It’s time to start planning your birth when you’re approximately 34 weeks pregnant. Packing the bag for the hospital is one of the most stressful—and crucial—tasks on your to-do list. After all, you never know when a Baby will show up! Use our hospital bag checklist to make sure you’ve packed everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay.
Hospital Bag Checklist:
- Documents: Bring your birth plan, a photo ID, information about your health insurance, and hospital registration paperwork.
- Cash: Bring at least $20 in cash and change with you for food, gift store trips, and other assorted desires. Because, you know, hospital food.
- Mobile Chargers: We understand that you never leave home without your phone. But don’t forget to bring chargers with you to the hospital. Aside from the obvious requirement for a phone, you’ll want to download useful applications like a contraction timer and white noise.
- Something To Binge: Fill your smartphone or tablet with music, and any Netflix shows you might want to binge. It will assist you and your partner in districting during a long labor.
- Relaxation Tools: A handmade hot pack can provide quick comfort during active labor because it conforms to your body. It can also be warmed up in the hospital’s microwave. A back massager, a stress-relieving squeeze ball, and massage oil or lotion are also required.
- Soft Pillow: Hospital pillows can be unpleasant, so bringing the one you’re used to will help you relax. If you’re going to stay the night, don’t forget to bring one for your companion.
- Food and Candy: Bring enough snacks for you and your companion to split to keep everyone pleased. Lollipops are particularly effective in combating dry mouth during labor, so have them in your hospital bag!
Personal Care Items For New Moms:
- Toiletries: A hospital pack must have deodorant, body wash, shampoo, facial cleaning wipes, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. Remember to use lip balm and moisturizer.
- Products For Hair Care: During labor, a ponytail holder or flexible headband will keep your hair out of your face, and a brush and dry shampoo will make you look fabulous in those first images with your new baby.
- Underwear, Sleepwear, And Robes: A cotton nightgown will be more comfortable than a hospital gown, and a robe will be useful for roaming the halls. If you don’t want to wear the mesh underwear provided by the hospital after birth, several pairs of undies should be on your hospital bag checklist.
- Slippers And Heavy Socks: Keep your toes warm and clean, whether you’re in bed or walking about on the cold tile floor. Please bring a pair that can be washed easily in case they get muddy.
- Flip-Flops: If your feet are swollen, bring flip-flops with you to wear in the shower or at home.
- Nursing Bra Lingerie: Bring a nursing bra lingerie or tank top that is comfortable enough to sleep in (purchase them towards the end of your pregnancy—most women are approximately the same size afterward).
Bag Essentials For Going Back To Home:
- Outfit For Baby: Pack a newborn-size kimono-style blouse with footed leggings, so you don’t have to carry socks to the homecoming. You’ll most likely be given a receiving blanket and cap at the hospital, so don’t bother unless you have a certain style in mind.
- Outfit For Mother: Here’s a hint: You’ll probably still look 5 months pregnant, so bring your best maternity dress or leggings and a tunic instead of your non-maternity skinnies.
Two Or More Extra Bags: You’re certain to have more things coming out than you had to go in, what with all the goodies from the hospital—diapers, blankets, and creams—and all the gifts from well-wishers.