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What To Carry In Your Hospital Bag

What To Carry In Your Hospital Bag

What To Carry In Your Hospital Bag

You’ve probably gotten some great deals on your little one’s essentials by now. Well, it’s time to think about you a little. Are you still wondering what you need to bring with you to the hospital for the big day? Well, then you need this hospital bag checklist to help you figure everything out. In this hospital bag guide, you will find a list of items that you, your spouse, and your little one will need on the big day. 

What To Pack In Mom’s Hospital Bag

Preparing for delivery means taking care of administrative, comfort, and entertainment items. Here are some of the things you should bring with you in your hospital bag: 

  • Birth Plan. You may have discussed your birth plan with your medical team, but having a couple of copies printed and ready for physicians and nurses ensures that everyone has access to it in case of last-minute concerns.
  • Handouts And Reference Materials. You may have gotten some useful notes from your prenatal classes or had some baby reference books. You will get plenty of individualized advice, but you may find these materials more beneficial after you have your child in your arms.
  • Hospital Papers, ID, And Insurance. Keep duplicates of your medical records on hand so that your physicians may readily evaluate your medical history. 
  • Entertainment to help you pass the time, such as a book, a music player, magazines, or a tablet with movies or television shows downloaded on it. 
  • Toiletries, including your toothbrush, hairbrush, shampoo, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, and face wipes. 
  • An extra-long cell phone charging cord
  • Nipple cream if you intend to breastfeed
  • Bath Towel. Hospital towels are thin and much too tiny. 
  • Adult Diapers. These are more comfortable and secure than pads and mesh underwear.
  • Slippers or flip-flops that are comfy and easy to put on and off. 
  • Water spray and sponge for when you start to feel overheated during delivery.
  • A comfy pillow because hospital pillows are not famous for being comfortable. 
  • Underwear that can be worn over heavy-duty pregnancy pads.
  • Contact lenses and glasses (if you need them)
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Maternity pads
  • Nightgowns
  • A bathrobe
  • Nursing bras
  • Cosmetics and skincare items. 
  • Snacks and beverages. 
What To Pack In Your spouse’s Bag
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Phone or camera
  • Clothes
  • Toiletries
  • An extra pair of glasses or contact lenses if you need them
  • Entertainment, including books, a tablet, or a music player
  • A sleeping sack and a pillow

What To Pack In Your Baby’s Hospital Bag

We have a detailed list of all the baby essentials that you’ll need for your little one. Here is the gist of it: 

  • Baby Clothes: Hospital restrictions on what babies can wear differ, so contact your doctor ahead of time about what to pack. In terms of accessories and layers, you may need to supplement what the hospital supplies. Don’t forget about socks and booties. 
  • Receiving blanket and going home attire
  • Contact information for your pediatrician
  • Bottles, if you're using them. If you intend to bottle-feed from the start, bring at least two bottles to the hospital. If you intend to formula feed, bring some of your chosen brands with you, but the hospital will almost certainly have samples for you.

Final Thoughts

Experts recommend having your hospital bag and your baby's diaper bag arranged and packed between month 8 and early month 9. You should be ready to go by week 36 or 37 of pregnancy, just in case you go into labor before your due date.

With this list, you should be ready to head to the hospital no matter when your little one decides to turn up. Congratulations!

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