naps and good sleep will be few and far between so I might as well get them in while I can.

Numb fingers/feet:  My fingers and feet go numb at night while I’m asleep. It bothers me so much I end up waking up and not being able to go back to sleep..

Comfort Level: Overall, get pretty uncomfortable if I have to sit too long, particularly in bad chairs with no back support. Depending on exactly how the baby is positioned in my belly, it can make me more or less uncomfortable. I have a lot of pressure on my lower rib cage most of the time. However when he does drop all his weight down low I feel like I’m walking around with a bowling ball between my legs and I always have to go to the bathroom to pee.

Preparing for Labor

Knowing that labor could come on anytime in the next week or two, I’m definitely starting to prepare myself more and more. A lot of people ask me if I’m nervous or anxious about labor and I’m really not. I can imagine once it’s happening I might be, but I don’t feel nervous about it at all right now.

Either way, I’ve been doing a few things to get myself ready:

  • Hospital Bag: This is packed! The only thing that’s missing right now is snacks to bring to the hospital in case my hubby and I get hungry.
  • Daily Activity: I have been less active the past few weeks than I was in my second trimester. But, I’m trying very hard to make sure to stay moving every day. Since COVID happened and the lock down especially with my condition I didn’t really go out unless I had to go to my appointments. I found another way to get my walking in by searching for walking exercise on Youtube. Studies prove that walking during pregnancy is very good for you and baby, and some even say it COULD help in labor.

As far as early labor signs, I really haven’t had anything big yet. I’ve had people asking if I’m dilated yet or having contractions and the answer is mostly “no.” I’ve had a few very mild, super dull contractions.

Baby Things: I finished washing baby clothes – which was probably my most favorite baby preparation project yet. Folding all those little onesies and tiny socks! I am going to try cloth diaper this time around. Wish me luck!

Nesting: I’m for sure going through the nesting stage. I’ve been cleaning every spot in the house and organizing the drawers and the closets.It can get exhausting but it must be done.

Maternity Clothes: It’s true, you hit a point where even the maternity clothes stop fitting… pretty much none of my maternity jeans fit (or fit in any way that can be considered comfortable) Luckily, I can still wear a lot of dresses, which I find super comfortable.

Overall I would say that I’m ready. Just waiting for the day baby decides to come.