Save time and insanity by preparing your hospital bag ahead of time. Here is our complete list of stuff you won’t want to forget.
At about 34 weeks pregnant, pack a bag with everything you think you’ll need at the hospital, so that you’re ready to go as soon as your baby’s ready to arrive.
Smartphone and Charger
I mean lets face it, who is with out their cell phone nowadays? And of course you have to keep everyone updated on facebook about whats going on!
Extra Bag or Two
With all the goodies from the hospital—diapers, blankets, and creams, you’re bound to have more stuff coming out than you did going in.
Cash and Change
Bring at least $20 in cash and change for snacks, gift-store runs, and any of your miscellaneous cravings, because hospital food sucks.
Bring flip-flops for the shower or to wear home if your feet are swollen.
Hair Care Products
A ponytail holder or stretchy headband will help keep your hair out of your face during labor—and a brush and dry shampoo will help ensure that you look fab in those first photos with your new baby.
Homecoming Outfit for Baby
Pack a newborn-size pajama outfit with footies so you don’t have to bring socks. You’ll likely get a receiving blanket and hat in the hospital.
Homecoming Outfit for You
You’ll probably still look about 5 months pregnant, so pack your favorite maternity dress or leggings and a tunic.
Bring copies of your birth plan (if you have one), a picture ID, health insurance information, and hospital registration forms. Even if you’ve already registered at the hospital, some hospitals need to confirm your records before they can admit you.
Music, Movies, and Magazines
Load up your smartphone or tablet with tunes and anything you might want to binge-watch on Netflix. It’ll help distract you—and your partner—during a long labor.
Bring a nursing tank or bra (buy them at the end of your pregnancy—most women are about that same size postpartum) that’s comfy enough to sleep in. Ditch the underwire bras for now, trust me!
A homemade hot pack can bring you instant relief during active labor because it molds to your body—and it can easily be warmed up in the hospital’s microwave. Other items to pack include: back massager, stress-relieving squeeze ball, and massage oil or lotion.
Sleepwear, Robe, and Underwear
A cotton nightie will be much more comfortable than a hospital gown. A robe will be handy for when you want to walk down the hallways. Several pairs of undies are a must (briefs, maternity, or disposables like Depends) if you don’t want to wear the mesh underwear the hospital gives you after delivery. Trust me, you won’t.
Slippers and/or Heavy Socks
Keep your toes toasty and clean, whether you’re in bed or strolling around on the cold tile floor. Bring a pair that’s easily laundered, as they may get a bit dirty. When you are in labor, your feet get ice cold.