Packing for the Hospital can be a daunting task. I have compiled a list of items that I thought were useful!
Socks: A lot of hospitals are very cold! Having a pair of nice comfy socks to wear while walking the halls can come in handy.
Snacks for your partner: Even though you probably won’t be allowed to eat, your partner needs to keep his energy up! Pack him some granola or candy bars. Change for the vending machines isn’t a bad idea either. If you are in labor at night, there is a good chance that the hospital cafeteria will be closed. Even if it is open, do you want him to leave your side to go get something to eat? Probably not. Just make sure you don’t pack anything like Doritos. You probably won’t appreciate Doritos breath when you are trying to push that baby out!
A few outfits for baby: When packing for the hospital, try to bring along at least two outfits for baby, possibly in different sizes. Depending on how big or small your baby is, he or she might not fit into newborn clothes. Also, keep in mind that babies tend to spit up and poop a lot, and that the coming-home outfit you picked might get dirty before you have even been discharged!
Nursing Pads: Whether or not you plan to nurse, your breasts will probably leak after delivery. Nursing pads will definitely come in handy and make you more comfortable.
A maternity outfit to go home in: Yes, a maternity outfit. A lot of new mothers optimistically add their skinny jeans to their bag when packing for the hospital. Like it or not, you probably won’t be fitting into your pre-pregnancy clothing right away, courtesy of your stretched-out uterus. They say that you should bring along an outfit that fit you when you were about six months pregnant.
Make-up: There will probably be a lot of pictures taken when baby arrives, and if you want to be sure to look your best, don’t forget your make-up bag! It might help you to feel more like a human being after delivery. If you aren’t really into make-up, leave it at home.
Boppy: If you are planning on nursing, a Boppy is a great item to remember when you are packing for the hospital. It makes nursing so much easier, and it can help both you and baby get into the swing of things.
Robe: Again, hospitals can be cold. Bring along a comfy robe to walk the halls in. Just be sure it is one that you don’t mind getting ruined.
Cell phone and charger: You will definitely want your cell phone with you so that you can call people and tell them the good news. Just don’t forget your charger!
Camera and charger: You definitely don’t want to miss out on those first special moments. Bring along extra batteries, memory cards, and a charger.
Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner: If you forget these items when packing for the hospital, don’t worry. The hospital will provide them for you! Just remember that the things that the hospital provides aren’t always the best, and you might end up smelling like a hospital after you shower with their soap.
Entertainment: An iPod is a great item to have when you are in labor. Listening to soothing music can help calm you down and let your body do what it needs to do. To keep yourself occupied, a tablet such as an iPad or Nook can help you keep your mind busy during your hospital stay. It will also help to pass the time when you are in the early stages of labor and waiting to dilate more.
Chap Stick: Most women find that Chap Stick is extremely useful when they are in labor. All that panting and breathing can really dry your lips out!
Glasses and/or contact lenses: You definitely want to be able to see your baby clearly!
Insurance card and identification: This is one of the most important things to remember to bring when packing for the hospital. Insurance information and ID are vital!
What items were on your list when you were packing for the hospital? What did you bring that was unnecessary, and what do you wish you had brought? Please feel free to share your stories and comments!
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