As you get closer to your due date, it’s a good idea to start thinking about your hospital bag. Your hospital bag will be filled with the various items you need for before, during, and after you give birth. So, what exactly should you keep in your hospital bag? Here’s a packing list to get you started.
- Toiletries: Pack all of the toiletries you need to feel clean and good. These may include your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hair ties, shampoo, and conditioner. You may also want some face wipes as well as some dry shampoo.
- Skin Care Products and Makeup: If you typically wear makeup and know you’ll feel “naked” without it, be sure to pack your foundation, blush, mascara, and other makeup must-haves. You may also want to pack your skincare products and some extra moisturizer as your skin will likely need an extra boost of hydration.
- A Nursing Bra: Try to find a comfortable nursing bra (or a couple) that you can wear after you deliver. If you prefer to go braless because you may nurse frequently, you can skip this item
- Snacks: The truth is that having a baby will make you hungry and you may want something other than the hospital food offered to you. Pack your favorite snacks like trail mix, crackers, or granola bars
- Comfortable Clothing: You’ll be craving comfortable clothes while you recover. Pack some yoga or loose lounge pants, a nursing tank top, a cozy sweater, and/or a bathrobe. Make sure the clothes you pack provide you with the support you need in your sensitive areas after pregnancy.
- Pads, Undies, and Diapers: While the hospital may provide you with some pads and mesh underwear to help you recover from giving birth, you may find your own pads, undies, and diapers to be more comfortable. Don’t be afraid to pack some high waisted underwear or “granny panties”- you’ll be glad you did!
- Entertainment: You never know how long the labor and delivery process will take so it only makes sense to pack entertainment to help you relax and pass time. Pack your favorite books, magazines, or even your tablet with some TV shows you like
- Pillow: Bringing a bit of comfort from your own bed into your hospital room could help you get some much needed sleep after the baby arrives. This could also include packing a breastfeeding pillow alongside your normal sleeping pillow to allow for the most comfortable positioning in the hospital bed. Note: Make sure your pillowcase can be differentiated from the hospital pillowcases so you grab the right one when you head home.
- Car Seat: While this isn’t something that can be packed in your hospital bag, it’s a very important item to keep on your list, especially if you and your partner need to get to the hospital quickly. In the months leading up to your delivery, make sure the car seat is properly fitted in your backseat.
- Baby’s Going Home Outfit: When packing comfortable clothing options for yourself, don’t forget to include an outfit to bring baby home in. If it’s at all cold outside, don’t forget the socks, hats, a blanket and any cold weather gear you might need.
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With these items in your hospital bag, you are sure to feel more comfortable and confident before, during, and after you deliver your precious baby. If you have further questions on hospital bag must-haves, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Call (919) 351-8253 to make an appointment at our City of Oaks Midwifery Raleigh, NC office. You can also request an appointment online.