Must-Have Hospital Bag Essentials
It’s your big day (well, almost)! Your hospital bag preparations are as important as baby’s arrival. Don’t lose a second, here are the must-have hospital bag essentials to get you ready for delivery day.
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Hospital Bag Essentials for Mom
Don’t forget the paperwork!
Remember to pack your photo ID, insurance, hospital forms, and birth plan.
Cell phone, charger, and earbuds
A majority of your time in the hospital will be uneventful (another word for boring). You’ll be glad you have your phone and trusty charger on hand to listen to your favorite tunes, do guided meditations, or watch your favorite cat videos to help you relax and feel at home.
Tip: Bring a long-corded charging cable in case the outlets are far from your bed.
Snacks, quarters and bills
Hospital cafes are rarely short on food, but they may not fit your taste. Prepare your own nonperishables such as crackers, chips, juice, and fruit. You can also bring yogurt and soups, just remember to eat them first (or have your loved ones munch on them).
Bring quarters and bills in case you want something in the vending machines or at the cafe.
Tip: Pooping during delivery is embarrassing but pretty common. Don’t stress yourself over it! Eat plenty of fiber, drink water, and have adequate bowel movements to decrease your chances of accidents.
- Frankincense: calms, relieves pain
- Sage: minimizes tearing, relieves muscle tension, labor inducer
- Peppermint: relieves exhaustion, nausea, and aches
- Myrrh: promotes labor process
- Lavender: promotes relaxation
- Other essential oils you may want to include in your bag: chamomile, lemon, and orange
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Comfortable, loose clothing
A couple of loose fitted shirt and comfortable dark-colored pants will be your best friends. Yoga pants or a pair of PJs are great as bottoms. A comfy robe you don’t mind getting dirty is a great addition to your wardrobe. It’ll be a thousand times comfier than a hospital gown, I promise!
Make sure to include a comfy pair of clothes for the ride home.
3-4 Pairs of large, oversized undies
Tip: Pack adult undies, they’ll provide better protection than hospital pads.
For breastfeeding moms: 1-2 nursing bras and nursing pads. Your nipples will be sore, pack nipple balm if you plan on breastfeeding.
For non breastfeeding moms: Hospitals tend to provide pacifiers, baby bottles, and formula so you don’t need to worry about packing these extras. Consider packing nursing pads for leakage though!
For your feet
Pack slippers, sandals, and a couple pairs of socks.
Tip: If your hospital (and IV) allows, walk the halls or pace your room. Walking before and during labor helps bring baby into position and the gentle pushing of baby’s head against the cervix will release oxytocin, a hormone that brings on contractions.
Hospitals usually give you a set of toiletries, but you may feel more at home with your own.
What to pack: Lip balm, hair ties (bring multiple in case they go MIA, which will happen!), toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hairbrush (in travel sizes), glasses/contact case and solution, prenatals, medications (if any).
Tip: Facial wipes are super helpful especially for when you don’t want to get up to wash your face.
Hospital Bag Essentials for Baby:
2-3 Onesies (newborn and a size larger)
Hat, mittens, and socks
1-2 Swaddle blankets
I highly recommend Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 convertible car seat. It comes with a lot of padded protection and it’ll be the only car seat you’ll ever need to buy.
If you like the ease of unlocking the car seat without waking the baby, an infant car seat is your option. Graco’s SnugRide Click Connect 35 infant car seat is one to beat. It can easily be unlocked from the car’s component parts to latch onto any of Graco’s Click Connect strollers.
Tip: Ensure your car seat is properly secured. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers locations where a certified technician can check your car seat installation. It’s free and you’ll be able to learn how to properly install the car seat. You can also get free training through the National CPS Certification Program. Click here to search for locations.
Not only are these signs a great way to remind other drivers to drive carefully, they alert police and EMS to look for a baby in the case of an emergency.
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What’s one item in your hospital bag you won’t leave the house without?
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