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Packing a hospital bag in preparation of giving birth can be exciting but also a bit overwhelming. What do you need? What do you not need? How do you know what to pack and what to leave out? When I had E back in 2011, I was clueless and ended up not bringing anything I truly needed! I made sure not to make the same mistake the second time around when I recently had my son. Here is a basic hospital bag checklist of must-haves and suggestions of things you need to pack!
- Photo ID
- Insurance cards
- Your birth plan
- Hospital paperwork
- Cell phones and chargers
- Labor support items (computer, MP3 player, birthing ball)
- Drinks (if allowed)
- Camera, extra batteries, charger, and an SD card
- Extra socks
- Travel toiletries kit
- 2-3 pairs of comfy pants or shorts
- 2-3 tanks tops (Nursing tanks if you plan on breastfeeding)
- 2-3 shirts
- Sweater or hoodie
- 2-3 pairs of socks
- 2 Nursing bras (if you plan to nurse)
- Underwear (Note: Most hospitals will provide you with mesh panties for after delivery, use them!)
- Clothing for your partner (at least two outfits)
- Lip Balm
- Hair brush and accessories
- Cash for vending machines
- An extra bag for gifts and other items you might accumulate during your hospital stay!
- A take home outfit
- A blanket for when leaving the hospital
- Infant Car Seat
- Pacifier (if using one)
- Wipes (some hospitals don’t provide them)
Things you should also consider bringing:
- Birthing ball if you plan to use one (My hospital didn’t provide this)
- Pretty Pushers Labor Gown
- Push Pack
- Reading materials
- A tablet or notebook for internet browsing
- A robe
- A nursing pillow
- Your own pillow
Things you don’t need to pack becasue most hospitals will provide it:
- Receiving blankets
- Breast pump (Most hospitals will be able to provide one during your stay)
When it doubt, check with the hospital you are to give birth at! I highly recommend going on a hospital maternity tour before delivering becasue they will let you know what they will provide for you and your baby during your hospital stay.
Make sure to check out these suggestions from Momma T and Family readers when I asked them for hospital bag recommendations!
What is a must-have for a hospital bag? What do you think I should put in there that most people might forget?
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