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!