Delivery Is Right Around the Corner, What Should You Pack In Your Hospital Bag?

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As the known procrastinator that I am, now that I am 35 weeks pregnant, I am running around packing my hospital bag for this second pregnancy. For my first baby, I didn’t pack half the things I have packed this time around; nonetheless, it’s 8 years later and now so many more products are available to make our lives easier and to make our hospital stay a more comfortable one. Many of these items have always existed, but for one reason or another, I never figured to bring them with me to the hospital until now. Most of the items I will suggest below can be dropped in the hospital bag just by common sense. However, there are other items that are crucial, but that most of ¬†us will think of, when we are already in the hospital bed. That’s when we hope a family member can bring those items, or that the hospital gift store carries them. Atleast that’s what happened to me 8 years ago. Now that I am less than 5 weeks from meeting my little one, I want to be as prepared as possible. I will list the items that are a must and additional items that will be helpful to have in the hospital to make your hospital stay a more pleasant one. Not only do you want to be comfortable in the hospital, but you want baby and dad to be just as comfortable.

*** Even before starting to pack your hospital bag, make sure your baby’s carseat is set up and ready to go in the car***

For Mom:

Must- Have Items To Pack In Hospital Bag

(Think Of Things You Would Bring With You On A Long Weekend Getaway)

  • Towel
  • 2-3 Panties and bras (Double if you are having a ceserean section)
  • Body Wash
  • Lotion
  • Sandals/ flip-flops for shower
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume or Body Mist
  • Face wash
  • Few pairs of comfortable socks and/or comfortable slippers
  • Robe or gown for delivery and/or postpartum stay
  • Pajamas/ night gown
  • Nursing bra/tank
  • Breast pads
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Leggings or sweats to go and leave hospital
  • Sweatshirt and/or comfortable loose top
  • Phone Charger
  • Camera/ camera charger
  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Insurance Card
  • Ipad and/or books
  • Comfortable Footwear (like Ugg boots or secure flat sandals)

Additional Handy Items To Pack In Hospital Bag

  • Hand/ Electronic Breast Pump
  • Nursing Pillow
  • Nipple cream
  • Make-up bag
  • Eye contact case/eye contact ¬†solution and/or eye glasses/eye glasses case if applicable
  • Hair ties
  • Shaver
  • Chapstick
  • Snacks
  • Sanitary Pads/ Not Tampons

For Baby:

  • Car Seat (Just reminding you again!)
  • Swaddle Blankets
  • Burp cloths
  • Pacifier
  • Blanket
  • Going home outfit
  • 2-3 onesies (just in case!)

(Regardless of endless availability in hospital the following items are extremely important to always carry when baby arrives!)

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Socks
  • Mittens
  • Bottle
  • Formula/ Stored breast milk
  • Changing cover

For Dad:

  • Pajamas or sweatpants
  • Change of clothes
  • Phone charger
  • Snacks
  • Slippers
  • Ipad/ electronic devices/ choice/books
  • Toothbrush

I am so relieved that I am officially packed and ready to go to, as soon as baby gives me the signs! What helped me come up with this list was to simply think of what I would take with me on a short get-away. Nothing can be more uncomfortable than being away from home without your basic necessities. I mentally fast-forwarded time and put myself in the scenario where I am in the hospital (before and after birth) and thought about everything I would need and want in that situation. I hope this helps! Feel free to comment and share your experiences and opinions!

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I am a mother and a teacher. I have never felt the urge to create a community for mothers and moms-to-be as I do now. We live in a society where there are so many unrealistic expectations for mothers and I needed to create a platform to share my unshamed and unapologetic testimonies about being Mom.

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