You are almost to your due date, so it’s time to start packing your bag to take with you to the hospital If you aren’t quite sure you can start here.
When to Pack Your Hospital Bag
Starting thinking about packing your bag around 36-37 weeks pregnant. You can leave out the daily used items, but everything else should be ready to go in case you have your baby early.
We have put together a list of everything you may need or want with you when you go to the hospital.
Hospital Bag for Mom
Start packing your hospital bag first.
• Birth Plan. Have a few copies—one for your chart, one for your labor nurse(s) and perhaps another to have in your hospital room.
• A robe. A comfortable robe is a must-have. You’ll want to be as comfortable as possible.
• Toiletries. Bring your hairbrush, regular or dry shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, extra hair ties, and face wipes. Don’t forget extra contacts and/or glasses, if you wear them.
• Comfortable clothes. If you plan to breastfeed after delivery, make sure you pack a nursing bra or tank top. Plan to wear soft, comfortable pants like joggers or lightweight pajama pants. Bring fuzzy socks to keep cozy and some type of slip-on.
• An extra-long cell phone charging cord or battery pack. Hospital beds are known for being far away from an electrical outlet. If you have a long charging cord or a battery pack. You won’t miss out on pictures of your new baby.
• Nipple cream. This is especially important if you plane to breast feed. Protecting your nipples will make all the difference.
• Towels and a pillow. All we have to say is you’ll be glad you did!
• Adult diapers. The hospital will give you ones with pads and mesh underwear. However, adult diapers, are more comfortable and feel more secure.
What Should Your Partner Bring?
If you have someone attending the birth with you, you’ll want to make sure they are taken care of as well.
• Bring plenty of snack foods. Make sure you try and pack a variety of food items. Anything from salty chips to candy. It’s never a bad idea to bring more food items like veggies or beef jerky. Food that will keep their hungry levels low and they’re entertainment up. Don’t forget to also bring reusable water bottles.
• Stuff to keep them busy while you aren’t pushing. Book/iPad/laptop/headphones & general entertainment. Sometimes labor takes a long time. Have a few things your partner can do like read, watch a show or possibly work on a laptop.
• A lightweight sleeping bag and pillow. Hospital bedding is never amazing. Your partner will be glad you did.
Hospital Bag for Baby
After your hospital bag has everything for you, then move on to the essentials for baby.
• A car seat. You will need a car set to get home! They will not let you take your baby home unless you have one. It is also smart to have it ready and installed
• A going-home outfit. Make sure to pack a few different outfits. We recommend in different sizes because you don’t know how big or small your baby will be. Anything from 0-3 months should work. Think about the climate and bring socks and a hat if you need to.
• Your pediatrician’s contact information. Everyone including the doctors and nurses will be asking for this information. Have the email or fax number for the pediatrician’s office so they can easily forward your baby’s medical records.
• Bottles (if you’re planning on bottle feeding) Bring at least two to the hospital. Don’t forget the formula. The hospital will have samples for you, but you should just bring the one you plan on using
• Do not worry about diapers or wipes! The hospital will give you all the diapers and wipes you’ll need for you the new baby. You can even bring a small bag to take some home with you when you leave the hospital.
Now that you're packed, you ready to head to the hospital anytime!