Are you ready for the big day? Cause I sure as heck am not. Which is unusual for me since I’m such a big planner and have things done well before their due dates. The thought about packing a hospital bag for the baby and myself didn’t cross my mind until two weeks ago. I scrambled to make a list of things that would be needed and in that whirlwind, I found several templates that were useful, while creating my own.
The checklist will help you prepare everything that you’ll need for yourself and your newborn. You can also make a checklist for your partner or husband. Personally, we didn’t make one nor packed a bag for him, since the hospital where I’ll be giving birth is literally five minutes away from where we live. You’ll want to make sure that once the bags are packed, that they are either in the car, near the door or somewhere visible, where it will be easy to access once the time comes.
Hospital Bag for Mom:
- Hospital Paperwork (if applicable), Insurance cards, ID and medical records (if applicable)
- Birth Plan (if you have one)
- Bathrobe: can be useful if you decide to walk around the hospital and don’t want your bum hanging out or afterwards while you’re waiting to be discharged
- Socks: comfy socks
- Slippers and flip flops: easy access and personally I don’t want to shower in the hospital barefooted
- Pillow: hospital pillows are not the best. Plus I’m kind of a germ freak and would like to have my own. If you do bring a pillow, make sure to have a different pillow case so as to no confuse your own with the hospital’s. Oh and don’t forget one for your spouse or partner.
- Depends/Underwear: I’ve been told that this is great for post care. Which makes sense since you don’t have to worry about staining your own undies. You just put these on and throw them out once it’s been filled with blood.
- Dermaplast: this will provide a cooling effect to your vagina.
- Makeup: honestly this is up in the air as I probably won’t even want to apply anything but at the same time I don’t want to look like death.
- Toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrush, hair comb or brush, listerin, deodorant, Shampoo or dry shampoo & Conditioner
- Music: I’ve always been the type of person to have music blaring while studying or conducting research. To me, it’s just calming.
- Charger: you’ll want to have your phone charged for the phone calls you’ll be making ( or receiving)
- Snacks: make sure this is ok with your OB and medical staff on that day
- Nursing bras!
- Nipple cream
- Nipple pads
- Glasses: This may not be an issue for me as I wear glasses 24/7 but if you’re a contact wear, make sure to pack them.
- Clothes: A going home outfit for yourself. Something easy to slip on and off. Button down shirts preferred.
- Hair ties
- lip balm
Hospital Bag For the Baby:
- Car Seat: It’s obvious but sometimes its overlooked
- Going Home outfit: pack severals
- nursing pillow
- Grooming kit: you just never know
- Phone chargers
- Entertainments: books, movies, puzzles. Basically anything to pass the time and get your mind off of labor (if thats even possible)
- Anything else that you think will be vital to have while in labor
Now, this is just a simple list of that I came up with while packing for our hospitals bags. I’ll link different Hospital Bag Checklist that you may find useful. Stay tune for part 2 and part 3 of the hosptial bag series, where I’ll be sharing what I packed for baby girl and what I packed for myself. Also, don’t be shy, leave a comment and share this post! As always, thank you for reading! Its greatly appreciated!