Your due date is approaching and you’re beginning to think about what you should bring to the hospital when it’s time to deliver your baby. You’ve managed to keep a healthy pregnancy through this point, now you want to keep that trend going as you enter the most important moment of all. The challenge is to be properly prepared, but not loaded down with extra stuff. Consider these 11 essential items to keep in your hospital bag.
Chapstick and a Hair Tie
Labor can be long and tiring. Being prepared with lip balm and a hair tie to keep your hair up will help keep you comfortable during the process.
This could be a camera or your phone. Either way, you will want pictures of this momentous occasion!
Clothes and a Blanket for the Baby
No need for fancy and expensive stuff—just a cotton sleeper and cozy blanket will do! Try to bring a 100% cotton footed sleeper or pajama set for your newborn baby to wear home. You want to keep him warm and comfortable during his first precious days in this world.
Comfortable Clothes and Nursing Bra
After you deliver, you will likely want something comfortable to wear. That’s why you’ll want to pack some clothes like tank tops and pajama or yoga pants. If you plan to breastfeed, a nursing camisole can come in handy. You may also want to pack nursing pads to help absorb leaks.
Snacks for Yourself and your Birth Partner
The hospital is limited on how much food they can give your birth partner or family member. If you come prepared with granola bars, trail mix, juice, etc., you won’t have to worry about them spending money at the hospital cafeteria.
Your Own Pillow from Home
This, of course, is more than a luxury than a necessity. But bringing your own pillow can help you be more comfortable and relaxed in the hospital environment. It might help you get a better night’s sleep!
A Car Seat
If you plan on driving home with your baby, you will need to bring an infant car seat. If you are unsure of how to install it or whether or not your baby is properly buckled in, there are people at the hospital available to help you. You want to make sure your new precious gift is as safe as possible.
Cell phone chargers.
Don’t let your phone die just when you need to make calls to let friends and family know that baby has arrived.
Any Paperwork You Might Need
This includes insurance paperwork as well as identification/driver’s license, etc. You want to be prepared for whatever comes your way and have all the resources you need handy after you give birth.
Warm, Non-Skid Socks or Slippers
Hospitals aren’t always very warm, so you will be glad for these! Having comfortable slippers and socks for walking around the hospital before and during labor will make the whole experience so much better for you.
It’s a good idea to pack a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant and face wash, so that you can freshen up a little bit after delivery.
Although all hospitals and birth centers are different, most will provide you with underwear and pads, a hat for the baby, diapers and wipes, and swaddle blankets for while you are the hospital. If you have any questions about what is provided, be sure to inquire at the hospital or birth center where you plan to deliver. But you can’t go wrong with having all these things in your hospital bag just in case. Need some help planning for your labor or getting the support you need after the birth? Care Net offers parenting support to guide you through the process. Reach out to us today with questions on how we can help you and your new child.