What to pack in your hospital bag before delivery

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Hospital Bag

What to pack for your delivery

If your stopping by to read this blog post then chances are that you have already decorated baby's nursery, enjoyed your shower(s) that family and friends thoughtfully put together for you, installed the car seat, possibly already have a name picked out and are in the final stages of prepping for your delivery. After reaching out to moms on Facebook and asking their opinion on hospital bag MUST haves here is what they had to say!  

  • Photo ID, insurance info, hospital forms and birth plan(if you have one)

  • Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labor 

  • 2 maternity bras (no underwire) and nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, bring for the support and leak protection)

  •  Non skid slippers/ socks/ flip flops

  •  Chap stick

  • Large water bottle/Yeti 

  • Phone charger

  • Comfort clothes to wear home

  • (1) labor bag and (1) postpartum bag- separate from each other

  • Hair tie + brush

  • Your own depends like underwear "Sure they provide the mesh underwear with pads, but I found personally that I really liked having the depends style." 

  • Toothpaste and toothbrush

  • Deodorant

  • Your own gown or robe

  • Yoga pants

  • Shower essentials

  • Music

  • Your own pillows

  • Breast pump if needed and you do not wish to use one provided

  • Eyeglasses/ Contacts/Contact Solution 

  • Your favorite food, snack, or drink for after delivery 

  • Gifts for older siblings 

  • A notepad to keep track of baby's feedings and other information for nurses and doctors 

  • Plastic storage bags: Used to keep small, memorable items, like the baby anklet ID and bassinet name tag, for safekeeping.

  • Essential oils and natural remedies

  • A diffuser

  • Facial Wipes

  • Dry shampoo 

  •  Ear Plugs (your neighbors might have a baby who is having a rough night) or an Eye Mask 

  • An extra bag (you will be leaving with a lot more than you came with) 

WHEN TO PACK A HOSPITAL BAG

Once you're around 32-34 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. 

HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST FOR BABY

  • Approved infant carseat 

  • A coming-home outfit (bring clothes in different sizes to make sure they fit

  • Warm blanket

  • Baby book 

  • Baby socks

  • Boppy pillow

HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST FOR PARTNER

  • Cell phone and charger

  • A change of clothes

  • Toiletries: toothbrush, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, contact lens case and solution

  • Snacks 

  • Entertainment, whether it’s something to read, listen to or watch

  • Any daily prescription medication

WHAT NOT TO PACK

  • Jewelry

  • A lot of cash and other valuables

  • Diapers + wipes (plenty will be provided)

  • A ton of cute clothes for baby