What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag – A Complete Checklist
Now It Won’t Be Long!
Packing your hospital bag is an exciting part of the pregnancy. You’re folding little baby clothes and putting them in your bag. Trying to make sure that you don’t forget anything essential. Now it won’t be long before you’re holding your precious little child in your arms.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I didn’t even have time to pack my hospital bag. He was in such a rush and came to us five weeks too early. My husband had to go home and fetch things for us and he ended up bringing baby clothes that were way too big and not a single item to me. So that’s why, my friends, you need to be prepared and pack your bag in time.During my second pregnancy, I made damn sure to have
During my second pregnancy, I made damn sure to have my hospital bag packed and ready by the door before my 35 weeks of pregnancy. Even though we survived the first delivery without a whole bunch of stuff, it sure would have been nice to have some of my things.
Packing The Bag
I recommend that you have your hospital bag packed by the time you are about 36 weeks pregnant. Your baby is ready to be delivered by week 38 but you never know if you have to go to the hospital unexpectedly before that.
Keep your bag somewhere where you can grab it quickly. I kept mine by the front door. But you can also keep it in the car if you’re certain about which car you’ll be riding into the hospital.
Finding the perfect hospital bag might be difficult. If you’re lazy or just don’t know what to pack, you could buy a pre-packed hospital bag.
I used a gym bag because I wanted to organize my things in the different pockets. But a cabin bag, small suitcase, rucksack, diaper bag or just about anything else will work just fine. I recommend that you use a bag that allows you to easily access your items. You could even use a couple of bags. One for you (Perhaps one for labor and one for afterward), one for the baby, and one for the father).
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It’s Time To Pack
Okey, so you’ve found a bag that will work. Now it’s time to start grabbing the items that you think you might need. You don’t want to pack too many things but you don’t want to be in the hospital missing things either.
If you live close to the hospital or if your spouse easily can go home to get things, then you can pack light. But if you have an hour or more to the nearest hospital, then I think you should pack a bit more. There’s no way of knowing how the delivery will go and you might have to stay at the hospital for a couple of days.
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What to bring for Mom
- 2-3 pair of Underwear
- 2-3 pair of Socks
- 2-3 Change of clothes (FYI, You might bleed trough your pants..And I’m sorry to say, but your regular clothes won’t fit after the delivery. I prefer t-shirt and sweats)
- Dressing-gown or long sweater
- 2 Nursing Bras (At least one without wire that you can sleep in)
- Breast Pads
- Travel size Shampoo, Conditioner, and Soap
- Lip balm
- Hair tie
- If you want: Skin cream, makeup
- Snacks (Some protein bars and your favorite candy. You might want it after the delivery)
- Drink or water bottle (I was so thirsty after giving birth. I think I actually drank a gallon of water in the hours after delivery)
- If you want: Tens
- If you want: Wheat bag
- Cash (You might want something from a vending machine or a kiosk)
- Camera (Or you could use your phone)
What to bring for Baby
- 5-8 Diapers (Check with the hospital if they will provide diapers. But bring along a few anyway just in case)
- Small pack of Baby Wipes (Or Cotton Wool Balls)
- 2-3 Bodysuits
- 1 Pair of socks
- Outerwear (If it’s cold outside)
- Car seat (Properly installed)
- If you want: Cute going home outfit
What to bring for Dad
- Change of clothes
- Phone charger
- Drink/Water bottle
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The Most Important Thing
The most important thing that you need to bring is the car seat. You should install it in your car weeks before you are due. Everything else is just nice to have.
There’s no way for you to know in advance what you’ll want to have near when you’re giving birth. So my advice is to pack just a little bit more than what you think you’ll need. That way you won’t miss anything.
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