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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

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As your due date approaches, you might be feeling that “nesting” urge to get all your affairs in order before the baby gets here!  If you’re planning to give birth at the hospital, one of the things to focus on is packing your overnight bags for your hospital stay. I recommend packing two to three bags: one for the person giving birth, one for the supportive partner, and one for the baby. Here’s a handy checklist so you don’t forget a thing!

For the Mother:

  • Any necessary insurance cards, hospital registration forms, and your birth plan
  • A few pairs of cozy socks
  • 2-3 cozy outfits you don’t mind ruining (think yoga pants, sweats, pajamas, maternity shirts/pants)
  • Lip balm
  • 1-2 maternity bras (nothing uncomfortable!)
  • Toiletries
    • Travel size shampoo, conditioner, and soap/body wash
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash
    • Deodorant
    • Face wash
    • Make-up (for those photos, if you’re up for it!)
    • Contact lens case and solution, if you wear them!
  • Eyeglasses (if you wear them!)
  • Ponytails and bobby pins
  • Energizing snacks, like honey sticks, fruit (perhaps those squeezable applesauce pouches?), crackers, and granola bars
  • Cell phone, charger, and a phone list if you have family to call after the baby is born
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Items that might improve your comfort, like an MP3 player and speakers, your own pillow, your own nightgown, massage oil, photos, or anything else that might make your hospital room a bit more cozy and home-like

For the Partner:

  • 2-3 changes of clothes
  • Change for the vending machines and/or snacks
  • Toiletries
  • Cell phone, charger, and a phone list

For the Baby:

  • 2-3 outfits in a few different sizes
  • Baby book (there’s usually a spot for baby’s handprints and footprints, the nurses can usually help with that!)
  • A couple baby blankets

And don’t forget the car seat! Car Seats for the Littles has an excellent list of recommended seats. Happy packing!

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