Showing posts with label Hospital Bag. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hospital Bag. Show all posts

July 8, 2015

What To Pack Into Your Hospital Bag {Pregnancy}

From my previous experience at the hospital, I've learned that there are only a few essential things a mother needs when she's going to the hospital to give birth. Here is my new updated (from experience) check list for labor and delivery.

Hospital Bag Checklist:

  • Insurance info, hospital form (if any)
  • 2-3 pairs of warm, nonskid socks that can get ruined (for walking the halls before and after labor
  • A warm robe for after delivery (lots of people come visit and you want to look a little bit like a human being)
  • Lip balm (hospitals are very dry)
  • Toiletries and personal items — hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends
  • Make up (you will be so glad you have some on hand when friends and family show up to visit
  • Your favorite snacks (you’ll probably be hungry after labor, and the hospital cafeteria could be closed)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Camera, empty memory card, battery/charger
  • Blanket (even in summer hospital A/C is very strong)

Take it or leave it:

  • Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity size and flat shoes (or, just wear the clothes you came in… sorry, but they’ll probably still fit)
  • Bath towel (the hospital will likely supply a small, very thin one but you can ask for 50 of them)
  • Heavy flow sanitary pads (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you’re picky)
  • A few pairs of soft underwear that can get ruined (the hospital will have disposable pairs, which some women find handy and others find gross)
  • A gym bag packed with a change of clothes and basic hygiene products for your partner (leave it in the car just in case)        

For the Baby:

  • A coming-home outfit (girl or boy
  • Full diaper bag with all the essentials that you can leave in the car for the ride home. Just in case it is long and baby may need a diaper change or change of clothes.