Expecting a new bundle of joy is one of the most exciting times in your life, but it can also be overwhelming. Preparing for childbirth involves many things, including packing your hospital bag. What should you pack? How much stuff do you need? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we’ll guide you through what to pack in your hospital bag so that when the time comes, all you have to do is grab it and go. Let’s get started!
Assuming you want a list of items:
-Loose fitting shirts
If you are planning to breastfeed, there are a few items you will need to pack in your hospital bag. These include:
– Nursing bras: You will want at least 2-3 comfortable nursing bras to wear during your hospital stay.
– Breast pads: Bring along a few pairs of disposable or reusable breast pads. Leaking is common when breastfeeding and these will help keep you feeling dry and comfortable.
– Nipple cream: Nipple cream can be helpful for sore nipples.
– Pump: If you are planning to pump, be sure to bring your breast pump and all necessary accessories with you to the hospital.
Toiletries are often forgotten when packing a hospital bag, but they can be essential for making your stay more comfortable. Pack travel-sized toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and a toothbrush. If you wear makeup, pack your favorite products and a small cosmetic bag. Feminine hygiene products are also important to pack. You may also want to pack lotion, lip balm and tissues.
You’ll want to pack a few things to keep your phone charged while you’re in the hospital. Pack a charger that is compatible with the outlet in your room, as well as any adapters you may need. It’s also a good idea to bring a portable charger or power bank, in case you need to charge your phone away from your bedside.
Assuming you will be staying in the hospital for a few days after giving birth, comfortable clothing is a must. Choose items that are easy to put on and take off, as you will be doing a lot of nursing and changing positions often. Leggings, soft pants, and loose shirts are all great options. You may also want to bring along a robe or cozy sweater for those early morning feedings. And don’t forget about socks! Your feet will likely be cold during your stay, so pack a few pairs of warm socks to keep them toasty.
If you have insurance, be sure to pack your insurance card and any other relevant information in your hospital bag. This will make it easier for the hospital staff to process your admission and get you the care you need.
If you don’t have insurance, or if your insurance doesn’t cover maternity care, be sure to bring enough cash or a credit card to cover your anticipated expenses. The last thing you want is to be worrying about money when you’re trying to focus on having a healthy baby.
Assuming you’re packing for a vaginal delivery:
-1 going home outfit for baby
-2 receiving blankets
-1 car seat already installed in the car
-2 peri bottles or squirt bottles filled with water and kept in the fridge (to help with postpartum recovery)
– maxi pads
– comfy clothes to wear home
A few entertainment items can help pass the time while in the hospital. Bring a book, magazine, crossword puzzle or Sudoku book and your laptop or tablet computer loaded with movies, games or TV shows. Pack headphones to listen without disturbing other patients. A cellphone charger is important for staying connected with family members, as well as a camera to capture special moments after birth. Consider packing snacks such as granola bars or trail mix if they are allowed by the hospital’s policies.
When you’re admitted to the hospital to have your baby, you’ll be asked to pack a bag of essentials to help you through your stay. Here’s a list of must-haves for your hospital bag:
• Insurance information and your birthing plan
• Comfortable clothes to wear during labor, including a nursing bra and nightgown
• Slippers or comfortable shoes
• Toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste
• Lip balm
• Hair ties and a brush or comb
• A going-home outfit for you and your baby
• A swaddle blanket or two
A pacifier (if you’re using one)
An extra set of car keys
It can be exciting and overwhelming to be expecting a new baby, but it can also be overwhelming. Preparing for childbirth involves a lot, including packing your hospital bag. Do you have a clue what to pack? How much stuff should you bring?
Your hospital bag should include the essentials to get you through your stay. The items listed above are some of the must-haves for your hospital bag, so make sure you have them ready to go when it’s time to head to the hospital. By having a well-stocked hospital bag, you’ll be better prepared for labor and delivery and have everything you need on hand when the big day arrives.