Moms

What to Bring to the Hospital with You

Packing a bag to bring with you to the hospital is one of the most important things you will need to do to prepare for giving birth. Here are some things you should include.

  • A comfortable gown. Consider bringing one heavy and one light in case you get cold or hot. Also, chose one that will hide any stain you may get.
  • Bendy straws. Because trying to sip from a cup while baring down is too much for anyone.
  • Socks
  • Headache medicine- If not for you, then for your partner.
  • A car seat. To bring your bundle of joy home safety.
  • A hand-held fan. Bonus points if you get one with a mist feature.
  • A button up shirt or a shirt designed for nursing.
  • Makeup. Unless you can’t live without a full face, only bother to bring the essentials like mascara.
  • Slippers. The best kind of footwear are the kind you can slip on, so consider getting backless slippers.
  • A sleeping mask and earplugs. You will be very sleepy after giving birth and these two items will be very welcome.
  • Clothes to wear when you leave. Don’t expect to wear your prenatal clothes just yet. You would be better off choosing clothing that have some give.
  • Glasses. Even if you wear contacts, you may be to tired to put them in.
  • Your phone charger
  • A birthing ball. The hospital may already have one for you so call ahead.
  • Lots of Chapstick
  • Change for the vending machine
  • Lots of lotion
  • Any hospital forms and your birth plan
  • Towels
  • Clothes for your baby. Don’t forget to prepare for the season.
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Earbuds. You may want to listen to some music.
  • Toiletries. Think of all the things you use everyday from toothpaste to deodorant. You may even want to bring some perfume to cover up less than pleasant oders and to bring in a comforting fragrance. You may even want to get travel sized products to lessen your burden.
  • Maternity pads
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Your ID and insurance information
  • Something for entertainment. Hospital TV can be super boring, and internet connection is usually unreliable. Think of things that are easily portable that you can use to entertain (or distract) you while you are waiting.
  • Nursing bras
  • Lots of hair ties
  • Pillows. Be sure they have a design that you won’t confuse with the hospitals.

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