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Hospital Bag Checklist

Don’t wait until it’s too late to pack your hospital bag!  We recommend you start packing your bag around 36 weeks.  By planning ahead you can ensure that all of your goodies are good to go.  Here is a short checklist of items you’ll want and need when the big day comes!

Smartphone and Charger

While this one may seem like a no-brainer, some mom’s forget to grab their phone on the way out the door due to all the excitement of going into labor (or if you leave in the early morning  for a planned C-section).  Be sure you and your partner both pack a charger as well.  You’ll want to call, text, post on social media and update people with the exciting news, as well as snap pictures, play music, and time contractions.

Hair Care Products

A ponytail holder, headband and a brush are all a must.  Some moms pack hairspray, dry shampoo and a stylish headband for after labor.  You may want to pack a cute hat or headband for your little one if you rather not use the ones supplied by the hospital.

Important Documents

Bring multiple copies of your birth plan, a picture ID, health insurance forms, and hospital registration forms.  You can never be too prepared and having all the documents together before the big day will give you peace of mind.  Most hospitals and birthing centers will allow you to pre-register online, saving you time once you arrive.

Clothes

You’ll want to pack a variety of items for your stay.  We suggest a cute going home outfit- you’ll probably still look around 5 months pregnant, so make sure what you pack will fit!  A comfy night gown or robe will also make your stay that much more comfortable instead of a standard hospital gown.  Several pairs of underwear are also a must along with slippers or heavy socks.  We suggest non-slip socks or slippers for those slippery hospital floors.

Breastfeeding Supplies

If you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll want to make sure your gown or top opens in the front.  Be sure to grab your breastfeeding cover for when visitors arrive,  along with breast pads and a nursing bra .

Baby Items

You’ll need a onsie or baby outfit for the ride home along with a hat to keep his or her little head warm.  A swaddle blanket and a blanket to cover the carseat carrier will help shield your new bundle of joy from the sun and wind when you leave the building.  Little socks are a great addition to keep their tiny toes toasty and a few burp clothes aren’t a bad idea just in case of any spit up.

Movies, Music, Books, Magazines and Snacks

Really, anything that can help you pass the time if you happen to have a long labor.  If you do happen to labor for hours, you’re likely to get pretty hungry and hospital food isn’t always the best.  Bring your own snacks that don’t have to be kept refrigerated.  We suggest dried fruits and nuts, granola bars, crackers, and even beef jerky.  Hard candy or suckers are great during labor as well.  They can help ease an upset stomach as well.

Toiletries

Lip balm, lotion and massage oil are wonderful to have on hand during labor.  If you know you’ll be staying at the hospital or birthing center overnight you’ll want to pack a small toiletry bag.  A toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses if you need them, face wash, and moisturizer, will all help you to freshen up after delivery.  You will also need your prenatal vitamins (Promise Stage 3 and Promise DHA for recovery and to boost milk supply).  The hospital will provide you with their generic brand if you don’t have yours with you.

A Few Items for Him

If your partner plans to stay with you, you may ask him to pack a separate bag or simply add his items to your bag.  Tooth brush, a change of clothes and any other items he may need during labor or for the next day.  Some extra snacks aren’t a bad idea for your man, as he may get the munchies throughout the stay.

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