The date is getting closer, so is the excitement, only a few days or weeks left until giving birth...
There are many things to have prepared at this point, such as the nursery and all the essentials your baby will need when finally coming home. Another important item you should have ready by now is your hospital bag. Even if you are planning not to go to the hospital, you may need to go unexpectedly, so it is always a good idea to have one prepared anyway.
So what should that bag include?
Make sure you pack a bag that has everything you need before, during and after labor. The bag should be packed by 36 weeks of pregnancy. It is always a good idea to bring some items from your home, to give the space a more personal touch and create a homey feeling. This can be anything such as your favorite pillow and blanket. Make sure to check with your hospital about what items you are allowed to bring, as the policies may vary.
Here is a list of the essentials to bring to the hospital:
Underwear: Bring comfortable loose underwear, pack double the amount you would usually need, as you might need to change them more than once a day if you are bleeding. Make sure they are not tight, as you most likely will wear maternity pads right after birth.
Socks: Pack some fluffy and warm socks, your feet can get quite cold especially during labor.
Slippers: Bring some easy slip on and off slippers.
Dressing gown: Together with your slippers, this will be your go-to item if you need or want to walk around the hospital corridors before labor.
Maternity notes: Bring your notes to have them on hand and give them a read through before labor.
Old nightdress: To be worn in labor, it might get quite messy so make sure to wear one you are willing to dispose of after.
Birth Ball: If your hospital does not offer one, or the right size for you, bring your own.
Hairband: In case you have long hair make sure you bring a hairband with you
Books or Magazines: Or anything that helps you relax and pass the time.
Music: Bring some relaxing music with you
In a second bag include:
Pajamas: Two pairs of your favorite pajamas.
Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face cream, shampoo and soap.
Phone charger: Pack your phone charger so you do not run out of battery.
Clothes: For when you leave the hospital, make sure it's comfortable.
Maternity Bra: Pack a few maternity bras.
Maternity Pads: Though you might get these at the hospital, it is always better to have your own on hand.
A comfy pillow or blanket, if allowed by the hospital
What should I pack for my baby?
- Pajamas, several long sleeve onesies, a few pants, and a few long sleeve footed onesies. Babies can leak pee and poop like crazy so you will need several of these!
- Baby Blanket for when you leave the hospital
- Swaddle blankets
- 2 Hats
- Going home outfit
- Car seat (make sure you know how it works before placing your baby in it)
- Jacket (if needed in your climate)
Have you already packed your bag for the big day? If so, what do you bring to the hospital?
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